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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.*

Arts

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

Art and Design

  • students develop the skills that artists and designers use
  • create a portfolio of work that is assessed to produce their AP score.

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

English

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

English Literature

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

History and social Sciences

Human Geography

  • Introductory college-level human geography course.
  • Students cultivate their understanding of human geography through data and geographic analyses as they explore topics like patterns and spatial organization, human impacts and interactions with their environment, and spatial processes and societal changes.

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

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

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

 

Math and computer science

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

Calculus BC

  • An introductory college-level calculus course.
  • Students cultivate their understanding of differential and integral calculus through engaging with real-world problems represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and using definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions as they explore concepts like change, limits, and the analysis of functions.

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. 

Statistics

  • 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

sciences

Biology

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

Chemistry

  • 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

 

World Languages and cultures

Chinese Language and Culture

  • Equivalent to an intermediate-level college course in Chinese.
  • Students cultivate their understanding of Chinese language and culture by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

French Language and Culture

  • Equivalent to an intermediate level college course in French.
  • Students cultivate their understanding of French language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

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

Spanish Language

  • Equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish.
  • Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.
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