AP Calculus


Course Description:
The concepts in AP Calculus begin with zero and work toward infinity. In this course, students work through a series of interactive video lessons along with thorough explanations of the biblical foundation and historical approaches to the study of mathematics. These resources will help bolster the student’s understanding of Calculus in a fully integrated way and best prepare the students for the AP Calculus AB exam given each year in May. With continuous enrollment, students can start the course and begin working on Calculus as early as spring of the previous year! An Advanced Placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning. Most colleges and universities offer a sequence of several courses in calculus, and entering students are placed within this sequence according to the extent of their preparation, as measured by the results of an AP examination or other criteria.

Approved by:
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University of California (UC)

Recommended Prerequisites:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry. Student will be exposed to a college-level course.

Grade Level:
11th or 12th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
God has chosen to reveal truths about His nature and ways in the Created world. The complex patterns, designs, and relationships discovered in the study of mathematics points to God’s nature and ways. As we explore, discover, verify, and catalogue the known truths of His universe, dive into the unknown, make decisions, identify, assess, and solve problems around us, and seek to understand more about the universe God has made and the role of humans in it, God is glorified. The study of mathematics leads us into a deeper understanding of our Creator and appreciation for His provision and wisdom as we use this knowledge as a tool to have dominion over and care for the natural world.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles”.

Required Purchased Materials:
This course includes access to materials from StudyForge. These materials are provided at no cost to the student and are frequent throughout the course. More details can be found in the course information materials section of the course.

Students are also required to use a graphing calculator. This should be a student-owned calculator which can be used on the AP exam (online options are not accepted).