Honors & AP High School Courses

CIVA Charter High School Honors Classes

Colorado Springs charter schools, like CIVA, offer honors classes and the AP program in high schools across the nation (and Canada) for students looking to enhance their educational experience. AP, or Advanced Placement, courses are designed for high school students that have a curriculum at the college level and have the added benefit of offering college credit to the student. Honors courses are also designed to be challenging but do not offer the chance for college credit.

Honors High School Courses

Courses with a challenging curriculum.

AP High School Courses

Courses with a challenging curriculum that also offer the chance for the student to receive college credit.

The AP Program in High School Helps You Prepare for College!

Taking advantage of the AP Program in high school is recommended amongst many charter schools. There are numerous residual benefits from selecting a more challenging academic path in high school:

  1. When the time comes, students are better prepared for college which helps to ease the shock of the transition from child to independent adult. Those students who have prepared their minds for a higher-level curriculum and college-style examinations will be able to adapt more easily to their new surroundings.
  2. Having a head start on college credits is a phenomenal benefit awarded to those students who have accepted the challenge to work hard in high school. Investing time and effort in enhancing the building blocks of a successful career path is undoubtedly going to produce long-term dividends.
  3. Students who enroll in the AP Program in high school typically have a more driven attitude towards academics. In classes, students will mingle with like-minded students which will encourage them to positively influence each other—encouraging healthy relationships and stimulate constructive growth.
  4. Enrolling in honors or AP high school courses develops skills for working hard and promotes leadership skills, accountability, and a sense of personal accomplishment which will help to boost confidence during a time potential struggle as students begin to grasp onto transitioning out of childhood.
  5. More stringent content to study helps to develop quality organizational skills, an increased knowledge base, and critical thinking skills to improve cognitive abilities.

CIVA Charter High School proudly encourages our students to challenge themselves and set expectations that encourage healthy ambition. We aim to enable our Colorado Springs high school students with the skills they need to continue to excel in their academic path as they continue onward to the next step of their journey.

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AP, PRE-AP AND HONORS COURSES

AP ENGLISH, LANGUAGE, AND COMPOSTION
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Junior status
(Junior English, Humanities, Elective)
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 COMPOSTION
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Senior status
(Senior English, Humanities, Elective)
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.

PRE-AP DRAWING/PAINTING
Course Length:  2 Semesters Grade: 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: Previous Art Course
(Humanities or Elective)
This course is designed for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. Pre-AP takes the investigating and accurate rendering skills from previous art classes to the next level. Each project encourages exploration and development of a personal voice and vision. Students will interpret and manipulate color, value, line and other elements of art to develop portfolio quality pieces. This course also serves as foundation for AP Studio Art.

AP STUDIO ART
Course Length:  2 Semesters Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-AP or Teacher approval
(Humanities or Elective)
The AP Studio 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. There are two portfolios available to participate in: Drawing or 2-D Art and Design.
 
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. Pre-AP 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

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

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 PHYSICS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Algebra 3, 4 completed or concurrent; Phys Science/Earth/Space 1, 2, Biology 1, 2 and Chemistry 1, 2 or Teacher Approval
(Science)
Physics is the study of motions, forces, energy, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Students will be expected to demonstrate a command of science process skills. They will solve problems by observing demonstration, conducting experiments, and applying math procedures and skills. Physics has applications in many fields including athletics, engineering and technology, liberal arts, medicine and health.

CP CHEMISTRY 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Phys Science/Earth/Space 1, 2 and Biology 1, 2 and Algebra 3,4 completed or concurrent.
(Science requirement or Elective)
Embedded in the same Chemistry classes, this extension opportunity allows for deeper study of matter and energy. Students will explore Chemistry from a historical perspective, work with more intricate molecular designs and have additional lab time, as well as apply math to this subject at a more rigorous level.

PHYS SCIENCE/EARTH/SPACE 1, 2 HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(Science requirement 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.

SOCIAL STUDIES

EUROPEAN HISTORY HONORS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(Social Studies)
Students will go deeper into the main themes, ideas, conflicts, and events in European history from the 1300s to the Cold War. Students will practice and develop historical thinking skills, document analysis abilities, and research and writing skills. Students will be challenged to determine and evaluate the significance of events, follow chronology and analyze the cause and effects of major historical events in the context of European history.

WORLD HISTORY HONORS
Course Length 2 Semesters Grades: 9
Credits per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
This survey course will go deeper into the major developments in the history and the heritage of the world’s civilizations beginning with Ancient Sumer and continuing to the 21st Century, to draw connections to modern society and see how the broader spectrum of historical context shaped those historical moments.  There will be additional work above and beyond the on-level version of the course.

 

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