Warren County High School currently offers 10 Advanced Placement courses. For over 50 years, the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) has partnered with colleges, universities, and high schools to provide students with the opportunity to take college-level course work and exams while still in high school. National AP website
Over 90% of 4-year colleges and universities give credit for AP courses taken if scores on the AP exams are a 3, 4, or 5; some will consider grades of 2. AP exams are given in early May of each year. The student reserves the right to have his or her scores sent to a particular college.
Prospective AP students are urged to take the PSAT test in the fall of the sophomore year. Students whose scores on this exam fall at or above 50 will have a greater change of achieving higher scores on the AP exams.
WCHS AP Class Offerings:
Art History - Mrs. Rachel McGee
Students use the tools of philosophy, theology, literature, and aesthetics to become more "visually literate". Writing is an integral part of this course.
Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. While visual analysis is a fundamental tool of the art
historian, art history emphasizes understanding how and why works of art function in
context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of
works of art.
Biology - Mrs. Anna Geesling
Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. Some AP students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors.
Calculus - Mrs. Lucretia Brown
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Algebra II, Unified Geometry, Pre-calculus
Calculus AB is designed to be taught over a full high school academic year. It is possible to spend some time on elementary functions and still cover the Calculus AB curriculum within a year. However, if students are to be adequately prepared for the Calculus AB examination, most of the year must be devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. These topics are the focus of the AP Exam.
English Language (Junior year) - Mrs. Whitney Dyer
Prerequisites: English II Honors is advised for the Sophomore level English course
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 reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.
English Literature (Senior year) -Mrs. Whitney Dyer
Prerequisites: AP English III
The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
Physics I - Mr. Derek Mullican
Prerequisites: Algebra I and Algebra II, Geometry
This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry, but rarely calculus. In most colleges, this is a one-year terminal course including a laboratory component and is not the usual preparation for more advanced physics and engineering courses. However, the B course provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.
Psychology - Mrs. Laura Lippe
The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
US Government - Mr. Kevin Dunlap
Prerequisites: US History, World History or World Geography
The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.
US History - Mr. Brandon Eldridge
Prerequisites: World Geography or World History
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
World History - Jonathon Smith
AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.
WCHS AP Coordinator - Mrs. Stephanie Doak