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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Course Information for Nordhoff High School

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Nordhoff is pleased to offer ten Advanced Placement courses:

AP Calculus
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP European History
AP U.S. Government
AP Physics
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language
AP Studio Art
AP U.S. History



AP Calculus

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AP English Language (grade 11)

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AP English Literature and Composition (grade 12) 

The literature and composition Advanced Placement course rewards serious language arts students with an environment for shared readings and group discussions of some of the world’s great books. Clearly, the student who possesses the gift of being a strong reader will find the course an apt culminating experience, especially if such a student has already been taking honors and AP English. However, the course is also open to other students who have received a semester A in 11P English or who attained a B and receive the recommendation of the 11P teacher. The curriculum includes narrative theory, sampling schools of literary criticism from summer readings. First semester, the class emphasizes the novel, finishing with readings in Shakespearean tragedy and modern comedic drama. Second semester begins with poetry, beginning with more conventional forms, such as the sonnet. Second semester, students also begin practicing for the Advanced Placement examination, which they will take in early May. After the AP test, students complete a brief research paper on a topic of their choice in order to prepare them for collegiate essays and MLA format.

AP European History

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AP U.S. Government

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AP Physics

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Physics reflection By Michelaina Johnson, class of 2013:
I have never been much of a science person and have often struggled in relating what we learn in class and in the labs to my everyday life. How do these long complicated equations actually affect and help me in the long-run? Often I find myself asking how the knowledge I learn here will help me later in life, especially because I am interested in English and writing, and my intended career is journalism.

But my AP physics class, taught by Mr. Umholtz, has shown me the real-life applications of physics. The demonstrations and the labs, paired with his expertise and great explanations, help me not only to grasp the material, but to apply it well to my everyday life. His patience and understanding toward every student makes him approachable and enables me to ask for help when I often shy away from assistance in fear of what the teacher may think. I appreciate the Wednesday night help sessions and the projects most of all. The material is made especially applicable through the quarter projects. They allow for creativity while also learning how the equations and concepts we learn apply to life. For instance, the second quarter project instructed us to make a toy and apply one of the concepts we learned in class to the toys’ mechanics and make a report based on our observations. My partner and I made a balloon-powered car and compared the radius of the balloon to how far it traveled. In the report, we pretended to be elves who were looking for a cheap toy to create in time for Christmas before the North Pole shut down due to budget issues (I am sure Santa suffer sin this economy, too).But most of all, the physics class has helped me to appreciate not necessarily gravitational force and waves better, though it has, but the intricate details and patterns of the things I take for granted. And when I have forgotten how to calculate the torque of a balance or the frequency of a wave, I will still possess the appreciation of the aesthetics of everything mathematical and physical around me.

AP Psychology

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10th, 11th and 12th graders can take AP Psychology. A strong work ethic and completion of nightly reading assignments will help a student to be successful in this class.

AP Spanish Language

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*Generally speaking only juniors and seniors belong in 4AP. The average class size is 25 students.
*In order to be successful students need to be hardworking, motivated, detailed-oriented, punctual and dedicated. They need to demonstrate maturity, initiative, and commitment.

*Textbooks used: Abriendo Paso Lectura, Abriendo Paso Gramática, AMSCO Three Years, Album

AP Studio Art

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AP United States History 

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With regards to AP US History, it is the best environment, the deepest coverage, and most significant skill boost a student will gain in the social sciences. To be successful a student must have or develop the skill of quiet contemplation. Simply, a successful student is able to put in hours per week preparing to understand the content of the course. There is no secret formula, no set number of hours, and no tricks to success; only hard work succeeds in the end. The average class size has been in the mid-twenties for the past several years and the class regularly exceeds the national pass average of 48%.