• Language Arts
     
    AP Language and Composition (11th graders)
    • The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their writing and reading in this course, students should become aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing.
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    • AP Literature & Composition (12th graders) 

    Math 

    Accelerated Precalculus Honors
    • The Accelerated Precalculus Honors course was developed for students who want to open their schedules for more classes in their senior year such as International Baccalaureate Math, additional science courses, computer science, etc.  This course combines both Algebra 2 and Precalculus into one year.  Though the students in this course use the same textbook as those who are enrolled in Precalculus Honors, pacing is slower through the Algebra 2 topics. 
    •  The Accelerated Precalculus Honors course is an “invitation only” class.  Students are generally in 9th grade and are recommended by their current Honors Geometry teachers.  Selection is based on excellent work habits, high achievement on tests, projects, and homework.  During the summer they will be expected to complete a packet of Algebra 1 review material.  Because this is a very challenging course, students must be committed to keeping up with the daily work, motivated to do their best, and they must possess an aptitude in mathematics along with strong algebra and reasoning skills.  Due to the nature of this special course, students who are not successful will not have an option of changing courses mid-year and, therefore, must remain in the course for the entire year.
    •  A majority of the students enrolled in this course have experienced much success, many of them continuing on to Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Advanced Placement Calculus ABC.  Because Accelerated Pre-Calculus Honors Course combines Algebra 2 and Precalculus topics in a one-year course, this allows students to continue and complete two years of Advanced Placement Calculus.  Currently Calculus is more of the norm expected of high school students entering four-year colleges. 
    • Here at Centennial, we are committed to supporting the advancement of our very best mathematics students.  “Graduates” of the accelerated program are attending prestigious colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Harvey Mudd, Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and USC, to name a few.

     

    AP Calculus AB / BC
    • This course is open to students who will be juniors or seniors and have completed Precalculus with a B or better or a C or better in Precalculus Honors.  This course will cover the basics of both differential and integral calculus.  BC calculus will additionally cover improper integrals, series, and polar and parametric calculus.  Students who may benefit from this course are those who are pursuing a degree in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences. 
    AP Computer Science
    • The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the various principles of the object-orientated computer programming language of Java. It will train each student in programming methodology in order to produce exceptional computer-based solutions to "real-world" problems. The course is based on the standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset; in addition, it provides an in-depth study of programming methodology, algorithms, data structures, and polymorphism. Finally, by taking this course students will enhance their critical thinking skills.
    • Recommended Summer WorkUpon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:
    • Write and debug programs in the Java programming language
    • Understand and use object-orientated programming techniques and data structures to solve complex problems.
    • Analyze a problem, develop a flowchart programming plan, implement the plan, and revise the plan to produce a high level-programming product.
    • Use a top-down approach to programming using a high-level computing language, Java.
    • Create program documents
    • Seamlessly adapt to other similar programming languages offered at the college level.  

    AP Science Courses

    Honors Chemistry 1
    David Rivera
    Sheila Nguyen
     
    • One of the requirements for this course is a long term science project.  The project will consist of five distinct steps (with appropriate deadlines for each):
      1. Identification of topic (Due by Aug)
      2. Preliminary Research   (Due by Sept)
      3. Formation of Hypothese and Experimental Design   (Due by Oct)
      4. Data collection from experiment   (Due by Nov)
      5. Data Analysis and Conclusion presented on a display board (Due by Dec)
    **Please note that deadlines are subject to change.  Speak directly to your teacher for the most current information.**
     
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    1. Can we work with a partner?   Answer: Yes, but only one partner and the workload for the project is now doubled.
    2. Does it have to be chemistry related?   Answer: No, but it does have to be related to science.
    3. Where can I find more information?  Answer: Go to the Centennial Science Home Page or email one of the teachers above.

    AP Biology/IB Biology
    • Geared for Juniors and Seniors who have successfully completed Biology 1 and Chemistry 1 with a "C" or better in both classes. This is a fast-paced, extremely comprehensive course that covers topics from both introductory level biology and chemistry courses and will require the production of a research science fair project, independent class note-taking from my website, online homework from UTex and online assessment through the Campbell Reese textbook website. Independent work skills and strong self-discipline are essential to survive the course and the ability to deal with a heavy homework load is required.
      Go to Moodle 2 website for Summer Work 2012-2013
      Access codes for Online Text book - see instructions on my Teacher Web page

    AP Chemistry
    • Junior and Senior levels students who have completed Chemistry 1 Honors with a B or better will be the most successful in this course.  Students with a strong mathematical backgroud is also recommended.  Please be advised that both the AP and IB curriculums are covered in this course.
    • Course Syllabus
    • Recommended Summer Work:  Log on to the Moodle website and complete the assignments posted.
     
    AP Environmental Science
    • Junior and Senior level students will be the most successful in this course.
    • Course Syllabus
    • Recommended Summer Work:  Recycle and think of a Science Fair Topic
     
    AP Physics
    • Students must have taken a 1st year physics course (preferrably Honors Physics).  Most students who wish to take AP Physics take Honors Physics their junior year and AP physics their senior year.  AP physics is especially useful for any student planning to major in math, engineering, or science. 
    • Course Syllabus
    • Recommended Summer Work: Click Here

 

    AP History

    AP History Courses

    AP World History
     
    Sophmores:
    • Understand that this course is ran at college level both in expectations and assignments
    • Effort and wiligness to learn will guarantee success, it all starts with the student!
    • Several reading assignments during the week
    • Participation is key to passing this class, must be able to articulate a point of view as well as give reponses to a question
    • Must be able to work outside of the classroom independently
    • Internet access is a must in this course, I have several computers that students are able to use during lunch, before school, and after school
    • Responsible and effort!!
    Course Syllabus and Suggested Summer Work Pending
     
    AP Psychology
     
    AP U.S. History
    • Please see the course syllabus and recommended summer work links for a complete description of the course.