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Environmental Studies Academy (ESA)

​Specialty Centers:
Environmental Studies Academy (ESA)
at Western Albemarle High School​​​​​

Environmental studies is the interdisciplinary academic field that studies human interaction with the natural environment in the interest of solving complex problems. The Environmental Studies Academy is a “fun and challenging”, high school option for students to consider. This program stresses collaboration, project based learning, and engagement through labs and hands-on learning. All ESA students will develop a comprehensive digital portfolio including work samples and a capstone project.

The ESA is a four-year academic program designed to prepare students for a variety of college and career options. Curricular focus includes three broad concentrations that are integrated throughout the course offerings. The curricular concentrations include, but are not limited to: 

  • Agricultural: Career pathway in Agricultural sciences, Horticulture, green materials, and sustainability. May include industry certifications. 
  • Conservation: Career or educational pathway in resource management, including fisheries, wildlife, forestry, land use, natural resources, Ecology, and alternative energy. 
  • Research Focus: Educational pathway preparing students to pursue careers in Environmental Science, Research, Health, Policy, Law, and Physical and Earth Sciences.

This program is offered at Western Albemarle High School, but is available to all Albemarle County Public Schools students. Applications should be submitted to your school counseling office by the deadline.

  
Adaptive Physical Education

​Adaptive Physical Education is a modified physical education program designed to meet the individualized gross motor needs, or other disability-related challenges, of an identified student.

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Advanced Concert Choir

​Chorus courses develop students’ vocal skills within the context of a large choral ensemble in which they perform a variety of styles of repertoire. These courses are designed to develop students’ vocal techniques and their ability to sing parts and include experiences in creating and responding to music.

The Advanced Concert Choir is a mixed group and provides our most advanced choral students opportunities to develop their singing abilities to the greatest possible extent. Advanced chorus performs in public.

Pre/Corequisite(s): Audition
Advanced Women’s Ensemble

​Vocal Ensemble courses help students develop vocal techniques and refine their ability to sing parts in small ensembles. Advanced Women’s ensemble provides our most advanced female choral students the opportunity to develop their singing abilities to the greatest extent. The ensemble performs in public and all members must participate at all functions.

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African American Studies

This course is being developed by the Virginia Department of Education. An updated description will be posted once it becomes available.

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Algebra 1 - Part 1, Part 2

Algebra 1, Part 1 is the first part in a multipart sequence of Algebra 1. This course generally covers the same topics as the first semester of Algebra 1, including the study of properties of rational numbers (i.e., number theory), ratio, proportion, and estimation, exponents and radicals, the rectangular coordinate system, sets and logic, formulas, and solving first-degree equations and inequalities.

Algebra 1, Part 2 is the second part in a multipart sequence of Algebra 1. This course generally covers the same topics as the second semester of Algebra 1, including the study of properties of the real number system and operations, evaluating rational algebraic expressions, solving and graphing first-degree equations and inequalities, translating word problems into equations, operations with and factoring of polynomials, and solving simple quadratics.​

Pre/Corequisite(s):
Algebra 1, 2

​Algebra 1 includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first-degree equations and inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.

Algebra 2 topics typically include field properties and theorems; set theory; operations with rational and irrational expressions; factoring of rational expressions; in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; solving systems of linear and quadratic equations; graphing of constant, linear, and quadratic equations; properties of higher-degree equations; and operations with rational and irrational exponents.

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Algebra Functions Data Analysis

​Within the context of mathematical modeling and data analysis, students will study functions and their behaviors, systems of inequalities, probability, experimental design and implementation, and analysis of data.

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Analytical Lab Investigations

​The course provides an opportunity for students to focus on investigations across a wide range of science topics, with the goal of entering science fairs and similar competitions. Similar to a maker space focused on science, students will design, conduct and present laboratory investigations. This course is open to all students who wish to explore independent work in the science field.

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Ancient Greek Language & Culture

​A quick-paced acquisition of reading skills and vocabulary (particularly scientific terminology) in Greek is central to this course. This course will engage all learners in studies of ancient Greek Language, Greek history, philosophy, mythology, art, and architecture emphasizing cross-discipline connections to these subject areas. Students will create and expand partnerships using the interdisciplinary connections that this course will emphasize.

Pre/Corequisite(s): Latin recommended
Anthropology

Anthropology courses introduce students to the study of human evolution with regard to the origin, distribution, physical attributes, environment, and culture of human beings. These courses provide an overview of anthropology, including but not limited to both physical and cultural anthropology.​

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AP Art History

​Designed to parallel college-level Art History courses, AP Art History courses provide the opportunity for students to critically examine and respond to works of art within their historical and cultural contexts. In covering the art and movements of several centuries (not necessarily in chronological order), students learn to identify different styles, techniques, media and influences. Students formulate and articulate their reactions to various kinds of artwork to understand and appreciate themselves, others, and the world around them.

