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AP Placement Courses

Saint Louis School offers a number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Students who are ready for a unique learning experience will find exactly that in our AP classes. “Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world…  From the moment a student enters an AP classroom, he will notice the difference—in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of his classmates, in the way he starts to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead students will engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.” About Advanced Placement, About AP Courses (2012), from http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html 
 
2025 Advanced Placement English Language and Composition  (1 year) The course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way basic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
2031 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition  (1 year) The course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
8035 Advanced Placement CALCULUS A/B  Grades 11-12  (1 year)  Prerequisite: C in Geometry and department recommendation. This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is not assumed that they have acquired a sound understanding of the theory of elementary functions. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement test in Calculus to earn college credit. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class. 
 
8037 Advanced Placement CALCULUS B/C  Grades 11-12  (1 year)  Prerequisite: C in Geometry and department recommendation. This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is not assumed that they have acquired a sound understanding of the theory of elementary functions. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement test in Calculus to earn college credit. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1111 Advanced Placement Biology Grades 11-12  (1 year) This course follows the sequence of topics outlined in the May 2006 Advanced Placement Biology Course Description Booklet by the College Board. Most college texts, such as Biology by Campbell, follow a similar format. The class meets six times in a cycle for one or two hours depending on the schedule (A-G). Since laboratory investigations generally require more than one hour to complete, when necessary they are stopped at an appropriate place and continued the next day. Many labs are scheduled during a two-hour time frame depending on the schedule in the cycle. Teams share the variety of experimentation required for any one investigation and enter data on the class computer for processing at a later time.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1115 Advanced Placement Chemistry Grades 10-12.  (1 year)         Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry.   The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during the first year of college.  Students attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems.  The course contributes to the development of the students' abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic.  Topics include a rigorous mathematical approach to topics covered in first-year chemistry (mathematics of chemistry, laboratory safety and procedures, chemical foundations, atoms-molecules-ions, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and equations, gases-liquids-solids, thermochemistry, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, properties of solutions, kinetic theory, equilibrium, acids-bases-salts, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, structure and organization of the periodic table, organic chemistry, and related career opportunities) and extension of general chemistry topics to the college level.  The course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test that occurs in May and provide a lab experience equivalent to that of a typical college course. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  

1140 Advanced Placement Physics Grade 12 (1 year) Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Physics, or recommendation of science teacher; concurrent registration in Calculus; approval from AP Physics instructor before registering. Advanced Placement (AP) Physics is a calculus-based second year physics course, which follows the Advanced Placement Physics C curriculum.  Students will learn to work independently, with class time used for tutorial, lab and small group work.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1229 Advanced Placement Psychology Grade 12 (1 year) The aim of this course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses.  Students learn some of the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the centuries.  They also assess the differing approached adopted by psychologists, including the biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural perspectives.  Specific topics may include methodology, behaviorism, neuroscience, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, and intelligence and psychological testing. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1213 Advanced Placement World History  (1 year)    Prerequisite: Offered to students in grades 10-12 only with departmental approval. The AP World History course provides a way to understand history and a foundation from which to view the complexities of today’s world.  Its emphasis on encounters and interactions provides a framework that is especially important.  Out AP World History course is shaped by the six themes and the “habits of mind” that are outlined in the Course Description provided by the College Board.  These overarching themes and the habits of mind foster critical thinking and encourage students to develop their own abilities and to truly be a part of the learning process.   Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.   
 
1217 Advanced Placement United States History  (1 year)    Offered to juniors only with departmental approval     This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students learn to assess historical materials and weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students with a strong background in writing and analytical skills are encouraged to enroll.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1221 Advanced Placement United States Government  (1 year)  
Offered to juniors and seniors only with departmental approval  Students are expected to take a year-end ETS (Educational Testing Service) Exam that may fulfill college level requirements. This course addresses all areas of the American political system from democratic political theory to the study of the federal system. Students focus on Constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, the bureaucracy, as well as the study of electoral campaigns and political parties. As a college level course, students are expected to complete numerous reading and writing assignments. Classes are lecture and discussion driven. Students with a strong background in writing and analytical skills are encouraged to enroll.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1225 Advanced Placement Economics:  Macroeconomics Grade 12   (1 semester) Macroeconomics gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.  
 
1226 Advanced Placement Economics:  Microeconomics Grade 12   (1 semester)  Microeconomics gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs).  Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.