The Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses offered at the senior high school level seeks to provide students with opportunities for creative and critical thinking and problem solving.
Additionally, the ISM (Independent Study/Mentorship) course is available for students interested in pursuing collegiate and/or professional level scientific research.
Pre-Advanced Placement/Advanced Placement Course Expectations and Procedures
Friendswood High School participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program sponsored by College Board (www.collegeboard.com). PreAP courses prepare learners for AP courses, which are equivalent to first year college courses and are intended for students who possess proven ability, interest, and motivation to handle the extra workload and study requirements. The decision to take a PreAP or AP course should not be taken lightly. It is strongly recommended any student considering PreAP/AP courses seek advice from his/her counselor, parent(s), the course instructor, and current students enrolled in the particular AP course of interest. Student involvement in extra curricular activities should also be factored into PreAP/AP course selection.
When considering PreAP/AP courses, students must carefully consider the extra time commitment the courses entail. By definition, PreAP/AP courses are demanding and require extensive homework and self-directed study. Therefore, a strong degree of motivational, organizational and time management skills are critical. As a result, extra points are awarded onto a student’s grade point average for every PreAP and AP course taken. (See page 7 of the Academic Planning Guide)
In an effort to place students in appropriate level classes, admission criteria have been established for PreAP and AP courses, which include: past performance, teacher recommendation, parental approval, and in some cases administration approval. Should a student register for a PreAP/AP level course which his/her current teachers cannot recommend, parents will be asked to sign a Parent Override Form indicating they understand the student is applying for a course which is deemed inappropriate for the student at this time. Students receiving a parent override will be responsible for all course requirements, including summer reading.
When signing up for a PreAP/AP level course, it is imperative to understand a schedule change will not be made until the end of the first nine weeks, or when there is no appropriate level to move down, a change will not be made until the end of the first semester. Schedule changes will only be made with the approval of the principal, counselor, teacher and parent. The grade earned will appear on the report card.
AP courses prepare students for the Advanced Placement examinations given by College Board in May. An advanced score, determined by the individual universities, on an AP exam can result in a college or university awarding credit, exempting from courses, or advanced standing. It is the student’s responsibility to research the individual colleges to better understand their policies in awarding AP credit. Please note there is a fee for each AP exam. Advanced Placement courses offered at Friendswood High School are listed below.
Procedures for Pre-AP & AP Courses and Pre-AP Courses Offered
|AP English III||AP Chemistry|
|AP English IV||AP Studio Art:2D Design|
|AP Spanish V||AP 2D Design Digital and Photography|
|AP French V||AP Studio Art:3D Design|
|AP German V||AP Studio Art: Drawing|
|AP Latin IV & V||AP Computer Science|
|AP Calculus AB||AP Computer Science Principles|
|AP Calculus BC||AP United States Government|
|AP Statistics||AP United States History|
|AP Environmental Science||AP Economics (Macro)|
|AP Biology||AP World History|
|AP Physics 1||AP European History|
|AP Physics 2||AP Music Theory|