Soundview has developed a broad curriculum for the Upper School designed to provide students with a thorough academic grounding for college. A strong emphasis is placed on developing writing skills for research, analysis and creative expression. Opportunities for advanced study in history, literature, mathematics, science and foreign languages challenge the most ambitious students. Teachers are available for extra help every day for students who need it. Requirements for graduation are available here.
Creative arts electives, independent study and internships extend opportunities for learning and encourage students to develop new interests or pursue existing interests to a deeper level. Advanced Placement courses are made available according to students’ abilities and interests. AP courses in past years have included European and U.S. History, Government, Calculus, Biology, Physics, Spanish and Art.
AP courses offered at Soundview
AP Psychology is a year-long course that is designed to teach students the basic concepts and experimental methodology of human behavior and mental processes. Students are introduced to psychological principles and phenomena within the major subfields. This course is designed to teach students to think deeply and critically, at the college level. The course meets for a double period (86 minutes) four times per week and for a 43 minute period once weekly.
AP Computer Science
The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. A large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs to correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable.
AP Studio Art
Drawing is taught for 44 minutes a day for two consecutive years, junior and senior years. Students create a body of artwork utilizing the principles and elements of design and will demonstrate a high level of quality and growth over time. This course is not limited to pencil only, but will delve into painting, pastels, and other 2d media. In this course, we will focus on all three aspects of portfolio development – quality, concentration, and breadth. Five of the student’s actual pieces are sent to the College Board for the quality portion of the “exam”. Twelve breadth pieces are uploaded to the College Board website to show a student’s range of technical and artistic skill, while twelve concentration pieces uploaded to show a student’s ability to produce work based on one theme.
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus AB is a full-year course in calculus of functions of a single variable. The course emphasizes student understanding of concepts and applications of calculus over manipulation and memorization. The course develops the student’s ability to express functions, concepts, problems, and conclusions analytically, graphically, numerically, and verbally, and to understand how these are related.
AP US History
The AP U.S. History course is a survey course that is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with issues in U .S history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college course. Students learn to assess historical materials according to their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance and then to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The AP U.S. History course helps students to develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
AP European History
The AP European history course is a survey course beginning in the late Middle Ages through the current European Union. Students are introduced to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping Europe and the world in which they live. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
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