Advanced Placement (AP)

Oakton High School AP Courses

Summer Assignments

You can find summer assignments for AP Courses Here.

 

Course Q & A

Oakton provides AP/Honors FAQs (pdf) to facilitate the decision making. For more information, click on the course below:

What is AP?

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides rigorous academic college preparatory coursework in the major subject fields. Courses are offered in English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages, Math, Performing Arts and Fine Arts. AP courses are open to highly motivated students, primarily in 11th and 12th grades; a few courses are open to underclassmen as well. The College Board recognizes recognizes a student who takes a minimum of five AP courses and scores at least a 3 on each AP exam with the designation of AP Scholar. AP courses are open to any student who is interested in academic rigor. AP courses are recognized for college credit by many universities in the United States and abroad. The College Board web site has more information about the AP Program.

Expectations

This chart is intended to give students an idea of how much time is required to prepare for each class period of the AP courses. Different teachers of the same course may have slightly different expectations, but the time commitment should be about the same. Attendance is critical in all AP classes. The assumption is that students are at the skill level to take a college level course with college textbooks. Most AP classes have summer reading assignments. For course description, expectations and activities, click on the course name. (If you are using a mobile device, view the PDF version of the chart by clicking here)

Area of AP Study

Homework For Each Class Period

Prep Time Per Class

Tests/Essays Per Quarter

Other Expectations

Art History

4-6 hours including readings

4-6 hours including homework

2-3 tests/quizzes

Self-directed art museum visits/per quarter

Biology

4 hours per week including preparation for class

 

2-3 test per Quarter, quizzes once a week

Labs require completion of data analysis and application questions

Calculus AB

At least 30 minutes per class

 

2-3 tests per Quarter, quizzes every other day

Graphing calculator required

Calculus BC

4-6 hours per week (including study time)

 

3 tests per Quarter, Daily homework quizzes

AP study sessions during CT; 2 mock exams in April

Capstone Seminar (Year 1)

Varies (work time provided in class)

Independent research

Semester 1: mock AP tasks,

Semester 2: AP tasks

 

Capstone Research (Year 2)

Varies (work time provided in class)

Independent research

Yearlong research paper

Capstone Seminar prerequisite

Chemistry

4-6 hours per week (including study time)

1-3 hours

2-4 tests per Quarter

Students are expected to read the textbook; Cumulative projects after the AP  exam

Chinese Language

2.5 hours per week

2.5 hours per week

1-2 unit tests per Quarter,  3-4 quizzes per Quarter

Chinese 1-4 prerequisite

Comparative Government

1-1.5 hours per week

3-5 hours per week

2-3 test per Quarter, frequent quizzes

Taken with AP English Literature (seminar format only)

2D Design: Computer Graphics

1 hour per week (Independent Study Concentration)

30 minutes per week (mounting works for display)

1 Artist Statement, 3-4 Critique Session Notes

Archive digital works in progress, Work independently on AP Portfolio Concentration

Computer Science Principles

At least 30 minutes per class

Up to 1.5 hours outside reading per week

1-2 tests per Quarter, frequent quizzes

Performance tasks completed throughout the year, laptop required

Computer Science

At least 30 minutes per class

4.5 hours per week

Test for each chapter

 

Economics

 

4-6 hours per week (including homework)

2-3 tests per Quarter

Upper level math prerequisite

English Literature

1-1.5 hours including reading, writing, and preparation.

 

2-3 timed writings per Quarter, AP multiple choice tests, and other assessments.

 

English Lang & Comp

1-1.5 hours

2.5-3.5 hours

 

 

Environmental Science

Reading, Review, Lab Write-Ups, Free Responses, Case Studies

1-2 hours per class (2-6 hrs per week)

2-3 tests per Quarter

No calculators allowed

European History

1-2 hours per week

Included in homework time

2 tests, 2 quizzes

Quarterly projects (in class)

French Language

1 hour

3 hours

Weekly quizzes

1-2 projects per quarter

Music Theory

1 hour

1-2 hours per week

2-3 tests per Quarter

Daily online ear training practice

2D Design: Photography

1 hour per week

 

1 Artist Statement,

3-4 Critique Session Notes/Blog Posts/Short Essay Responses

Archive digital works in progress, Work independently on AP Portfolio Concentration, Visiting Art Exhibitions and Meeting with Artists (field trips, outside of class)

Physics 1

Included in prep time

2-4 hours per week

3-4 assessments per Quarter

Investigation after the exam

Physics C Mechanics and E&M

Included in prep time

4-8 hours per week

 

Project after the exam

Psychology

Read text and Online Assignments (3-5 hours per week)

Additional reading Book/Journal Reviews Presentations (3-5 hours)

4 Unit Tests

4+ Essays

 

Spanish Language

2-3 hours

3-5 hours

Weekly Quizzes/Tests

 

Statistics

30-40 minutes

2-4 hours per week

3-4 unit Tests 2-3 Projects

 

3D Design: Studio Art Drawing

1 hour per week

30 minutes

1 Artist Statement, 3-4 Critique Session Notes/Reflections/Short Essay Responses

Archive digital works in progress, Work independently on AP Portfolio Concentration, Visiting Art Exhibitions and Meeting with Artists (field trips, outside of class)

U.S. Government

1-2.5 hours

3-5 hours per week

2-3 tests per Quarter

 

U.S. History

3-4 hours

5 hours

2-3 unit Tests

Analyze and master historical thinking skills: contextualization, compare/contrast, cause/effect, continuity and change over time, etc. Argumentative writing and ability to relate to all Nine Historical periods politically, socially, and economically.

AP World Civilization

1 hour

2 hours

1 unit test Weekly quizzes 1-2 Essays