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Advanced Placement & College Now at Bronxdale

AP Language and Composition

The purpose of this course is to help students “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives”. This course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Course Description, and, therefore, students are expected to read critically, think analytically, and communicate clearly both in writing and speech. The motivation behind this curriculum is to create instruction that allows students to freely access, question, and explore what it truly means “to be”. Works of literature are mindfully selected to create a clearer picture of the life experiences, inclusive of all perspectives in our society, with a sharp focus on how that inclusive voice develops over time. The goal is to create a space where students can develop, through productive struggle, the ability to write and communicate effectively and confidently as they navigate various genres of literature and recognize the relevance of those pieces and the larger essential questions to their  academic, personal and prospective professional lives. Through these different forms, students will maintain a dual focus on the content as well as the delivery of that content.



AP Literature

Beginning with the question of "why do we read literature?" AP Literature and Composition is designed to build students' reading stamina in advance of college and promote conversations about meaningful issues that persist today. Mr. Ginsberg's take on AP Literature and Language is a reading and writing intensive course that provides students with a close look at how both poetry and fiction function. Students gain a sense of how literature has worked differently during various periods in literary history and will regularly work to find a real life, modern day application for every text we read.



AP US History

In AP US History (otherwise known as APUSH), students will take a survey course of US History from the 1600s to present day that prepares them for both the US History Regents and AP US History Exam.  Students will be asked to read and analyze complex primary source texts from throughout US History, as well as engage with college-level articles and books written by historical scholars.  The APUSH course asks students to master several types of historical writing (document-based, thematic, and argumentative) using key historical thinking skills and lenses (i.e. comparison, periodization, contextualization).  Students will also be asked to independently run socratic-style discussions and debates, as well as participate in complex research projects and group activities.  



Power and Politics: Money, Media, and Our Modern Democracy 

This class is a year-long senior seminar divided into two interrelated topics; U.S. Politics and Government and U.S. Economics. During the first semester, students will analyze and critique the formal and informal structures of government and the processes of the American political system. The second semester curriculum will focus on both personal and national finance, business, and how we participate with the economic processes. The class is a college-level course where students will be expected to complete assignments independently and engage with their peers in weekly debates about current issues facing our nation. Students who pass this course will receive 2 social studies credits (1 per semester) with honors.



Calculus is a college level mathematics course with very high expectations. Students enrolled in this course will be prepared to take the nationwide AP exam on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021. Success on this exam can result in earned college credits before leaving high school. The course is designed for students who have a thorough knowledge of Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. The course will be fast-paced and challenging and students will be expected to work hard throughout the year. The course curriculum follows the curriculum outlined by the College Board for AP Calculus AB. The complete curriculum can be found on the College Board website:
College Now
One of the greatest challenges that students face in college is the sudden need to adjust to an entirely different form of school. Bronxdale High School offers students the opportunity to take one college course at Lehman College per semester as long as a student achieves a college ready score on their ELA and Algebra Regents and maintains a GPA of 80+. Students will learn first-hand how to manage their time, complete readings, meet the college-level expectations and maintain professional communication with Lehman professors. College Now courses take place on Lehman's campus and meet twice a week over the course of a full semester, from 4:10-5:50 PM. Students earn transferable college credits. The program is free to any students who qualify.