Course Description:Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is a course designed to provide advanced English students an opportunity to earn college credit while simultaneously mastering the Standards of Learning for English 11. In addition to meeting English 11 requirements, students will become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The readings and compositions in this course will make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students taking this course will take two required end-of-course SOL tests: the Writing SOL Test and the Reading/Literature/ Research SOL Test.
Students must pass both the course and the two SOL tests to earn two verified credits which are required for graduation. Students receive weighted credit for participating in AP classes, they receive college credit only by achieving a high score on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Tests. There are fees for each test, which students will be responsible for paying. Colleges have different criteria for awarding credit for scores on AP tests, and it will be the responsibility of students to contact colleges to ascertain their policies regarding Advanced Placement scores.