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AP Psychology (Intensive, NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level reading/verbal or math score required

Prerequisites: Completion of high school biology

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (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.

Course Code: IPPS

Course Description


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.

Topics include:

  • historical perspectives in psychology
  • scientific method
  • biological bases of behavior
  • sensation & perception
  • consciousness
  • learning
  • cognition
  • motivation & emotion
  • development
  • personality
  • psychological testing
  • individual differences
  • abnormal psychology
  • psychological disorders
  • social psychology

This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students must purchase the following materials for this course:

  • Barron’s AP Psychology
    Students should purchase the edition for the year they will take the AP exam, to ensure it is up to date.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

  • Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
  • Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Unit 3: Sensation and Perception
  • Unit 4: Learning
  • Unit 5: Cognitive Psychology
  • Unit 6: Developmental Psychology
  • Unit 7: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality
  • Unit 8: Clinical Psychology
  • Unit 9: Social Psychology


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Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.