AP Classes

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The Advanced Placement Program was established by the College Board and is recognized nationally for its rigor in the core subject areas, thus preparing students for the rigors of college. Students who participate in challenging courses beyond the minimum requirement for a high school diploma are more prepared for life-long learning and a competitive career. I hope you find this website helpful and it helps you to make wise decisions in your course selections.

*Note that information provided on this website is subject to change.

AP Policies

The following are expectations of students taking any AP course offered at ACS:

Students and parents will sign a contract at the beginning of the course, agreeing to adhere to the AP policies. This contract and stipulations may be found in the guidance office or from the individual AP teacher.
*The school add/drop policy is followed with the following exception:
*Any student wishing to withdraw from an AP course before Labor Day may do so without any academic penalty.
*Any student who withdraws from an AP course after Labor Day will receive a 69 (failure) for the remainder of the year-long course.
*All students enrolled in an AP course will be required to take the national AP exam at the end of the school year, and payment for the exam is the responsibility of the parent.

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AP Classes Offered at ACS

Click on each course to see course requirements, prerequisites, etc.

AP Biology

AP Biology
Course Description: The AP Biology course is designed to enable you to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses ? a goal of every AP course. This AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course and has been endorsed enthusiastically by higher education officials.
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry
Teacher: Miss Taylor Gandy, taylorgandy@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-biology

AP Calculus AB

Course Description: AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
Prerequisites: Students must complete the equivalent of four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students, including two Algebra courses, Geometry, and a Precalculus course that covered Trigonometry.
Teacher: Mrs. Sarah White, sarahwhite@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-calculus-ab

AP English Language and Composition

Course Description: The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
Prerequisites: none, but students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.
Teacher: Ms. Rebecca Graves, rebeccagraves@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-english-language-and-composition

AP English Literature and Composition

Course Description: 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.
Prerequisites: none, but students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.
Teacher: Ms. Rebecca Graves, rebeccagraves@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-english-literature-and-composition

AP Government and Politics

Course Description: AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. You will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. You?ll also engage in disciplinary practices that require you to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, you?ll complete a political science research or applied civics project.
Prerequisites: none, but students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
Teacher: Mr. Mike Giddens, mikegiddens@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-united-states-government-and-politics

AP Psychology

Course Description: The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. An introductory college course in psychology is generally one semester in length, with some variation among colleges. An AP course in psychology need not follow any specific college curriculum. Rather, the aim is to provide a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses.
Prerequisites: none, but strong reading/writing skills are required
Teacher: Mrs. Renee McHatton, reneemchatton@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-psychology

AP Statistics

Course Description: The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
Prerequisites: Students must have taken second-year algebra before enrolling in AP Statistics.
Teacher: Mrs. Beverley Wright, beverleywright@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-statistics

AP US History

Course Description: AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.
Prerequisites: none, but students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
Teacher: Miss Courtney Thompson, courtneythompson@augustachristian.org
CollegeBoard Link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-united-states-history

Parents of AP Students

It can be exciting and intimidating to be the parent of an AP student. Here?s some quick advice on navigating through the year as a parent:
* Stay positive! AP courses are tough, and the positive outlook you maintain will help your student to remain motivated throughout the course.
* Allow growth! One of the goals of an AP course is to stretch students beyond the typical learning level. The courses are difficult, and that is to be expected.
* Provide encouragement! As you allow your student to struggle through the course, encourage him or her to do their best work, stay focused, and keep a good attitude.
* Trust the instructor! All AP teachers have undergone extensive training by the CollegeBoard and remain the authority on all the curriculum covered. You can trust your student is in good hands!
CollegeBoard Resource Page: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/for-parents

The Exam

All students enrolled in an AP course will be required to take the national AP exam at the end of the school year, and payment for each exam is the responsibility of the parent.

Exam Dates for the Current Year:

Monday, May 7, 2019 - AP PSYCHOLOGY - 12:00 noon
Wednesday, May 9, 2019 - AP LITERATURE & COMPOSITION - 8:00 am
Thursday, May 10, 2019 - AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS - 8:00 am
Friday, May 11, 2019 - AP US HISTORY - 8:00 am

Monday, May 14, 2019 - AP BIOLOGY - 8:00 am
Tuesday, May 15, 2019 - AP CALCULUS AB - 8:00 am
Wednesday, May 16, 2019 - AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - 8:00 am
Thursday, May 17, 2019 - AP STATISTICS - 12:00 noon

Helpful Links

Collegeboard Student Page: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home
Kahn Academy AP Tutorials & Practice: https://www.khanacademy.org/

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