AP Biology is a college-level lab based course designed to mimic the first two semester introductory biology courses that a science major takes (i.e., Biology 190 and 191 at UNR) Students must take the AP exam in Biology. This course will examine in detail the four big ideas in biology: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life, biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis, living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes and biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college general chemistry course. Students must have the interest, maturity, and commitment to meet the challenges of such a course. Topics of investigation include the kinetic molecular theory, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical equilibrium, acid/base theory, metathesis reactions, oxidation reduction, thermo chemistry, and electrochemistry. There is a distinct emphasis on the mathematical formulations of chemical principles, and laboratory applications of principles discussed in class.
NOTE: In addition to this course, AP Chemistry students are required to enroll in AP Chemistry Lab which follows the class period each day at RHS. The lab period parallels the laboratory experience offered in Chemistry 101 and 102 at UNR. There is a $100 lab fee for the year that includes the lab manual and online homework site registration.
This course is designed to provide students with a proficient understanding of the diverse content areas and concepts within Environmental Science. The course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies needed to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will explore and analyze environmental issues both natural and man-made and the major role that humans exhibit on the earth’s ecosystems and planet. Class periods will include formal lecture, class discussion, current events, laboratory investigations, hands-on field collection activities, and presentations from a variety of science related experts. The course is a full year commitment with requirement that all students take the AP© College Board Exam in the spring at an approximate cost of $94.00. Students are required to participate in activities outside regular class times and commit 15 hours in a variety of projects related to the RHS Sustainable Agriculture project. ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MUST ALSO BE ENROLLED IN AP ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD LAB- MANDATORY REQUIREMENT. THESE ARE BACK TO BACK CLASSES, WITH THE FIELD LAB HELD 1 TO 2 DAYS EACH WEEK.
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. This course is identical to the first semester of a two semester college physics sequence for students pursuing degrees in sciences other than engineering and the physical sciences; e.g. pre-med, life sciences, environmental sciences, etc.
AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to the first semester of a calculus-based, college-level physics sequence. This course is especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in one of the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, etc.), computer sciences, or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.
This course follows The College Board Advanced Placement curriculum and prepares students for the AP Computer Science exam. This course provides advanced computer science students with instruction in advanced topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, data structures, algorithms, analysis of potential solutions and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design. Students will learn to write, run, and debug solutions in the Java programming language, utilizing standard Java library classes. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education. Students must take the Advanced Placement Computer Science AP Test given in May in order to get AP credit. This exam costs approximately $94.
Junior Advanced Placement English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, stresses advanced composition, a survey of American literature, the study of nonfiction prose, the analysis of standard rhetorical strategies and techniques, the study of Shakespeare, and vocabulary enrichment. Writing assignments will focus on the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. The primary goals of this course are to prepare students for the AP Language and Composition Exam and the rigors of college writing across the curriculum. Students who fail to maintain at least a B- average will be removed.
Senior Advanced Placement English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, focuses on skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, research, vocabulary, and usage. AP senior English is a survey of British literature—an examination of tragedy, short fiction, novel, and poetry—from the Old English period to the 20th century. Writing assignments will focus primarily on the analytical essay and will cover the following subjects: theme, setting, symbolism, tone, diction, and prosody. This course will also include a research and multi-media presentation (students will be working at the UNR library and with UNR’s computer system) as well as the study of logic, rhetoric, exposition, and argumentation. Two primary goals exist for senior AP English: to pass the Advanced Placement examination and to prepare the student(s) for the academic rigors of university life. Students who fail to maintain at least a B- average will be removed.
The Advanced Placement French Language and Culture course is designed to prepare French students for the AP French Language and Culture exam. The goal of AP French is to develop students' communicative ability in the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) through the use of authentic materials. This course will develop students' listening comprehension and reading skills using different kinds of authentic texts and aural materials. AP French will hone students' ability to express themselves in both written and oral French at the level of intermeidate to pre-advanced range. These skills will be practiced through the study of cultural aspects of the French and francophone world in six major categories set by the College Board. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. All AP exams have a cost associated with them.
The Advanced Placement Spanish Language course is designed for those students interested in broadening their knowledge of Spanish at a pre-college level. The goal of AP Spanish Language is to develop students’ communicative ability in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Students will participate in daily prompts that emphasize listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Extensive reading in the language is required. Written compositions and essays are assigned regularly and oral work is required. A complete review of grammar is included. Completion of this course satisfies the humanities requirement for high school graduation. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. All AP exams have a cost associated with them.
