Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses. At the end of course, students take AP Exams—standardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work. Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.
School of the Nations is now one of two international schools in Brazil and one of more than 300 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone - an innovative diploma program from the College Board that allows high school students to develop analytic and creative thinking skills necessary for college success. The courses offered currently at Nations are:
AP World History
It develops students' understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts as well as interactions between different types of human society. It advances this understanding through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. Students study all prehistory and history, especially from 8000 BCE to present-day.
Teaches the fundamental concepts and mathematics of calculus and how to recognize and formulate connections between topics. Students gain mathematical skills and an understanding of the use of technology to help them be successful in more advanced mathematics classes and in their future careers.
AP Spanish Language and Culture strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use. It also engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. AP Spanish Literature and Culture provides students with ongoing opportunities to further develop their language skills, with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing, and encourages them to reflect on the rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish.
The course is structured around four main ideas (evolution, energy processes, information and interactions) which comprise the core scientific principles, theories and procedures relating to living organisms and biological systems. The curriculum is equivalent to a university course usually taken by biology majors.
AP Studio Art
Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of three years to produce visual compositions. The course is divided into three main modules: "Portrait & Identity," "Landscape & Space" and "Still-Life & Object."
We offer two AP English courses: Language & Composition is junior-level and Literature & Composition is senior-level. Both are rigorous courses in which students synthesize information and analyze images-as-text as well as study a variety of genres in fiction, focusing on fictional prose, poetry, and drama.
AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses.
In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research to produce and defend a scholarly academic thesis. AP Research begins in 2016-17 for Grade 12 students.
In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources to develop credible and valid evidence- based arguments. Our first AP Seminar was given to Grade 11 students in 2015-16
Is conducted using inquiry-based instructional strategies that focus on experimentation to develop students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry principles. Students begin studying a topic by making observations and discovering patterns of natural phenomena. The next steps involve developing, testing, and applying models.
Is an algebra-based, introductory, college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as mechanics, energy, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics and, by the end of AP Physics 2, quantum physics.