ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY
Available to Grade 12
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Having already taken Introduction to Psychology can be helpful, but is not a prerequisite for this course. While AP Psychology touches on some of the same content as the Introduction to Psychology course, this year-long course goes into greater depth, moves at a faster pace, and covers many more units of study. The instruction in courses offered at Advanced Placement is rigorous and high paced. This course requires a summer project.
This course prepares students to take the AP Psychology exam in May. A strong exam score can be used for college credit at numerous colleges and universities. This varies from school to school, and students are advised to research requirements for individual colleges and universities.
Prerequisite: Approval of the Social Studies Department Head.