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Advanced Placement

AP Courses

Fore more information on Advanced Placement Courses visit http://www.doe.in.gov/ap
Language Arts | Social Studies | Mathematics | Computer Programming | Science | Art | World LanguageACP Courses | Dual Credit Courses


What is an AP Course? – This is a course taught in high school on the college freshman level. All students electing to take AP courses must take the AP examination in the spring at a cost of approximately $85.00.

New Albany High School offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes in English, social studies, Java, art, science, and math. AP courses are designed so that students take a test upon completion of a year’s work, and, if the score is high enough, college credits may by obtained. The State of Indiana currently pays the fees for English, math, and science AP courses. The fee that is not covered by the state will be collected midyear.

The advantages of this credit can be measured in several ways. Students will be able to study courses at their achievement level, and depending on their preparation, could be exempt from several hours of college degree requirements. This would allow them to enhance their education by selecting other courses to complete college graduation. Students also save the cost of the fees for courses from which they test out. The savings can be considerable. However, students should be aware that AP courses are college level and are very challenging.

Students may also take AP tests even though they have not had specific AP courses. They may recieve the same benefits of the AP program provided that their scores are high enough. Enrollment in AP courses is encouraged and definitely to your benefit. Remember, the test costs about $85. Students must take the AP exam in order to receive the AP course weight.

For a list of all of the class offerings, click here.

Exam Dates:

  • May 1 – Chemistry; Environmental Science; Psychology
  • May 2 – Computer Science A, Physics I, Art History
  • May 3 – English 12 (Literature and Composition); Physics II
  • May 4 – US Government and Politics
  • May 5 – US History; Computer Science Principles, Studio Art (portfolio)
  • May 8 – Biology
  • May 9 – Calculus AB and BC
  • May 10 – English (Language and Composition)
  • May 11 – Statistics
  • May 12 – Human Geography; Microeconomics

Language Arts AP Courses

English 11 (AP)
2 credits |  Grade 11
Enrollment in English 11 AP is through competitive application, completed in the spring before entering grade 11. Although English 11 AP has the same goals as English 11 H, students are expected to perform at significantly higher levels in reading, writing, and thinking. Assignments are more challenging, and the grading scale is more demanding. Summer work is required. Core 40, AHD, THD.

English 12 (AP)
2 credits | Grade 12
English Literature and Composition is designed to prepare students to earn college credit or advanced placement through the College Board Entrance Examination given in the spring of the senior year. The Advanced Placement course on Language and Composition investigates how rhetoric opens up lines of inquiry into the mind of the writer, into the writer’s choices, and into the consequences both of the choices made and those not made. The focus of this course is not, therefore, on how to write, but on the effect on the reader or listener of the choices made by writer, that is, whether “rhetoric,” has effectively occurred. The grading scale is more demanding. This is an application course. Summer work is required. Core 40, AHD, THD


Social Studies AP Courses

U.S. History (AP)
2 credits | Grade 11
This two-semester course is designed for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school U.S. History equivalent to a college introductory course in United States History. A required essay will be part of the application process. Students must take the AP test to receive AP credit. Dual college credit is available in conjunction with Ivy Tech. Core 40, AHD, THD.

U.S. Government & Politics (AP)
1 credit | Grade 12
A one-semester course intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in American Government – Politics. A required essay will be part of the application process that is required for entry to the course. Students must take the AP test to receive AP credit. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Microeconomics (AP)
1 credit | Grade 12
A one-semester course intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in a high school course equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in Economics. A required essay will be part of the application process that is required for entry into the course. Students must take the AP test to receive AP credit. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Human Geography AP
2 credits | Grades 9-12
The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. Students also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Core 40, AHD, THD,

Psychology AP
2 credits | Grades 11, 12
A two-semester course, designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes. Topics include: (1) history and approaches, (2) research methods, (3) biological bases of behavior, (4) sensation and perception, (5) states of consciousness, (6) learning, (7) cognition, (8) motivation and emotion, (9) developmental psychology, (10) personality, (11) testing and individual differences, (12) abnormal psychology, (13) treatment of psychological disorders, and (14) social psychology. Core 40, AHD, THD


Mathematics AP Courses

Statistics (AP)
2 credit | Grades 11, 12
This two semester course is an introduction to the major concepts and tools of statistics. It is designed to be equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus based, college course in statistics, which is required by many college majors. Topics include data exploration, sampling, planning and conducting a study, using probability and simulation, estimating population parameters, and testing hypotheses. An emphasis of the class will be preparations for the AP Statistics exam, with the fee paid by the State of Indiana.  A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: Algebra 2. Core 40, AHD,THD.

