Advanced Placement & Honors

When selecting an Honors and/or Advanced Placement course, students and parents must complete the online “Student & Parent Agreement for Enrollment in Advanced Courses” contract and submit with their course selection sheet at the time of course selection. A copy of the contract can be downloaded below or received from their social studies teacher or the program supervisor, Mr. Kevin Wagner

Honors U.S. History (9th grade)

Honors World History (10th grade)

AP African American Studies

AP European History

AP Psychology

AP United States History

AP U.S. Government and Politics

AP Capstone Program

Students are also able to participate in an innovative diploma program that helps them stand out in the college admissions process by developing the critical skills needed to succeed in college and in life. Two courses – AP Seminar and AP Research allow students to immerse themselves in topics that matter to them while developing the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that colleges seek in their applicants. This challenging program helps students deepen their passion for learning, gives them greater confidence in their academic skills, and provides a broader perspective in their world. Students take AP Seminar in the 10th or 11th grade followed by AP Research. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma, which signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic research and skills. Students are not required to take both AP Capstone programs, but it is highly recommended.

 AP Capstone Curriculum

AP Seminar

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. There are no prerequisite courses required for the AP Seminar course.

AP Research

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. Prerequisite - students must have successfully completed the AP Seminar course.


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