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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP Biology

Prerequisites: 90% in PAP Chemistry or PAP Biology. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP Biology is the equivalent of a college Biology course taken by science majors. The labs are also the equivalent of those offered at the college level. This course teaches students in-depth, factual and conceptual knowledge along with analytical skills. The main topics covered are molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, organism classification, plant and animal body systems, and community and population ecology. Students will be encouraged to critically assess scientific positions in light of Scripture and faith. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, lab projects and reports, and preparing for the national AP Biology exam in May each year.

AP Calculus AB

Prerequisite: 90% or above in Pre-AP Pre-Cal or 95% or above in Trigonometry and teacher recommendation. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


Advanced Placement Calculus AB includes a course of study comparable to that of an introductory college calculus course. Topics covered include limits and differential and integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions. Applications such as optimization, related rates, and area under a curve are covered.

AP Calculus BC

Prerequisites: AP Calculus AB and teacher recommendation. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


Advanced Placement Calculus BC is the second course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. Topics covered include applications of integration (i.e. volumes of solids of revolution), techniques of integration (i.e. integration by parts, partial fractions, and improper integrals), sequences and series, vectors and parametric equations, and polar equations.

AP Chemistry

Prerequisites: 90% or above in Algebra II, 90% in PAP Chemistry. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP Chemistry is a college-level course. Use of a college textbook, challenging labs and in-depth questions, along with rapid progression through the curriculum, optimally prepares the student for the AP Chemistry Exam in May. The course gives a solid grounding in stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic structure, bonding, kinetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, equilibrium and nuclear chemistry. The course demands extensive homework, elaborate lab reports and time- sensitive tests.

AP English Literature & Composition

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and a yearly average of 93% or higher in Junior or Sophomore English or 87% or higher in PAP Sophomore English. PSAT/ACT test scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


This class is for qualified students who wish to take a college-level English course at the high school level. As such it emphasizes college-level reading and writing. A short-term goal of this course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam. The more important and long-term goals are to enable students to read closely, to question intensely, to think critically, and to write persuasively. The focus of this class is on close and active readings of major literary works (A Separate Peace, Heart of Darkness, Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It and a Faulkner novel TBA). Students will develop their writing skills through composition of expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Students will complete essays under time constraints using the AP test format as well as out-of-class papers which involve peer review and revision. There will also be opportunity for informal journals, reader responses, and other creative endeavors. Over the course of the year, students will learn to read and write in an increasingly critical and sophisticated manner while also developing a personal appreciation for the written word.


The text(s) for the required summer reading assignment will be announced before school dismisses in May.

AP Language & Composition

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and a yearly average of 93% or higher in Junior or Sophomore English or 87% or higher in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition or PAP Sophomore English. PSAT/ACT test scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


This senior level course covers the study of rhetoric and writing in varied styles and forms: essay, novel, short story, memoir, drama, and poetry. The course’s goal is to re ne thinking and writing skills while introducing students to modern literature. Course content closely follows the 12th grade Worldview curriculum. Students study essays from The Rinehart Reader, as well as other sources. Along with these short writings, we read several novels and plays including Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, Brave New World by Huxley, A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and JB by MacLeish. AP Language students assemble writing portfolios from various genres of personal writing, written during their school career. Along with copies of their written creations, essays (explaining how the selection shows their growth as learners and writers) are included. Students also complete annotated glossaries started in ninth grade as preparation for college and for the AP exam. Students are required to purchase 5 Steps to a 5 for AP English Language published by McGraw-Hill as part of their preparation for the test.


The text(s) for the required summer reading assignment will be announced before school dismisses in May.

AP Music Theory

Prerequisite: At least one previous year of high school-level choral or instrumental instruction


This course is designed to instruct the serious musician on the terminology and musical structures needed for modern application. Topics covered include music notation, key signatures, scales (basic and modal), intervals, modes, diatonic relationships, harmonic structure, ear-training and chordal analysis. Assignments will consist of written theory exercises and one composition project in the Spring. This course is recommended for students who have a serious interest in music. Students are expected to take the AP Exam in May unless approved exemption is granted due to extenuating circumstances. Students who do not sit for an AP Exam will be expected to take an equivalent final.

AP Physics

Prerequisites: Students should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus. All students will be asked to complete a summer assignment in order to be prepared for the mathematical concepts. GPA and PSAT/ ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP Physics is a college-level course. Use of a college textbook and challenging labs, along with rapid progression through the curriculum, optimally prepares the student for the AP Physics Exam in May. Lab activities, an essential portion of the course, demand teamwork, problem-solving skills and well-developed lab reports. Facility in working complex word problems requires extensive homework and rigorous, time-sensitive testing. AP Physics is a mathematically intensive course.

AP Psychology

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status, 90% average of 2nd semester grades in at least two of the following three courses: Biblical Worldview, English, or History and a teacher recommendation from one of these teachers. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior, including the biological and cognitive bases for normal and abnormal behavioral patterns. Psychological theories and research will be considered in terms of de ning theoretical explanations of human perception, cognition, emotion, social behavior, personality, and learning. Students will learn about the therapeutic techniques utilized by psychologists in research and practice today, along with ethical standards. This course will examine how a correct and complete view of the causes of human behavior is rooted in Scripture, through God’s revelation of His creation and humanity’s role in relation to Him. This course will require a rigorous schedule of reading, class discussions, and testing.


A summer reading assignment is required.

AP Statistics

Prerequisites: 85% or above in PAP Algebra II or 90% or above in Algebra II and teacher recommendation. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP Statistics is a college-level course. Use of a college textbook, along with rapid progression through the curriculum, prepares the student for the AP Statistics Exam in May. The purpose of the AP course in statistics 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 – describing patterns and departures from patterns; sampling and experimentation – planning and conducting a study; anticipating patterns – exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and statistical inference – estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.

AP World History

Prerequisites: Open to 10-12 grade students with qualifying GPA and PSAT score


AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BC to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the ve major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.

AP United States Government and Politics

Prerequisite: 90% or above in the current history course and teacher recommendation. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP U.S. Government provides students with factual knowledge and analytical skills to understand and critically engage with issues and structures of the U.S. government. The course gives students a scope of study equivalent to that provided by most introductory college U.S. government and politics courses.


A summer reading is required.

AP United States History

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, a yearly average of 90% or above from previous history class, and completion of Civics. PSAT/ACT scores are also a consideration for enrollment.


AP U.S. History is a weighted elective available to juniors and seniors who wish to pursue advanced placement in history. The course will be presented chronologically to cover the years between the colonization of North America (1500s to the present). It is an in-depth and detailed study of American history and builds on the foundation laid by middle school US history courses and Civics. This course will require additional writing as well as analysis and synthesis of primary source documents. Longer and more challenging reading assignments will also be required.


A summer reading assignment is required.