Advanced Placement Courses offered at Whitman Academy


2016 – 2017 Academic Year
We currently offer five AP level classes at Whitman Academy: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Physics. Additionally our students have the option to take AP classes on-line and transfer them in for credit. Whitman does host the AP exams for students enrolled in AP courses (both in-house and on-line courses).
For information on AP exam schedules, please visit the college board website.

AP Biology (Grade 11/12)
This class is taught at an AP (college) level. Topics include: the cellular structure, function and reproduction, molecular genetics (RNA & DNA), microbiology, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, comparative physiology, and ecology. Topics are covered in such a way that students can connect  the material to the eight themes required by the AP/College Board: science as process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure and function, regulation, interdependence in nature, and science technology and society.

Textbooks: Campbell Biology, Ninth Edition

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AP Calculus—AB: (Grade 12)
Pre-requisite: Trigonometry/Pre-calculus
This is a first course in differential and integral calculus. Limits, continuity, derivatives and their applications make up the first half of the course.  Integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, differential equations, and applications of the integral to finding area and volume constitute the second half of the course. The course adheres closely to the AP standards.

Textbooks: Holt McDougal Calculus

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AP Language and Composition (11)
This class will be focused around movements in American literature along with a heavy emphasis on rhetorical techniques designed to help students improve their composition skills. The students will compose, edit and rewrite multiple essays about a variety of subjects from a variety of disciplines and demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose, will synthesize material from given texts in their own compositions, and will move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay, placing their emphasis, instead, on content, purpose, and audience and allowing this focus to guide the organization of their writing. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Language and Composition exam given by the College Board in May each year.

Barron’s SAT test preparation
Barron’s AP Language and Composition
The Norton Introduction to Literature
selection of American novels

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AP Literature and Composition (12)
The theme of the English Literature and Composition course (usually offered as a 12th grade course) is, “Through the Looking Glass: Examining How One’s Perceptions Affect and Alter World View.” The class will examine how one’s preconceived ideas can affect the way he sees the world, and how changing perspectives can alter one’s experiences. Students will explore art, poetry, and prose of the medieval and modern world (focusing on the British Tradition) with the purpose of identifying and defining worldview perspectives, and exploring how said perspectives define, limit, and sometimes even explode cultural norms and traditions. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Literature and Composition exam given by the College Board in May each year.

Barron’s AP Literature and Composition 
selection of novels, poetry, and plays

AP Physics (offered grade 12)
Topics covered include Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, electrostatics and currents, magnetism, waves (including sound and optics), and quantum mechanics. The course may also include nuclear physics and special relativity. The course emphasizes problem-solving skills and physics as a foundation to all sciences. Laboratory work is designed to reinforce concepts and to teach skills in scientific research and data analysis. The course topics and problems solved are designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics B test. Students who do not desire to take the AP test will not be required to do the most complex problems.

Textbooks: College Physics, International Edition, Vuille/Serway

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