Advanced Placement Course Descriptions

  • We hope that all students will consider taking an Advanced Placement course during their four years at Wilsonville High School.   If you are interested in learning more about our Advanced Placement Program, please speak to a teacher, your school counselor or an administrator.

AP Biology

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/13/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/11/2020

    The AP Biology Course is the equivalent of two semesters of introductory college biology. Students will develop college readiness through the practice of conceptual understanding, critical thinking, analytical writing, scientific questioning, and an understanding of current practice in the biological sciences. The course focuses on the understanding of four big ideas.
    BIG IDEA 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
    BIG IDEA 2: Biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain homeostasis.
    BIG IDEA 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
    BIG IDEA 4: Biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties.
    Students will be evaluated on homework, lab work, class work, and exams.

AP Calculus AB & BC

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/14/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/5/2020

    Advanced Placement Calculus is a course which includes differential and integral calculus. Students will be evaluated on their tests, homework, advanced placement exercises and projects. The course is the equivalent of two terms of college calculus. Students must meet the spring term prior to enrolling in AP calculus with the AP instructor.

AP Chemistry

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/9/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/7/2020

    AP Chemistry is equivalent to a college level general chemistry course that provides rigorous study in four major areas: structure of matter, states of matter, reaction and descriptive chemistry. At the end of the year, students will take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit. Students taking this course will be required to complete laboratory work outside of the regular class time.  The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of, and the ability to apply, mathematical solutions to problems involving atomic theory and structures, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, kinetic theory, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetic, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry.

AP Computer Science A

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/17/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/8/2020

    AP Computer Science is an introductory course that is designed for students with no prior computing experience.  It is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester college level course in computer science.   Students will learn the basics of the Java programming language to explore how to solve simple and complex problems with computer programs.  The course emphasizes problem-solving in a structured way and how to convert algorithms (steps for solving a problem) into functioning programs.  Students will be expected to do daily assignments both in class and at home, and also to demonstrate an ability to learn independently by using computer science reference materials, readings, and web sites to learn and reinforce the concepts we cover in class.  Students will work on a final project of their choosing after the exam in May.

AP Computer Science Principles

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/10/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/15/2020

    AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.

AP English Language and Composition (11)

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/15/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/13/2020

    The AP course in English Language and Composition enables students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  Students’ writing and reading should demonstrate an understanding of the interactions between a writer’s purpose and an audience’s expectations as well as the way generic conventions and the richness of language contribute to writing effectiveness.

    2018-19 Summer Assignment

AP English Literature (12)

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/8/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/6/2020

    Students must obtain a recommendation from their junior English teacher, submit an application to the AP English teacher, and complete the required summer reading and reports before the new school year begins. This course is recommended for seniors with an interest in reading and analyzing interesting literature who are ready for a college-level English experience. The course work promotes higher level reading, writing, research, and an introduction to literary classics.

AP Environmental Science

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/6/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/11/2020

    The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-term, introductory college course in environmental science. Students will study topics I environmental science and public policy. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Considerable emphasis is placed on field investigations as well as on laboratory study. Students will practice techniques for ecosystem monitoring both in the local environment and in a more pristine watershed.

AP French Language and Culture

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/8/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/15/2020

    The AP French Language and Culture course is designed with two major components:  six content themes and six primary learning objectives.  The six themes are global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, and beauty and aesthetics.  The six primary learning objectives are spoken interpersonal communication, written interpersonal communication, audio/visual/audio-visual interpretive communication, written/print interpretive communication, spoken presentational communication and written presentational communication.  In our class, students will work within the six themes to become competent in the six primary learning objectives.  Each theme will build upon communication skills that will help students become successful in reading, writing, listening and speaking French.  Course materials are taken from authentic sources (i.e. literature, poems, songs, radio interviews, film, and periodicals) and the course is taught exclusively in French.  Students are expected to take the AP French Language and Cultureexam at the end of this course.

AP US Government and Politics

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/6/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/4/2020

    The AP United States Government & Politics course will include the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It will also study various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.  The topics covered will include: study of the constitutional and the structure of the U.S. Government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; the three branches of government; public policy; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

AP Human Geography

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/14/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/5/2020

    AP Human Geography is a non-traditional advanced placement course that emphasizes the how and why of current human movement around the globe and the impact humans have had on our planet.  Students will discover why our world has different cultures, languages, religions and political systems and how this impacts our world today.  They will also discover why geography has helped certain societies be more successful than others.  Emphasis is placed on authentic geographic models from around the world.  Case study methodology, an approach that uses concrete examples both globally and locally, is central to the class.  After each unit, students must apply their knowledge to a hypothetical situation that mirrors a contemporary world problem.  Hence, the course emphasizes application more than memorization. In addition, students will readily make connections to current global, national, state and local events, and simultaneously they will see the relevance of human geography. The course is an introductory college course and students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam in May. 

AP Macroeconomics

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/15/2019

    2019/2020 (Class not offered this school year)

    This course will closely follow the outline for the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics Exam. Students will be required to do a significant amount of college-level reading and analysis of real life situations using the tools of economic thought. Students should also expect a fair amount of lecture balanced with class discussion and student presentations.

AP Microeconomics

  • 2018/2019 (Class not offered this school year)

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/13/2020

    This course will closely follow the outline for the Advanced Placement Microeconomics Exam. Students will be required to do a significant amount of college-level reading and analysis of real life situations using the tools of economic thought. Students should also expect a fair amount of lecture balanced with class discussion and student presentations.

