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Dr. Pinnau teaches the AP Government and Politics/AP Comparative Government and Politics class.

This school year, Marian has added four new Advanced Placement courses available to  students. These courses are AP English Language and Composition, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP United States Government and Politics/Comparative Government and Politics.

AP English Language and Composition is available to seniors and is the replacement of last year’s English 4 Honors class. Mr. Widzisz, the teacher of this course, states that this class  focuses on the dedication of the writing process. The goal of this course is not only to prepare students for college, but also the real world. He says, “The goal is to teach a life skill, too. It is more than just college readiness, this course will teach students how to approach essays of argument, advertisements, and things they would see on television, beyond just the academic sphere.”

“The goal is to teach a life skill, too. It is more than just college readiness…”

— Mr. Widzisz

     AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and AP Physics: Mechanics are each worth half a credit and last one semester.

The two courses are equivalent to two college credits. Scott Reckamp (12) is taking the course to prepare himself for a major in engineering in college. The workload is said to be heavy, but on track with what a college level course would be like.

    Though AP Government and Politics is not a course new to Marian, this  year the course will be integrated with the new AP Comparative Government and Politics. Students have the opportunity to take both the US Government and Politics and the Comparative Government and Politics Advanced Placement exams at the end of the school year. The course will require students to look at different systems of government and examine how they differ, and will examine in detail the governments of Great Britain, China, Russia, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico.

  Each new AP class will be equivalent coursework to the corresponding introductory college course. With the addition of these new classes, Marian hopes to give more options to students wishing to gain college credit in high school.

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