The West Bloomfield Schools Board of Education at its Monday, May 21 meeting approved the adoption of three new courses for West Bloomfield High School beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
The new courses that will be offered are Advanced Placement (AP) Western Civilization, AP Environmental Science and AP Music Theory.
AP Western Civilization will give students a chance to focus on European history since 1450. The curriculum states that the goals of the class are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation and an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
The course will cover periods including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Napoleonic Era, Industrial Revolution and World Wars I and II.
AP Environmental Science will cover topics including ecosystems, climate and weather, population dynamics and matter and energy resources.
According to the course proposal, classes would also be scheduled to allow for sporadic off-site trips, similar to a medical mentorship, in order to conduct lab assignments.
AP Music Theory will be geared toward students who are looking to advance their studies preparing for musical careers, as well as those who want to further their musical skills.
Students will be graded on written theory and composition, ear-training and sight-singing and music literature.
The literature used will cover Western Art music that will emphasize the music of the Common Practice Era (1600-1750). The students will learn about many styles of music and composers from each era.
West Bloomfield High School is renowned for its award-winning band program, including its state-championship winning marching band.