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  • Stone Bridge High School

What is AP?

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations.

Why take AP courses?

  • Confidence: develop better study habits, improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem solving abilities.
  • Credit: Entering college with AP credits gives you time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study/travel abroad
  • College Success: Research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP typically experience greater academic success in college than similar students who do not participate in AP.

A few words from our SCA students…

First experience with AP

  • First experience with AP
  • Balance
  • Considerations
  • Reality check
  • Benefits

Considerations

  • Work Ethic
  • Maturity
  • Organizational Skills
  • “Passion” for Subject
  • Rigorous Pace
  • Taking Initiative—seeking assistance
  • Independent Work
  • Cooperative Learning

More Considerations

  • Realistic Time Commitments
  • Balance
  • Grading
  • Learning Curve
  • AP Exam

Questions for students? for example

  • How many AP’s should I take?
  • How much time will I need to study for each AP course?
  • What’s the hardest AP class?
  • Is AP English Lit harder than AP English Language?

Breakout Sessions

  • English
  • World Languages
  • Science
  • Math
  • Social Sciences
  • Auditorium
  • Stage

AP Weighting

  • 1.0 added to quality points
  • C+ 2.3 + 1.0= 3.3
  • Exam should be taken
  • $83 exam fee
  • Plan of Studies
  • High School Plan of Studies
  • Personal Finance & Economics

Social Sciences

  • Advanced Placement Program Goals
  • Inclusion
  • Communication/Awareness of the Community
  • Academic Rigor: Complex, Ambiguous, Provocative, Emotional
  • Preparation of Students

World History Examination

  • World History Examination
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  • Three Hours and Five minutes long
  • Section I: 70 Multiple Choice Question: 55 minutes
  • Section II: Three Essays in this 130 minute free response section—compare/contrast, change over time, document based question (DBQ). Graded on a 1-9 Rubric. National average for essays usually around 3.0!
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Historical Thinking Skills

  • Historical Thinking Skills
  • The AP World History curriculum emphasizes specific historical thinking skills.
  • Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
  • Chronological Reasoning
  • Comparison and Contextualization
  • Historical Interpretation and Synthesis

  • Course Themes: AP World History highlights FIVE overarching themes
  • 1. Interaction between Humans and Environment
  • 2. Development and Interaction of Cultures
  • 3. State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  • 4. Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • 5. Development and Transformation of Social Structures

Stone Bridge + AP World History

  • For the seven years the exam has been given in Loudoun County, over 70 % of SBHS students have passed the exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5. National average pass rate hovers approximately around 50-55 % with a low of 48%.

Sample Essays

  • *Compare and contrast Han China and Imperial Rome in terms of the political control that they exercised over their respective populations.
  • *Analyze the cultural and political changes and continuities in ONE of the following civilizations during the last centuries of the classical era.
  • Chinese, 100 CE to 600 CE
  • Roman, 100 CE to 600 CE
  • Indian, 300 CE to 600 CE

Math Progression

Geometry

  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts!
  • Students MUST realize “Geometry is like a language!”… Students must recall and apply vocabulary!
  • Math may not be the passion for the students who enroll in this course.

Functions, Algebra, and Data Analysis

  • This course is a bridge between Algebra I and Algebra II.
  • Students looking to strengthen Algebra I skills should enroll.

Algebra II

  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts!
  • Math may not be the passion for the students who enroll in this course.

Algebra II/Trigonometry

  • Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
  • and be self-motivated!
  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts! Did students earn “A”s on their midterm and final exams to demonstrate long term retention/comprehension?
  • If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
  • This course has a common county-wide assessment.

Advanced Functions and Modeling

  • This course is a bridge between Algebra II and Advanced Algebra/Precalculus.
  • Students looking to strengthen Algebra II skills should enroll.
  • Students will be exposed to real world mathematics by completing labs.

Advanced Algebra/Precalculus

  • Students should have a passion for mathematics, a STRONG grasp of Algebra II concepts, and intentions to enroll in Calculus at some point!
  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra II concepts! Did students earn “A”s on their midterm and final exams to demonstrate long term retention/comprehension?

