Advanced Placement

Art History | Art Portfolio | Biology | Calculus AB | Calculus BC  Chemistry | Comparative Government | Computer Science A | Computer Science Principles | Economics Macro | Economics Macro/Micro | English Language | English Literature | Environmental Science
Government | European HistoryHuman Geography | Music Theory 
Physics 1 | Physics C: Mechanics | Physics E & M | Precalculus | Psychology
Research | Seminar | Spanish Language | Spanish Literature | Statistics 
Studio Art (2D) | US History | World History

Art History
What Is It?
Students cultivate their understanding of art history through analyzing works of art and placing them in historical context as they explore concepts like culture and cultural interactions, theories and interpretations of art, the impact of materials, processes, and techniques on art and art making.

What Will I Study?
Specific artifacts (250) from around the globe; artwork, architecture, installations and earth art. Time frame begins with cave art and ends with modern day artists.

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, but students are strongly encouraged to take
AP World History at the same time. The content is very similar.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Nicole Moitoza
[email protected]

Art Portfolio
What Is It?
Focus on in-depth, inquirybased art and design making; on skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas; and on articulating information about their work.The focus is on drawing and technique

What Will I Study?
Students will work on a body of art consisting of 15 pieces of art, a variety of materials and subject matter will be explored. 

Prerequisites
Draw 1 and Draw 2 are preferred. If a student has had previous art experience
a teacher review is possible for admittance.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Steven Taylor
[email protected]


Biology
What Is It?

Biology is the study of the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems. This course is the equivalent of a TWO SEMESTER college biology course and focuses on designing experiments and analyzing data that supports the scientific claims we study. 

What Will I Study?
Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Function, Cellular Energetics, Cell Communication, Genetics, Gene Expression, Evolution, and Ecology 

Prerequisites
Biology is required, Honors Bio strongly recommended: this course covers much more in depth information on the topics you covered in Biology. Chemistry is strongly recommended

Average Weekly Homework
2-3 hours on assignments plus additional studying as needed.


Instructor
Erin Blackerby
[email protected]

Calculus AB
What Is It?

AP Calculus AB is designed to be the equivalent of a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. 

What Will I Study?
AP Calculus AB is the study of limits, derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Consistent with AP philosophy, concepts will be expressed and analyzed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. 

Prerequisites
Before studying AP Calculus AB, students should complete the equivalent of four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students: in which they study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and precalculus.

Average Weekly Homework
4-5 hours of work

Instructor
Dr. Tachon
[email protected]

Calculus BC
What Is It?

AP Calculus BC is designed to be the equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses.

What Will I Study?
AP Calculus BC applies the content and skills learned in Calc AB to parametrically defined curves, polar curves, and vector-valued functions; develops additional integration techniques and applications; and introduces the topics of sequence and series.

Prerequisites
Before studying AP Calculus BC, students should complete the equivalent of 4 years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students: in which they study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and precalculus, and students should complete AP Calculus AB

Average Weekly Homework
4-5 hours of work

Instructor
Dr. Tachon
[email protected]

Chemistry
What Is It?

AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a General Chemistry 2045 and 2046, the two semester second level chemistry courses offered at any college or university. 

What Will I Study?
This course will cover topics in the scientific method, metric measurements, classification and structure of matter, the Atomic Theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, gas laws, solutions including acids and bases, redox reactions, thermodynamics, organic compounds and chemistry in society.

Prerequisites
Before studying AP Chemistry the student should have completed an introductory chemistry class (i.e. Honors Chemistry) and should have at least Algebra Two level mathematics.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Glenn Listort
[email protected] 

Comparative Government
What Is It?

Comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. 

What Will I Study?
Introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States, specifically focusing on China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and the United Kingdom. You will compare regime change, politics, leaders, the constitution, political parties and more, comparing them between the countries. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, however this is a senior level social studies course.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Casey Stilwell
[email protected] 

Computer Science A
What Is It?

The study of object-oriented computer programming in Java. It is the most advanced computer science course offered. 

What Will I Study?
Data types, if/else statements, for loops, while loops, Strings, arrays/ ArrayLists, classes/objects, searching/sorting, and recursion.

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, but students are strongly encouraged to take courses such as Foundations of Programming, AP Computer Science Principles, and Algebra II.

Average Weekly Homework
1-2 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Mitchell
[email protected]

Computer Science Principles
What Is It?

The study of broad computer science topics as a whole. 

What Will I Study?
Binary, number systems, image creation, networking, cybersecurity, big data, AI, programming in JavaScript.

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, but students are strongly encouraged to have completed or have taken Algebra II, and a prior computer related course. 

Average Weekly Homework
1-2 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Mitchell
[email protected]

Economics Macro
What Is It?

AP Macro focuses on economic principles that apply to the economy as a whole. The course emphasizes the study of national income and its components, economic indicators, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.

