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Art

AP Studio Art: 2D Design: Graphic Design

Teacher: Ms. Diamond

Prerequisites: Recommended GPA 3.5+ and teacher interview. Suggested to have taken H. Digital I, H. Digital II, H. Media Crew, AP Photo or portfolio review.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: 1-2 hours per week

AP Studio Art: 2D Design: Photography

Teacher:Ms.Staureth

Prerequisites:Recommended GPA 3.5+ and teacher interview

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: 3

AP Studio Art: 2D Media

Teacher: Ms. Novak

Prerequisites: 2 previous art electives or portfolio review. Recommended that students have taken Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Illustration, or Art 1 in the past

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: (See teacher)

AP Studio Art: 3D Design

Teacher: Ms. Custodio

Prerequisites: Recommended GPA 3.5+

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong work ethic

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5 hours

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Teacher: Ms. Chisholm

Prerequisites: Teacher interview

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: (See teacher)

AP Studio Art: Printmaking

Teacher: Ms. Faletto

Prerequisities: Must enroll in both AP Printmaking and AP Drawing class. 2 previous art electives or portfolio review. Recommended that students have taken Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Illustration, or Art 1 in the past

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: 4

English & Literature

AP English Language and Composition

Teacher: Ms. Bessette, Ms.Bey, Ms. Cwiak, Mr. Fine, Ms. Laroche, Mr. Maslanka, Ms.Mathew, Ms. Mikbel, Ms. Nemshick, Mr. Strom

Prerequisites: Students must show an aptitude in English demonstrated in previous English classes with an A or a B, or a score of 24 or better on the ACT, or a GPA of 3.0 or better. If the student doesn’t have this aptitude or motivation, this class will present too great a challenge.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Students must have successfully completed Survey of Literature, American Literature, and possibly British Literature before enrolling in AP Language. Students must be comfortable and skilled in writing, analyzing challenging poetry and prose, have a genuine interest in the subject area, and a working knowledge and interest in historical and current events.

Approximate amount of homework per week:5 hrs

AP English Literature and Composition

Teacher: Ms. Chappell, Ms. Ewers, Ms.Mottram, Ms. Sears, Mr. Nordlund, Mr. Telles, Ms. Trujillo, Mr. Valderrama

Prerequisites: Students must show an aptitude in English demonstrated in previous English classes with an A or a B, or a score of 24 or better on the ACT, or a GPA of 3.0 or better. If the student doesn’t have this aptitude or motivation, this class will present too great a challenge.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Students must have successfully completed Survey of Literature, American Literature, possibly British Literature and/or AP Language before enrolling in AP Literature. Students must be comfortable and skilled in writing, analyzing challenging poetry and prose, have a genuine interest in the subject area, and a working knowledge and interest in historical and current events.

Approximate amount of homework per week: 8-10 hrs

History

AP European History

Teacher: Ms. Malstrom, Mr. Stepek

Prerequisites: World Studies and US History (A or B in Honors or A in Regular), 3.0 or higher

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Expectation to be prepared for intensive reading and writing

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5-6 hrs

AP Human Geography

Teacher: Mr. Lewis, Mr. Stepek, Mr. Bradish, Mr. Nunez, Ms. Spence, Ms. Nester, Ms. McKnight

Prerequisites: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; see teacher for other recommendations

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (see teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: (see teacher)

AP Macroeconomics

Teacher: Mr. Carity

Prerequisites: Recommended 3.0 or higher GPA; any GPA allowed upon successful completion of Reg. or Hon. Economics

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong quantitative reasoning and analytical skills.

Approximate amount of homework per week: 3-5 hrs

AP Microeconomics

Teacher: Mr. Vlahos

Prerequisites: Recommended 3.0 or higher GPA; any GPA allowed upon successful completion of Reg. or Hon. Economics

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong quantitative reasoning and analytical skills.

Approximate amount of homework per week: 3-5 hrs

AP Psychology

Teacher: Mr. Doll, Ms. McMahon, Mr. McNaughton, Mr. Parsons, Ms. Paras

Prerequisites: suggested 3.5 GPA

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Excellent reading comprehension skills, writing skills, and critical thinking skills

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5-8 hrs

AP United States Government and Politics

Teacher: Mr. Nunez, Ms. Caracci, Ms. McMahon

Prerequisites: none

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong reading and writing skills. Interest in politics and government.

Approximate amount of homework per week: Varies depending on reading and studying ability. Students can expect to read, take notes, write, research, or study for tests.

AP United States History

Teacher: Ms. Caracci, Mr. Ochsenhaut, Mr. Ruckauf, Ms. Smith, Mr. McNaughton, Ms. McMahon, Mr. Escudier, Mr. Tarbhai

Prerequisites: A or B in World Studies, 3.3 or higher GPA

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong reading comprehension and writing skills, good work ethic, willing to put in the time and effort

Approximate amount of homework per week: Varies (see teacher for more information)

AP World History

Teacher: Ms. Applequist, Mr. Campos, Mr. McNaughton, Ms. Turner, Ms. Freedman

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong English and History skills, strong interest in history, strong analytical skills, strong writing skills are helpful

Approximate amount of homework per week: 20-40 pages of reading and notes (text)

Math & Computer Science

AP Calculus AB

Teacher: Ms. Atwood, Ms. Delisle, Mr. Hamel, Ms. Pflaum

Prerequisites: A or B in Honors Pre-Calculus or HT, along with the recommendation of your current math teacher.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Excellent fundamentals in Algebra and Trigonometry, problem solving skills, and a general LOVE of math.

Approximate amount of homework per week:30-60 minutes per night

AP Calculus BC

Teacher: Ms. Becker

Prerequisites: High A in Honors Pre-Calculus or HT, along with the recommendation of your current math teacher.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: A quick learner with excellent fundamentals in Algebra and Trigonometry, problem solving skills, and a general LOVE of math.

