Were you engrossed in politics this year? Do you find yourself reading news articles about the economy? Are you fascinated by human behavior? If you’d like to explore new interests or deepen your understanding of a concept, Advanced Placement courses are a great way to do that while enriching your college application and high school transcript. Laurel Springs offers 19 different AP courses, and most of these are full-year courses that traditionally last from September through May. However, four of our Advanced Placement courses are designed as single-semester classes, which makes now the ideal time to enroll and complete the course before the College Board AP exams in May.
Whether you are a full-time high school student taking online courses with Laurel Springs, or you attend a brick-and-mortar high school, it’s easy to start a single-semester AP course with Laurel Springs at this time of year. Our full accreditation means that our courses have reciprocity of credits with other schools and colleges. As you consider our single-semester AP courses, you may want to consult with your school counselor to determine which class would best enrich your high school transcript. Coursework can be completed when it is most convenient, which allows for complete student-centered flexibility.
Explore our options for online, single-semester AP courses. All four of these courses carry NCAA and University of California a-g approval. Because these are AP courses, the level of rigor is equivalent to that required of students in a college freshman or sophomore course in each specific area of study. These course has been audited and approved by the College Board, the governing body for AP Courses and prepares students for the College Board examinations in each topic area listed.
AP U.S. Government & Politics: This course focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. system of government. The course examines ideals, institutions, and processes that direct the daily operations of our government and shape our public policies. Building on basics, students will explore a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations to interpret and analyze the political landscape to develop a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our system of government.
AP Microeconomics: Students taking this course will examine concepts such as supply and demand, factors of production, roles of labor and management, the relationship between the environment and the economy, and the impact of the government on individual decision making processes. The primary course objective is the study of the behavior of individual components of the economy, such as firms, households or consumers, and the economic relationships among them. For example, a typical problem in microeconomics would be to determine the optimum price which a company should charge for a new product. In determining the solution to this problem using critical thinking skills, it would be necessary to consider such microeconomic data as the company’s own production costs, the degree to which the price changes affect the quantity demanded of the new product, and the prices which competing firms charge for similar products.
AP Macroeconomics: Living in a global community in the 21st Century, the AP Macroeconomics course at Laurel Springs School is an emphasis on how the economic system works as a whole. Students will examine the determinants of the aggregate level of economic activity in a global economy, and study how the economy is measured by using concepts such as gross domestic product (GDP) and other indicators. Concepts such as inflation, unemployment, world trade patterns, and the role of the Federal Reserve Bank are key components of this course.
AP Psychology: The complex nature of human beings in explored in-depth in Laurel Springs School’s AP Psychology course. This course is a survey of psychology that introduces students to the major topics of the field, the terminology and methodology of psychology, and the historical and current understanding of human behavior and thought-processes. Beginning with the concept of thinking like a psychologist, students learn to analyze human experiences and to apply what they have learned to the world around them.
Students who are interested in taking an online AP course are encouraged to call our Admissions Office at 800-377-5890.