Advance Placement (AP)

Advance Placement Courses are an intensive college-prep and college-level College Board-endorsed course for the highly academically motivated student. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations.

Soquel High has AP courses available in the subjects below, click on the link to go to the courses in that  section and to find the Faculty for those courses.

   
 
 English - AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
                 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
 

AP Language and Composition

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: English for SHS; for UC/CSU, b, g
Prerequisite: Pass both semesters of English 2 or Humanities Academy 2
Course Description: This intensive college preparatory course builds skills that support the California state standards for English/Language Arts for 11th grade. The study of American literature in conjunction with the study of United States history in the 11th grade naturally lends itself to deepening student awareness of both time-specific and universal challenges, triumphs, and conflicts that have influenced and continue to influence what it means to be an American. The honors course emphasizes critical reading and analysis skills through the reading of the texts such as The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Ántonia, The Great Gatsby, The Piano Lesson, Death of a Salesman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Zoot Suit. Students also read from and critically annotate an extensive selection of supplementary poetry, essays, non-fiction, and primary source documents both individually selected as well as anthologized in the McDougal Littel Language of Literature: American Literature anthology. The course emphasizes academic writing skills, including writing persuasive, expository, and research-based essays; multi-text comparative literary response essays; and an 8-10 page research paper. Extensive vocabulary development accompanies all reading and writing. If students have not already completed their writing portfolios by the end of the 10th grade, then they work to complete and pass all six criteria of the portfolio assessment. The complexity of this course best serves very highly motivated and academically prepared students who desire to work in an advanced and rigorously-paced environment that prepares for success in the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course in the 12th grade.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (Advanced Placement)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: English for SHS; for UC/CSU, b, g
Prerequisite: Pass both semesters of English 3, or an equivalent course
Course Description: AP English is an intensive college-prep and college-level College Board-endorsed course for the highly academically motivated student. Students study a wide variety of literature, drama, poetry, and non-fiction expository and narrative writing, concentrating on critical analysis of structural and thematic elements of texts. Students examine texts within the cultural, social, historical, and artistic contexts of the eras in which they were written, and text selection varies from year to year. Extensive student participation is required in the form of whole-class discussions, the completion of critical analysis reading journals, and frequent student-led explication of texts. Students read critically, and advanced composition skills are taught and practiced through the frequent writing of in-class, informal and formal literary analyses and expository essays equivalent to the writing required in a first year college composition course. Students will also complete a final project. Students enrolled in AP English are expected to take the AP Exam offered by the College Board in May of their senior year; depending on individual college admissions policies, a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the exam results in elective or English college credit. The pace and complexity of this course best serves very highly motivated and academically prepared students.

Math - AP STATISTICS
           AP CALCULUS
 

AP Statistics

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Math for SHS, for UC/CSU, c, g
Prerequisite: Pass Algebra 2 with a grade of C- or above both semesters or instructor's permission
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

  • Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  • Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
  • Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
  • Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

The advanced placement statistics course curriculum will be covered in two high school semesters. Students who successfully complete the course and examination may receive credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

 

AP CALCULUS (B/C)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Math for SHS, for UC/CSU, c, g
Prerequisite: Pass both semesters of PreCalculus or Honor's PreCalculus
Course Description: AP Calculus is a university-level calculus course intended for those who may wish to continue to advanced work in mathematics, the sciences, engineering or business at the college level. The course content and expectations will conform to the Advanced Placement Calculus BC curriculum as described in the current College Board "acorn" book. These topics include: functions and graphs; derivatives (concept of derivative, techniques for finding derivatives, and application of derivative); integrals (interpretations applications of integrals, applications of integral, techniques of antidifferentiation); polynomial approximations and aeries. Students are expected to take the AP Calculus BC Exam in May

 

Science - AP BIOLOGY
                AP  CHEMISTRY
                AP PHYSICS
 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Life Science for SHS; for UC/CSU, d, g
Prerequisite: Recommended that students earn a “C” or higher in Biology or instructor's permission.
Course Description: Our revised AP Biology course is a shift fromtraditional “content coverage” model of instruction to one that focuses on enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them. This approach will enable students to spend less time on factual recall and more time on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts, and will help them develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Biology. To foster this deeper level of learning, the breadth of content coverage in AP Biology is defined in a way that distinguishes content essential to support the enduring understandings from the many examples or applications that can overburden the course. Illustrative examples are provided that offer a variety of optional instructional contexts to help their students achieve deeper understanding. Students who take AP Biology will also develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses — a goal of every AP course.

Our revised AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course and has been endorsed enthusiastically by higher education officials.

 
 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Physical Science for SHS; for UC/CSU, d, g
Prerequisite: Recommended that student's earn a C or higher in Chemistry or instructor's permission
Course Description: AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, as freshmen, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. This is an intense course for students likely to major in science when they get to college. Strong math skills are a must! Students are expected to take the AP Chemistry Exam in May.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: SHS Physical Science; for UC/CSU, d, g
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher level math or instructor's permission
Course Description:
AP Physics 1: This yearlong Algebra-Based physics course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.
AP Physics 2: This yearlong Algebra-Based course is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.

Social Studies - AP U.S. HISTORY
                        AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: U.S. History for SHS; for UC/CSU, a
Prerequisite: Recommended that student's earn a C or higher in World History
Course Description: The Advanced Placement Program in American History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills, factual and theoretical knowledge and writing skills necessary to deal with the problems and developments in U.S. history from colonial times to the modern era. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college-level courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those of full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials, describe and define their relevance to a given problem, and judge their reliability and importance. In this process, students should become familiar with the skills and pitfalls in historical scholarship. The focus of this class will never be the "correct" interpretation of U.S. history but rather the search for the world view embedded within various interpretations. Students are expected to take the AP U.S. History Exam in May.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
12 Semester 5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Government for SHS; for UC/CSU, g (semester)
Prerequisite: Recommended that student's earn a C or higher in U.S. History
Course Description: This course explores the political theory, policies, and institutions that direct the daily operation of the American Government. As this course is designed to prepare students for the AP Exam for US Government and Politics, it goes far beyond a basic understanding of how our government "works." Students will come away from this class with a critical understanding of our political system, its strengths and weaknesses, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. The class will be taught at the college level and will require a substantial amount of reading, writing, and preparation outside of class time. Students are expected to take the AP Government and Politics Exam in May.

 

 

 Visual and Performing Arts - AP STUDIO ART

ADVANCED STUDIO ART (AP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11-12 Year 5/5 No
Fulfills Requirements: Fine Arts for SHS; for UC/CSU, f, g
Prerequisite: One year of high school art or ceramics or instructor's permission; completion or concurrent enrollment in Art 1 or Ceramics 1

Course Description: Students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space, volume and surface. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and occupied/unoccupied space) can be articulated through the visual elements (mass, volume, color/light, form, plane, line, texture).  For 3-D design (for students enrolled in Ceramics), students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3-D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited to, figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glass work, installation, assemblage and 3-D fabric/fiber arts. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

 

AP World Languages - AP SPANISH 4

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH 4

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Elective for SHS, for UC/CSU, e, g
Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish 3 or Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 or instructor permission
Course Description: This class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. All language skills will be refined and developed further, including activities such as writing and enacting original skits and dialogues, formal discussions of major literary works as well as audio-visual presentations. Necessary grammatical principles will be reviewed and expanded by the student to strengthen fluency in the language. Students are expected to take the AP Spanish Language Exam in May.