Course Descriptions



Detailed Description of Each Course (2015 - 2016)


Honors Courses - Honors courses are designed for the serious student. Successful completion of entry-level classes and recommendation of the teacher of introductory courses is required. More in-depth study in the given disciplinary area is the focus of honors courses.

Advanced Placement Courses - AP courses are high school courses taught on a college level; consequently, much reading and homework are required. Students receive high school credit for these courses and, upon successful completion of the AP exams, earn college credit (each college determines the number of credit hours it will grant for each course).
Colleges, especially the highly selective ones, do expect to see students challenge themselves in high school.
The following guidelines apply to all AP courses:

1. All pre-requisites should be met (including the Teacher Recommendation). 2. All students in AP classes are required to take AP exams and pay the necessary testing fees ($87 in 2011). These fees are billed in the spring of the school year. 3. No more than three AP courses can be taken per year without special permission from the Principal. 4. All students in AP classes are required to purchase materials needed for the courses.

AP Courses Offered:

AP Calculus 1 unit
AP English Lit & Composition 1 unit
AP English Language & Composition 1 unit
AP Physics 2 units
AP U.S. History 1 unit
AP Statistics 1 unit
AP Biology 2 units
AP Chemistry 2 units
AP European History 1 unit
AP Government 1 unit
AP Psychology 1 unit