Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is the most widely used academic program in the world.
AP is operated by the College Board, an organization whose mission is to connect students to university success and opportunity. The College Board also administers the PSAT and SAT programs.
AP Program Benefits
The AP program provides students with university-level academic courses, giving them a head start when entering tertiary education. Students who take AP courses show universities they are serious about their education and are capable of performing well at the university level. AP students refine their critical thinking, time management, and study skills while still in high school. Due to their rigorous nature, AP courses earn higher grade point averages. Additionally, by earning university credits while in high school and skipping introductory courses when starting university, students can easily save money on tuition, study abroad, or double major. Lastly, AP class sizes are typically much smaller than regular courses, allowing students to have more individualized instruction from their specially-trained teachers.
AP Courses Offered
AP courses are not mandatory for YISS students. Students in 10th-12th grade are eligible to take AP courses once they have passed pre-requisite courses.
AP ART COURSES
AP Art History
The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college course that explores the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art.
AP Music Theory
The AP Music Theory course corresponds to one or two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music.
AP Studio Art (2-D Design, 3-D Design, Drawing)
The AP Program offers three studio art courses and portfolios: 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing. Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.
AP ENGLISH COURSES
AP English Language & Composition
The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments.
AP English Literature & Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
AP HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES
AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria.
AP European History
The AP European History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of European history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods.
The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Students explore the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology.
AP US Government & Politics
AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. Students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.
AP US History
The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting arguments using evidence, and interpreting historical narrative) and the development of students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present.
AP World History
The AP World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of the world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present. This college-level course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods.
AP MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series.
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental 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 AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The four themes are: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference.
AP SCIENCE COURSES
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.
The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; and oscillations and gravitation.
AP WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURE COURSES
AP Chinese Language & Culture
The AP Chinese Language and Culture course in Mandarin Chinese emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.
AP Japanese Language & Culture
The AP Japanese Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations.This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.
AP Spanish Language & Culture
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations.This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.