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AP - ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SELECTION CRITERIA:

 

·       To apply for any Math or Science AP course, students MUST complete an AP application by February 15th, 2017 to be considered for the AP course(s) of their choice. Application forms will be available from subject teachers, and on the school website or the main office. These application forms should be returned to Mr. Wilkie or Mr. Low.

·         Students who wish to enroll in an AP course(s) must also enroll in courses across other subject areas.

·         Students who wish to take an AP course(s), must be enrolled in a minimum of 7 courses at UHill.

·         Students MUST have completed the necessary pre-requisite courses as indicated in the AP course description(s) in the course planning guide and must have these pre-requisites approved by the AP selection committee.

·         Students will be ranked and priority will be given to students who have achieved a minimum of 86% in the pre-requisite course(s) with no course mark below 60% and a minimum average of 86% in the best 6 of 7 courses at UHill.

 

 

Priority will be given to:

·         Students who are involved in extra-curricular activities and show well-roundedness.

·         Students who have demonstrated good character, leadership and initiative at UHill.

·         Students who show good citizenship through their contribution to the school community.

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT GUIDELINES:

 

·         Students may take up to a maximum of 4 AP courses at UHill per year.

·         Course Drop Policy: Students wishing to drop an AP course(s) MUST follow regular course drop deadlines and guidelines.

*Deadline to change courses is September 29th, 2017.
*Any requests to drop courses after September 29th, 2017 will NOT be considered unless there are exceptional, extenuating and unforeseen circumstances that have arisen. These requests will require application in writing to and approval from the grade administrator.

·         Students MUST write the AP exam for each AP course they are enrolled in at UHill in order to get credit for that AP course(s). Students who choose to NOT write the AP exam(s) will NOT have the “AP” version of the course recorded on their transcript and will NOT get credit for the AP course. Students should seriously consider this when applying for post-secondary institutions.

 
 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

·         Fees: A non-refundable amount of $150 will be charged for each AP exam that a student registers for. A non-refundable fee will also be charged for AP Course supplies. Please see the specific AP course teacher for amounts.

·         Only 1 section of each AP course will be offered in a school year with a maximum of 30 students per course.

·         Students approved for an AP course(s) will be ranked based on the criteria above with the first 30 students being registered in the course and the remaining approved students put on a waitlist.

·         All applications and the resulting selection process including waitlists will be kept confidential due to the complexity of factors to be considered.

 

 
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES:
 
 
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12                                     AELC- -12    
 
Pre-Requisite Course Required: English 11 or English 11 Enriched
                                                                                               
The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature from several genres and historical periods. The course is an excellent preparation for post-secondary studies.  Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to develop both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s themes, structure, and style, including the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Written assignments are designed to increase the students’ ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and persuade clearly, cogently, and elegantly, their interpretation of a literary work. There is an AP exam in May each year.  Registration in this high-level course requires satisfying selection criteria of the school, including proof of a high-level of achievement in English 10 and 11 courses. 
 
Students who achieve a 4 or 5 in this course will be eligible for advanced credit in First Year English at many colleges and universities.
 
 
AP CALCULUS 12 AB                                                                                             ACAL-12
 
Prerequisite Required: Pre-Calculus 11 with a minimum grade of 86%, Pre-Calculus 12 (Or to be taken concurrently)
A supplement AP application form is required.
 
AP Calculus AB consists of a full high school academic year of work and is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities.  Students are expected to write the AP Calculus AB exam and it is highly recommended that those wishing to take AP Calculus 12 AB be very strong in Mathematics.  Those who are taking Pre-Calculus 12 concurrently must have a strong understanding of trigonometry and logarithms.  Priority will be given to those who have taken a full year of Pre-Calculus 11.
 
Most of the year will be devoted to differential and integral calculus.  Topics include: Functions, Graphs, and Limits, Concept of Derivatives, Derivatives at a Point, Derivative as a function, Second Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, Computation of Derivatives, Interpretations and Properties of Definite Integrals, Application of Integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Techniques of Antidifferentiation, Applications of Antidifferentiation, and Numerical Approximations to Definite Integrals.  A graphing calculator is required.
 
 

BIOLOGY 11 PRE-AP                                                                                 MBI- -11ENR

 Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Application Form Submitted

A supplement AP application form is required.
 

This course is similar to an enriched Biology 11 curriculum, however it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how living organisms evolve and interact with their environment.  This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Biology 12 and write the AP Biology exam.  It is strongly recommended that Chemistry 11 precede or be taken concurrently with Biology 11 Pre AP.  A laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.

 
Biology AP is divided into four Big ideas and seven Scientific Practices.  This course will cover two Big Ideas and start developing students’ Scientific Practices. Topics used to cover these ideas include: Evolution, Immunology, Cell Systems, Ecology, Plant and Animal Systems.

 

 

 AP BIOLOGY 12                                                                                                      ABIO-12      

 Pre-Requisite Course Required: Biology 11 Pre AP, Application Form Submitted

A supplement AP application form is required.
 
This course is the continuation of Biology 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Biology 11 Pre AP.  It is strongly recommended that student complete Chemistry 11 preceding this course.  Students are expected to write the AP Biology exam.  As in Biology 11 Pre AP, a laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
This course will explore the final two Big Ideas and offer students more time to use their Scientific Practices.  Topics used to cover this material include: Biochemistry, Ecology, Mendelian Genetics, Mitosis and Meiosis, the Endocrine and Nervous System.
 