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AP Biology

​AP Biology courses emphasize four general concepts: evolution; cellular processes (energy and communication); genetics and information transfer; and interactions of biological systems. For each concept, these courses emphasize the development of scientific inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. AP Biology courses include college-level laboratory investigations.

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AP Calculus AB

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses, AP Calculus AB provides students with an understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses introduce calculus and include the following topics: functions, graphs, limits, and continuity; differential calculus (including definition, application, and computation of the derivative; derivative at a point; derivative as a function; and second derivatives); and integral calculus (including definite integrals and antidifferentiation).

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AP Calculus BC

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses, AP Calculus BC courses provide students with an understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses cover all of the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB as well as the following topics: parametric, polar, and vector functions; applications of integrals; and polynomial approximations and series, including series of constants and Taylor series.

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AP Chemistry

​Concepts covered may include the structure of matter; bonding of intermolecular forces; chemical reactions; kinetics; thermodynamics; and chemical equilibrium. For each concept, these courses emphasize the development of scientific inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. AP Chemistry courses include college-level laboratory investigations.

Pre/Corequisite(s): High school chemistry and Algebra 2 recommended
AP Comparative Government

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level Comparative Government and Politics courses, these courses offer students an understanding of the world’s diverse political structures and practices. The courses encompass the study of both specific countries and general concepts used to interpret the key political relationships found in virtually all national policies. Course content generally includes sovereignty, authority, and power; political institutions; the relationships among citizens, society, and the state; political and economic change; and public policy.

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AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science A is an introductory college-level computer science course. Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures. (CTE Code: 3185)​

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AP Computer Science Principles

​AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course. Students cultivate their understanding of computer science through working with data, collaborating to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, and the global impact of computing. (CTE Code: 10019)

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AP English Language & Composition

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level English courses, AP English Language and Composition courses expose students to prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. These courses emphasize the interaction of authorial purpose, intended audience, and the subject at hand, and through them, students learn to develop stylistic flexibility as they write compositions covering a variety of subjects that are intended for various purposes.

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AP English Literature & Composition

​Advanced Placement English is for twelfth-grade students who want an intensive, college-level English course that prepares them to take one or both of the AP English Exams. The course is conducted much like a collegeseminar, and therefore it requires high-quality work in and out of class.Students read works of literature analytically and critically, and theyrespond with increasing sensitivity and discrimination of language. Essays focus on literary analysis but students have some opportunity to practice creative writing.

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AP Environmental Science

​AP Environmental Science courses are designed by the College Board to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems (both natural and human made), evaluate the relative risks associated with the problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include science as a process, ecological processes and energy conversions, earth as an interconnected system, the impact of humans on natural systems, cultural and societal contexts of environmental problems, and the development of practices that will ensure sustainable systems.

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AP European History

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level European History courses, AP European History courses examine European civilization in four chronological periods, from 1450 to the present, and also expose students to the factual narrative. In addition, these courses help students develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history and the abilities to analyze historical evidence and to express that understanding and analysis in writing.

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AP French Language

​The purpose of this class is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit. The emphasis is on listening to native speakers, reading literature intended for native speakers, writing compositions several paragraphs in length, and orally communicating facts and ideas. A thorough review of grammar is an integral part of this course.

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AP German Language

​This class prepares students to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit. The emphasis is on listening to native speakers, reading literature intended for native speakers, writing compositions, and communicating orally. A thorough review of grammar is an integral part of this course.

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AP Human Geography

​Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level Human Geography courses, AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped the ways in which humans understand, use, and alter the earth’s surface. Students use spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences and also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

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AP Latin

The purpose of this class is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit.​

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AP Microeconomics - VA Personal Finance

Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level microeconomics, AP Microeconomics courses provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers (both consumers and producers). They place primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, while also including a study of factor markets and the role of government in the economy.

Students learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, financing postsecondary education, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. (CTE Code: 6121)

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AP Music Theory

​AP Music Theory courses are designed to be the equivalent of a first-year music theory college course as specified by the College Board. AP Music Theory develops students’ understanding of musical structure and compositional procedures. Usually intended for students who already possess performance-level skills, AP Music Theory courses extend and build upon students’ knowledge of intervals, scales, chords, metric/rhythmic patterns, and the ways they interact in a composition. Musical notation, analysis, composition, and aural skills are important components of the course.

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AP Physics 1, 2

​AP Physics 1 focuses on Newtonian mechanics, including rotational motion; work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory circuits. AP Physics 2 covers fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic and nuclear physics. These courses, which were designed by the College Board to parallel first-semester college-level courses in algebra-based physics, may also include college-level laboratory investigations.

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AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

​AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism courses focus on electricity and magnetism, including topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. This course is designed by the College Board to parallel college-level physics courses that serve as a partial foundation for science or engineering majors. Requires the use of calculus to solve problems posed.

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