The APIS High School Curriculum Guide has been prepared to help students plan for their four-year educational program. It is our goal to provide our students access to a diverse curriculum that provides the opportunity to individualize their course of study and to meet their objectives, needs, and interests as they carefully prepare for their academic future at the university level.
APIS offers a rigorous, curriculum with an added emphasis on global connections and East Asian culture and civilization to help our students gain the competitive edge necessary to take on the challenges of the new Pacific Century. Hence, we require our students to acquire proficiencies in at least one East Asian languages in addition to English, our language of instruction. At APIS, our foreign language emphasis is currently on two languages: Chinese and Japanese. Our students go beyond simply learning another language, however, Asian literature, history, and culture are also studied and applied in the context of our increasingly global society and the growing political and economic importance of Asia.
Students preparing for specific college interests require careful planning of their course of study during their high school years. Colleges are looking for diversity and rigor in the high school academic record and thus most colleges throughout the world require more than the minimum graduation requirements. APIS students must have a minimum of 23 units of credit for graduation, distributed among the following subject areas:
|Subject Area||Graduation Requirements|
|English||4 units of credit (4 years)|
|Mathematics||3 units of credit (3 years)|
|Science||3 units of credit (3 years)|
|Social Studies||2 units of credit (2 years)|
|Foreign Language||3 units of credit (3 years)|
|Physical Education||1 unit of credit|
|Fine Arts/Technology||1 unit of credit from Fine Arts or 1 unit of credit from Technology|
|Electives||8 units of credit|
|Total||25 units of credit|
Transfer Students: Transfer students who are unable to fulfill the total credit requirements for foreign language, Korean language & literature, and/or physical education will have these specific requirements waived. The same minimum credit requirement of 25 units still must be completed for graduation.
The cumulative grade point average is calculated using grades earned in courses taken only at APIS. The numerical equivalent of the letter grade system at APIS is as follows:
REPEAT OF COURSE
Any student who wishes to repeat a course after having previously failed or underperformed must schedule a meeting with the principal and their parent to discuss the reason for the course repeat and create a plan for academic success. Once the course has been repeated, the new grade will replace the previous grade on the transcript and the new grade only is calculated into the grade point average. Students repeating a course because of a previous failure and the need to meet a graduation requirement are given first priority for enrollment.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES
Advanced Placement is a program of rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Each course culminates with an examination developed by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. Over 40 colleges and universities throughout the world allow entering freshmen to receive credit for one to three semesters of college work if they have earned an acceptable grade on an Advanced Placement examination.
COURSE SELECTION AND PLACEMENT
The following is a listing of all approved college-prep courses with current and projected course offerings during the four-year college preparatory program at APIS. Not all courses will be offered for registration each year and all offerings are dependent upon adequate enrollment.
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
Honors English 9-12
|AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP U.S. History
AP World History
Honors Asian Studies
Honors Government & World Affairs /
Government & World Affairs
Honors U.S. History
Honors World History
|AP Calculus AB
Honors Algebra I
Honors Algebra II
Algebra / Geometry
AP Physics I
Honors Environmental Science
|Foreign Language||Fine Arts|
Chinese Language I-V
Japanese Language I-V
Perspective of East Asia
|AP Music Theory
AP Studio Art
Art I, II, III
Digital Media Arts
Drama / Theater
|AP Computer Science
Programming / Advanced Programming
Digital Film Production
Architecture / CAD Design
|Physical Education I-III|
Global Issues in Action
Journalism and Publishing
STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
*This is a partial listing. Additional courses will be announced each year according to interest and enrollment.