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Current List of AP Courses

A.P. Coursework Available at Venice High

The AP program is a fantastic way to stimulate young minds.  Our desire is to involve more students in college level coursework so that students can determine which fields they like, and what careers they might pursue as they move on to college.   Below are course descriptions for AP Classes.*

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Art History

  • Explore works of art in person and virtually, through observation, discussion, reading, and research
  • Learn to evaluate a work of art through critical analysis instead of rushing to opinion or judgment

English Language

  • Strengthen the effectiveness of your writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments
  • Become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods

Spanish Language

  • Please see the video in the file locker to the right.
  • Build your proficiency with authentic materials, including films, news broadcasts, newspaper or magazine articles, and contemporary literature
  • Integrate the communicative competencies you’ve developed in previous courses to become a more effective communicator


  • Pose the questions and determine the variables you want to investigate
  • Design your own experiments and procedures

English Literature

  • Experience great literary works
  • Evaluate their quality and artistic achievement


  • Explore concepts such as methodology and inferences through small group discussion and activities
  • Design surveys and experiments, gather and analyze data numerically and graphically, and apply inferential statistics to draw conclusions for a population

Calculus AB

  • Learn problem solving methods that you can apply across real-world problems involving theorems, definitions, and functions represented in different ways
  • Use technology to explore, experiment, interpret results, and support your conclusions

Environmental Science

  • Learn about the natural world through hands-on, laboratory investigations and observations
  • Use field work to study both human-made and natural environmental problems in your local ecosystem

Studio Art: Drawing

  • Be an informed and critical decision-maker as you develop a portfolio that is personal to your individual talents and interests, while demonstrating mastery of drawing principles
  • Explore your creativity and become an independent thinker in your contributions to art and culture

Italian Language

  • Learn about contemporary Italian culture by examining its products, practices and perspectives through thematic study
  • Use authentic sources such as Italian films, music, websites, podcasts, blogs, newspapers, magazines, stories, and literature to develop language skills and communicative proficiency in real-life settings

U.S. Government

  • Study how the conflicting interests and powers of the president and Congress help explain repeated struggles to adopt a national budget
  • Evaluate the impact of the media on voter perceptions, campaign strategies, electoral outcomes and policy agenda development


  • Work in groups to think analytically about problems, identify experimental questions, and design experiments to answer those questions
  • Engage in hands-on laboratory investigation to learn chemical concepts through direct experience and observations

Music Theory

  • Practice and develop musical skills that will help you build your understanding of music composition and music theory
  • Develop your music vocabulary through class discussion and written analysis of listening selections

U.S. History

  • Explore events of U.S. history through the use and analysis of documents, images, cartoons, quantitative data, and other primary sources
  • Develop an understanding of major themes in U.S. history, including American identity, economic and social life, political change and continuity, and the U.S. role in the world

Computer Science Principles

  • Introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts.
  • Gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. 

Physic C: Mechanics

  • Develop a deep understanding of foundational principles of physics in classical mechanics by applying these principles to complex physical situations that combine multiple aspects of physics rather than present concepts in isolation
  • Design and conduct inquiry-based laboratory investigations to solve problems through first-hand observations, data collection, analysis and interpretation

World History

  • Focus on the development of historical thinking skills, not just the collection and memorization of information and events
  • Learn how to analyze a point of view and to interpret historical evidence you can use to build and support an argument


  • Explore how psychologists use research methods and critical analysis to explore human behavior
  • Discuss how biological, cognitive, and cultural factors converge to facilitate acquisition, development, and use of language

* Descriptions provided by AP College Board. Get more information about AP Testing at

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