AP Exam Information

  • It is mandatory that all students enrolled in an AP course register and take their respective AP exams, there are no exceptions.

    The cost of each exam is $20.00. Please make checks payable to Leyden High Schools. You may write one check for all of your AP exams if you are taking multiple tests. You will receive an invoice with the cost of your exams that must be paid in full at the Cashier's Office. 

    Attendance Policy: Students who are absent on the test date will be charged a $15 test-return fee and a $45 exam alternate test date fee. Students who are absent on the alternate exam date will be charged a $15 test-return fee.

    2020 AP Exam Dates

    Exam scores will only be available online at https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores

    To create a student College Board account go to www.collegeboard.org/register. You will receive an email from College Board when scores are available. 

    If you have any questions please see Mr. Vasquez in Student Services, call 847-451-5596, or email jvasquez@leyden212.org.

2014 AP National District of the Year Awarded by College Board

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AP Courses Offered at West Leyden

AP Course Teacher Course Description Teacher URL
Biology Mr. Jon Pazol This college level biology course is designed to investigate the modern biology concepts of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, ecology, evolution, and plant/animal physiology as outlined by the College Board. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are developed through analytical, inquiry-based laboratory investigations. A mammalian dissection is required. http://leyden212.org/Domain/456
Calculus AB Ms. Aysha Shedbalkar & Mr. Jean Zwickert This course deals with functions, limits, derivatives, chain rule, continuity, maximum, minimum, sketching graphs, integrals, and natural logarithms. http://leyden212.org/Domain/415 http://leyden212.org/Domain/457
Chemistry Mr. Alexander Vazquez This two-period class is a comprehensive study of chemistry involving extensive laboratory experience. Mathematical application of concepts is stressed; therefore, a strong mathematics background is essential. The course will provide excellent preparation for further college studies in science. http://leyden212.org/Domain/514
Computer Science A Mr. Matt Young This course is comparable to an introductory college course for computer science majors. Topics include large program design, algorithms, and data structures. The current programming language is JAVA. http://leyden212.org/Domain/482
Computer Science Principles Mr. Johnathan Cloud Computer Science Principles Advanced Placement offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to creative aspects of programming, understandings of the Internet and issues of cyber-security/hacking, working with large data sets, using abstractions and algorithms, and impacts of computing that affect different populations. Students will learn to use current technologies in order to solve problems. https://leyden212.org/Domain/612
English Language & Composition Mr. Andrew Grieve This rigorous academic course develops the student as sophisticated reader, thinker, and writer. The content of the course is an in-depth study of American culture, but greatest emphasis is upon the student as a discerning consumer and producer of written language. Different rhetorical conventions, genres, and styles of elaboration are studied and emulated. The Language & Composition AP Exam in the spring is a highlight of the course. http://leyden212.org/Domain/408
English Literature & Composition Ms. Margaret Henning A survey of major works of British and world literature as well as preparation for the Advanced Placement examination comprise the basis of this course. Course emphasis is placed upon developing college-level critical reading and writing skills. Students write numerous formal essays and critically analyze fiction, drama, and poetry from the time of Sophocles to the present. http://leyden212.org/Domain/476
French Language & Culture Ms. Amelie Leparoux French IV AP is conducted entirely in French. This course is de- signed to increase the students’ ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, in order to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their profi ciency in French across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational). https://leyden212.org/Domain/1124
Physics I Dr. Joseph Ruffolo This course is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. http://leyden212.org/Domain/459
Physics II Dr. Joseph Ruffolo This course is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explore topics such as fluid statistics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. http://leyden212.org/Domain/459
Psychology Mr. Brent Dempsey & Ms. Lynn Raducha This year-long course provides an accelerated study of psychology. Students acquire understandings equivalent to those gained in a college-level introductory course. Coursework offers a general study of terms and concepts that psychologists use as well as concentration in theories of learning development, personality, emotions, feelings, and self-awareness, problems of the unconscious, and social psychology. http://leyden212.org/Domain/420 https://www.leyden212.org/Domain/1182
Research Mr. James Flinchum AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, al- lows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning, analyzing, and synthesizing information. https://leyden212.org/Domain/1110
Seminar Ms. Kathleen Gudex The Advanced Placement Seminar mirrors other sophomore English offerings in its focus on developing students who can communicate flexibly. However, this course also asks students to engage in conversations about complex academic and real-world issues through various points of view. The issues will be identified using concepts from other AP courses, student interests, local and/or civic issues, academic problems or questions, or global/international topics. https://www.leyden212.org/Domain/1127 http://leyden212.org/Domain/463
Spanish Language & Culture Mr. Richard Drobny This course is conducted in Spanish. This class is designed to increase the students' ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works. Students will take the Spanish Language examination in May, and much of the course consists of preparation for this exam. http://leyden212.org/Domain/489
Spanish Literature & Culture Mr. Richard Drobny This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. This course is designed to continue students' formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. This course is designed to continue students' formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. http://leyden212.org/Domain/489
Statistics Ms. Megan Hammond This course examines how the probability and statistics help us make sense of our world. The course deals with graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns in data; characteristics of data such as shape, location, and variability; differences between association and causation; and data collection. http://leyden212.org/Domain/477
Studio Art Ms. Caroline Felix & Mr. Steve Lappe This year-long class offers college credit for creating a portfolio of artwork, which includes a series of works that is based on a theme each student chooses for themselves. Instead of a test at the end of the course, students submit the artwork they have created throughout the year. Students can choose to work in any media, including photography, graphic design, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, or mixed media. https://leyden212.org/Domain/427
United States Government & Politics Ms. Meghan Gleason This full-year course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that character- ize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically signifi cant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Students will also participate in the Civics legislative simulation. https://leyden212.org/Domain/1245
United States History Mr. Tom Rooney This course is part of a national program which enables top students to obtain college credit for high school work. Students will be expected to do extensive reading primary source document, develop analytical essays, and demonstrate critical-thinking skills identifying significant themes in American history. This course chronologically examines the development of the United States. Preparation for the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exams, both graduation requirements are offered in this class. https://leyden212.org/Domain/604