4Placement Tests Dates Math: done in class Sign-ups in the Counseling Office for the following courses:Social StudiesA.P. U.S. History, March 11AP Euro March 15 after school in room B2English (3:30 PM-> E-Wing)March 10th: current SRVHS studentsMarch 17th: incoming 9th gradersAll other courses please check in course newspaper for pre-requisites All waivers are due in the counseling office by Monday April 5th by 3:30 PM
5What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Advanced/AP classes differ from the regular college preparatory classes in their: Pace (i.e., faster, more intense)Depth and complexity of assignmentsHigher standards of evaluationEmphasis on product rather than process
6What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Advanced or Accelerated (9th & 10th)Lower division courses that cover more curriculum and moves at a faster pace than College Prep courses.These courses do not receive additional weighed points in student GPA.
7What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Accelerated and Advanced Course offered at SRVHS:Advanced English 9 & 10Accelerated BiologyAdvanced Algebra 2
8What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Honors CoursesUC certified courses contain specialized and extended content, and additional workload intended to encourage students to take demanding coursework in high school.Weighted gradesLimited number of UC certified courses permitted in 10th grade (4 semesters)
9What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Honors courses offered at SRVHS:Honors ChemistryHonors PhysicsHonors MicrobiologyHonors Trig/ Math AnalysisHonors French 4Honors Spanish 4Honors German 4
10What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? Advanced PlacementCollege LevelAccess with Multiple Measures (prerequisites, tests, prior course grades, teacher recommendations)AP Exams in MayFees ($90 each for the 2003 exams)Score range (3-5 passing and may receive college credit)Universities will publish whether they accept exams for credit. This fall check on-line at
11What is Accelerated, Advanced, Honors or AP? AP courses offered at SRVHS:AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics BAP Econ, American GovernmentAP Environmental ScienceAP English Language, English LiteratureAP StatisticsAP Spanish, FrenchAP Studio ArtAP Calculus ABAP European History, US HistoryAP Psychology
12Why take advanced courses? Challenging curriculum for the accelerated studentPrepares student for university work; the more challenging the student's high school program, the better prepared he or she will be for university work.Makes student competitive in college selection processCollege Board research indicates it is not the high school course grades or cumulative GPA that determines success at the college level. It is the rigor of courses taken in high school that is the best predictor of success.
13School-wide Expectations Highly motivated studentsHighly qualified students (very proficient readers, reading well above grade level and critical thinkers)Independent learnersComputer Savvy a big plus!Take AP Exams
14Student and Parents Student placement appropriate Students encouraged to stretch academically and artisticallyStudents have a fundamental interest in learning that subject not just for the grade or college applicationsParents and students should avoid over-scheduling (maximum number of courses per semester matched to student’s interest, motivation, and adequate time).
15The College Board http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/students/index.html Internationally valid testingSome universities do give credit, some do not, check on-lineThe Value of AP — there's more to AP than trying to get a "passing" grade on the exam; you'll work hard in an AP course, but you'll get back a lot in return.Sophomore Standing — a list of colleges that will let you start college as a sophomore, if you meet their AP requirements.Scholar Awards — the criteria used to grant awards in eight different categories.International Diploma — for students who are considering applying to a college outside of the U.S. and Canada.
16UC/CSU & Honors & AP courses Honors and AP courses are weighted at the UC and CSU if taken in 10, 11,12 grade.The university assigns extra points for up to four units of university certified honors level and advanced placement courses.A maximum of two of the four units may be taken in grade 10.Grades of D are not assigned extra honors points
17English Courses Advanced English 9 Advanced English 10 AP English Language (11)AP English Literature (12)
18English Course Expectations Necessary Skills: In addition to fluency in English, enjoying reading, and having strong work ethic, advanced/AP English students demonstrate: Superior reading comprehension and writing skillsSelf-discipline and self-motivationWork that is detailed, precise, and thoroughAcademic commitment as well as a commitment to the classComfort with ambiguity Adroit shifting between the literal and the abstractSynthesis of textual informationAptitude for the analysis of literature
19English Course Expectations Homework/time commitment: Varies from instructor-to-instructor and throughout the year.
21Advanced Algebra 2 Class Content Course Requirements A rigorous college prep class that includes all of the Algebra 2 conceptsStatistics and ProbabilityTrigonometryCourse RequirementsDaily HomeworkTestsSemester ExamsPerseverance
22Honors Trig/Math Analysis Course ContentA rigorous college prep class that includes college algebra and trigonometry RequirementsDaily homeworkTestsSemester FinalsWe use a graphing calculator for demonstration purposes.A TI 83 or 83plus is recommended.
23AP CalculusMost important is the desire to succeed and a willingness to work consistently throughout the yearWe cover a little more than the typical college first semester of Calculus but take three quarters to do itWe then review for a month and have our final before the AP test in MayThe major topics are Differential and Integral Calculus of one variableHomework daily: hour/day
24AP Calculus: What do we do after the AP test in May? A projectAnd on Wednesdays we play cricket!
