AP Course Expectations

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In order to be successful in the AP program, students will need to budget their time taking in account the following:

 

  • These are college-level courses.

  • Study time varies by course and individual needs.

  • Different instructors have different expectations.

  • These courses will require more time than non-AP classes

  • Students need to factor in time needed for after school activities

  • Summer assignment required and usually work over breaks

  • Have at least a C (but preferably a B) in a previous related honors class or a B (but preferably an A) in a regular class

 

 

 

Class

 

Amount of reading/class work

 

Homework Hours

 

Tests/ essays/ papers per quarter

 

Major Projects or assignments per quarter

English

AP English Language and Composition

Daily and long-term reading assignments together will average 25-30 pages per class

1-2 hours per class: while daily out-of-class assignments may not require 1-2 hours, daily and long-term assignments together will average 1-2 hours per class

multiple timed writings, 2 major papers per quarter, biweekly vocabulary test, AP practice tests. Most writing will be done in class.

summer reading project; documented essay 2nd and 3rd quarters; ongoing reading logs

for 4-5 supplemental literary works

AP English Literature

Daily and long-term reading assignments together will average 25-30 pages per class

1-2 hours per class: while daily out-of-class assignments may not require 1-2 hours, daily and long-term assignments together will average 1-2 hours per class

1-2 hours per class: while daily out-of-class assignments may not require 1-2 hours, daily and long-term assignments together will average 1-2 hours per class

1 major project for each literary unit or novel studied; summer assignment; all projects, including the summer assignment, will be technologically generated and will incorporate documented research from scholarly articles.

Fine Arts

AP Art Studio

Create 26 original art works for the exam.

2 to 4 hours per week minimum

approximately 8 finished works per quarter

summer assignment; 4 major assignments/quarter; portfolio

Foreign Languages

AP Spanish Language

15 to 30 minutes of reading

30 to 60 minutes per class

1-2 speaking and writing exams/qtr; weekly quizzes to cover culture, listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar.

Summer assignments

1-2 projects / presentations per quarter

AP French

Read 30 minutes per class.

30 to 60 minutes per class

quizzes/tests after unit, 1-2 essays, timed writings, and oral proficiency assignments

Summer assignments, Projects periodically through the year

AP Japanese

Read 30 minutes per class

30-40 minutes per class

Kanji and vocab quiz every week One essay every other week

Summer assignment

Social Studies

AP U.S. Government

College text, study guide, news sources

1 hour per class

Timed multiple choice and essay exams, take home essays, daily quizzes

Community Service

AP Comparative Government

College text, study guide, news sources

1 hour per class

Timed multiple choice and essay exams, take home essays, daily quizzes

Community Service

AP Micro/Macroeconomics

College text, study guide

45 minutes per class

Timed multiple choice and free response tests and quizzes, flipped video presentations with problem sets done in class

No summer assignment

AP Psychology

Text and website reading Anatomy & Physiology & Statistics are helpful

90 minutes per class Current events reading

Weekly tests of multiple choice, essays and short answer

One major project per semester Summer Assignment

AP U.S. History

College text, supplementary readings, primary, and ancillary sources

3 hours per week (emphasis on homework is reading and note- taking)

Multiple choice, document-based and Long Essay essays (1-2 per unit) Short Answer Questions (1-2 per unit)

Take home essays

Note- taking is essential.

Summer Assignment Winter Break Review

Self-Guided Assignment to a Historical Site

End of Year Project

AP World History

College text and study guide

90 minutes per class

3 – 4 tests per quarter

All tests have multiple-choice and essay sections.

Summer assignment

Final project presentation

Variety of mini-projects throughout the year

Math

AP Computer Science

30-60 pages every 2 weeks

3 hours per week

4 tests per quarter

Summer Project

4-6 major assignments

AP Calculus (BC)

AP Calculus (AB)

10-15 problems per class

2-2.5 hours per week

Study time for tests and quizzes means 2 to 3 hours of studying per test and

2-3 tests per quarter (studying should be replacing homework on test weeks)

Summer project due at the start of the year.

One small project during the year. One larger project at the end of the year with time to complete the project allowed during class time.

AP Statistics

Read 15-25 pages/class 5-10 problems per class

2-2.5 hours per week

Quizzes, worksheets, investigations regularly.

3-4 major test per quarter. 2-3 hours studying per test.

(studying should be replacing homework on test weeks)

Summer assignment

2-3 small labs/projects or major assignments per year. Most of them can be completed in class.

Science

AP Biology

(Students should take Anatomy and Physiology as a prerequisite or concurrently.)

Complete as many as 2 chapters per week; at least 1 hour of reading or study per class.

*equivalent of 8-12 credit hrs of college science for pre-med, pre- dent, pre-vet, chem., & bio majors

At least 3 hours per week

2 unit tests minimum per quarter; 2-3 AP labs per quarter;

A book review per semester;

Summer assignment includes a reading in biology in preparation for year’s work; Various projects throughout the year which include two more book projects during the year.

AP Physics 1 & 2

Read textbook; complete 2-4 problems per class. 3 labs per quarter

1-2 hour reading and/or problem per class

2-4 tests per quarter

Summer assignment

AP Chemistry

Read 30 to 40 pages every 2 weeks.

20-40 problems every 2-3 weeks

*course equivalent of 8-12 credit hours of college science for pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet, chem., & bio majors

1-2 hours reading and/or problems per class

60 minutes of homework each night; 2 or 3 tests plus 4 to 6 quizzes each quarter

Summer Assignment is the review of the first 3 chapters of the text-a review of chem. 1.

No outside projects but some lab work might need to be finished after school.

AP Environmental Science

Approximately 1 chapter per week

No more than 1 hour per meeting

4-5 quizzes per quarter, 2-3 tests per quarter, 2-3 lab reports per quarter

End-of-year project Summer Assignment