Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Prerequisites: Qualifying reading/verbal or math score and completion of high school biology
Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year) or 12 weeks (intensive Winter, Early Summer, Mid-summer)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks, and 3-5 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.
Course Code: APPS
AP Psychology covers the material typically covered in a one semester college-level introductory psychology course. It prepares students to take the AP Psychology exam and draws on ebooks provided by Bedford Freeman Worth, which need to be purchased separately by the student. Through textbook readings, projects, and directed online activities that emphasize critical thinking and applications, students explore psychology as the science of behavior and of mental processes.
This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.
Students must purchase the following materials for this course:
Module 1: Discovering Psychology
Module 2: Psychology and Science
Module 3: Brain's Building Blocks
Module 4: Incredible Nervous System
Module 5: Sensation
Module 6: Perception
Module 7: Sleep and Dreams
Module 8: Hypnosis and Drugs
Module 9: Classical Conditioning
Module 10: Operant and Cognitive Approaches
Module 11: Types of Memory
Module 12: Remembering and Forgetting
Module 13: Intelligence
Module 14: Thought and Language
Module 15: Motivation
Module 16: Emotion
Module 17: Infancy and Childhood
Module 18: Adolescence and Adulthood
Module 19: Freudian and Humanistic Theories
Module 20: Social, Cognitive and Trait Theories
Module 21: Health, Stress and Coping
Module 22: Assessment and Anxiety Disorders
Module 23: Mood Disorder and Schizophrenia
Module 24: Therapies
Module 25: Social Psychology
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.