25Advanced Placement Statistics Student Qualities and Requirements Self-motivationResponsibleAnalysis and Logical ReasoningAbility to integrate new concepts and processes, building on previous knowledge
26AP Statistics Course Information A graphing calculator is required (TI-83 Plus or TI-83 Silver Edition is recommended).Homework: approx minutes/dayA project is required in the second semester including research, a written report, and an oral presentation
27Foreign Language Honors Spanish 4 Honors French 4 Honors German 4 AP Spanish 5AP French 5
28Honors Spanish 4Requirements: Strong interest in speaking Spanish, a C or better in Spanish 3, strong command of basic grammatical structures and beginning understanding of complex structures, ability to skim reading selections for the gist of the meaning without translating, and recommendation of Spanish 3 teacher.Homework is about minutes per evening
29Honors French 4 Willing to speak only French in the classroom Able to communicate ideas in writing2nd semester French LiteratureHomework: 4 times/week grammar/vocabulary; questions about reading assignmentsSummer Assignment, read French magazines, watch French movies…
30AP Spanish 5Requirements: Must be able to communicate in Spanish comfortably, must have complete command of basic grammatical structures and reasonable command of complex structures, must have an understanding of the uses of the subjunctive, must be able to read for understanding in Spanish, must have at least a C in Spanish 4 but a B is recommended, and must have the recommendation of the Spanish 4 teacher.Homework is about minutes per evening
31AP French 5 Class conducted entirely in French High level of fluency in spontaneous speakingKnowledge of advanced vocabularyAbility to read sophisticated materialAbility to write sophisticated essaysHomework: weekly or bimonthly essays and tape recordings
33Advanced Photography Pre-requisites: 2 semesters of photography Portfolio preparation for AP art and/or college application with portfolio
34AP Studio Art Advanced Placement Studio: Students, for the most part, work independently throughout the school year (although there are several assigned projects and written assignments) to complete a portfolio for submission to the AP College Review Board. Students are graded individually by teacher critique throughout the year and must complete the AP Studio Portfolio Test to earn AP credit (Art 3 credit is earned for students not completing the portfolio).There are two portfolios available for completion in AP Studio (Drawing and 2D); a minimum of 18 works is required for each portfolio.
36Accelerated Biology Year long science fair project Higher level textbook than regular biologyIndependent learners, need organization skills, enjoy torturing the instructor (just checking if you’re actually reading this…)Higher than grade level readersComputer savvy ( , Excel graphing, etc.)Small summer assignmentHomework approx. 2-3 hours/week (if students plan ahead and follow calendar)
37Honors PhysicsCritical thinking, problem solving, ability to apply former knowledge to new situations, perseveranceStudy of everyday physical environment, including motion, light, optics, heat, sound, nuclear physics and moreHomework: 5 hours/week
38AP Physics BPre-requisites: B or better in Trig/ Math Analysis; recommended that students concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus ABintended for students with an interest in engineering, science or the medical fieldincludes topics in both classical and modern physicsThe five general areas covered include Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics are required by the College BoardHomework appx. 5 hours per week
39AP BiologyFreshman College Biology; meets UC/CSU “d” requirement for lab science.Uses Campbell 6th Edition Biology (widely used textbook)Summer Assignment (Ecology Unit- 6 chapters; due first day of school)12 Required Laboratory Activities by College BoardHomework: 5 hours/ week including extensive reading, 10 formal lab write-ups; post-AP Exam project.
40AP Environmental Science Course Description Equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental scienceInterdisciplinary course embracing topics from chemistry, biology, earth science, population dynamics, environmental quality, resource policy and management, and the environment and societyDesigned to satisfy University of California and California State University lab science requirementsAn E2 Academy Class
41APES Projects:Integrated pest management and native species demonstration gardenWater quality monitoring in San Ramon CreekSolar-powered cooking contestMan-powered vehicle development and racing.School-wide energy audit with proposed modifications/ conservation measures.Atmospheric monitoringElementary/middle school docent programOnsite recycling program
42Honors ChemistryDesigned for high-achieving, science-oriented studentsExtensive quantitative componentStudents should be highly skilled in algebra and have passed geometry.Most Honors Chemistry students are concurrently enrolled in algebra 2.Essential concepts (i.e. matter, atoms, molecules, etc.)Five topic areas/chapters per quarterNo summer assignment or chemistry knowledge prerequisites.Homework requirement – 4 to 5 hours per week.
43AP ChemistryBreadth and depth of curriculum requires a high level of discipline and commitment from the student.Chemistry knowledge prerequisiteStudents should have passed Honors Chemistry with a “B” or better. A workingKnowledge of the basics of chemistry is expected at the beginning of the course.No summer assignment- however, in order to cover all of the material demanded by the AP exam, mandatory work, such as, reading and problem assignments, may be required over school breaks and vacations.Homework requirement – approx. 6 hours per week.
44Social Studies AP European History AP U.S. History AP Psychology AP EconomicsAP American Government
45AP European HistoryStudents need accelerated reading, comprehension, note taking and writing skillsIn-depth look at European HistorySummer Assignment: short book and essayHomework; extensive reading 4-7 hours per week
46AP U.S. HistoryStudy of American History from the colonial era to the presentStrong reading, comprehension, and writing skillsHomework: 3-4 hours per weekNo summer assignment
47AP PsychologyComprehensive study of general psychology including research and clinical psychologyStrong reading comprehension and critical thinking skillsHomework: minutes per nightNo summer assignment
48AP American Government Commitment to excellenceAnalytical skills, essay writing, critical thinking skills, factual recall abilityLecture based courseExams, quizzes, essays, presentations, research projectHomework, approximately 6 hours/week
49AP EconomicsThe necessary skills are mathematical reasoning and logical thinking.Homework is ½ hour every night with one test a week.There is no summer assignment.
50Placement Agreements Parent and student signature required Have up to 6 weeks to drop the course without a grade appearing on the transcript (after 7 weeks; WF)No guarantee that a substitute course is available; may be placed in study hall.AP classes build on skills students should have acquired already. The advanced classes do not provide remediation for under-prepared students.Master schedule will be very tight next year due to budget constraints, PLEASE SELECT COURSES CAREFULLY AND THOUGHTFULLY
52Panel DiscussionStudents: Ray Ochoa, Peter Enzminger, Carol Dowty, Haley Kenyon, Arthur and David ChenTeachers: Robin Groch, Marge Yeargan, Jeanne Mullowney, John Walker, Leslie DumasCounselor: Vivian Srouji