AP Courses

GCA Offers AP Courses in which college credit can be earned with an exam at the end of the year.


This is an advanced placement course designed to prepare students to take the AP Calculus exam at the end of the school year. This course covers limits, derivatives, application of derivatives, integrals, and techniques of integration. Students receive practice from their text, various calculus Internet sites, and computer software. The graphing calculator is utilized as outlined by the Advanced Mathematics Courses. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus. $100 non-refundable fee.

English IV

This one-year advanced placement course engages college-bound seniors in the careful reading and critical analysis of classic and contemporary American and European literature. Through the active reading of a rigorous selection of texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Writing assignments focus on the 6+1 traits of writing and include critical analysis of literature. WRiting instruction focuses on developing coherence, unity, precision, structure, and stylistic maturity. This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam at the end of the school year with the possibility of college credit if a passing grade is achieved. Approved titles: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Great Expectations by Charles Dickens; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini; The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams; Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare; King Lear by William Shakespeare; Hamlet by William Shakespeare; Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; poetry by William Blake, e.e. cummings, Lord Byron, Langston Hughes, and T.S. Eliot. Teacher recommendation required; $100 non-refundable fee.

U.S. History

The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format. Request placement through teacher; $100 non-refundable fee.

College Chemistry

A dual credit college course. Request placement through teacher.