Spanish III (prerequisite: Spanish II) (2 semesters)
Students continue with the Spanish program concentrating on all verb tenses, reading novels and writing short stories. Once the course is completed a student will be able to read, write, speak and understand the complete Spanish language. Most Spanish III students take Spanish IV to earn college credit.
Spanish IV & V (prerequisite: Spanish III)(prerequisite: Spanish IV before Spanish V)(2 semesters)
Students continue to develop and increase their language acquisition in Spanish through the study of language structures in cultural and historical contexts. Students will be engaged in a study of language structures and vocabulary through reading, listening, speaking, and writing activities. Aspects of contemporary Spanish and Hispanic cultures are emphasized in this class. Students will be assessed using a variety of methods including: oral and written tests and quizzes, classroom discussions and interactive activities, oral/aural assignments, presentations, dialogues, short compositions, and other displays.
AP Spanish Language (prerequisites- Spanish I & II) (2 semesters)
The AP Spanish Language program is designed to give students the opportunity to be able to interact with Spanish speaking cultures so they are able to confidently function in multiple Spanish settings. Within the AP course students learn how to participate in conversations, present formal oral presentations, write in interpersonal and presentational settings and correctly interpret main ideas immersed in real-life audio sources. The AP students will become better readers by learning to negotiate meaning in authentic print sources. The AP Spanish Language course is conducted in Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise. In rare cases will English be spoken when deemed necessary to explain administrative procedures and difficult grammar. Students will be taking the AP test in May.
Why take an AP class?
If you're planning to go to college and your high school offers AP classes, you should take advantage of the opportunity. The successful completion of Advanced Placement classes has benefits during both the college application process and undergraduate life. Below are six of the biggest perks to taking AP classes.
1. Impress College Admission Couselors
At nearly every college in the country, your academic record is the most important part of your college application. The folks in the admissions office want to see that you've taken the most challenging courses available to you. Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of your preparedness for college. The most challenging courses, of course, are college-level Advanced Placement classes.
2. Develop College-Level Academic Skills
AP classes require the type of high-level calculating and critical thinking that you'll encounter in your first year of college. If you can write essays and solve problems successfully for an AP class, you've mastered many of the skills that will lead to success in college.
3. Save Money
If you take enough Advanced Placement classes, you can potentially graduate from college a semester or even a year early. Early graduation isn't always a good idea, but for a student who isn't receiving financial aid, it can save tens of thousands of dollars.
4. Choose a Major Sooner
AP classes can help with your selection of a major in two ways. First, each course provides an in-depth introduction to a specific subject area. Second, a high score on an AP exam often fulfills one of a college's general education requirements. This means you'll have more room in your schedule to explore different academic fields early in your undergraduate career.
5. Take More Elective Classes in College
Not only do AP classes help you zero in on a major sooner, but they also free up your schedule so you can take more elective classes (college classes that are not required for graduation). For many students, a college's general education requirements and major requirements leave little room for fun and exploratory classes. If you want to take that interesting class on glass blowing or the occult, AP credits will make it much easier to fit the course in your schedule.
6. Add a Minor or Second Major More Easily
If you're particularly driven and have multiple interests, AP credits can make it more feasible to add a minor (or two) or even a second major to your undergraduate academic plan. With a standard work load and no AP credits, you might find it impossible to complete the requirements for two majors in four years.