AP Course Offerings at Coconino High School

  • ENGLISH

    Honors Eng 9
    Grades: 09 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    A course for those who have shown above average ability and a motivation to progress in language arts. Students will work with a variety of challenging literary forms including short stories, myths, legends, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Activities will incorporate the humanities, composition, application of terminology, speech, independent reading, growth in academic responsibility, clarification of language skills, grammar in action, alternative assessment strategies, vocabulary building, and learning options that will address various learning styles.

    Honors Eng 10
    Grades: 10 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Pre-AP English 10 integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is designed to challenge the students’ thinking through units in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Considerable opportunities in both writing and speaking give the advanced students greater opportunities to polish their skills. Writing focuses on debatable topics, literary texts, and nonfiction texts. Vocabulary development and multicultural studies round out this dynamic course. Vocabulary study, intensive outside reading and writing assignments are an expectation for Pre-AP coursework

    AP English Language 11
    Grades: 11 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    The purpose of AP English Language and Composition is to enable students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses and in their professional and personal lives. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication as well as the personal writing that fosters thinking and writing facility in any context. Additionally, students read complex text with critical attention to a writer’s purpose and persuasive strategies.

    AP English Literature 12
    Grades: 12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Advanced Placement English Literature allows students to study college-level composition and literature at the high school level. Students practice the skills of close reading, critical writing and analytical discussion in an atmosphere of academic challenge. This course is designed for the serious college-bound student and allows not only preparation for college but also the chance to earn college credit and/or advanced standing by taking the AP English Literature Exam. We will follow the curricular requirements in the AP English course description.

    MATH
    Honors Geometry

    Grades: 06-10 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    This course aligns with the AZCCRS for Geometry by extending the informal geometry work from grade 8 along with the formal mathematics of Algebra 1 in a rich and rigorous learning experience. Proofs of all types will be used as a basis for constructing viable arguments. Students will be expected to explain their reasoning and critique the reasoning of others through discourse, writing, and modeling. Appropriate technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding. 16 Beyond the standard geometry curriculum, additional opportunities for extended learning will be offered by the instructor and required by the student. Prerequisite: 1 credit of Algebra 1 and a teacher recommendation (MA50 A/B)

    Honors Algebra II
    Grades: 09-11 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Beyond the standard algebra 2 curriculum, additional opportunities for extended learning will be offered by the instructor and required of the student. Prerequisite: 1 credit of Algebra 1 and 1 credit of pre-AP Geometry and a teacher recommendation

     

    Honors Pre-Calculus

     

    AP Calculus I
    Grades: 11 -12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    This course will cover first-semester college calculus and provides a study of the concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, integral and their applications to real-world situations. Students may earn 3-6 hours of college credit if they pass the National Advanced Placement Calculus test. Prerequisite successful completion of Honors Pre-Calculus AP Calculus II Grades: 11-12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: AP courses in calculus consist of a full high school academic year of work and are comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations. Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems. Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences.

    AP Statistics
    Grades: 11 -12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Equivalent to a non-calculus based college course in statistics. The major concepts and tools necessary for exploring, collecting, and analyzing data will be covered. Students will be expected to plan and conduct a study from which they will do an analysis and make statistical inferences. Students may earn 3 hours of college credit if they pass the National Advanced Placement Statistics test. All students are expected to take the AP exam.

    SCIENCE
    AP Chemistry
    Grades: 11-12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: $25.00
    This course will be offered every other year and will not be offered during the 2016-2017 school year. This Advanced Placement course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of high school chemistry 1. Topics include Atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular models, the behavior of gasses, solutions, and solids, chemical reactivity and stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and dynamic equilibrium. Approximately 20% of the course is dedicated to laboratory experiments. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and instructor approval. Students enrolling in AP Chemistry should have successfully completed Algebra 2 with a C or better, with the suggested enrollment in Pre-Cal or higher. Students enrolling in AP Chemistry must also have completed Chemistry 1 with a B or better or have prior instructor approval.