The AP Psychology class is a one year course designed to give students a working knowledge of the theories and key concepts of each of the major subfields as well as expose students to many of the contributing psychologists and significant research studies, both historical and current, that have shaped our understanding of behavior and mental processes. The class will train students to apply psychological principles and understand connections between ideas and theories and leave students with an appreciation of the scientific methods and ethical procedures that produce such knowledge. This course covers a wide array of fascinating subjects: from the history of the discipline to how we develop over our lifetimes; from dreams and hypnosis to how we function within groups; from thinking and language to who we are as individuals. Our journey into the world of psychology will take us all the way from the basic chemistry of our nervous system to the workings of our mind, and to our relationships with others in complex social settings. We read a college level textbook and participate in a myriad of hands-on activities and demonstrations to experience first-hand a variety of psychological principles. There is a summer assignment. Students must also take the Advanced Placement Psychology Test given in May in order to receive AP credit. This exam costs approximately $94.00
This is a one-year course designed to offer Statistics to those students wishing to study the topic at or on par with the university level. The major topics of study are Inferential and Descriptive Statistics, Data Collection and Analysis, Data Distributions, Probability, and Experimental Design.
Advanced Placement Calculus AB is a one-year course designed for those students wishing to study mathematics on the collegiate level. The major topics of study are: functions; limits and continuity; derivatives and applications of the derivative; integrals, techniques of integration, and applications of the integral; and inverse functions. This is for students who have completed the equivalent of four years of college preparatory mathematics. Students apply skills and information acquired in previous math courses.
Advanced Placement Calculus BC is a one-year course designed for those students who have completed the equivalent of four years of college preparatory mathematics and have working knowledge of functions: linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric and piecewise-defined. The major topics of study are: functions, graphs and limits including parametric, polar and vectors; derivatives and applications of derivatives; integrals, applications of integrals, and fundamental Theorem of Calculus; anti-differentiation and applications of anti-differentiation; and polynomial approximations and series.
Advanced Placement European History is a one-year course which examines the cultural, economic, and political developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live. In addition to covering the historical events from 1450 to the present day, the goals of European History are to: Develop an understanding of some of the principle themes in modern European History, develop an ability to analyze historical evidence, develop an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing and speaking.
Advanced Placement U.S. History is a freshman college-level survey course that will examine the political, economic, diplomatic, intellectual and social aspects of American development. The purpose of this course is to offer exceptional students the opportunity to expand their study beyond that which is required by the standard American History course. Using a textbook and a variety of primary source documents, supplemental readings, audio-visual materials, maps and charts, the student will be challenged to analyze and develop critical thinking skills. Moreover, major emphasis will be placed on developing each student’s writing skills by requiring extensive training in thesis development and the writing of the four-to five-paragraph historical essay.
The "We the People" instructional program provides students with a course of instruction on the historical development of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the basic principles of constitutional democracy. The program is designed to foster civic responsibility through the development of an understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the fundamental principle and values they embody. The program also helps the student gain an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy. The "We the People" curriculum examines the following topics at levels appropriate for students at the senior high school/college level: Political Philosophy, history and experience, writing the Constitution, establishing the government, protection of basic rights, and responsibilities of citizenship. Students in this course will be competing in simulated congressional hearings on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and will be giving oral presentations before a panel of three judges from the community. Students will be required to do research work in the school library and at UNR. Students will also be required to give unit presentations before other classes, community organizations, and community professionals. There will also be a service hour requirement for the students enrolled in the class. This class will be limited to students approved through an application process and must have permission of the instructor to enroll. Any student taking this course will be required to take the AP American Government exam at the end of the year at a cost of $94.00.
AP American Government is a one-year college-level course designed for the superior student with exceptional reading and writing skills. Other than the use of a college-level textbook, outside reading dealing with American government will be a requirement for this class plus subscribing to a national weekly magazine. The following instructional methods and skill builders will be used: lectures, speakers, class discussions, media, textbook assignments, cooperative learning activities, field trips, research paper book analysis, essay writing, and test-taking strategies. This class is limited to 25-30 students and must have the permission of the instructor to enroll.
Advance Placement Macroeconomics is a course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics in examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking the course can expect to learn how the measures of economic performance, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment, are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic analytical tools of macroeconomics, primarily the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model and its application in the analysis and determination of national income, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal policy and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Recognizing the global nature of economics, students will also have ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and international finance on national economies. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as solutions to economic problems are considered.
Advanced Placement Human Geography is a college-level course designed to meet the equivalent objectives of an introductory level Human Geography course at most universities. The curriculum focuses on the seven content areas of the Advanced Placement exam: 1) Geography: Its Nature and Perspective, 2) Population, 3) Cultural Patterns and Processes, 4) Political Organization of Space, 5) Agriculture and Rural Land Use, 6) Industrialization and Economic Development, and 7) Cities and Urban Land Use. The course is designed for students with strong skills and motivation to learn. A strong interest and knowledge of world geography and current events will be helpful in this class. Plan to have homework 3-4 times a week, mostly consisting of reading. Activities will be the main focus of classroom instruction as geography is a "hands on" subject. There will also be some instruction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and other technologies related to the field of geography. Completion of a summer assignment is required to maintain enrollment. Students are required to take the AP exam in May (Approx. Cost $91)