Approximate amount of homework per week:30-60 minutes per night

AP Computer Science A

Teacher: Mr. Law

Prerequisites: 1. Be awesome. 2. Classes are filled by GPA until full. Full of awesome.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Algebra

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5-6hrs

AP Computer Science Principles

Teacher: Mr. Kim, Mr. Patel

Prerequisites: Students who have taken MORE than 1 CS course should NOT sign up for this one. It’s meant as an intro AP course.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: AP CSP was designed to be more of an intro AP CS course. More breadth than depth. Kids don’t need to have any CS experience but they must be ready for a discussion heavy classroom. Much of their learning comes through discussion, team projects/presentations, and reflective journals. Considering majoring in computer science.

Approximate amount of homework per week: 2-3 hours

AP Statistics

Teacher: Mr. Minor, Ms. Brock

Prerequisites: Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry or Precalculus with Trigonometry, GPA 3.5

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong reading/writing skills (there’s more than you would expect)

Approximate amount of homework per week: 4-5hrs

Science

AP Biology

Teacher: Ms. Day, Dr. Lang

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry (grade of A or B in honors or A in regular); GPA 3.25 or higher

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Reading, note-taking, and graphing skills; basic biology vocabulary knowledge from freshmen level course

Approximate amount of homework per week: 4-6 hours (lab reports may take longer depending upon topic)

AP Chemistry

Teacher: Mr. Reid

Prerequisites: A or B in Honors Chemistry; A or B in Math Class (2 years); Recommended 3.5+ GPA,

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong Math and Science Skills

Approximate amount of homework per week: 7 hours per week (including chapter notes)

AP Environmental Science

Teacher: Mr. Wawyzchek, Ms. Jackson

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry; (student may be concurrently enrolled in Honors Chemistry, but must have earned an A in Biology) recommended GPA 3.0+

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: excellent attendance, able to read for comprehension

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5 hrs

AP Physics 1

Teacher: Dr. Smallfield, Ms. Smit

Prerequisites: A or B in Honors Chemistry OR A in Regular Chemistry, and A or B in Honors math class or A in Regular math class (must be enrolled in Geometry or higher math class)

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong command of algebra, willing and able to collaborate with others in lab settings

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5-7 hrs

AP Physics 2

Teacher: Dr. Smallfield

Prerequisites: Honors Physics (grade of A or B with teacher recommendation) or AP Physics; must be enrolled in pre-calculus or higher math with at least a B average in all math classes

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong command of algebra, trigonometry, reading/interpreting graphs, and the basics of AP Physics 1. Willing and able to collaborate with others in lab settings

Approximate amount of homework per week: 6-8 hrs

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and

AP Physics C: Mechanics (Double AP Class)

Teacher: Mr. Vessalo

Prerequisites: Honors Physics (grade of A or B with teacher recommendation) or AP chemistry (grade of A or B); must be enrolled in pre-calculus or higher math with at least a B average in all math classes

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Strong command of trigonometry and algebra, willing and able to collaborate with others in lab settings

Approximate amount of homework per week: 7-8 hrs

World Languages

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Teacher: Ms. Huang

Prerequisites: B or better from Chinese III and 3.5 GPA or score 85% or more on placement test for heritage speakers

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (see teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5 hours

AP French Language and Culture

Teacher: Ms. Navarrete

Prerequisites: Recommended 3.5+ GPA, A or B in Honors French 3 or A in Regular French 3

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Students must have strong speaking and listening skills and a genuine interest for the French and Francophone culture

Approximate amount of homework per week: 20-40 minutes per night

AP Italian Language and Culture

Teacher: Ms. Paganelli

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Italian III or Honors Italian II with prior approval by the AP teacher.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Intermediate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. A desire for a higher level of knowledge and proficiency in the Italian language and culture.

Approximate amount of homework per week: 5-7 hrs in addition to time spent listening to Italian radio and TV online.

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Teacher: Ms. Burbano, Ms. Zuniga, Ms. Perez

Prerequisites: Spanish I-III (Regular or Honors), Spanish Speakers I

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week:5 hrs

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Teacher: Ms. Perez

Prerequisites: In class, students must speak exclusively or almost exclusively in Spanish. Students must want to read and write essays in Spanish. Students must have great attendance & punctuality. It is highly recommended that students have taken & completed A.P. Spanish Language successfully. Student should kindly have his/her A.P. Spanish Language teacher fill out a short form that requests two sentences. The student needs to have a strong desire to learn, work, and put forth effort, above and beyond. For example, one should be willing to come to school to work some Saturdays during the school year and stay late to work after the regular school day other days.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: The ideal student has already developed Spanish language skills that encompass the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. This course continues developing the three modes of written and spoken communication while incorporating literature, art, music, film, and other cultural products that can relate to the literary works being studied.

Approximate amount of homework per week: This will vary depending on the individual students’ language skills. Approximately 8 hrs should be expected

AP Capstone

AP Seminar

Teacher: Mr. Gonzalez

Prerequisites: Completion of English I and English II, highly recommended to take course concurrently with AP English Language

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: Desire to explore real-world issues through a cross curricular lens

Approximate amount of homework per week: Approximately 5 hours

AP Research

Teacher: Ms. McDonough

Prerequisites: Students must have gotten an A or B in AP Seminar to enroll in AP Research. Only students who have taken AP Seminar are allowed to take AP Research.

Suggested skills and prior knowledge: (See teacher)

Approximate amount of homework per week: Students complete through-course assessments throughout the year that vary in length and time. On an average week, students will have approximately 4-5 hours of homework, but the homework load may be heavier when working on the through-course assessments.