AP Courses

Dater offers seven advanced placement (AP) courses.  To enroll in AP courses students must obtain the approval of the instructor and their parent or guardian.  Students enrolled in an AP class are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

AP  ENGLISH  LANGUAGE  AND  COMPOSITION (GRADE 11)        

Course #:  05115G0Y
Advanced Placement English language and will engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of rhetorical prose literature.  Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways in which writers use language to state a position.  As students read, they will consider a work’s structure, style, diction, and tone as well as such smaller scale language elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, and point of view.  The curse included intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  Reading in this AP course will be both wide and deep; writing assignments will focus on the rhetorical analysis of the reading and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  Students are expected to: take the PSAT (practice college entrance test) and ACT, read independently, create a portfolio of required written pieces, complete summer reading and related assignments and take AP Exam.

  • Open to: Grade 11
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: English 10 and approval of the instructor and parent
  • Credit: 1.0 unit
  • Requirements: Students are required to pay for the AP exam and take the exam in the spring.

AP  ENGLISH  LITERATURE AND  COMPOSITION (GRADE 12)            

Course #:  0512500Y
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition will engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways in which writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.  As students read, they will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller scale literary elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  Reading in this AP course will be both wide and deep; writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of the readings and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  AP exam is required.  Students admitted to the course must complete summer reading and writing assignments.

  • Open to: Grade 12
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: English 11 and approval of the instructor and parent
  • Credit: 1.0 unit
  • Requirements:  Students are required to pay for the AP exam and take the exam in the spring.

AP PSYCHOLOGY (Grade 12)                                                              

Course #:  1593500Y
The purpose of the AP Psychology course is to introduce the scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings. Included in the course is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and other phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within Psychology. Students will also learn about the methods and ethics psychologists must consider within their field. The course is fast paced, and requires students to complete work independently and thoroughly, especially outside of the classroom. All students will need to complete a summer assignment prior to the 1st quarter of the class.

  • Open to: Grade 12 with teacher recommendation
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: Biology/Health
  • Credit: 1.0 unit

AP  UNITED STATES HISTORY (Grade 11 & 12)                                                  

Course #:   1551500Y
Advanced Placement United States History is designed to provide selected sophomores with a college-level introductory course in the history of our nation.  Reading assignments will include the text and a number of readings widely used in colleges and universities.  Students will learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  The U.S. History AP course will thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in a concise writing style.  The AP exam is a requirement of the course.

  • Open to:   Grades 10AA, 11 & 12 with teacher recommendation                             
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: World History
  • Credit: 1.0 unit
  • Requirement:  Students are required to pay  and take the AP exam in the spring.

AP  UNITED STATES  GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (Grade 11&12)                  

Course #:   15625S00
The AP U.S. Government and Politics course should provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in United States government and politics.   This course should give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States, including the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. The course should develop students' familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics.  The AP exam is a requirement of the course.

  • Open to: Grades 11& 12  with teacher recommendation
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: US History
  • Credit: 1.0 unit

 AP  HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (Grades 10-12)                

Course #:  1543500Y
AP Human Geograph presents high school studens with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human geography or cultural geography. Content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline's main subfields: econimic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves as to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

  • Open to: Grades 10, 11& 12  with teacher recommendation
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: None, though a background in history and geography is recommended
  • Credit: 1.0 unit

AP  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Grades 11-12)                

Course #:  13705BLY
AP Envrionmental Science is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks assiciated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisiplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry and geography.

  • Open to: Grades 11& 12  with teacher recommendation
  • Term: 2 semesters
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Biology, Physical Science or Chemistry
  • Credit: 1.0 unit