Honors and AP Course Expectations:

Characteristics of an Honors/AP Student:

  • Motivated & dedicated to school workUHS Seal
  • Committed to homework and additional reading and research
  • Responsible: able to multitask, to prioritize activities, to meet deadlines
  • Prepared and organized
  • Proficient in reading and writing (minimum FCAT reading level 3/writing level 4)
  • Attends school consistently and has limited tardies
  • Willing to go above and beyond the minimum requirements
  • Expresses an interest in and aptitude for the subject
  • Demonstrates creativity and originality of thought
  • Works independently and seeks help when needed

Advantages of Honors/AP Courses for Students:

  • Weighted GPA (extra .5 for Honors and 1.0 for AP)
  • Build a strong foundation for college success
  • Improve study habits and learn to meet college expectations before getting there
  • Study in greater depth, breadth, and complexity
  • Improve chances of attending college of choice with an impressive transcript
  • Receive intellectual stimulation and challenge
  • Interact with other motivated students
  • Increase self confidence
  • Broadened horizons

Additional Advantages of AP Courses for Students:

  • Receive college credit for introductory courses in various subject areas
  • Skip introductory college courses
  • Reduce college cost
  • Complete college in a shorter period of time

AP Course List

  • MUST PAIR WITH BIO II DOUBLE BLOCK COURSE This college-level course seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college biology courses. The content includes molecular and cellular biology, organismal, and populational biology. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course.
  • This course is designed to offer students college-level mathematics under the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program. The focus is on preparation for the Calculus Level AB Test given by the College Examination Board in May. Study will begin by reviewing function definitions, absolute value, and elementary functions from prerequisites. Calculators and computers will serve as instructional tools in concept development.
  • This course is designed to offer students college-level mathematics under the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program. The focus is on preparation for the Calculus Level BC Test given by the College Examination Board in May. Study will begin by reviewing function definitions, concepts of limits to functions, and derivates of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Calculators and computers will serve as instructional tools in concept development.
  • MUST PAIR WITH CHEM II DOUBLE BLOCK COURSE This college-level course in chemistry seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses. The content includes the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.
  • The Advanced Placement course in English Literature and Composition is a college-level study of literature and writing. Students learn how to use the modes of discourse and to recognize assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through reading, discussion, writing, and listening, students engage literary texts through the resources of language, including literary devices. This course prepares students to take the national Advanced Placement exam which many colleges use to award college credits.
  • The purpose of this course is to study the interaction of man with the environment. The content includes scientific analysis, fundamental principles and concepts about the interdependence of earth's systems, population dynamics, environmental quality, global changes and their consequences. Laboratory investigation of selected topics includes the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.
  • This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
  • The Advanced Placement course in English Language and Composition is a college-level study of language and writing. Students study rhetoric in a variety of genres to analyze how authors use language. The course emphasizes nonfiction and argumentative writing as preparation for taking the national Advanced Placement exam which many colleges use to award college credits. Mature writing skills are necessary for success in this course.
  • Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. This course provides students with the opportunity to analyze the behavior of individual households, firms, markets, and how prices and outputs are determined in those markets, and how the price mechanism allocates resources and distributes income. Specific content to be covered will include an understanding of fundamental economic concepts including scarcity, opportunity costs and trade-offs, productivity, economic systems and institutions, and exchange, money, and interdependence.
  • The course contains the study of fundamental terminology, notational skills, key signatures, and transposition. Two-part counterpoint, harmonization of melodies and four-part realization of figured bass symbols will be studied. Extensive melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic-ear training will be included.
  • This college-level course in physics seeks to prepare students for credit and/or appropriate placement in college physics courses. The content includes kinematics, Newton's Laws of Motion, work energy, power, systems of particles, statics, rotational motion, oscillations, gravitation, electric current and circuits, capacitance and capacitators, magnetostatics, and electromagnetism. Laboratory investigations of selected topics include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.
  • Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. This course provides a systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists used in their science and practice. The content should include, but not be limited to the following: methods, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, stated on consciousness, learning cognition, motivation emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders and social psychology.
  • The purpose of this course is to develop oral and written fluency in the language. The content will include the requirements of the Advanced Placement program guidelines.
  • The purpose of this course is to offer students college-level mathematics under the guideline of the advanced placement program. The focus is on preparation for the statistics test given by the College Examination Board. Topics of study will include exploring data, using measurement in planning a study, producing models using probability and simulation to anticipate patterns, and statistical interference. Calculators and computers will serve as instructional tools in concept development.
  • The purpose of this Advanced Placement course is to give an art student the opportunity to develop quality, concentration and breadth in the three-dimensional (3-D) design portfolio. The content should include, but not be limited to, the experiences in the development of perceptual, conceptual and technical aspects of additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication process when creating sculptural or ceramic forms. Preparation of the appropriate number of works, digital documentation and upload to The College Board site for portfolio evaluation, and presentation techniques are required in each of three portfolio sections to be evaluated by The College Board. Research analysis, sketchbook/journal, and aesthetic and historical criticism are required for this in-depth study in non-linear thinking. Participation in the Annual AP/Honors Art Exhibit, with artist statement, is an expectation of the course.
  • The purpose of this Advanced Placement course is to give an art student the opportunity to develop quality, concentration and breadth in drawing concepts, skills, and techniques. The content should include, but not be limited to, the experiences in the development of perceptual, conceptual, and technical aspects of drawing, painting and/or printmaking. Preparation of the appropriate number of works, digital documentation and upload to The College Board site for portfolio evaluation, and presentation techniques are required in each of three portfolio sections to be evaluated by The College Board. Research analysis, sketchbook/journal, and aesthetic and historical criticism are required for this in-depth study in non-linear thinking. Participation in the Annual AP/Honors Art Exhibit, with artist statement, is an expectation of the course.
  • Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. The purpose of this course is to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Specific content to be covered will include an understanding of federalism and the separation of powers, the development of the constitution, the process of politics, the nature of public opinion, the role of political parties and interest groups, the major formal and informal institutional arrangement of powers, and the development of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. This course provides the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems, content, and materials of American historic development. Higher order thinking skills such as evaluating, analyzing, and problem solving will be emphasized. Content will include the development of American culture and institutions as well as ideals and characteristics; enlightened thinking and the socioeconomic and political forces and compromises that formed the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence; changing interpretations of the Constitution, and individual rights; sectionalism as a change force; the relationship between technological change and societal reaction; the variety of changing American lifestyles; changes in American foreign policy; the capitalistic free enterprise economic system; and the future of our nation based on current trends.
  • This course will provide students with an understanding of the major developments of civilizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Six overarching themes will be followed: the patterns and impacts of interaction among societies, the relationship of change and continuity across the historical periods, the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, systems of social structure among societies, cultural and intellectual developments, and changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including emergence of the nation-state.
  • MUST PAIR WITH AP BIO DOUBLE BLOCK COURSE This course builds upon the study of biological concepts introduced in Biology I or Biology I Honors. The content contains the processes of life which include population dynamics, species continuity, molecular genetics, comparative animal and plant morphology and physiology, cellular metabolism, and careers in biological science. Laboratory investigations include the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course.
  • This course expands and applies chemical concepts introduced in Chemistry I/Chemistry I Honors. The content includes pH and ionic equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics, nuclear chemistry, organic and biochemistry, and descriptive, inorganic chemistry. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.