- Sara Almoazen and Aribah Morshed
PVS offers new AP classes: AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Psychology
Pleasant View School offers a variety of AP classes, and this year the school added three more AP classes to an already robust curriculum. Although it is not required for students to take AP classes, it is strongly recommended for students to pursue them in order to fulfill the “rigor” category on college applications. Even more importantly, these courses prepare students for the courses they will take in college. PVS has a range of different AP classes, such as AP US History, AP Calculus, AP Government, and AP Chemistry. This year, students have the added bonus of being able to choose from three new AP classes: AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Psychology.
AP Physics is an introductory college level physics course that requires extensive knowledge and application of Algebra. Students improve their understanding of physics through exploring concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves. This course is especially beneficial for students interested in the medical and science fields.
AP Psychology has similar benefits but rather this college level psychology course deals with understanding behavior and mental processes. Students examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and analyzing data from psychological research studies.
AP Biology, the third class being offered, is a college level biology class that deals with teaching students about evolution, energetics, and system interactions. This class helps students to further their understanding regarding scientific principles, theories, and processes that maintain living organisms and biological systems. Students should think about taking this course if they are interested in biology, but especially if they are pursuing a career in the medical and science fields.
Furthermore, students in these classes have the opportunity to take AP exams at the end of the year. Scoring a 4 or 5 on these AP exams may allow students to earn college credit depending on the college’s credit policy.
Overall, AP classes offer many advantages for students who take them, in both high school and beyond. The addition of these three classes will undoubtedly offer students more options in their course selection.