AP Biology 12 students write the AP Biology exam in May.
 
 
 
CHEMISTRY 11 PRE-AP                                                                                 MCH- -11ENR   
 
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Application Form Submitted
A supplement AP application form is required.
 
This course is similar to an enriched Chemistry 11 curriculum, however it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact).  Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year.  This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Chemistry 12 and write the AP Chemistry exam.  A laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
The concepts are organized around chemical principles called big ideas that include the following topics:  Atoms, Reactions and Stoichiometry, Chemical Energy and Thermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Gases and Intermolecular Forces.
 
 
 

AP CHEMISTRY 12                                                                                                 ACHE-12      
 
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Chemistry 11 Pre AP, Application Form Submitted
A supplement AP application form is required.
 
This course is the continuation of Chemistry 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Chemistry 11 Pre AP. Students are expected to write the AP Chemistry exam.   As in Chemistry 11 Pre AP, a laboratory notebook must be kept and will be worth 20% of the grade.
 
The primary goal of AP Chemistry is for students to connect the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact). Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year.
 
The concepts covered include: Kinetics, General and Solubility Equilibria, Acid-Base Equilibria, and Reactions Involving Electron Transfer.
 
 
AP PHYSICS 1                                                                                                          APHH-11
 
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Pre-Calculus 11.  Application Form Submitted.
(Pre-Calculus 11 may be taken concurrently)
A supplement AP application form is required.
 
It is recommended that Pre-Calculus 11 precede or be taken concurrently with AP Physics 1.  The student should also be competent in math and physics at the grade 10 level.  This is a mathematically intensive course, to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussions, and inquiry-based activities.  Students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and apply these skills to solving physics problems in one and two-dimensions. 
 
This course includes: Newtonian Mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, equilibrium, rotational motion), Work, Energy, Power, Mechanical Waves and Sound, Simple Circuitry
 
Each year, students participate in Physics Day at the PNE.
 
Students write the AP Physics 1 exam in May.  Upon successful completion of the course they will continue with AP Physics 2 the year after.
 
 
 

AP PHYSICS 2                                                                                                          APHH-12
 
Pre-Requisite Course Required: AP Physics 1, Application Form Submitted.
Recommended: Pre-Calculus 12 (To be taken concurrently)
A supplemental AP application form is required.
 
This course is the continuation of AP Physics 1 and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from AP Physics 1.  This is a mathematically intensive course to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussion and inquiring based-activities. Students develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills to solving problems in two and three-dimensions. 
 
This course includes: Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, Electrostatics and Circuits with Capacitors, Electromagnetism, Optics, Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
 
Each year, students participate in a tour of TRIUMF, the National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics.
 
AP Physics 2 students write the AP Physics 2 exam in May.
 
 
 AP ECONOMICS-MICROECONOMICS 12                                                       AMI- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: none, open to all in Gr 11 &12
 
AP Economics- Microeconomics will be offered for the first time at University Hill.  Students will apply and may be granted entrance based on criteria established by the AP Committee.  It is expected that AP Macroeconomics will be offered on alternate years.  Microeconomics will focus on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The 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 learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.
 
 
 

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 12                                                                             AHG- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Socials 11
 
By understanding how human population has changed over time, students can better understand the reasons for and effects of current geographic patterns in population. Study of population theories, models, and problems will show students the widespread effect that human population growth and decline has on people throughout world. The course will take the student through an understanding of global patterns in population concerns including in-migration, outmigration, city growth and population density. Human geography looks at the factors that influence human settlement patterns including language, culture, ethnicity and other factors. The course will also examine the factors that contribute to the development of a country’s infrastructure. This will include an analysis of the United Nations standards for development and human rights and concerns. Political geography will be discussed and analyzed in the context of human conflict. This course is AP credited and approved. Textbook and/or workbook will be discussed at a later date.
 
 
AP MUSIC THEORY                                                                                               AMU- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: none, open to all in GR 11 &12                                                                                               
*Strongly recommended: basic performance skills in reading music notation in voice or on an instrument.
 
The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while still in high school.  The ultimate goal of the AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.  The curriculum introduces ear training, sight-singing, theory, musical materials, and procedures, and will integrate aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition.  Musicianship skills such as dictation, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, reading and writing music notation, fundamentals of first-year University will be covered.  Music Theory is primarily a non-performance class, but students will be expected to become proficient in ear training and sight-singing as a means to learn about music notation, intervals, harmonies and rhythmic patterns. 
 
 
 

AP STUDIO ART 12: 2-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN, 3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN,       ASAD-12
AND DRAWING AND PAINTING
Pre-Requisite Course Required: none, open to all in Gr 11 &12
 
The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college/university credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of each Term. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing and Painting— corresponding to the most common college/university foundation courses. Students may choose to submit any or all of the portfolios. Students will create a body of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.
Although there is no prerequisite for AP Studio Art 12, prior experience in studio art courses that address conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills can support student success in the AP Studio Art Program.  Students who register for the course will be reviewed by an AP Selection Committee before being accepted into the program.
AP Studio Art students work with diverse media, styles, subjects, and content. Students’ work is informed and guided by observation, research, experimentation, discussion, critical analysis, and reflection, relating individual practices to the art world. Students are asked to document their artistic ideas and practices to demonstrate conceptual and technical development over time. The AP Studio Art Program supports students in becoming inventive artistic scholars who contribute to visual culture through art making.