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AP Physics C (Sem 2)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence. The course is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Physics C and is the equivalent of the first semester of an introductory calculus-based college-level physics course for science and engineering majors. The course emphasizes problem solving including the use of calculus. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Psychology (Sem 1)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet the expectations of the College Board. According to the College Board, “The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.” This course covers the following units: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, State of Consciousness, Learning, and Cognition. Students will learn how to approach both the multiple-choice questions and the free-response questions on the AP Exam. In addition, students will engage in class discussions and apply concepts learned to aspects of the real world. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Psychology (Sem 2)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet the expectations of the College Board. According to the College Board, “The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.” This course covers the following units: Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Behavior, Treatment of Abnormal Behavior, and Social Psychology. Students will learn how to approach both the multiple-choice questions and the free-response questions on the AP Exam. In addition, students will engage in class discussions and apply concepts learned to aspects of the real world. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Spanish (Sem 1)

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Spanish Language. AP Spanish is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course prepares students for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The course is designed as an immersion experience and is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. In addition, all student work, practices, projects, participation, and assessments are in Spanish. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: Global challengesScience and technologyContemporary lifePersonal and public identitiesFamilies and communitiesBeauty and aesthetics The course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. In addition, students participate in a forum where they are able to share their own opinions and comments about various topics and comment on other students’ posts. The course also makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Spanish (Sem 2)

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Spanish Language. AP Spanish is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course prepares students for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The course is designed as an immersion experience and is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. In addition, all student work, practices, projects, participation, and assessments are in Spanish. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: Global challengesScience and technologyContemporary lifePersonal and public identitiesFamilies and communitiesBeauty and aestheticsThe course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. In addition, students participate in a forum where they are able to share their own opinions and comments about various topics and comment on other students’ posts. The course also makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Statistics (Sem 1)

Subject Mathematics
Grade Level High School

Description

This course offers a combination of assessment and instruction in an online environment containing but not limited to the areas of exploring data, sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting studies, anticipating patterns using probability and simulation, and using statistical inference to analyze data and draw conclusions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deep understanding of the concepts of statistics to prepare them for the AP Exam and for future higher education statistics courses. Because this course is presented in an online format, the pace and schedule vary from student to student, and no additional topics are presented past the exam time. The suggested pace is 18 weeks per semester (two semesters total), but students are allowed to accelerate their pace provided learning standards are met and proficiency in the content is demonstrated. All instruction is provided for the students, with feedback given for every exam, on which students are required to show work or give reasons to support statements to achieve statistical proficiency. The teacher is also available at least five days a week for one-on-one support and help for the students, in addition to holding online collaborative lessons and conducting Discussion-Based Assessments with students. Learning is assessed via traditional quizzes and tests, graded free-response essay questions, investigative projects, collaboration with peers, and oral one-on-one evaluations with the instructor.

AP Statistics (Sem 2)

Subject Mathematics
Grade Level High School

Description

This course offers a combination of assessment and instruction in an online environment containing but not limited to the areas of exploring data, sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting studies, anticipating patterns using probability and simulation, and using statistical inference to analyze data and draw conclusions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deep understanding of the concepts of statistics to prepare them for the AP Exam and for future higher education statistics courses. Because this course is presented in an online format, the pace and schedule vary from student to student, and no additional topics are presented past the exam time. The suggested pace is 18 weeks per semester (two semesters total), but students are allowed to accelerate their pace provided learning standards are met and proficiency in the content is demonstrated. All instruction is provided for the students, with feedback given for every exam, on which students are required to show work or give reasons to support statements to achieve statistical proficiency. The teacher is also available at least five days a week for one-on-one support and help for the students, in addition to holding online collaborative lessons and conducting Discussion-Based Assessments with students. Learning is assessed via traditional quizzes and tests, graded free-response essay questions, investigative projects, collaboration with peers, and oral one-on-one evaluations with the instructor.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This one-semester course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project.

AP U.S. History (Sem 1)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Advanced Placement U.S. History I is a college-level introductory course which examines the nation’s political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social, and economic history from 1491 to 1877. Students are challenged to see American history through a variety of historical themes while developing thinking skills that will help them contextualize specific periods of American history. A college level textbook is supplemented by primary and secondary sources throughout this course. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP U.S. History (Sem 2)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Advanced Placement U.S. History II is a college-level introductory course which examines the nation’s political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social, and economic history from 1865 to Present. This course will continue the study of American history that was begun in Advanced Placement US History I. Students are challenged to see American history through a variety of historical themes while developing thinking skills that will help them to contextualize specific periods of American history. A college level textbook is supplemented by primary and secondary sources throughout this course. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP World History (Sem 2)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second semester of a year-long AP World History course. This Advanced Placement World History course is commensurate with an introductory college-level course. The course focuses on developing greater understanding of the processes, contacts, interactions, and ideas that have shaped the world, with an emphasis on non-Western history. The course meets the guidelines outlined in the College Board’s AP World History Curriculum Framework and incorporates changes required for course content and the AP World History Exam. The course relies heavily on readings and primary source materials. A special emphasis is placed on historical writing through expository essays, in both short- and long-answer form, and document-based questions. The scope and rigor of this AP World History course will offer students the knowledge and skills required for success on the College Board AP World History Exam in May. It will prepare students for success in college and beyond by developing critical and analytical thinking skills. Students receive rigorous practice in note-taking, assessing sources, making inferences, drawing conclusions, conducting research, and communicating information. This AP World History course includes 12 units of instruction delivered across two semesters and includes high-quality instructional experiences. Most materials are delivered electronically. Students explore history topics, engage in virtual discussions with peers and teachers, and attend synchronous sessions. The course offers a wide variety of instructional activities, including debates, simulations, a mock trial, and research assignments. Assessments occur at regular intervals to monitor learning progress. They are designed to prepare students for the AP World History Exam with multiple-choice questions, short-answer essay questions, document-based essay questions, and long-answer essay questions that measure student skills with assessing continuity and change-over-time, comparison, causation, and periodization. First semester topics range from the development of human history in prehistoric times through the Enlightenment. Second semester topics cover the rise of the Ottoman Empire to the present. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

Archaeology: Detectives of the Past

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The field of archeology helps us to better understand the events and societies of the past that have helped to shape our modern world. This course focuses on these techniques, methods, and theories that guide the study of the past. Students will learn how archaeological research is conducted and interpreted, as well as how artifacts are located and preserved. Finally, students will learn about the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items.

Astronomy

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Astronomy provides a broad overview of all topics in astronomy for the beginner. The course provides a foundation to the science of astronomy including motions in the night sky and the tools of modern astronomy. It contains the most up-to-date science about our solar system, stars and galaxies. Astronomy also explores the exciting prospects for future discovery in astronomy including life in the universe and the mysteries that continue to perplex astronomers. The course provides an engaging combination of videos, interactive media, photo galleries and readings so that students can explore the content in a variety of ways.

Basic Web Design: HTML & CSS

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

How to design a beautiful and functional website. Students will learn how to take their design and translate it into a live website using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) programing languages. HTML5 and CSS3 will be the standard versions used in the class. Students will understand design components of websites, including the use of color, layout and when to use different techniques, typography rules, and the importance of imagery. At the conclusion of the course, students will present a website to the class. Upon completion of this course, each student will have hands-on experience creating a fully functioning website.

Bioethics

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Bioethics is a rigorous, one-semester course designed to raise the consciousness of students regarding the social and ethical implications of life science, medicine and technology. This course is for 11th- and 12th-graders who are seeking improvement in their critical thinking skills. It is designed to create complex thinkers capable of using a variety of strategies and higher-order thinking skills appropriate to the resolution of highly controversial medical and technological dilemmas, including the use of animals in medical research and genetic engineering.

Biology A

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first in a two-course sequence, and is an interactive, activity-packed course. The course begins by teaching students to “think like a scientist” before moving on to exploring cell biology and an introduction to genetics. Each topic is introduced with an audiovisual presentation to bring a real-life feel to the course. Students demonstrate understanding of the material throughout the course via virtual lab exercises, written assignments, quizzes and unit exams.

Biology A

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Biology A introduces students to the scientific method and major concepts of biology from an historical and practical viewpoint. The three major themes of this course are the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, and taxonomy and speciation. Students who take this class will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of living organisms. Life on this planet, unlike anywhere else in the observable universe, is complex and highly organized. Whether examining life on the molecular or the planetary level, it exhibits a highly organized structure that inspires awe by its genius and complexity. In the last 50 years, discoveries have launched new branches of biology that have transformed the daily routine, from conception to death. New challenges await, such as the current crisis in ecology, global warming, and the resurgence in viral disease. To make rational choices in the 21st century, the citizen must have a basic understanding of biological concepts and the reasoning behind them.

Biology A Essentials

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Chances are, you’ve heard of cells, genetics, and evolution. After all, you can’t watch the news or any show on Hulu without hearing about stem cells, DNA evidence, or the controversy over evolution. But can you tell us: how plants manage to get energy from the sun?how a blond-haired kid can be born to a brown-haired family?why exactly carbs are not the evil enemy the media has made them out to be, but the one molecule essential to human survival? Our lessons, glossaries, readings, and activities in Semester A of this Biology course, aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, could help you out there.

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