Advanced Placement

AP Biology

This course is the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. It is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. This course is the equivalent of a full year (two semesters) of college biology.

AP Chemistry

This course is designed to investigate advanced topics in chemistry. Students wishing to take this course must demonstrate honor-level work in biology and chemistry. Students who do honor-level work in the course may take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Specific topics include: classification of matter; chemical reactions; thermochemistry; atomic structure; periodic property of elements; chemical thermodynamics and others.

AP Physics

A typical college freshman Physics, this course will involve at least one lab period per week. Students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in Physics.

AP Psychology

This course will be a semester introductory course in college psychology offered in a full school year. Major areas of study will include methods, approaches and history; biological bases of behavior; developmental psychology; personality; abnormal psychology; treatment of psychological disorders; and social psychology. Students may take this course for AP credit, college credit or high school credit. (AP examination often yields 3 credits depending on the college.)

AP Computer Science

The AP Computer Science course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.

AP American History

This course, for advanced eleventh grade students, is a survey of the social, economic and political developments of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is on the various interpretations of major historical themes and problems in our history. Students successfully completing the course will take both the Advanced Placement examination in May and the Regents in June. Jewish History is studied through various American Jewish documents with special emphasis on the development of the American Jewish community.

AP Political Science

The study of topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. Political Science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate.