Advanced Placement Classes
AP Studio Art: (11th-12th)
If you are planning to continue in art after school or just want an intense, rigorous
art-making experience, this year-long A/B class is for you. You will broaden your artistic scope, choose an
area of focus, and learn how to put together a portfolio that shows what you can do. You will work under
the advisement of the instructor, but will be charting your own exploratory course. This class will prepare
you for AP Art portfolio submission. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art 3-4 and instructor
approval. This course satisfies the “F” Requirement for UC/CSU.
AP Biology (A/B): (10th-12th)
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology 1C/1H and in Algebra 1C/1H OR teacher recommendation.
This year-long, college level course meets every other day (A/B) and is designed to prepare students to take the AP Biology
Exam. It provides an in-depth, laboratory intensive science experience for those motivated students who have a strong
interest in science and want to be competitive in their college admissions. At the completion of the course, students are
expected to take the College Board’s AP Biology exam and will be well prepared to take the SAT Subject test in Biology.
Students may earn college credit if they earn high enough marks on the exam (credit will vary depending on the score and
the college). AP Bio meets the Helix Life Science graduation requirement, and fulfills UC/CSU “D” or “G” requirements.
AP Computer Science Principles: (9-12)
This yearlong A/B course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer
science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative
problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. Whether
it’s 3-D animation, video games, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis,
computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science
experience has become an imperative for today’s students and the workforce of tomorrow. This course is complementary to AP
Computer Science A. Students can take these courses in any order or at the same time, as schedules permit. Both courses
include rigorous computer science content and skills that can be built on to complete further science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) and computing studies. This course satisfies the Helix Technology Requirement. Fulfills UC/CSU “G” or
AP Computer Science A:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II (or concurrent enrollment) or consent of instructor.
This yearlong A/B course introduces students to the formal concepts of object-oriented computer programming, including
program design, control structures, data structures and algorithms using the Java programming language. It is a year-long course
designed to be comparable to a first year college level computer programming class. In today's world, almost every occupation
or endeavor uses some form of computer software. Some knowledge about how software is designed, created and maintained
will provide useful background. This course is articulated with Grossmont College (Course CSIS 293), which means earning a
grade of “B” or better earns college credit. These credits are transferable to UC/CSU, and possibly to other colleges. For many
college majors, AP Computer Science will be the only college course on the subject a student will be required to take. This course
satisfies the Helix Technology Requirement. This course meets UC/CSU “C” requirement.
AP Statistics 1-2:
Prerequisite: Algebra 2H with a grade of “C” or better or Algebra 2C with a grade of “B” or better AND English
6C with a grade of “B” or better or Statistics 1C with a grade of “C” or better. This is a year-long course that meets on an A/B
schedule. It is designed to give students an introduction to college-level statistics and is for students who are interested in
college fields such as psychology, sociology, business and health. Emphasis is on analyzing data, probability, random variables,
and applying statistical methods to draw conclusions and solve problems. Students are required to take the Advanced
Placement exam in Statistics. This course meets the UC/CSU “C” or “G” requirements.
AP Calculus AB/BC:
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 1H with a grade of “B” or better. This is a four-semester course designed for the
advanced math student who desires an introduction to college calculus. This course covers the foundations of both differential
and integral calculus. Students are required to take the BC AP Exam. This course meets the UC/CSU “C” and “G” requirements.
AP Environmental Science: (10-12)
Prerequisites: “B” or better in Biology 1-2C or higher and concurrent enrollment or
completion of Chemistry 1-2C, or Physics 1-2C. This year-long A/B laboratory science course provides students with the
scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.
Students will identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made. Evaluation will be made of these
problems as to relative risks, alternative solutions, and prevention strategies. Students are expected to take the College
Board AP exam in the spring, thus providing opportunity for college credit for this course. Fulfills UC/CSU “D” or “G”
AP U.S. History 1-2: (11)
This is an everyday year-long college level course focusing on preparing students for the advanced
placement exam in May. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of the AP exam the student may be eligible
for college credit at most colleges and universities. The emphasis of this course is in developing writing skills & employing
critical thinking analysis to documents and texts. This interpretive course considers the American experience from colonial
times to the present, and requires excellent reading and writing skills. After the AP Exam, the course will focus on preparation
for the SAT/ACT. Satisfies the graduation requirement for US History, and meets the UC/CSU “A” requirement.
AP European History 1-2: (10-12)
This is a year-long college level course meeting everyday that focuses on preparing
students for the advanced placement exam in May. Students are taken through the basic chronology of major events from
approximately 1450 through the present. An understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history and
the development of the ability to analyze historical evidence are the major objectives. This course prepares students for the
AP exam in May. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of the AP exam the student may be eligible for
college credit at most colleges and universities. The emphasis is upon developing writing skills, which employ critical thinking
analysis and synthesis. After the AP Exam, the course will focus on preparation for the PSAT. This course satisfies the
graduation requirement for World History. This course meets the UC/CSU “A” requirement.
AP Human Geography 1-2: (9-12)
The purpose of the Advanced Placement course in Human Geography is to introduce
students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of
our world. Students employ geographical/spatial concepts and tools to analyze topics such as human population movement
and organization, cultural patterns and processes, political organization, cultural patterns and processes, political
organization, agricultural and rural land use. Students will be expected to integrate college level reading with maps, graphs
and other spatial data sets to conduct analyses, apply models, and draw conclusions. The AP test will be held in May. Upon
completion of this course and successful passing of the AP exam the student may be eligible for college credit at most
colleges and universities. Students passing this course earn Social Studies elective credit. This course meets UC/CSU “A” or
“G” requirement. If it is offered, students would benefit from taking AP Environmental Science in conjunction with this
AP Exam Only:
- Music Theory