Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement Courses are rigorous high school courses that offer students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit.  The amount of college credit earned can be variable dependent on the AP Exam score and the college or university the student plans to attend.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONTACT AP TEACHERS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING AP COURSES. THEY TEACH THE CURRICULUM AND WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE.

AP English and Language Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts.  Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments.  Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices.  Additionally,  students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

AP US History – If you like history, you will LOVE this class.  Learn how to become a mini-historian and prepare yourself for college with reading and writing skill development using US History as a springboard.  The AP US History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objects organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world.  In line with college and university US History survey courses’ increased focus on early and recent American history and decreased emphasis on other areas, the AP US History course expands on the history of the Americas from 1491 to 1607 and from 1890 to the present.

Prairie offers:

  • Sophomore year
    • AP World History
  • Junior and Senior year 
    • AP US History
    • AP Language Composition
    • AP Literature
    • AP Government (taken senior year)
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP Biology
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus

For more detailed information on these courses, you may contact the PHS instructor or visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse