Advanced Placement Opportunities
Advanced Placement Exam
Advanced Placement Exams are administered nationally each school year in May by the College Board. Information can be obtained directly from the College Board Website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/what-is-ap.
Each student taking an AP course at CHS has his/her own login to AP Central and the AP Classrooms, offering key information and resources for their courses. The website for AP students is: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement Courses are currently offered in Science, English, Social Studies, World Languages, Psychology, Mathematics, and Computer Science. These courses follow criteria of the Advanced Placement Program. Additional AP courses are offered online and are paid for by the Carteret Board of Education. Students of very high academic ability are recommended by teachers and/or counselors, as well as through screening assessments. Students in the accelerated program typically make a natural progression to the Advanced Placement offerings. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for college credits or advanced placement at the college level. It is recommended that students take no more than two or three AP courses at the same time. Any waiver of any of the recommendations must be approved by the principal. It is required that students who enroll take the Advanced Placement Exam.
Advanced Placement Biology is a college-level course offered as part of the high school curriculum for those students with strong interests in Biology and/or Science. A wide range of topics will be studied with considerable independent work in addition to the organized class work. Students are expected to have competency in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Emphasis will also be placed on laboratory experiences.
AP Calculus AB
This course is structured around three big ideas: limits, derivatives, and integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The concept of limits is foundational, the understanding of this fundamental tool leads to the development of more advanced tools and concepts that prepare students to grasp the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, a central idea of AP Calculus.
AP Calculus BC
This course expands on the three big ideas of AP Calculus AB (limits, derivatives, and integrals) and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus in additional contexts. The BC curriculum adds the the big ideas of sequences and series. Other topics include integration techniques, differential equations, parametric equations, polar equations, and vector functions.
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.
AP English Language and Composition
The Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages and drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
AP English Literature and Composition
Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition is a college-level course that integrates analytical reading, thinking, and writing. Students in AP English Literature and Composition read, discuss, analyze, and evaluate fictional literature from various genres and historical periods. Throughout the course of study, students develop the close reading and writing skills that are necessary in college and in a competitive global market. This course implements the approach to literary study developed by the College Board’s AP program. This approach involves students in “learning how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw from those connections a series of inferences leading to an interpretive conclusion about a piece of writing’s meaning and value,” (The College Board, English :Literature and Composition Course Description) Unlike other courses, which usually cover the history or development of a specific nation’s literary tradition, AP English Literature and Composition is neither chronologically organized nor confined to texts from a particular geographic provenance; rather literary texts are selected to represent a variety of cultures. The literary texts selected in this curriculum reflect the richness of cultural diversity in our public schools. (High intensity)
AP Human Geography
The Advanced Placement Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of Earth’s surface. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards.
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound.
This is a rigorous course that discusses in-depth information about personal and others' behavior. This series will prepare students to pass the AP Psychology Exam for college credit; it is recommended that students take both courses of the series before taking the exam. It is also recommended that students take an introductory psychology course before enrolling in this series. This is the first course in a two-part Advanced Placement Psychology series (AP PSY 059 and AP PSY 060).
The curriculum for AP Statistics is based on the recommendations laid out by The College Board and developed by the participating colleges and universities. The work completed is the equivalent of a full semester of college Statistics and is intended to be challenging and demanding. Broad concepts and widely applicable methods are emphasized. A TI-83+ or better graphing calculator is required.
AP Spanish Language and Culture
This course emphasizes communication, incorporating interdisciplinary topics, service learning and cultural/historical issues. The class is taught almost exclusively in the language.
AP United States History
This is an online course designed to teach students to apply and use critical-thinking, decision-making and historical problem-solving skills including the ability to craft arguments to formulate conclusive opinions. Students learn how to evaluate primary and secondary source materials, as well as how to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will describe, analyze and evaluate geography and interdisciplinary connections; relate history to events from a chronological perspective. The use of reasoning and context to construct and understand historical variety of technologies is integrated throughout the curriculum.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the AP Coordinator:
Chris Rozanski, CHS Vice-Principal
Phone: 732-541-8960 (x4002) or (x 4095)