As part of their senior seminar, students can take one of several college accredited courses, including AP US History and AP Biology.
These courses which are certified by the College Board will culminate in a rigorous 3 hour AP examination.
AP US History -
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
AP Biology -
The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Primary emphasis in an AP Biology course should be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
AP Courses - Why They Matter
6 Reasons to Take Advanced Placement Classes
By Allen Grove, About.com Guide
If you're planning to go to college and your high school offers AP
classes, you should take advantage of the opportunity. The successful
completion of Advanced Placement classes has benefits during both the
college application process and undergraduate life. Below are six of the
biggest perks to taking AP classes.
Impress College Admission Couselors
At nearly every college in the country, your academic record is the most
important part of your college application. The folks in the admissions
office want to see that you've taken the most challenging courses
available to you. Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of
your preparedness for college. The most challenging courses, of course,
are college-level Advanced Placement classes.
Develop College-Level Academic Skills
AP classes require the type of high-level calculating and critical
thinking that you'll encounter in your first year of college. If you can
write essays and solve problems successfully for an AP class, you've
mastered many of the skills that will lead to success in college. Be
sure to check out this article on the differences between high school
and college academics.
If you take enough Advanced Placement classes, you can potentially
graduate from college a semester or even a year early. Early graduation
isn't always a good idea, but for a student who isn't receiving
financial aid, it can save tens of thousands of dollars...read more
Choose a Major Sooner
AP classes can help with your selection of a major in two ways. First,
each course provides an in-depth introduction to a specific subject
area. Second, a high score on an AP exam often fulfills one of a
college's general education requirements. This means you'll have more
room in your schedule to explore different academic fields early in your
Take More Elective Classes in College
Not only do AP classes help you zero in on a major sooner, but they also
free up your schedule so you can take more elective classes (college
classes that are not required for graduation). For many students, a
college's general education requirements and major requirements leave
little room for fun and exploratory classes. If you want to take that
interesting class on glass blowing or the occult, AP credits will make
it much easier to fit the course in your schedule.
Add a Minor or Second Major More Easily
If you're particularly driven and have multiple interests, AP credits
can make it more feasible to add a minor (or two) or even a second major
to your undergraduate academic plan. With a standard work load and no AP
credits, you might find it impossible to complete the requirements for
two majors in four years.