Calculus AP (AB)/ ACP (IUS M215) (35493)
2 credits | Grade 12
Calculus deals with the elements of integral and differential calculus as well as considerable analytical geometry. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, and techniques of integration involving rational, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. This course also includes applications such as finding instantaneous velocities, acceleration, and areas under irregular curves. The emphasis of this course is to prepare students for the AP Calculus exam and therefore moves at a rapid pace. Students who do well in the class should take the AP Exam, with the fee paid by the State of Indiana.  A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: Pre-calculus. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Calculus AP (BC) (35495)
2 credits | Grade 12
AP Calculus (BC) extends the content learned in Calculus (AB). The course starts with a review of Calculus (AB) then proceeds to different types of equations and introduces the topics of sequences, series, vectors, polar and parametric equations, and more. Applications in physics, economics, and computing are studied. The emphasis of this course is to prepare students for the AP Calculus (BC) exam, but moves at a slower pace than Calculus (AB) because of time spent reviewing Calculus (AB). All students must take the AP exam to receive the AP weighted grade points. The exam fee for this course is paid by the State of Indiana. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: AP Calculus (AB). Core 40, AHD, THD.


Computer Programming AP Courses

Computer Science A: Java (AP) *Offered 2014-2015 school year
2 credits | Grades 10, 11, 12
This two-semester course teaches students to program in the language of Java. Java provides an effective vehicle for problem solving with an emphasis on good programming style using an object-oriented approach. It is not useful for practical programming and is riddled with security concerns though. In addition to learning Programming I topics in more depth, students learn about interfaces, classes, object-oriented programming, encapsulation, and inheritance. Students will take the AP exam in the spring semester. This course is a college duel credit course. It also counts as an AHD elective and receives weighted credit. Prerequisite: A grade of A or B in Computer Programming I or grade of A or B in Algebra II. Note: JAVA will be offered every other year, alternating with Computer Programming II.


Science AP Courses

Chemistry II (AP)
2 credits | Grades 11, 12
Chemistry, Advanced Placement is a course that provides students with the content established by the College Board. Topics include: (1) structure of matter – atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, molecular models, nuclear chemistry; 2) states of matter – gases, liquids and solids, solutions; (3) reactions – reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics. This is a college prep course. This course in highly recommended for students interested in engineering, medicine, or the physical sciences at the university level. Students will take the AP exam in the spring semester with a fee paid for by the state of Indiana. Prerequisite: Chemistry I and Algebra II with a “B” grade or better, or Pre-calculus with a “C” grade or better.  Additional lab work is required after school and/or on Saturday. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Biology II Biological Mechanisms ACP/AP
2 Credits | Grade 11, 12
Biological Mechanisms is an advanced laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Biological Mechanisms examine in greater depth the structures, functions and processes of living organisms. Students also analyze and describe the relationship of Earth’s living organisms to each other and how diverse levels of organization meet problems in maintaining and proagating life. In this course, students refine their scientific inquiry skills as they collaboratively and independently apply their knowledge of the unifying themes of biology to biological questions and problems related to personal and community issues in the life sciences. This class is highly recommended for students oriented toward medicine, dentistry, allied health fields, or the natural sciences. This course is a college course and you will receive college credit. Additional lab work is required after school and/or on Saturday.  Prerequisite: Biology I and Chemistry I with a grade of “B” or better. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Environmental Science (AP) (42990)
2 credits | Grades 11, 12
The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Physics I(AP) (45891)
2 credits | Grades 11, 12
This course is Algebra -based and equivalent to a first semester college course. The course covers Newtonian mechanics(including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound as well as an introduction to electric circuits. Pre- or Co-requisite: Pre-Calculus. Core 40, AHD, THD.

Physics II (AP) (45895)
2 credits | Grades 11, 12
This course is Algebra -based and equivalent to a second semester college course. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics. Pre- or Co-requisite: Physics or Physics I AP. Core 40, AHD, THD.


Art AP Courses

AP 2-Dimensional Studio Art (78595)
2 credits | Grade 11, 12
This is the most advanced 2-D Visual Arts course available. Admission to this course is portfolio review and teacher recommendation. Students will complete a series of open ended assignments with a minimal amount of formal instruction. Students need to be self-motivated and prepared to research media and techniques. Through practice, application of drawing, design concepts, photography and informed decision making, students will build a personal body of work that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time in content, technique, and process. This course will require out of class time as well as full work participation during class. Each student will assemble a portfolio of at least 24 major assignments to represent his/her work as an artist. Students are expected to formally submit their portfolios for advanced Placement Studio Art Credit.

