AP Course Expectations

Advanced Placement (AP) Course Expectations

This chart is intended to provide you with an approximation of the workload and demands of Advanced Placement courses offered at LBSS.

AP Course

Pages of reading per week

Weekly Outside Hours

Tests/essays/Papers per quarter

Major projects and other info.

Art

Studio Art

AP2D Design,

AP2D Drawing, and AP3D

(Gr. 11-12)

 

Readings on artists and works-

2 readings per quarter

 

 

Create highly crafted works

5 hours per week

 

Total 1st-4th Quarter requirements:

  • Quality- 5 actual works
  • Concentration- 12 works in a Series
  • Breadth- 12 works showing variety of skills using different media

Portfolio of works sent for evaluation in May

  • Advanced Student Art Show
  • AP Exam material sent away in May
  • Portfolio Review
  • Sketchbook/Journal writing on art  and research for creating works of art
  • 2D Design can focus on photography, computer graphics, or studio art
  • 3D can focus on ceramics, sculpture, or 3D modeling and printing.

English

English Language and Composition

(Gr. 11)

100-150 pages per week 

4-5

  • 1 research paper in MLA format
  • 4-6 shorter writings
  • Numerous timed writings
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Oral presentations
  • Group projects/team work
  • 4-6 books per year
  • Summer reading project
  • Choice book project some quarters
  • Be sure that you are organized and have elevated writing and grammar skills to keep up with a rigorous pace.

English Literature and Composition

(Gr. 12)

100-150 pages per week

4-6
  • Multiple major writing assignments and reading assessments
  • More timed writings as AP exam approaches
  • Individual and collaborative papers and projects
  • Mandatory summer reading and writing
  • Discussion and collaboration skills are essential to success
  • College-level writing skills are expected upon enrollment

General

AP Capstone 1: Seminar

(Gr. 10-12)

25-50 pages per week 4-6
  • Several short written responses
  • Frequent oral participation
  • 1 major paper
  • 1 major oral presentation
  • 1 major group multimedia presentation
  • 1 major individual research paper
  • 1 major independent research project (written and multimedia presentation)
  • Collaboration and intrinsic motivation are key components of the course

AP Capstone 2: Research

(Gr. 10-12)

50 pages per week (dense reading) 3-5
  • Several academic, peer-reviewed articles read per week
  • Ongoing portfolio documenting independent research
  • 5000 word independent research paper
  • Independence and strong reading and writing skills are essential
  • Completion of AP Capstone 1 is a prerequisite

Mathematics

Calculus AB

(Gr. 11-12)

1-3 sections per week 

3-6

  • 4-6 quizzes,
  • 2-3 tests
  • Mandatory summer packet
  • 3-4 projects for the year

Calculus BC

(Gr. 11-12)

3-6 sections per week

3-6

  • 4-6 quizzes
  • 2-3 tests
  • Mandatory summer packet
  • 2 projects for the year

Computer Science Principles

(Gr. 9-12)

15 pages per week

3-5

  • 4-6 quizzes/tests
  • 5-8 lab assignments
  • General CS course: Computational thinking, data storage, internet structure, programming basics
  • Portfolio project
  • Many assignments require access to a computer

Computer Science A

(Gr. 10-12)

Varies

3-5

  • 4-6 quizzes/tests
  • 8-15 lab assignments
  • Specific CS course: Object-oriented programming using Java programming language
  • Mandatory summer packet
  • Many assignments require access to a computer

Statistics

(Gr. 11-12)

Varies between reading and YouTube videos/guided notes

2-3

  • 2-3 tests per quarter
  • 2-3 quizzes per quarter
  • 1-2 Free Response Questions per quarter

 

  • Mandatory summer assignment
  • 1 project per quarter
  • Some homework assignments require access to YouTube

Music

Music Theory

(Gr. 10-12)

Varies

 

3-5

  • 2-3 tests – ear training and dictation, analysis, harmony, sight singing
  • 2-3 quizzes
  • Compositions, score analysis

Science

Biology

(Gr. 11-12)

20-40 pages per week (1-2 chapters)

 

5-7

  • 2 exams
  • 6-8 quizzes
  • 3-4 labs
  • Significant independent review and practice expected
  • Lab work/data collection and analysis before/after school and/or in Bruin Block
  • Major project after the AP exam

Chemistry

(Gr.11-12)

0-30 pages per week

5-10

  • 3 major tests
  • 3-4  labs/reports
  • Significant independent review and practice expected
  • Project after the AP Exam

Environmental Science

(Gr. 11-12)

