Honors & AP Courses

AP COURSES

AP BIOLOGY
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval, Senior Status
(Science)
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

AP ENGLISH, LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval, Junior Status
(Junior English Requirement)
The AP English, Language, and Composition course aligns to the introductory-college level composition course. This course introduces students to close reading and analysis of rhetorical strategies. Students engage in reading and writing for a variety of purposes, audiences, and other rhetorical devices. Writing assignments cover purposes including exposition, argumentation, persuasion, and synthesis. Students will be able to analyze and produce writing with a variety of rhetorical strategies.

AP ENGLISH, LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval, Senior Status
(Senior English Requirement)
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

AP ART
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher approval
(Humanities or Elective)
The AP Studio Drawing Portfolio course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical 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 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, problem solving, and ideation. Students develop a body of work for the Concentration section of the portfolio that investigates an idea of personal interest to them. The five top pieces are selected for actual presentation in the Quality section of the Drawing portfolio.

PRE-AP and HONORS COURSES

ENGLISH

PRE-AP ENGLISH 1, 2 
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(English requirement)
Pre-AP English 1, 2  is an English course that will focus on enhanced levels of reading and writing. An academic emphasis will be placed on short stories, novels, poetry, literary terms and the five paragraphs persuasive and expository essays format.

PRE-AP ENGLISH 3, 4 
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: English 1, 2
(English requirement)
Pre-AP English 3, 4 is a rigorous course that will focus on the application of the reading/writing and classroom skills learned in English 1, 2. English 3, 4 students will be expected to apply proper classroom decorum to lectures, class discussions and cooperative group learning. In addition to applying literary/poetic terms, students will expand beyond writing a well-structured five paragraph essay.

 

ELECTIVES

DANCE HONORS
Course length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: Dance 1, 2 and audition/teacher approval
(Physical Ed. or Elective)
This course is for the advanced student and requires an audition.  This class develops advanced dance skills as well as trains the dancer to be a high school company dancer.  All dancers in this class are part of the CIVA Dance Company.  This company requires community outreach performances as well as school performances.

ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 prerequisite: Teacher Approval, Advanced Video Production
(Practical Arts or Elective)
Designed for production-oriented film and video students in which students utilize the skills learned in Video Production and Advanced Video Production. This honors class offers a laboratory setting that allows students to work in a practical studio environment. Students produce and direct a number of films as a part of this course of study. The class requires near perfect attendance and before and after school hours. This class is strictly project-based.

MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA 3, 4 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval, Algebra 1,2 and Geometry 1,2
(Math requirement or Elective)
This honors course makes mathematics relevant by using math skills in a problem solving environment. The course includes the following concepts at a more challenging level: complex number systems, graphing, relations and functions, systems of equations, polynomial functions, determinants, logarithmic and exponential series and sequences, functions, analytic geometry, conic sections, matrices and probability.

ALGEBRA INVESTIGATIONS 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None, (Math requirement or Elective)
This honors course focuses on algebraic topics including vocabulary, skills and applications to real-life and mathematical situations where students develop critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques at a complex level.

GEOMETRY INVESTIGATIONS 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Algebra 1, 2, (Math requirement or Elective)
This honors course introduces and reinforces to students the process of logical reasoning through the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in geometry. Included in the curriculum is enhanced transformational and coordinate geometry as well as geometric vocabulary and theorems, measurement, angles, lines, planes, polygons, circles, probability and statistics, proportional reasoning, and right triangle trigonometry. It will provide students with the concepts involving geometric figures and emphasize the numeral relationships among them.

SCIENCE

PHYS SCIENCE/EARTH/SPACE 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(Science or Elective)
This course is designed to provide students with a demanding foundation for the basic concepts of physical science including heat, light and sound, Newton’s laws, periodic table, physical and chemical properties, chemical bonding and reactions, atomic structure and conservations of mass and energy. In the areas of earth and space sciences, students will explore the concepts of geology meteorology, astronomy and space science and oceanography.

UNITED STATES HISTORY

UNITED STATES HISTORY HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(American History Requirement)
US History is the study of the events, people, and culture of the United States over time. Students will learn about the process of historical inquiry, review the events and principles behind the founding of the United States, and then apply historical inquiry to analyze societal issues, trends, and events from the Civil War to the present, including the Cold War, Civil Rights and other social movements, the Vietnam War, modern presidencies, and responses to global terrorism.  Students will explore timelines to gain an understanding of how events link to each other, and will analyze historical documents for a firsthand sense of how events unfolded. Students will also gather evidence from relevant documents and historical texts in order to develop credible explanations of events in US history. You’ll then use that evidence to evaluate change and continuity over time.