ADVANCED PLACEMENT OFFERINGS Advanced Placement Human Geography (Grade 9): 1 year/ 1 credit This is a college-level, elective course in Human Geography. Its purpose is to introduce 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 human social organization and its environment consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students must take the AP Human Geography exam in May. Prerequisite: Students must also be enrolled in both Social Studies 9A and English 9A. Advanced Placement World History (Grade 10): 1 year/ 1 credit This is the second year of a two-year course of study in World History. This tenth grade course will cover two major time periods including: A. circa 1750-1900 B. 1900 – present The course begins with a review of key themes and concepts in world history prior to 1750. Students will be able to compare and contrast changes over time. This course addresses group patterns, comparisons within and among societies, and understanding of ideas and values. It culminates in the Advanced Placement World History exam in May and the Global History and Geography Regents in June. Prerequisite: Students registered for this course must also be registered for English 10 Advanced level. Advanced Placement United States History (Grade 11): 1 year/ 1 credit The Advanced Placement Program in U.S. History is a college-level course equivalent to an introductory U.S. History course given at a college or university. Students learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance - and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Requirements include college-level readings with heavy emphasis on the development of thematic and document-based essays. Students are required to take the AP United States History exam in May and will take the US History and Government Regents in June. Prerequisite: Students registered for this course must also be registered for English AP Language and Composition. Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics (Grade 12): 1 year/1 credit This is a college-level course designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course involves both a study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and analysis of special case studies. The course also requires a familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up the American political system. This course culminates with the AP Government and Politics exam and completes the required economics curriculum in the latter part of the year. The Advanced Placement Government and Politics curriculum will meet the New York State Participation in Government requirement, as well as the Economics requirement. Students are required to take the AP Government and Politics exam in May. Advanced Placement European History (Grades 10-12): 1 year/1 credit This is a college-level elective introductory course in European History from 1450 to 1970. The Advanced Placement Program is designed to enable students to understand some of the principal themes in modern European history; to be aware of Europe's changing position in the world; and to be able to analyze historical evidence. Requirements include college-level readings with heavy emphasis on the development of thematic and document-based essays. Students are required to take the AP European History exam in May. Students are encouraged to take this elective in the tenth grade as it complements the World History curriculum. Advanced Placement Psychology (Grades 11-12): 1 year/1 credit AP Psychology is a college-level elective course. Students will be exposed to a range of facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major subfields within psychology, including research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, personality and treatment of psychological disorders. Students who are interested in psychology or science and who are eligible to take advanced placement courses are encouraged to register for this class. Students will be required to take the AP Psychology exam in May.