Prob Stats/Discrete Math

  • These courses span all disciplines.
  • Students will enhance creative problem solving ability through verbal and written communication.
  • Students will learn to think differently.
  • Discrete Math Topics include:
    • Code breaking
    • Voting Methods
    • Fair Division
    • The Mathematics of Apportionment
    • Methods of Best Path (Traveling Salesman Problem)
    • Graph Theory
    • Fractal Geometry

Mathematical Analysis

  • Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
  • and be self-motivated!
  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra II and Trigonometry concepts!
  • If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
  • This course has a common county-wide assessment.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB

  • Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
  • and be self-motivated!
  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra and Precalculus concepts!
  • Students MUST be able to justify their solutions by applying mathematical language.
  • If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.

Advanced Placement Calculus BC

  • Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
  • and be self-motivated!
  • Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra and Precalculus concepts!
  • Students MUST be able to justify their solutions by applying mathematical language.
  • If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.

Multivariable Calculus

  • Students MUST have a passion for mathematics and
  • be self-motivated!
  • Stone Bridge may offer this course in 2012-2013.

Advanced Placement Statistics

  • This course incorporates a lot of reading and writing as well as lab applications.
  • Students MUST be self-motivated, enjoy real-world applications, and be able to reason word problems.
  • Colleges report most majors require a stats class. Taking the AP can give students credit or a head start.

Computer Mathematics & Advanced Placement Computer Science A

  • These courses span all disciplines.
  • Students will enhance creative problem solving ability.
  • Students will learn to think differently.
  • These courses are beneficial
  • for students pursuing Math, Engineering, and Science degrees or careers.

Math Progression

AP English Lit. vs. Lang.

  • READING:
  • Novels – 6 in total Plays – 1-2 (Shakespeare) Poetry Selection
  • Skills in reading to consider effect of literary techniques on meaning
  • WRITING: In class time essays Creative writing
  • Focus on how language contributed to meaning –
  • Multiple Choice Skills (reading critically)
  • Analysis – of form and content Essays – formal, timed, writings
  • Focusing on analysis
  • READING:
  • Non-Fiction Focus 3 longer texts Various essays, speeches and letters
  • Focus on Rhetoric – the art of persuasion - technique
  • WRITING: In class time essays Writing in the various modes (Exposition, narrative, persuasive etc.)
  • Emphasis on Argumentation
  • AP Literature
  • AP Language

Honors English Students Should:

  • be able to comprehend grade-level texts
  • engage in reading outside of class
  • command a wide range of writing strategies
  • possess a spirit of inquiry, be curious
  • make connections between text and real life
  • apply analysis skills to new texts

Honors English Students Should:

  • be capable of fresh interpretations of old texts
  • be able to develop and articulate questions
  • be able to adapt an assumption when confronted with new information
  • demonstrate originality of thinking
  • show diligence
  • be independent searchers of information

Honors English Students Should:

  • have the ability to build on what happens in class outside of class
  • be thinking at a higher analytical level
  • have curiosity in the English discipline
  • engage in the ongoing reading of novels, blogs, nonfiction
  • demonstrate a willingness to write
  • engage in deep revision

AP Science

  • AP Biology
  • Co-requisite: Chemistry
  • Janet.cascio@lcps.org
  • Swapna.karandikar@lcps.org
  • AP Chemistry
  • Robert.mandes@lcps.org
  • Aaron.dobbs@lcps.org
  • AP Physics
  • Co-requisite: Calculus
  • Timothy.gresh@lcps.org

Stone Bridge High School 2013 AP Exam Schedule

  • Morning Session
  • 7:45 AM
  • Afternoon Session
  • 12:45 PM
  • Monday, May 6
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Computer Science A
  • Spanish Language
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Thursday, May 9
  • English Literature
  • Latin
  • Friday, May10
  • English Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art (portfolios due)
  • Monday, May 13
  • Biology
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Government & Politics
  • Government (Comparative)
  • French Language
  • Wednesday, May 15
  • German Language
  • U.S. History
  • Thursday, May 16
  • Macroeconomics
  • World History
  • Microeconomics
  • Friday, May 17
  • Human Geography


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