I am pleased that you have signed up for an Advanced Placement course this year. Because of the demanding nature of this course, we want to make sure that you understand that this course, taught on a college level, concludes with a national exam in May. The exam is scored by College Board certified teachers and college professors.
Students may earn college credit if they make a qualifying score on the exam. College requirements for a qualifying score for this credit vary at different institutions. Be sure to check with each college you are interested in attending for the requirements to receive credit for an AP score. Because this is a college-level course, expectations are high. You can expect to spend time each week reading or working on a writing assignment for this class. The curriculum for AP English Language and Composition is based on material appropriate in a college course. The level of difficulty in the course work, as well as the suitability of the reading, is comparable to what a college freshman could expect.
This reading is intensive and focuses on representative non-fiction works from multiple time periods and genres: essays, journalism, political writing, science writing, nature writing, autobiographies/biographies, diaries, history, criticism, etc. The writing expectations are likewise intensive, requiring the student to write to understand, explain, analyze and evaluate. Students will write about various subjects, such as public policies, popular culture, personal experiences, etc.
Booneville gives students an extra point on their GPA for passing an AP class, and taking the exam in May. This incentive often attracts students who want to boost their GPA. However, students who elect to take an AP course, especially in English, should be prepared academically and have a strong work ethic and a discerning maturity, all of which matter greatly for success.