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2016-17 Advanced Placement Course Offerings

****Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the corresponding Advanced Placement exam.****

 

 

English

 

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Prerequisite: English II
Credit: One
Grade: 11

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition examines major elements of nonfiction and American literature. Additionally, students prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam, with an emphasis on writing under time constraints. Students read from a variety of genres that address varying historical periods, disciplines and rhetorical contexts. From these endeavors, students apply stylistic and rhetorical strategies and techniques to their own writings. Five to eight major works are required during the school year.

 

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
Prerequisite: English III or AP English Language
Credit: One
Grades: 12

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition includes the study of prose and poetry by British and World authors from the 16th century through contemporary times. Additionally, students prepare for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, with an emphasis on writing under time constraints. Five to eight major works are required during the school year.

 

 

Mathematics

 

Advanced Placement Statistics
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Credit: One
Grades: 11 – 12

AP Statistics is built around four main topics: exploring data, planning a study, understanding probability theory and acquiring critical inferential reasoning skills.

 

Advanced Placement Calculus AB
Prerequisite: Precalculus
Credit: One
Grades: 11 – 12

AP Calculus AB is equivalent to the first semester of college-level Calculus. This course emphasizes a conceptual understanding of calculus utilizing a multi-representational approach (graphical, numerical, analytic, verbal) and covers limits, derivatives, integrals, and approximation.

 

Science

 

Advanced Placement Physics I
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Geometry; Algebra II recommended
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course taught over a full school year. The course explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introduces simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning practices.

 

Advanced Placement Biology
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This course provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Instruction follows the AP course description and emphasizes the development of understanding concepts which allows the student to grasp science as an inquiry-based process while recognizing the unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology. Students use open-ended activities to conduct internet research, work in collaboration with other disciplines, and integrate the history of scientists.

 

Advanced Placement Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chemistry; Algebra II
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

Students attain a depth of understanding of the fundamentals and a reasonable competence

in dealing with chemical problems. The course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and express ideas. Labs and activities are designed to reflect the requirements of the advanced placement program.

 

Advanced Placement Environmental Science
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This course investigates interrelationships between people and the natural world. This course integrates natural sciences, including biology, chemistry and earth science with social sciences to analyze contemporary environmental problems such as pollution, resource acquisitions, biodiversity and global warming. A strong laboratory and field investigation component is included allowing students to explore issues that affect their own lives.

 

Social Studies

 

Advanced Placement World History
Grade: 10
Credit: One

AP World History highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.

 

Advanced Placement US History
Grade: 11
Credit: One

This course is a study of United States history from beginning to present.

 

Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics
Grade: 12
Credit: One-half

This is a one-semester study of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality.

 

Advanced Placement European History
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This course focuses on the formation of today’s European culture. Studies include research into political-diplomatic, intellectual-cultural, and social-economic areas through the use of primary source documents, lectures, outside readings, class discussions, etc.

 

Foreign Language

 

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture
Prerequisite: Spanish III
Credit: One
Grades: 10 – 12

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture (Spanish IV) continues to expand the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and culture by focusing on topics related to the six AP themes of Global Challenges, Science & Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal & Public Identities, Families & Communities and Beauty & Aesthetics.

 

 

Fine Arts

 

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-Dimensional Design Portfolio
Prerequisite: Art I
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This course addresses a broad interpretation of two-dimensional (2-D) design issues. Students use purposeful decision-making to integrate the elements and principles of art as they create a portfolio to fulfill the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement 2-Dimensional Design Portfolio.

 

Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing
Prerequisite: Art I
Grades: 11 – 12
Credit: One

This course addresses a broad interpretation of drawing issues and media, including light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation and illusion of depth. Many works of painting, printmaking, mixed media, abstracts, observational and inventive works are explored.

 

Advanced Placement Art History
Grades: 10 – 12
Credit: One

Students develop an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Major forms of artistic expression from a variety of past and present cultures are studied. Students develop an understanding of the elements of art and fundamental art historical terminology as they learn to use intelligence and sensitivity in viewing works of art critically and analytically.

 


 

For more information about the Advanced Placement program at San Benito High School, please contact SBHS Higher Education Coordinator, Sandra Ruiz, at 361-6528 or sruiz@sbcisd.net