• ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Advanced Placement Courses provide an opportunity for students to experience a college course while still in high school. AP courses follow a syllabus that has been approved by the College Board, and teachers must receive specialized training to teach the courses. Although it is not required, it is expected that students who take AP courses will also register for the national AP exam at their own expense. AP English Language and Composition is intended to be comparable to a college composition course. This intensive writing course requires students to analyze and critique all facets of rhetorical techniques found in non-fiction, fiction, and image-based texts. Students will learn how to write nuanced synthesis essays and persuasive arguments applying the elements of rhetoric. Students will engage in all steps of the writing process and critique their work as well as the work of their peers. Major assessments include persuasive speeches and essays, analytical and reflective writing, timed writing, oral presentations, and research and synthesis projects. This course meets the Grade 11 English requirement when taken as a junior.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 

    Advanced Placement Courses provide an opportunity for students to experience a college course while still in high school. AP courses follow a syllabus that has been approved by the College Board, and teachers must receive specialized training to teach the courses. Although it is not required, it is expected that students who take AP courses will also register for the national AP exam at their own expense. In this course, students will participate in a thematic and stylistic study of British literature of the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries incorporating philosophical, political, and literary perspectives. The writing assignments require critical analysis of texts as well as the incorporation of sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structure. Classes involve seminar discussions requiring daily preparation, the ability to infer theories and draw conclusions, and higher level abstract thinking. Extensive outside reading, homework, and preparation are required. This course meets the Grade 12 English requirement when taken as a senior.