20-40 pages per week (1-2 chapters)

2

  • 2 tests
  • 2 major labs
  • Final project after the AP Exam

Physics 1

(Gr. 11)

10 pages per week (half chapter)

May vary

3-4

 

  • 4-6 quizzes and/or tests per quarter
  • 4-6 labs
  • Optional participation in Science Fair for extra credit

Physics 2

(Gr. 12)

10 pages per week (half chapter)

May vary

3-4

  • 4-6  quizzes and/or tests per quarter
  • 3-5 labs
  • Optional participation in Science Fair for extra credit

AP C Physics Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism

(Gr. 11-12)

10-20 pages per week 

May vary

5-7

  • 5-8 quizzes/tests per quarter
  • 5-10 labs per quarter
  • Optional participation in Science Fair, Science Olympiad, TARC, and Robotics

Social Studies

Economics

(Gr. 11-12)

2-4 YouTube videos or 30-60 pages of reading per week 2-4
  • 2 unit tests
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Economic models and simulations
  • Problem sets
  • Project-Based Learning Project
  • 2 or 3 one and a half page written analyses of economics in the real world

European History

(Gr. 11-12)

20-30 pages per week 

3-5

  • 1-2 tests
  • 1-2 timed writings
  • Designed to be rigorous and intellectually challenging, but not as time-intensive as other AP history courses 
  • Recommended for students with a genuine interest in history and current events

Human Geography

(Gr. 10-12)

20-25 pages per week (2-3 sections from the text)

 

4-6

  • 2 unit tests per quarter
  • Reading quizzes most classes
  • Regional map quizzes
  • Current events journal
  • Year-long ambassador project
  • Summer assignment (reading and reflection)

Psychology

(Gr. 11-12)

30-40 pages per week

3-6

  • 2 cumulative tests
  • 4-5 reading quizzes
  • 1-2 free response questions (FRQs)
  • Summer reading assignment due first week of school
  • At least 1 project per quarter

US and Comparative Government

(Gr. 12)

2-6 YouTube videos per week

Textbook reading optional

3-6
  • 2-4 tests
  • 2-4 free response questions (FRQs)
  • 1-2 essays
  • This is a VERY fast-paced class and covers double the material that AP US Government does
  • Background knowledge of US History and current politics is recommended
  • Community Service requirement

US Government

(Gr. 12)

30-40 pages per week

(Text and articles)

4-6

  • 4-6 vocabulary and reading quizzes
  • 2-3 tests
  • 4-6 free response questions (FRQs)
  • 1-2 individual or group projects per quarter
  • Community Service requirement

US History 

(Gr. 11)

40-50 pages per week (1 chapter) 3-5
  • 2-3 exams
  • 2-3 papers
  • Varies per teacher
    • 1-2 projects a year
    • Not geared for projects

World History

(Gr. 10-12)

25-35 dense pages per week (1 chapter)

6

  • 1-2 tests
  • Weekly quizzes on chapters
  • 1-2 timed essays
  • Evidence-based writing
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Need to be an independent learner
  • For strong readers
  • Must have a great interest in history

World Languages

 

 

 

 

French Language

(Gr. 11-12)

Articles, poems, short stories, excerpts

3-5
  • 4-8 quizzes and tests
  • 2-3 essays
  • Approximately 1 project per quarter
    • May include oral  presentation component

German Language

(Gr. 11-12)

Articles, short novel, short stories 3
  • 2-6 tests and quizzes
  • 3 essays
  • Several projects during the year
  • Attendance important!

Japanese

(Gr. 11-12)

Articles and short stories of varying lengths 3-5
  • 3-4 tests and essays
  • 6-8 quizzes
  • Approximately 1 project per quarter

Latin - Caesar & Vergil

(Gr. 11-12)
50-60 lines per week (1 chapter in Latin workbook) 3
  • 5-8 quizzes and tests
  • 3-4 essays
  • 1 test on English reading
  • 1 project per quarter

Spanish Language

(Gr. 11-12)

Articles and short stories of varying lengths 3-4
  • 3-4 quizzes
  • 2-3 tests
  • 1 essay
  • 1-2 oral presentations/projects per quarter

Spanish Literature and Culture

(Gr. 11-12)

50-75 pages per week 2-4
  • 2-3 text-based essays
  • 2-3 text-based group presentations
  • 2-3 text & visual comparison oral presentations (brief)
  • Regular comprehension quizzes (with re-take options)
  • End of unit analysis essay that synthesizes several works
  • End of unit analysis project that synthesizes several works

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