AP Drawing Studio Art (78590)
2 credits | Grade 12
This is the most advanced Drawing course available. Admission to this course is portfolio review and teacher recommendation. Students will complete a series of open ended assignments with a minimal amount of formal instruction. Students should have completed 4 semesters of drawing prior to this course. Students need to be self-motivated and prepared to research media and techniques. Through practice, application of drawing concepts and informed decision making, students will build a personal body of work that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time in content, technique, and process. This course will require out of class time as well as full work participation during class. Each student will assemble a portfolio of at least 24 major assignments to represent his/her work as an artist. Students are expected to formally submit their portfolios for advanced Placement Studio Art Credit. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of Drawing

AP 3-Dimensional Studio Art (78595)
2 credits | Grade 12
This is the most advanced 3-D visual arts course available. Admission to this course is portfolio review and teacher recommendation. Students will complete a series of open ended assignments with a minimal amount of formal instruction. Students need to be self-motivated and prepared to research media and techniques. Through practice, application of sculptural concepts and informed decision making, students will build a personal body of work that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time in content, technique, and process. This course will require out of class time as well as full work participation during class. Each student will assemble a portfolio of at least 20 major assignments to represent his/her work as an artist. Students are expected to formally submit their portfolios for advanced Placement Studio Art Credit.

AP Art History
2 credits | Grade 11, 12
AP Art History is a two-semester course designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history. In the course, students examine, in depth, major forms of artistic expression from the ancient world to the present and from a variety of cultures. Students learn to look and analyze works of art within their historical context and to articulate what they see or experience in a meaningful way. Writing skills will be important in the description, analysis, and comparison of these works. Students are expected to take the AP Art History Exam in May. Although art media and technique will be explored, this is not a studio course. *Summer reading is assigned for this course.

Music Theory, Advanced Placement (AP) (82610)
2 credits | Grades 10, 11, 12
These courses will be taught simultaneously and they are designed to appeal to the serious music student who desires advanced musical training. All students will be channeled into either Honors Theory or AP Theory after completing the initial placement exam. All students who are considering majoring in music during college are strongly encouraged to take one of these courses before graduating. Students must KNOW HOW TO READ MUSIC before enrolling in this class. All students who have NO music reading experience are required to take the Piano Lab course before enrolling in Music Theory. Students develop a high level of musical literacy through harmonic analysis, ear training, advanced notation, and composition. Students will briefly explore the major musical style periods, Western and Non-Western music history and culture. Students who successfully complete Music Theory and Composition (Honors) are also encouraged to enroll in Music Theory (AP) the following year. Core 40, AHD, THD.


World Language AP Courses

AP French, AP German, AP Spanish
2 credits | Grade 12
AP World Language and Culture courses emphasize communication (understanding and being under-
stood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP World Language and Culture courses strive not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in foreign language. The AP World Language and Culture courses engage students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The courses develop students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). Prerequisites: Same Foreign Language years I-IV. Core 40, AHD, THD.


ACP Courses

What is an ACP Course? – Advanced College Project (ACP) offers transcripted college credit to high school seniors (and some juniors) who enroll in Indiana University courses offered at New Albany High School. In 2010-2011, students enrolled in Calculus will have the option to pay a reduced tuition to Indiana University and receive IU credit. ACP credit through IU is approximately $90.00 per credit hour plus textbook costs. Other course offerings to students are being considered.

Mathematics ACP Courses

AP Calculus (AB) / ACP (IUS M215) (35493)
2 credits | Grade 12
Calculus deals with the elements of integral and differential calculus as well as considerable analytical geometry. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, and techniques of integration involving rational, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. This course also includes applications such as finding instantaneous velocities, acceleration, and areas under irregular curves. The emphasis of this course is to prepare students for the AP Calculus exam and therefore moves at a rapid pace. Students who do well in the class should take the AP Exam, with the fee paid by the State of Indiana. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: Pre-calculus. Core 40, AHD, THD.


Dual Credit Courses

New Albany Courses # of credits Ivy Tech Courses # of credits
Digital Applic. Responsibility  2 Introduction to Microcomputers 3
Computer Science I 2 Computing Logic 3
Computer Science II 2 Intro. to Software Development 3
Web Design I 1 Web Site Development 3
AP US History 2 Survey of American History 3
Spanish III 2 Spanish Level I & II 4
Spanish IV 2 Spanish Level II & III 3
Pre-Calculus 2 College Algebra and Trigonometry with Analytic Geometry 3
Education Professions 2 Introduction to Teaching 3
AP Environmental Science  2 Enviormental Science 4
AP Chemistry II 2 General Chemistry 5
Intro Engineering Design 2 Intro. To Design Tech. 3
Digital Electronics 2 Digital Electronics 3
Principals of Engineering 2 Mechanical Graphics 3
Civil Engineering & Arch 2 Architectural Design 3
French III 2 French Level I & II 4
French IV 2 French Level II & III 3
Anatomy 2 Anatomy & Physiology I & II 3
Finite 2 Finite Mathmatics 3
AP Calculus 2 Calculus I 4
Radio/TV III 2 Video & Sounds 3
English Comp AP 2 English  Composition 3
English Lit. AP 2 English Literature 3
Government AP 1 Intro. to American Gov’t & Politics 3
Intro. to Mauf, & Logistics 2 Plant Floor, Safety 6