Life Preparatory Academy
AP & College Classes
· Honors English 501: This class emphasizes writing skills including essays and the steps culminating with the production of a full-length research paper. Literature for this level includes A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and other appropriate writings.
· Honors Pre-Calculus: Reviews algebra basics before studying polynomial and rational functions and graphs, and exponential/logarithmic functions and graphs. Introduces basic trigonometry, then analytic trigonometry, and finally trigonometry applied to non-right angled geometry. Studies systems of equations and matrices and determinants to conclude. Prerequisite: Algebra II, Geometry
· Honors College Algebra: This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: Algebra II
· Honors AP Calculus: AP Calculus is the Most Challenging Class offered at Life Prep Academy. This course prepares the student for the AP calculus BC test. Studies limits and continuity of functions, then derivatives, including implicit differentiation. Applies differentiation to curve sketching and optimization problems. Studies indefinite and definite integrals including integration techniques such as partial fractions and parts, and approximations to integrals. Studies first order differential equations, and sequences and series. Prerequisites: Algebra II and either Pre-Calculus, College Algebra or equivalent
· Honors Chemistry: Students in honors Chemistry will do all work in regular Chemistry and also will be required to complete required lab work assigned with Honors Chemistry. Materials covered include: Matter and energy, Atoms and moles, The periodic table, Ions and ionic compounds, Covalent compounds, The mole and chemical composition, Chemical equations and reactions, Stoichiometry, Chemical thermodynamics, States of matter and inter-molecular forces, Gases, Solutions, Chemical equilibrium, Acids and bases, Oxidation and reduction. Prerequisite: Algebra I and Physical Science or Earth Science
· Physics: This course introduces topics from all areas of physics including mechanics (kinematics and dynamics, energy and rotational dynamics), thermodynamics, waves and optics, and electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: Algebra I, Algebra II (recommended)
· AP U.S. History: It is often said, “Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.” AP U.S. History is an in-depth look at various topics in American history using original source materials, and examining these topics from a number of different points of view. Students will examine different scenarios and compare the assessment of these at the time they occurred and with the retrospect of looking at the consequences of these events. Students will then look at various analogues and synthesize applications of these going forward with current events.
· AP Psychology: AP Psychology is a survey course acquainting the student with core concepts in psychology, the use of the scientific method in research, and the physiological basis of behavior from a traditional western world view. Topics covered include social psychology, perception, states of consciousness, memory, learning, human growth, development, stress and adjustment, as well as abnormal behavior, treatments, and therapy.