Launch Expands AP/dual credit course offerings
Launch’s new Advanced Placement (AP) Program/dual credit courses serve college-bound students seeking a more rigorous curriculum.
Launch began offering multiple new courses with the start of the fall 2018 semester, including multiple AP/dual credit options. “We need these teachers to be trained by The College Board, plus have their master’s degree—or at least 18 hours of master’s credit—in the subject area, plus be an adjunct faculty at an affiliated university,” says Dr. Hope Gallamore, Secondary Literacy Coordinator at Springfield Public Schools who helped Launch create the courses.
Launch works with Missouri State University to offer these courses to students all across the state.
This course is designed and written to prepare students for the AP English Literature and Composition examination administered by The College Board each spring, although Launch students can opt out of the exam if desired. Students engage in reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature and gain a deepened understanding of the ways writers use language to both provide meaning and entertainment for their readers. The course includes the study of major literary works of major historical periods, and writing genres include expository, analytical and argumentative essays.
Launch’s Advanced Placement American History course provides students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Advanced workloads help prepare learners for intermediate and advanced college courses, and students learn how to assess historical materials and weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.
Students in Launch’s AP Government & Politics course gain an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Learners are exposed to both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. This course also reinforces knowledge of various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics.
This algebra-based physics course provides students content equivalent to the first half of introductory physics courses for university students and is designed for college-bound students interested in pursuing a science-related field. It emphasizes understanding concepts and skills by way of laboratory investigation and formulation to solve problems. Students investigate kinematics, Newton’s laws, torque, gravitation, circular motion, work, energy, power, linear momentum and more.