    AP Environmental Science
    Grades: 11 -12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: $25.00
    This course will be offered every other year and will be offered the 2016-2017 school year. This course will provide students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills necessary to understand ecological relationships, environmental problems, and the related societal implications. As an Advanced Placement class, the course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in environmental science. Emphasis will be placed on environmental technology, oral and written communication, scientific reporting, and preparation for the AP Exam. Field studies are an integral part of this course, and field trip participation is strongly encouraged. (Prerequisites: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors who have successfully completed Biology and either Chemistry I or Physics I with a current science teacher recommendation)

    AP College Physics I
    Grades: 11 -12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: $25.00
    This course will be offered every other year and will be offered the 2016-2017 school year. This Advanced Placement course is a college level, an algebra-based study of Newtonian Mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum) work, energy, power, and mechanical waves and sound. The course will also introduce electric circuits. This course places a heavy emphasis on college-level laboratory work with the extensive use of technology and sensors. Engineering projects will be done throughout the course to help students apply the physics concepts learned in class. Students wishing to take the AP exam to earn AP credit for either algebra or calculus-based physics may elect to take the AP Physics exam in May. AP Physics 1 is the first of a two-year course sequence. AP Physics II will be offered in the Fall of 2017 and will cover fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: Students enrolling in AP Physics 1 should have completed geometry with a C or better, and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II or higher.

    AP College Physics II
    Grade: 11-12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: $25.00
    This course will be offered every other year and will be offered again in the 2017-2018 school year. This Advanced Placement course is a college level, an algebra-based study of electricity, magnetism, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, light, geometric and physical optics, and modern physics. Laboratory work and problem-solving are heavily emphasized in this course. Students wishing to take the AP exam to earn AP credit for algebra-based physics may elect to take the AP Physics exam in May. Prerequisites: Students enrolling in AP Physics 2 should have completed geometry with a C or better, and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II or higher. Students enrolling in AP Physics 2 must also have taken one or more of the following with a C or better: Pre-AP/CIT Physics, Physics, or AP Physics 1.

    SOCIAL STUDIES
    AP Human Geography
    Grades: 9 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Freshmen elective class. AP Human Geography presents high school students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human geography or cultural geography. Content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline's main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. This approach is spatial and problem-oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich the analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human-environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

    AP World History
    Grades: 10 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Students will be able to identify, discuss, and write intelligently about major global historical developments from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students will develop their ability to interpret primary and secondary sources, compare civilizations, and use geographic and statistical data to draw conclusions about the causes and effects of historical events. This course represents a freshman-level university course and students may receive university credit through the successful completion of the AP World History exam in May. The course requires the completion of a summer reading project, extensive reading during the academic year, and writing in the form of multiple formal and informal essays. Students completing the course will receive a weighted grade. (Prerequisite: Only students with an A in English 9 and who complete an application will be allowed in AP World History)

    AP US History
    Grades: 11 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee: DE fee may apply
    AP US History is a year-long class designed to provide an in-depth study of the United States History from its beginning roots to the modern era. It prepares students for college-level work as well the Advanced Placement exam in the spring. All students in this course will be highly encouraged to take the AP Exam for which they can earn college credit. Students will receive a weighted grade for this class only if they complete both terms of the course.

    AP American Government
    Grades: 12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 semester Fee: DE fee may apply
    Advanced Placement American Government is an in-depth course that offers a critical exploration of the American political process. The college-level curriculum explores such topics as constitutional development, political socialization, the impact of interest groups, and interrelationship of the three branches of government. This class also prepares interested students for the Advanced Placement Government exam. This class fulfills the 12th grade American Government requirement. Prerequisite: Students should have an AP United States History credit and at least a 3.5 GPA before signing up for the class (Teacher and Counselor Recommendation).

    SPANISH
    AP Spanish Language
    Grades: 10 -12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop proficiency in all four language components: reading, writing, listening, speaking. This will be accomplished by using authentic materials (magazines, online newspapers, newscasts, movies) and using various sources (textbook, anthologies). Students will also be required to speak solely in Spanish unless given permission by the teacher. College credit is granted to students who achieve a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Spanish test.

    MUSIC
    AP Music Theory

    Grades: 11-12 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
    Through this class, students will gain a better understanding of the way that music is constructed. Concepts included will be basic music notation and analysis, key signatures, chord recognition and resolution, rhythmic construction, interval recognition, and basic compositional techniques. The class will include ear training and sight-singing, which will help students to develop and expand their auditory recognition of concepts covered in class. An overview of music history will also be included as part of the class. Overall, AP Music Theory will help develop each student’s musicianship and an overall understanding of written music. Prerequisites: 1. Membership in a high school music performance ensemble OR 2. Instructor Approval AND 3. Must be a current junior or senior.