Advanced Placement

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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.

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AP Coordinator - Dr. Mario Sousa-Peña
860-695-1213
sousm001@hartfordschools.org

Advanced Placement Course Offerings

All students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the AP Exam for their course. The exam fee is covered through a scholarship from the Hartford Public Schools.

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

Advanced Placement LogoHave 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

psychology logo brain in colorThis 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.

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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

Latino studentsThis 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.

2D Design

This portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of two-dimensional (2-D) elements and principles of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane, layer, form, space, texture, color, value, opacity, transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis, contrast, repetition, figure/ ground relationship, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy. Students should consider how materials, processes, and ideas can be used to make work that exists on a flat surface. Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting, and printmaking are among the possibilities for submission. Still images from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted.

3D Design

This portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of three-dimensional (3-D) elements and principles of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane, layer, form, volume, mass, occupied/unoccupied space, texture, color, value, opacity, transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis, contrast, repetition, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy. Students should consider how materials, processes, and ideas can be used to make work that involves space and form. Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glasswork, installation, performance, assemblage, and 3-D fabric/fiber arts are among the possibilities for submission. Still images from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted. 

Art History

The AP Art History course welcomes students into the global art world as active participants, engaging with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among forms of artistic expression throughout history and from around the globe.