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AP AT ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL

St. Edward High School offers a comprehensive Advanced Placement curriculum, allowing student who successfully pass the AP Exam at the end of each course to earn college credit for their work.  The AP curriculum is rigorous and meant to simulate the work of a college course.  Combining AP Courses and IB Courses, St. Edward offers the most options for earning college credit of any school in the Diocese of Cleveland.

 

Below is a list of AP Courses offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

AP English Language and Composition
Course 031
Grade 11 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Application and department approval required.
The main focus of this course is the reading and analysis of our American literary heritage from its beginnings to the present, emphasizing outstanding figures and works of recognized quality for analysis and enrichment. Composition work includes exposition, argumentation, literary analysis, and the personal essay. Research methods and skills are reinforced. Fulfillment of writing assignments in this course requires significantly more work than in English 3, with a greater emphasis placed on style and depth. In addition, a unit of study within the course is devoted to developing test-taking strategies designed to maximize the students’ scores on the verbal section of the SAT and the AP Language and Composition exam. This course is advanced, and is recommended for highly motivated students with strong study skills. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP English Literature and Composition
Course 040
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Application and department approval required.
The main focus of this course is the reading and analysis of both classic and contemporary literature, emphasizing outstanding authors and major works in all genres. Research methods and skills are reinforced, and all students are required to write two major research papers. Classes are conducted seminar-style, and active class participation on a consistent basis is expected. This course is advanced, and is recommended for highly motivated students with strong study skills. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP Human Geography
Course 162
Grades 10-11 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
Required of all sophomores not taking AP Human Geography or Honors US History/Govt.
This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students will learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They will also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP United States History
Course 130
Grade 11 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department/counselor approval required.
This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the materials and problems of United States history. The course seeks to develop students’ capacity to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. To that end, the course is both reading and writing intensive, and draws from a number of supplementary documents, essays, and works of interpretive history. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP U.S. Government & Politics
Course 140
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
This college-level survey course covers the constitutional underpinnings of the United States government, the institutions of national government, and the formation of public policy. Students will be required to take the AP exams in May.

Note: This course meets the economic/financial literacy graduation requirement. Students must take at least one qualifying economic/financial literacy course.

 

AP Art History
Course 145
Grades 11-12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
In this course, students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past through the present, encompassing a variety of cultures. By examining works of art, the course fosters an in-depth understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active in the art world, interacting with various forms and content. They will do so in the context of experiencing, researching, discussing, reading and writing about art and artists. In addition they will focus on their responses to, and interpretations of, art throughout histories and cultures. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP Microeconomics
Course 146
Grades 11-12 – 1 semester – 1⁄2 AP credit
Department approval required.
This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision-makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. This course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students will use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. Students will be required to take the AP exam in May.

Note: This course meets the economic/financial literacy graduation requirement. Students must take at least one qualifying economic/financial literacy course.

 

AP Comparative Government and Politics
Course 150
Grade 12 – 1 semester – 1⁄2 AP credit
Department approval required.
Students will analyze the political and economic systems of six countries: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia. Students will be required to take the AP exam in May.

Note: This course meets the economic/financial literacy graduation requirement. Students must take at least one qualifying economic/financial literacy course. This class does not replace the government requirement.

 

AP Calculus AB
Course 240
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
This initial course in Calculus thoroughly covers both the techniques and applications of both differential and integral calculus. All topics from the College Board’s suggested content guide for Calculus AB are covered. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP Calculus BC
Course 246
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
This course includes all topics normally taught in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus course through polar, parametric, and infinite series with an added emphasis on techniques of writing and solving differential equations. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP Statistics
Course 252
Grade 11-12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
The purpose of AP Statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data in preparation for the AP Statistics Exam. The course is organized around four major themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.

 

AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
Course 350
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP lab credit each semester
Prerequisites and Requirements: Completion of Physics 341 or Honors Physics; overall GPA of at least 3.5; must be enrolled in AP Calculus.
Interview and department approval required.
This college-level second-year physics course will be an in-depth study of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism and is designed to give necessary pre-college background for students who wish to succeed in a physics or engineering-oriented career. The course emphasizes a laboratory-based, problem-solving approach, continuing the student’s development in the process of scientific deduction. Thorough previous knowledge of year-one physics, algebra, trigonometry, and graphical analysis is required. Concepts of calculus will be used where appropriate. Concepts of calculus will be used where appropriate. There is a mandatory summer assignment to assist in course preparation. Students are required to take the AP Physics C E&M exam in May. Additional topics will, include nuclear and atomic physics.

 

AP Chemistry
Course 349
Grades 11-12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry.
Interview and department approval required.

This course is designed as the equivalent of a college general chemistry course, and has an approved syllabus as demanded by the College Board. Concepts and material that are expected to be on the College Board AP Chemistry Exam will be covered in depth. Exam taking strategy will also be employed throughout the course, as well as the reinforcement of concept through laboratory investigation. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. Your time and presence outside school day (before or after the school day) will be required for this class. There is summer work that must be completed before this class starts.

Note: An interview and science department approval are required. See Mrs. Lavelle to schedule the interview.

AP Biology
Course 348
Grade 12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Prerequisites: Honors Biology/Biology and Honors Chemistry/Chemistry.
Interview and department approval required.

This course is designed as the equivalent of a college introductory biology course and follows the AP Course Description recommended by the College Board. In addition to lectures, required additional material must be covered on an independent basis. Written papers and oral presentations will be assigned. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. First year biology and introductory chemistry topics are included on the exam, and these topics are to be known and reviewed by the individual student. Your time and presence outside school day (before or after the school day) will be required for this class. There is summer work that must be completed before this class starts.

 

AP Latin
Course 415
Grades 11-12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
Students will study the background, content, and structure of Vergil’s Aeneid, and Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Assignments will include translation of original texts from Latin to English, outside readings in English on classical Greek and Roman themes, and essays in English on topics related to poetry, mythology, culture, history and art. Students are required to take the AP Latin exam in May.

 

AP Spanish Language and Culture
Course 425
Grades 11-12, 2 semesters, 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Application and department approval required.

This course takes a holistic approach to language proficiency. Students learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning. In order to best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught entirely in Spanish. Students explore both contemporary and historical contexts through the themes of Global Challenges, Beauty and Aesthetics, Families and Communities, Personal and Public Identities, Contemporary Life, and Science and Technology. When communicating, both orally and through writing, the students will demonstrate cultural understanding and make comparisons between the Spanish and English language and cultures. Students are required to take the AP exam in May.


AP Computer Science A (Programming)
Course 577
Grades 11-12 – 2 semesters – 1⁄2 AP credit each semester
Department approval required.
In this college-level computer science course, students will develop skills in object-oriented programming (JAVA) for the Advanced Placement exam. Course content includes theory, problem-solving, program design, effective development practices, and advanced data structures. Students can earn college credit, given a sufficient score on the AP Exam. This AP course represents a serious first step in a career in computer science. 

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