Advanced Placement Offerings

  • The following Advanced Placement courses can be offered at Global Academy, depending on teacher availability and a sufficient number of participating students. These classes will prepare students to take the AP Exam in May.

    All courses, except US Government and Macro/Microeconomics (which are 1 semester each) are worth 1.0 credits (two semesters) and are year-long courses.

     

    • EN310A/B DLF - AP English III - Language and Composition: An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming 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 generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

    • EN411 A/B DLF - AP English IV: Literature & Composition: In the AP Literature and Composition course, students read, analyze, write, rewrite, and discuss writings of renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on author’s narrative techniques, students are prepared for college, career and the AP exam.

    • MA414 A/B DLF - AP Statistics: This course is designed to provide college-level instruction on the concepts and tools for working with data. Students collect and analyze data and draw conclusions based on real-world information. The course challenges students to explore patterns, think critically, use a variety of tools and methods, and report their findings and conclusions. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: (1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns; (2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study; (3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and (4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.

    • MA416 A/B DLF - AP Calculus AB: This course includes a study of limits, continuity, differentiation, and the integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions, as well as the applications of derivatives and integrals. These concepts will be developed through mathematical practices for AP Calculus: (1) Reasoning with definitions and theorems; (2) Connecting concepts; (3) Implementing algebraic/computational processes; (4) Connecting multiple representations; (5) Building notational fluency; and (6) Communicating.

    • MA417 A/B DLF - AP Calculus BC: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deep understanding of the concepts of calculus in order to prepare them for the AP exam and for further college and university calculus courses. These concepts will be developed through mathematical practices for AP Calculus: (1) Reasoning with definitions and theorems; (2) Connecting concepts; (3) Implementing algebraic/computational processes; (4) Connecting multiple representations; (5) Building notational fluency; and (6) Communicating.

    • SC122 A/B DLF - AP Biology: This challenging course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam. Over two semesters, the students are engaged in a wide variety of activities, with substantial emphasis on interpreting and collecting data in virtual labs, writing analytical essays and mastering biology concepts and connections. The key themes of the AP Biology course include the scientific processes, the effects of science on technology and society, the chemistry and make up of living organisms, genetics, diversity, and evolution. Throughout this course, students will be expected to answer questions, reflect on issues and complete lab activities. The primary emphasis is to develop an understanding of concepts rather than memorizing terms and technical details. 

    • SC131 A/B DLF - AP Environmental Science: AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. They evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratories support student content mastery in both hands-on and virtual experiences. 

    • SS108 A/B DLF - AP Human Geography: The AP Human Geography course is designed to provide college level instruction on the patterns and processes that impact the way humans understand, use, and change Earth’s surface. Students use geographic models, methods, and tools to examine human social organization and its effect on the world in which we live. Students are challenged to use maps and geographical data to examine spatial patterns and analyze the changing interconnections among people and places. 

    • SS106 A/B DLF - AP United States History: AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance —American and national identity; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; culture and society; migration and settlement; geography and the environment; America in the World— provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.

    • SS116DLF - AP United States Government & Politics: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. 

    • SS117ADLF - AP Macroeconomics: AP Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization in policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.
    • SS117BDLF - AP Microeconomics: AP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses 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.

    • VA810A/B DLF - AP Art History: Within AP Art History, students will explore the interconnections between culture, art, and historical context through the critical analysis of art, culture, and purpose. Through the use of a defined art historical skill set and reflective learning, students will analyze relationships across cultures with a global lens. The examination of how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art will enable students to think conceptually about art ranging from prehistory to contemporary. Students will be active participants, engaging with art and its context as they read, research, and collaborate to learn about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art.

    • SS142A/B DLF - AP Psychology:  AP Psychology is a college-level course providing students with an overview of the development of human behaviors and thoughts. The goals of this course are to immerse students in modern psychological investigation techniques, to accentuate the ethics and morality of human and animal research, and to emphasize scientific critical thinking skills in application to the social sciences. Psychology is a diverse social and biological science with multiple perspectives and interpretations. The primary emphasis of this course is to help students develop an understanding of concepts rather than memorize terms and technical details. 

    • FL111A/B DLF - AP Spanish Language: This course will be offered to students who wish to pursue college-level studies in Spanish in preparation for the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. Students are required to exclusively speak Spanish with the instructor and classmates. The course continues to engage students in an exploration of cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world based on six broad themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Public and Personal Identities, Families and Communities, Beauty and Aesthetics. Coursework provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational.

    • FL112A/B DLF - AP Spanish Literature: This course is equivalent to a college-level introductory survey course of literature written in Spanish. Students continue to develop their interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in the Spanish language, as well as critical reading and analytical writing. Cultural connections will also be made throughout the course as they explore short stories, novels, plays, essays, and poetry written by authors from Spain, Latin America, and the US. 

    • AP Latin: This course's goals are to develop the students' abilities to read aloud and translate the required passages from Caesar's De Bello Gallico and Vergil's Aeneid into English as literally as possible, to help them understand the context of the written passages (including the political, historical, literary, and cultural background of each author and text), and to help them understand the reasons behind the particular style of writing and the rhetorical devices employed. The course should also help students to be successful in analyzing Latin passages to understand how and why the author uses the language in a particular way and the effects he is hoping to produce. Students will learn to analyze the text and draw their own logical conclusions. This course should give students tools to read Latin prose and poetry aloud and with accurate comprehension and appreciation. For the Vergil text, students will learn dactylic hexameter and how it used to enhance the text and create effect, and students will scan the poetry at least once a week.