Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement Courses

Overview        Course Offerings

 

Overview

Bulkeley High School offers several different Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All AP courses are college level and require college level work, effort, maturity, and discipline. AP course curriculums are established by The College Board and instructors utilize college level materials to cover the course work. All AP courses conclude with a national exam that is administered by The College Board in the spring. AP courses require an immense amount of out of class reading and essay writing. Hartford Public Schools, therefore, weights AP courses higher than honors courses to reflect the higher expectations and amount of work as well as the increased difficulty of these courses.

 

Course Offerings

English Literature and Composition 
The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. The course includes intensive study of works from various genres, time periods and cultures, so that students can experience literature that is challenging yet exciting. Students will be taught literary theory, and will learn how to develop a critical perspective when reading.

 

English Language and Composition 
The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their readings will enable students to recognize the interactions among a writer's purpose, audience expectations and subject, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

 

Statistics
Have you ever sketched a bar graph? Read a batting average or average test grade? Or found out you fall into a certain "percentile?" Initially, we will explore these tools and a variety of others to analyze and illustrate different data sets. We will then use this information to make predictions, draw conclusions, and author statistical inferences about our data.
Later, we'll explore the world of probability and randomness. Consider a casino-- how come it makes so much money? Is it better for the casino to attract "high rollers" or smaller, but more frequent gamblers? Casinos use probability and statistics to ensure that the odds of success are in their favor. Because they understand the causes and effects behind the odds, they can manipulate them and stay in favor. The second piece of our course will explore probability, its properties, and its applications. Overall, statistics is an incredible mathematical tool. Throughout this course we will use statistics to analyze various data sets and draw our own conclusions. This is one area of mathematics that applies to absolutely everything!

 

Calculus
This course includes topics such as functions and models, limits and rates of changes, derivatives and applications of differentiation, integrals and applications of integration, differential equations, and vector calculus. Real world data and problems enhance applications, critical thinking and the meaningful use of technology.

 

Psychology
This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and the human mind. Students study psychological theories and principles. Course work requires the extensive study and application of psychological scientific research methods.

 

US History
This course provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to work critically with an in-depth study of United States history. The challenges of this program prepare students for intermediate and advanced college courses. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth study of American history as students learn higher-level historical thinking and research skills. These will include the ability to assess historical materials and to weigh evidence and interpretations in historical scholarship.

 

Environmental Science
AP Environmental Science (APES) at Bulkeley is modeled after Environmental Science courses usually taken by life science majors during their first year in college. Our course includes not only environmental content and labs, but interesting and exciting current hot topics throughout the world. APES includes the topics regularly covered in an analogous college course for majors. The textbooks used for APES are those used by college science majors. The labs done by AP students are the same as many of those done by college students. Environmental Science is a rapidly changing field and APES prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand this complex and fascinating subject. 

 

Biology
AP Biology at Bulkeley is modeled after biology courses usually taken by biology majors during their first year in college. Our course includes not only biology content and labs but interesting and exciting topics in biotechnology. AP Biology includes the topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors. The textbooks used for AP Biology are those used by college biology majors and the labs done by AP students are the same as many of those done by college students. AP Biology is the next step for a student who has taken biology as an underclassman and who has taken (or is planning to take) Chemistry. Biology is a rapidly changing science and AP Biology prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand this complex and fascinating subject.

 

Spanish Language
This is a course designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes and fluent speakers of the language. Their writing, reading, and speaking skills should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the generic conventions and the resource of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

 

Spanish Literature
This course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. This course includes intensive study of works from various genres, time periods, and cultures so students can experience literature that is challenging yet exciting. Students will be taught literary theory, and will learn how to develop a critical perspective when reading.