What Will I Study?
Economic measurements, graphs, models, and policies. The content builds on basic economic principles that will lead to the interpretation of given scenarios that will require students to manipulate graphs and other visual representations for the course. There are seven graphs that students are required to know. Much of the content relates to “real world” scenarios about price changes, unemployment, economic growth, interest rates, government intervention, and trade with other nations. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites are required, however this is a senior level social studies course

Average Weekly Homework
2-3 hours of work

Instructor
Casey Stilwell
[email protected]

Economics Macro/Micro
What Is It?

**This is a full year course-- Students are required to take both MACRO & MICRO**

What Will I Study?
Macro - Explore the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

Micro - Study the principles of economics that apply to the behavior of individuals within an economic system. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites are required, however this is a senior level social studies course

Average Weekly Homework
TBD

Instructor
Mr. Daniel
[email protected]

English Language
What Is It?

The development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of non-fiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. 

What Will I Study?
How writing functions rhetorically: to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses in particular situations. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required; however, students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. 

Average Weekly Homework
1-2 hours of work

Instructors
Mrs. Buchanon
[email protected]

Ms. Mollenhauer
[email protected]

English Literature
What Is It?

An interactive, challenging but engaging class with hands-on opportunities to engage in literary study. This class can earn you up to six college credits and will fulfill Gordon Rule at Florida universities, and can take the place of language arts courses in college for non- majors. We read, we write, we eat, we discuss, and we read some more.

What Will I Study?
The AP Lit test covers Western literature from 1300-present, so we study a variety of controversial and interesting topics and titles. Our writing component is analytical and focused, and we do project-based learning to support the literature. 

Prerequisites
Mrs. Hilley and Ms. Hutsell have taught students from all backgrounds, so whether you had AP Lang, English III Honors, or Dual Enrollment Composition, we have ways to make you comfortable with the course material. A desire to grow and study and an interest in reading would certainly help!

Average Weekly Homework
TBD - Come to the Writing Center, room 313, during A or B lunch any time for more info!

Instructors
Mrs. Hilley
[email protected]

Ms. Hutsell
[email protected]

Environmental Science
What Is It?

Provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world. Helps students identify and analyze natural and human-induced environmental problems. It enables them to learn how to assess the risks associated with these problems and evaluate alternative solutions for resolving and preventing them.

What Will I Study?
The living world, human populations, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution, global change and more!

Prerequisites
Regular/honors biology, regular/honors chemistry, regular/honors algebra 1, regular/honors algebra 2 

Average Weekly Homework
Approximately 1 hour per week. Most homework given is any assignment that is not finished in class. If students stay on task during class, their homework load is low. 

Instructors
Lisa Maccarone
[email protected]

Allyssa Taylor
[email protected]

Government
What Is It?

Provides a non-partisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States.

What Will I Study?
Students will study 9 U.S. foundational documents, 15 Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. We will relate current events to how it is related to the US Constitution. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, however this is a senior level social studies course.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Ms. Sydney Olson
[email protected]

European History
What Is It?

AP European History is an introductory college-level European history course. Students cultivate their understanding of European history through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like interaction of Europe and the world; economic and commercial developments; cultural and intellectual developments; states and other institutions of power; social organization and development; national and European identity; and technological and scientific innovation.

What Will I Study
TBD

Average Weekly Homework
TBD

Instructor

TBD

Human Geography
What Is It?

This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and process that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. 

What Will I Study?
- Problems of economic development and cultural change.
- Consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, and international migration.
- Impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life.
- Struggles over political power and control of territory.
- Conflicts over the demand of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, and the inequalities between developed and developing countries.
- Explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, and urban problems.
- The role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth.

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites. Freshman-level course. 

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructors
Robert Brannan
[email protected]

Dan Tringali
[email protected]

Music Theory
What Is It?

AP Music Theory is study of the analytical and compositional side of music. 

What Will I Study?
Students will study scales, chords, chord progression, composition/part writing, and ear training/listening.

Prerequisites
While there are no formal prerequisites, ideally students will be able to read music. Students may also want to purchase Barron’s AP Music Theory course book to review over the summer.

Average Weekly Homework
Students will have around 4 hours of homework per week, although time in class is always given to work on hw/ask questions.

Instructor
Mr. Fanara
[email protected]
Col

Physics 1
What Is It?

A one semester algebra and trig. based college physics course. In college this course is taken by students not majoring in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Math. However this course prepares the student for college physics no matter their intended major. 

What Will I Study?
Motion, Newton’s laws, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, waves, rotation and Ohm’s law.

Prerequisites
No previous physics course is necessary. It helps to be enrolled in at least Pre-Calculus, but the student can be enrolled in Algebra 2 if they are strong in mathematics.

Average Weekly Homework
2 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Mahoney
[email protected]

Physics C: Mechanics
What Is It?

A full year course that is equivalent to 1 semester of college physics credit that is Calculus based. The college equivalent of this course is required for students majoring in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics. 

What Will I Study?
Motion, Newton’s laws, energy, momentum, rotation, gravitation, and simple harmonic motion.

Prerequisites
The student must have taken Calculus AB, unless they have had AP Physics 1 then they may take AP Physics C Mechanics while taking Calculus AB if they are strong in mathematics.

Average Weekly Homework
2 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Mahoney
[email protected]

Physics E & M
What Is It?

