The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an opportunity for students to pursue college-level study in high school. College admissions personnel view AP experiences as an indicator of college success. Participation in AP courses is, therefore, a great advantage to a student planning to attend a selective or highly selective college. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses register for the exam in the fall and prepare to take the respective AP exams in May. There is a fee for an Advanced Placement exam, and financial assistance is available.
In this rigorous and rewarding course, motivated, enthusiastic and interested students study all of the concepts and unifying themes in biology and meet the expectations of college freshmen in an introductory biology course. Students are expected to be self-motivated learners who complete assignments promptly, work independently, and think critically. Class attendance for lecture and laboratory is critical, and students work independently and think critically. Inquiry-based labs require cooperation with partners/groups. Prerequisite: Biology (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.
Students study topics of limits, derivatives, and integrals and their applications. Prerequisite: A- in MCA855 or B+ in MIC955 and current mathematics teacher’s approval (full year – 1 credit) 12.
Students further develop language proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese while learning about the culture. Students use and study materials and participate in activities adapted from authentic sources to support linguistic and cultural goals. Prerequisite: LCH856 and/or permission of teacher (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.
In this class, comparable to a first-semester college-level class, students design, implement, and analyze programs and basic data structures, standard algorithms, and general computer systems knowledge with JAVA programming language. Prerequisite: Superior achievement in MCC551 and MCC875 and teacher recommendation. (Does not meet the mathematics graduation requirement.) (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.
Students learn about microeconomics by developing a thorough understanding of the economic principles that apply to consumers and producers within an economic system and of the nature of markets and the government’s role in the economy. Students learn about macroeconomics by studying the economic system as a whole including economic performance measures, the financial sector and international economics (full year – 1 credit) 12.
Students study both British Literature and rhetoric at an advanced pace, breadth, and depth. Students demonstrate initiative, complete a great deal of individual work, and participate in demanding instruction. Students prepare to take the AP Language and Composition Examination. Prerequisite: Honors English 2 strongly recommended; exceptionally strong students may take the class with teacher recom-mendation (full year – 1 credit) 11.
UConn’s First-Year Writing courses introduce students to the work of college writing, which includes posing questions, developing sustained intellectual projects, and generating knowledge that invites engagement with wide and varied audiences. Students work on projects in which they select and define places where they might advance the class conversation across various media. Additionally, students study a variety of texts and are offered the opportunity to take the AP Literature and Composition Exam. Prerequisite: EEN785 or EEN786 (full year – 1 credit) 12.
*This course will be offered every other year. It will be next offered during the 2024-2025 school year.
Students examine European events and movements from the Renaissance to the present day to understand the forces and ideas that have shaped our culture. Because the study of history goes beyond content, students study topics in a variety of ways and approaches, including analysis of primary source documents, classroom discussions, simulations and historical writing tasks (full year - 1 credit) 11 & 12.
UConn equivalent course: HIST1400: Modern Western Traditions (3 credits).
Students examine in depth the core concepts and theories of psychology to understand psychology as the study of the mind and human behavior. Students learn about important psychologists past and present, research methods, experiments and terminology, and students prepare for the AP Psychology examination (full year – 1 credit) 12.
Students learn standard and nonparametric approaches to statistical analysis; exploratory data analysis, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, one- and two-sample procedures, regression and correlation. Fee: Cost of textbook. Prerequisite: B+ in MFS854 or B- in MCA855 and current mathematics teacher’s approval (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.
UConn equivalent course STAT1100Q: Elementary Concepts of Statistics (3 credits)
Students investigate the Earth’s biotic and abiotic systems and how humans influence and depend upon them. With sustainability as a central theme, specific course topics include ecology, natural resources management, energy, pollution, human population dynamics, and climate change. Students have opportunities for field study, engage in required after-school labs, and complete summer coursework (full year – 1.25 credit) 10, 11 & 12.
UConn equivalent course NRE1000: Environmental Science (4 credits)
Students attain proficiency to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a college level and to develop and refine skills acquired over several years of study. Students focus upon mastery of language skills, rather than upon content of specific texts. Fee: Cost of textbook. Prerequisite: LSC855, LSL855 or equivalent (full year – 1 credit) 12.
UConn equivalent course SPAN3178: Intermediate Spanish Composition (3 credits)
Students prepare for AP Environmental Science by studying ecosystem ecology, human populations, biomes, biodiversity, and conservation, and by participating in hands-on laboratory investigations and fieldwork. Emphasis is placed upon the skills to be successful in an AP course (½ year – ½ credit) 9, 10 & 11.