What is Advanced Placement Human Geography?
The Advanced Placement course in Human Geography gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in geography while still in high school. More importantly, the content of an AP Geography course helps students develop critical thinking skills through the understanding, application and analysis of the fundamental concepts of Human Geography. APHG is not just an ordinary college geography class. Human geography studies the “why” of “where” things are. For example, why is most of southeastern United States Baptist? This is just one thing we will examine in the next year. Through AP Geography, students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. Students will meet college-level goals as determined by the National Geographic Standards. They also learn the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
The Course Covers:
- The Nature and Perspectives of Geography
- Population & Migration
- Cultural Patterns and Processes
- Political Organization of Space
- Agriculture and Rural Land Use
- Industrialization and Urban Development
- Cities and Urban Land Use
Is this for me?
The AP Human Geography course is rigorous and the AP exam is challenging. What is possibly the most commonly held characteristic of students who are successful in both of these endeavors is a high level of motivation. Students who succeed usually have an honest inner desire to push themselves academically. A high level of reading comprehension skills and solid background in social studies are also very helpful.
How does all of this work?
This is a college level course and your child is a likely freshman in high school.
It is possible that:
- it will take time for you to adjust to the routine of both high school and AP.
- your grades in AP may be lower than in the past.
- you may have to do more homework and be more organized than was necessary in the past.
test scores will generally be lower than you would like to see.
Don't be discouraged! This is rigorous curriculum. Be patient. Your grades will adjust and improve as time goes on.
Course Grade and AP Exam Score
Students receive a grade every quarter as they do in any other class. This grade is based on homework assignments, quizzes, tests and class participation.
The Advanced Placement GPA points are weighted so that:
- “A” is weighted as 6 instead of 4 points
- “B” is 5 instead of 3 points
- “C” is 4 instead of 2 points
The score students receive on the AP exam they will take will be a 1, 2, 3, 4, or a 5
- 5 – extremely well qualified
- 4 – well qualified
- 3 – qualified
- 2 - possibly qualified
- 1 – no recommendation
If your child scores a “3” or higher, many colleges and universities may award college credit. Criteria for awarding credit depends on the college or university. Students are encouraged to consider a school's policy with regard to AP credit when looking at colleges or universities. Some students are able to take care of their first year of college through AP classes in high school, saving time and money.
What does the exam look like?
- The exam lasts approximately three hours.
- The first half (60 minutes) consists of 75 multiple choice questions and makes up 50% of the final score.
- The second half consists of three free response questions (essays), lasts 75 minutes and makes up the other half of the score.
Starting early not only gives you time to earn those credits but helps them establish the skills and habits needed to succeed in a rigorous curriculum.
The State of Florida makes it even more attractive by paying the $89 fee to take the exam.
What if you earn a score lower than a 3?
- While we try our best to assure that every student earns a 3 or higher, many students do not.
- Parents need to remember that their child has still gained some valuable skills and experience that will help them throughout high school.
- Many students go on to take other AP courses, earn the weighted GPA points and often go on to pass future exams.
Students can expect homework most nights and some on the weekends. Homework consists of reading and taking notes from the textbook, watching supplemental video clips or online assignments and some writing.
Parents can play a critical role
- Be your child's best cheerleader!
- Encourage them when they are feeling down.
- Help them understand that perseverance over the long run will be rewarded.
- E-mail me any time you have a question or concern. I will respond as soon as my schedule permits.
Please refer to the course expectations page for more information.