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VHS AP Courses Offered

Advanced Placement Language and Composition 11 (2 semesters) Prerequisite: Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently. Juniors in this course commit to a full year of rigorous college‐level study of a curriculum approved by The College Board. Enrollment in the first semester of AP Language encompasses the content of American Literature and Composition, satisfies the state requirement for American Literature and Composition, and culminates in the American Literature End of Course Test. To prepare for The College Board AP English Language and Composition exam given in May, students engage in student‐directed learning activities and learn to identify and explicate rhetorical strategies in expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Their writing reflects an understanding of the connection between close reading and writing mature prose. In both courses students: learn at a rate commensurate with ability, deal with material that intellectually mature students find engaging, refine reading and writing skills necessary for success in college and in the world of work, cultivate habits of reading, writing, and thinking that characterize life‐long enjoyment of learning, earn college credit upon passing the AP exam. American Literature End of Course Test is required at the end of the first semester. Georgia High School Writing Test is required fall semester for all juniors. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 12 (2 semesters) Prerequisite: American Literature and Composition or AP Language.         Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently. Seniors in this course commit to a full year of rigorous college‐level study of a curriculum approved by The College Board. Through thematic study, projects, and extensive reading and writing, students master literary analysis and understand the complex relationship between literature and the whole human experience. The course prepares students for the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam given in May and enables students to:  learn at a rate commensurate with ability, deal with material that intellectually mature students find engaging, refine reading and writing skills necessary for success in college and in the world of work, cultivate habits of reading, writing, and thinking that characterize life‐long enjoyment of learning, and earn college credit upon passing the AP exam. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Calculus AB
Grade Level: 12. Prerequisite: IB Math SL. This course follows the College Board syllabus for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Examination and includes properties of functions and graphs, limits and community, differential and integral calculus. This mathematics consists of a full academic year of work in calculus and related topics comparable to courses in colleges and universities. This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry (rectangular and polar coordinates, equations, and graphs, lines and conics). This   means that a student has been through the equivalent of Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra and 14 Updated 3/7/15 Trigonometry. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Statistics
Grade Level: 12. Prerequisite: Accelerated Math 3 or IB Math SL. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns, Statistical Inference. Students who successfully complete the course and examination may receive credit and/or advanced placement for a one‐semester introductory college statistics course. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Grade Level: 11/12.  Prerequisite: Chemistry (preferably Honors).           Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently.  This course is a yearlong course with Advanced Placement Examination administered in May. The course conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Chemistry Examination.  Topics of study will include atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids, solids, solutions types of reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Biology
Grade Level 11 / 12. Prerequisites: Biology (preferably Honors Biology) and Chemistry. Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently.   The course conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Biology Examination. Topics of study will include chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals – including reproduction, growth, development, etc. and ecology.   Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics
Grade Level: 9.   Prerequisite:  Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently.   A well‐designed AP course in United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics.  While there is no single approach that an AP United States Government and Politics course must follow, students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspective and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.    Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement World History
Grade Level: 10. Prerequisite: CP or Honors Government.                     Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently. This course is a survey course based on a global perspective of the world and human interactions from 8000 BCE to present day using the curriculum mandated by the College Board.  Students will develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts including interactions over time, historical and geographical context, and comparisons across cultures while refining their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills.  AP World History is the equivalent of a college‐level survey course in world history and is designed to create self‐motivated and self‐guided learners.  Group work, debates, large map work, small map work, general discussions, and Socratic seminars will all be used to facilitate obtaining the knowledge necessary to pass the AP exam and will help students gain the higher‐order thinking skills they will need to be successful in college.    Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement U.S. History
Grade Level: 11. Prerequisite: AP World History. The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full‐year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format. End of Course test is required. Advanced Placement Examination administered spring semester.
 
Advanced Placement Economics (Macroeconomics)
Grade Level : 12. Prerequisite: AP United States History.                          Students should be avid readers, competent writers, curious and capable of working independently. This course follows the College Board curriculum. The purpose of this course is to give the students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price‐level determination, and development of student familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
 
Advanced Placement Spanish Language
Prerequisite:  Spanish I, II and III and a Teacher recommendation.   Students work on developing a strong command of the Spanish language, with proficiency in integrating language skills and synthesizing written and aural materials. The formal writing process, extensive interpersonal and presentational speaking and writing practice and aural comprehension skills are emphasized through quality, authentic, and level‐ appropriate audio and video recordings. Students are also further exposed to the world of literature and current events of Spanish‐speaking countries through authentic written texts, including newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other nontechnical writings that develop students’ reading and comprehension abilities. Class is conducted completely in Spanish and includes frequent writing and integration of skills with a rigorous review of grammatical structures.
 
Advanced Placement 2‐D Studio Art
Prerequisite: Approval of AP instructor and AP Coordinator. The AP® 2‐D Studio Art course is designed for serious art students who are interested in the studio experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. AP Studio Art is not based on a 41 Updated 3/7/15 written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques. Students develop a body of work for the portfolio that investigates an idea of personal interest to them.