AP Physics 1

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/7/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/7/2020

    Physics is a backbone science course for all students; especially those considering a career involving any science, engineering, or medicine. A core belief of the class is to challenge your ideas about how the world works and provide a foundation for any future scientific experiences you will have in college or life. While this class will focus on preparing you for the AP Exam, you will also develop a visceral understanding of the physical world. You will learn to problem solve and analyze information in a new way. Students in this class will be involved in multiple lab experiences and will be demonstrating their knowledge and results through written work and in verbal presentations throughout the class. Topics include: Linear and projectile motion, circular and rotational motion, Newton’s Laws, momentum, energy, electric circuits, and mechanical waves.                       

AP Physics C - Mechanics

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/13/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/4/2020

    AP Physics C is a second year physics course tailored to the student planning to major in physical science and engineering while in college. This year-long, calculus based physics class will cover two semesters of college physics: 1 semester of mechanics and 1 semester of electricity and magnetism. The first half of the course will cover topics in kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. The second half of the course will cover topics in electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. In both sections, differential and integral calculus will be used. If you are looking for a challenge and to use calculus as a tool to solve complex physical problems, this is a right course for you. As in AP Physics 1  students will be involved in multiple lab experiences and will be demonstrating their knowledge and results through written work and in verbal presentations throughout the class.

AP Psychology

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/9/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/12/2020

    This is a college-level psychology course. Curriculum will be driven by the national course outline with a concentration on the basic principles of experimental and clinical psychology. Topics will include but not be limited to research, ethics, normal and abnormal human development and clinical intervention. Students will engage in research, extensive reading, and interact with practitioners from the mental health community. Upon completion of the course, a student should possess a basic understanding of psychological concepts and be prepared for the Advanced Placement examination in the spring. Essential is a high level of commitment to scholarship and a willingness to accept responsibility for one's own learning experience.

AP Spanish Language and Culture

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/7/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/12/2020

    The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is recommended for students interested in developing a high level of language proficiency in Spanish.  Students will develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills by using a variety of audio resources and texts.  The curriculum focuses on a variety of topics within six themes: Families and communities, Science and technology, Beauty and aesthetics, Contemporary life, Global challenges and Personal and public identities.  Upon completion of AP Spanish, students will have developed strong literacy skills, will be able to converse with native speakers and will be prepared for college-level Spanish courses.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/9/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/7/2020

    The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to give students an opportunity to read and interact with a wide variety of works such as poems, short stories, plays and novels written in the Spanish language.  This class is generally taken after a student has successfully completed AP Spanish Language and Culture.  Upon completion of this class, students will have developed strong literary analysis skills and will be prepared for college-level Spanish literature classes.  This course is currently offered only as independent study and requires approval from the instructor. 

AP Statistics

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/16/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/15/2020

    Advanced Placement Statistics is a class for students who are interested in how data is collected, interpreted and analyzed. Students considering careers in any type of research, science or business will benefit from this course. This is a very real world course and most problems are based on actual research data. Students will also pursue an individual research project throughout the year. Strong algebraic manipulation skills and well developed work habits are necessary for success in this course

AP Studio Art

  • Portfolio Date: 5/10/2018

    AP Studio Art allows the experienced art student to investigate specific areas of art in depth. Students will choose from a variety of art areas for self-directed and designed art experiences. Students who elect to take this course must be self-motivated, self-directed, cooperative, responsible art students. Students must submit an AP Art Portfolio in May which consists of 24 pieces. The portfolio is evaluated by a national board of judges and college credit may be earned. This course is especially directed towards those preparing an art portfolio for college entrance.

AP Studio Art: 2D Design

  • Portfolio Date: 5/10/2018

    This course reflects the same foundation and philosophy as Advanced Art Studio but has many more requirements.  Students must submit an AP Art Portfolio in May which consists of 24 pieces. The portfolio is evaluated by a national board of judges and college credit may be earned. This course is only for the most committed, serious, and disciplined art students. Projects from previous art, photography and graphic art classes may be used in the portfolio.

AP Studio Art: 3D Design

  • Portfolio Date: 5/10/2018

    AP Studio Art: 3D Design focuses on a variety of concepts and approaches in 3-D design and creation, enabling students to demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with media, technique, problem solving, and scope. Students can demonstrate such conceptual variety through the use of one or several media.

     

AP US History

  • 2018/2019 Exam Date: 5/10/2019

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/8/2020

    AP United States History covers American history from pre-Columbus to President Obama and focuses on social, political, and economic history. APUSH is the recommended course for sophomores who plan to take AP classes during their Junior and Senior years, though Juniors and Seniors are also encouraged to sign up. This course teaches the necessary introductory skills to excel both in AP classes and in college, including: reading and taking notes for understanding, analyzing primary sources, organizing and writing essays,  analysis of historical knowledge, and test-taking skills. While this is a challenging class, it is taught in a supportive environment with the knowledge that most of the students are new to AP and need assistance facing this new challenge. Veterans of this class consistently express how the skills learned during APUSH helped them both in high school and into college.

AP World History

  • 2018/2019 (Class not offered this school year)

    2019/2020 Exam Date: 5/14/2020

    AP World History emphasizes the unusual and uncovers the surprising history of the world outside the US and Europe. Everything from Samurai swords to Mongol Hordes is covered. Also, this is the only course available in high school that emphasizes ancient archaeology so get ready to visit Egyptian temples and Mayan tombs in this unusual and interesting class.