AP COURSE WORKLOAD

(Only includes courses intended to be offered in 2019-20)

AP classes do require a time commitment outside of school as the workload for an AP class is intended to be comparable to a college course. Students who wish to take multiple AP classes should consider the time needed to do the work for each of the classes with respect to the time needed to pursue other after-school interests. The following information is intended to help students and their families make well-informed decisions and healthy choices with regard to the student’s academic and extracurricular pursuits. Most of these classes require a summer assignment as well.


BIOLOGY

  • Homework - Weekly - 150 minutes of reading and reviewing class notes
  • Major Assessments - Unit Tests and 8 labs with reports
  • Prerequisite - Biology 2 Hon
  • 1 semester

Strong math skills are not required to succeed in this course.


CALCULUS AB

  • Homework - Nightly - 30-60 minutes
  • Major Assessments - 4-5 tests per 9 weeks, Cumulitive 9 week assesments, Weekly problem sets consisting of items from previous AP Exams
  • Prerequisite - Pre-Calculus 1 and recommendation of Pre-Calculus 2
  • 1 semester

This course involves sequential learning, so frequent absences may make the learning of content challenging.


CALCULUS BC

  • Homework - Nightly - 15 minutes
  • Major Assessments - Weekly problem sets requiring about one hour per week outside of class
  • Prerequisite - Pre-Calculus 2 Hon
  • 2 semesters

This course covers all of the BC Calculus content as well as other mathematical topics that will be useful in upper level college mathematics courses.


CHEMISTRY

  • Homework - Nightly - 30 minutes reading or solving problems
  • Major Assessments - 6 unit assessments, 10 labs with lab reports
  • Prerequisite - Chemistry 2 Hon
  • 1 semester

This course requires mathematical skills. The recommendation is that students have completed or are enrolled in Algebra II. 


 ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • Homework - Weekly - 150-200 minutes of reading. Additional 60-100 minutes per week on assignments in Canvas
  • Major Assessments - Bi-weekly vocabulary tests, Timed writing assessments, Socratic seminars/open discussion
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

Approaching mastery of the conventions of standard written English in the areas of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The students should enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction genres, discussing ideas, and also have an earnest desire to be successful.


 ENGLISH LITERATURE

  • Homework - Nightly - 30-40 minutes of reading each weeknight
  • Major Assessments - AP timed essays, Poetry reflections
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

Summer reading will be required; a meeting will be held with students in May to discuss the summer expectation.


 EUROPEAN HISTORY

  • Homework - Weekly - 2 chapters of reading, Some writing assignments will be completed outside of class
  • Major Assessments - Objective Tests (multiple choice), Short answer questions (14 minute writing assignments), Long essay questions (35 minute writing assignments), Document Based Questions (1 hour writing assignments)
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

This is a reading and writing intensive course.


 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

  • Homework - Nightly - 30 minutes of reading, An occadional special projects will be completed outside of class
  • Major Assessments - 7 unit tests, Projects
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

This course is an entry level 9th grade AP course that is recommended for any student who is interested in experiencing an AP course for the first time.


 LATIN

  • Homework - Nightly - 30 minutes of translating and 30 minutes of analyzing Latin passages
  • Major Assessments - Weekly: Literature and language quizzes, Biweekly: 10 unit tests
  • Prerequisite - Latin 4
  • 1 semester

Students wishing to take AP Latin are encouraged to start the Latin program in 9th grade and take the next level of the course each year of high school. Strong vocabulary, grammar, and translation skills are required to be successful in the AP course.


 MACRO/MICRO ECONOMICS

  • Homework - Weekly: Occasional reading, Optional study sessions before exam
  • Major Assessments - 4 assessments in Micro and an AP practice exam, 4 assessments in Macro and an AP practice exam
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester (Approximately 10 weeks Micro and 8 weeks Macro)

According to a recent study (Mumford & Ohland, 2010), over 50% of all majors require at least one semester of economics in college.



 MUSIC THEORY

  • Homework - Nightly - 15-30 minutes directly related to class lecture
  • Major Assessments -This class utilizes a sequential format; therefore, DAILY CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE can’t be overemphasized. The main components are written theory analysis and aural skill development. Grades are an average of test scores and project completion
  • Prerequisite - Highly recommended for students in this class have completed at least one year of band, orchestra, or choir
  • 1 semester

Students who are planning to major in either musical performance or music education are urged to take this class the JUNIOR year as many colleges now have auditions (which include a theory screening for placement) in the fall of the student’s senior year of high school.


 PHYSICS I

  • Homework - Nightly - 30-40 minutes of homework, including review/re-writing of notes and practice problems
  • Major Assessments - 4-5 chapter tests, 8-9 labs, One major projects per quarter, One practice AP Exam
  • Prerequisite - Geometry 
  • 1 semester

This is an algebra-based course. Students are recommended to at a minimum be co-enrolled in Algebra II. Students should be comfortable with math.


 PHYSICS ll

  • Homework - Nightly - 30-40 minutes of homework, including review/re-writing of notes and practice problems
  • Major Assessments - 4-5 chapter tests, 8-9 labs, One major projects per quarter, 2-3 practice AP Exam
  • Prerequisite - AP Physics 1
  • 1 semester

This is an algebra-based course. Students should be confident in math & AP Physics I material.


 PSYCHOLOGY

  • Homework - Nightly - 30 minutes of reading and/or question sets
  • Major Assessments - Unit tests, Writing assignments
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

Students will explore the concepts, theories, perspectives, phenomena and behaviors associated with the subfields and research areas of psychology.


 SEMINAR

  • Homework - Weekly - 120 minutes of reading and reflection
  • Major Assessments - Every 3-4 weeks, 700-800 word paper OR 8-12 minute presentation
  • Prerequisite - 11th grade only (12th grade if space is available)
  • 2 semesters (paired with either AP English Language or English 11)

This course will investigate real-world topics from multiple perspectives, which often are different or competing. Students will learn to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision, develop arguments based on facts and effectively communicate them.


 SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE

  • Homework - Nightly - 30 minutes of translating and 30 minutes of answering questions
  • Major Assessments - Weekly: 1 oral test, 1 vocabulary test, and 1 grammar test; Biweekly: 10 unit tests
  • Prerequisite - Spanish 5
  • 1 semester

Students wishing to take AP Spanish are encouraged to start the Spanish program in 9th grade and take the next level of the course each year of high school. Strong vocabulary and grammar skills are required to be successful in the AP course.


 STATISTICS

  • Homework - Nightly - 30-60 minutes
  • Major Assessments - 4-5 tests per 9 weeks with a 9 weeks cumulative exam, Weekly problem sets consisting of problems from previous AP Exams, 2-3 Data Analysis Projects
  • Prerequisite - Algebra 2
  • 1 semester

This course is offered as Dual Enrollment or as AP. See Mr. Brown or your counselor if you have questions about the best choice for you.


 US GOVERNMENT

  • Homework - Weekly - On average, 120 minutes per week of reading and/or assignments
  • Major Assessments - Objective tests (multiple choice), Writing assignments
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

This is a reading and writing intensive course.


 US HISTORY

  • Homework - Weekly - On average, 3-4 chapters per week with quizzes, Some writing assignments will be completed outside of class
  • Major Assessments - Objective tests (multiple choice), Short answer questions (14 minute writing assignments), Long essay question (35 minute writing assignments), Document Based Questions (1 hout writing assignments)
  • Prerequisite - None
  • 1 semester

This is a reading and writing intensive course.