This is a full year course at Boone that is equivalent to one semester of college physics credit. This course is also Calculus based. This is Engineering Physics 2. This course follows the AP Physics C Mechanics course. 

What Will I Study?
Electricity and Magnetism

Prerequisites
Must have completed Calculus AB and be enrolled in Calculus BC. If a student has taken AP Physics 1, they may take both AP Physics C Mechanics and AP Physics C E&M if they are in Calculus BC.

Average Weekly Homework
2 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Mahoney
[email protected]

Precalculus
What Is IT?

AP Precalculus gives every student ready for high school precalculus the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement and stand out to colleges. 

What Will I Study?
Precalculus is a new for 2023 College Board course

Prerequisites
TBD

Average Weekly Homework
TBD

Instructor

TBD

Psychology
What Is It?

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the mind and behavior. In a high school psychology course, students are introduced to the scientific method and the core ideas and theories of psychology. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexities and diversity of human thought and behavior. 

What Will I Study?
Students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. 

Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites required, but students are strongly encouraged to take courses such as Biology and Statistics. This course is recommended for 10th -12th grade. Freshman may be admitted with approval from the instructor.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructors
Mrs. Mahler
[email protected]

Angela Sewell
[email protected]

Research
What Is It?

The opportunity to choose a topic of interest that will be researched in depth over the course of a full year. 

What Will I Study?
How to conduct research, write a detailed academic report, and deliver an oral presentation about a question you find interesting.

Prerequisites
AP Seminar is required. 

Average Weekly Homework
Homework is pretty minimal although it can vary depending on how often you change your research question and the complexity of the research method you choose.

Instructor
Mr. Biery
[email protected]

Seminar
What Is It?

Year one of a two-year special diploma program culminating in AP Research. 

What Will I Study?
This rigorous, fast-moving program combines research, writing, and presenting. 

Prerequisites
Incoming 10th graders need to be enrolled in English 2 Honors and incoming 11th graders need to be enrolled in AP English Language or UF Dual Enrollment English.

Average Weekly Homework
Varies depending on whether major projects are due; during the spring semester, students have two major research tasks and these will necessitate more homework time.

Instructor
Mrs. Biery
[email protected]

Spanish Language
What Is It?

Develop your Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in Spanish and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

What Will I Study?
- Understanding Spanish when you hear and read it
- Writing stories, letters, emails, essays, and other texts
- Holding conversations in real-life situations

Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites, but students are typically in their fourth year of high school-level study. In the case of native or heritage speakers, there may be a different pathway of study leading to this course.

Average Weekly Homework
2 hours of work

Instructor
Edna Irizarry
[email protected]

Spanish Literature
What Is It?

Build your language skills and cultural knowledge by exploring works of literature written in Spanish. Using Spanish to communicate, you’ll read, analyze, discuss, and write about works by Spanish, Latin-American, and U.S. Hispanic authors of different periods. 

What Will I Study?
- Interpreting, analyzing, and comparing literary works
- Comparing literary works to works of art
- Discussing works of literature
- Writing a literary analysis using correct literary terms

Prerequisites
Typically, students will take this course after they have completed AP Spanish Language. 

Average Weekly Homework
3 hours of work

Instructor
Edna Irizarry
[email protected]

Statistics
What Is It?

Introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.

What Will I Study?
Variation and distribution; patterns and uncertainty; databased predictions, decisions, and conclusions using technology, investigation, and problem solving.

Prerequisites
The math in AP Statistics is very different from any other math course. Strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are required so courses like Honors or AP English, Pre-Calc, or AP Calculus will strengthen these skills.

Average Weekly Homework
2-3 hours of work

Instructor
Joanne Strickler
[email protected]

Studio Art (2D)
What Is It?

Introductory college-level two-dimensional design course. Students refine and apply skills and ideas they develop throughout the course to produce two-dimensional art and design.

What Will I Study?
Students will work on a body of art consisting of 15 pieces of art, a variety of materials and subject. 

Prerequisites
Draw 1 and Draw 2 are preferred. If a student has had previous art experience a teacher review is possible for admittance.
 
Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructor
Steven Taylor
[email protected]


US History
What Is It?

The in-depth study of U.S History from the earliest exploration to the present time. Student will examine the major events in U.S History and come to understand how these events have had a profound influence on our lives today. 

What Will I Study?
Major historical events within the overall flow of U.S. History. How to write thematic essays and use historical documents in an examination of history, high level critical thinking skills, and college level study skills. 

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites required but students are strongly recommended to take an AP level history course such as AP World History.

Average Weekly Homework
4 hours of work

Instructor
Mr. Parrett
[email protected]
 
World History
What Is It?

Modern is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history.
 
What Will I Study?
Students will study significant events, individuals, developments and processes from 1200 to the present. You will develop and use the same skills, practices and methods utilized by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation and continuity and change overtime. Students will explore six themes throughout the course to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.
 
Prerequisites
No formal prerequisites.

Average Weekly Homework
3-4 hours of work

Instructors
Christina Baybay-Bykov
[email protected]

Mr. McFarlane
[email protected]

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