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Advanced Placement Courses

** All AP courses listed below are possible course offerings for the 2024-2025 school year. Courses are subject to change.




AP Computer Science Principles- Grades 9-12

Computer science is everywhere, from our smartphones and video games to music, medicine, and much more. AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) can help you understand how computing and technology influence the world around you. Learn how to creatively address real-world issues while using the same tools and processes that artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life. Learn the fundamentals of computing, including problem solving, working with data, understanding the Internet, cybersecurity, and programming.

Prerequisite: Algebra I.


AP Human Geography- In Lieu of World Geography- Grades 9-12

The AP 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. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.


AP US Government and Politics – In Lieu of Civics- Grades 9-12

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students can expect a demanding, rigorous, and fast-paced study of U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court cases, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.



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AP Computer Science A- Grades 10-12

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. Prerequisite is to have taken Computer Science Principles or completed Algebra II with a B or higher.


AP Environmental Science- Grades 10-12

AP Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. Students will receive a hands-on analysis of tissue, water, sediment, soil, and air. Students will gain an understanding of population distributions along with human impacts to the environment. Prerequisites are Biology and Algebra I.




AP Seminar- Grades 10-12

In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. 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. 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.


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AP English Language – Replaces English III

Strengthen the effectiveness of  writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments; become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods; learn about the elements that define effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts; understand the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing; enhance your own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as you develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions. If the student was enrolled in an On-Level English I and/or II course, he or she must have earned As for both semesters. If the student was enrolled in an Honors English I and/or II course, he or she must have earned As and/or Bs for both semesters.



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AP Biology II – Grade 11-12

Learn to think like a scientist, and become an independent investigator through student-directed laboratory investigations: pose the questions and determine the variables you want to investigate; design experiments and procedures; determine how best to present conclusions; learn about the core scientific principles, theories, and processes governing living organisms, biological systems, and natural phenomena; understand key science practices to develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, which will be tested and refined through laboratory investigations; develop advanced reasoning and inquiry skills as to design experiments, collect and analyze data using mathematics and other methods, and interpret that data to draw conclusions. Students must have completed Biology I and Chemistry I and received at least a B average in both. There is also a mandatory summer assignment and a $15 mandatory lab fee. College credit for introductory science major Biology may be earned on the AP test.


AP Chemistry II – Grade 11-12

Work in groups to think analytically about problems, identify experimental questions, and design experiments to answer those questions; engage in hands-on laboratory investigation to learn chemical concepts through direct experience and observations; learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry such as structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, reactions, and how to use chemical calculations to solve problems; develop the ability to think clearly and express ideas with clarity and logic, both orally and in writing. Work with classmates to conduct meaningful laboratory investigations in order to observe chemical reactions and substances, interpret findings, and communicate results. Chemistry I (H) pre-requisite preferred, but teacher recommendation can substitute. If the student was enrolled in an On-Level Chemistry I course, he or she must have earned As for both semesters. If the student was enrolled in Chemistry I (H) course, he or she must have earned As and/or Bs for both semesters. College credit for introductory science major Chemistry may be earned on the AP test.


AP Physics- Grades 11-12

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 topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion), simple harmonic motion, work, energy, and power. 


AP Research- Grades 11-12

AP Research is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking and academic research skills on a topic of the student’s choosing. To accommodate the wide range of student topics, typical college course equivalents include introductory research or general elective courses. Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed the AP Seminar course.



AP Spanish – Grades 11-12

Spanish IV is a yearlong course that expands the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language through the five Louisiana Foreign Language Standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Students will expand their vocabulary on many topics as well as review and fine-tune grammatical concepts and verb tenses that were previously learned in Spanish levels 1-3. Students will improve their literacy of the Spanish language with the use of several short story texts. Students will also improve on their reading and writing skills weekly. Students are expected to communicate in Spanish as much as possible. End of course assessment is the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.

Prerequisite: Spanish III.



AP Studio Art – Grades 11-12

The AP Art and Design program includes three different courses and portfolio exams: AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing. Your goal is to create a portfolio of college-level work and submit it for evaluation. The subject and media for each portfolio is chosen by the student. Types of artwork include but are not limited to drawing, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, painting, photography, digital photography, collage, fabric design, fashion design, graphic design, etc. Prerequisite: Students must submit artwork to be reviewed by the AP Studio Art teacher, and must have made a B in any art class taken in high school.


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AP Calculus – Grade 12
Learn problem solving methods that you apply across real-world problems involving theorems, definitions, and functions represented in different ways. Students will use technology to explore, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions; explore the key concepts, methods, and applications of single-variable calculus including functions, graphs and limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; become familiar with concepts, results, and problems expressed in multiple ways including graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally; use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support your conclusions. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus


AP English Literature – Replaces English IV

AP English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide meaning for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical and argumentative essays. Writing to evaluate a literary work involves making and explaining judgments about its artistry and exploring its underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation and argument. English III AP pre-requisite preferred, but teacher recommendation can substitute. College credit for freshman English may be earned on the AP test. Students must have semester grades no lower than a B in all previous English courses.                                                                                              

AP Macroeconomics – Grade 12 (can be used as a 4th History)

The goal of the AP Macroeconomics course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on the study of national income, the financial sector, economic performance measures, and international economics. The course is designed to prepare students to take the AP Macroeconomics Exam in May. Additionally, the rigorous workload and pace of the course will help prepare students for college level study.  **Also open to Juniors who have AP experience.

AP Psychology – Grade12

Explore how psychologists use research methods and critical analysis to explore human behavior; discuss how biological, cognitive, and cultural factors converge to facilitate acquisition, development, and use of language; explore the concepts, theories, perspectives, phenomena and behaviors associated with the subfields and research areas of psychology; analyze the methods psychologists use to study various types of behavior and mental processes and evaluate the validity and significance of their contributions. There are no pre-requisite courses, although advanced writing skills are helpful.


AP World History – Grade 12

Investigate the content of world history through significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 BCE to the present, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.  Prerequisite: Students must have completed U.S. History or AP US History and received at least a B average.

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