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This live online AP Calculus AB class is for high school homeschoolers as well as other high school students who are supplementing their math skills.

The year-long class covers the content equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course and is taught at a pace that is a good transition for students taking their first college-level math class. The material will be conceptually challenging and will offer a firm foundation for the intellectual demands of future college-level math classes.

Each week there will be one live teacher-led meeting and 2-hour Zoom office hours session.

  • Live Class: led by the instructor and designed for active participation solving calculus problems similar to the concepts taught in the teacher-recorded instruction and practiced in the weekly assignments

  • Office Hours: live office hours offered weekly where students can get assistance with assignments and have their questions answered

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Class Details​​

  • AP Calculus AB | Traditional, full-year live class

  • Tuition & Fees

    • Tuition: $775

    • Digital Resources Fee: $65 (includes the course ebook)

    • See all required class resources HERE.

  • Instructors: 

  • Dates: August 19, 2024 to May 2025 (AP exam)

  • Weekly Live Classes: Fridays @ 2-3 p.m. Eastern

  • Optional Live Office Hours: Thursdays @ 12-2 p.m. Eastern

  • Grade level: Varies | Successfully completed Honors or AP Precalculus

    • Beginning In early June, the instructor will send all registered students a questionnaire and assessment test to help gauge whether some additional summer prep will be helpful.

    • A summer prep module will be available to students who need to refresh or reinforce necessary math concepts prior to the start of class.

  • Class Size: 20

  • See our FAQ for:

    • age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class fit recommendations

    • a complete list of days, times, and breaks

  • Format:

    • Students share an interactive online classroom and meet live on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live classes are expected to keep their webcams on and actively participate. 

    • Live classes will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • Average weekly time estimate: 6-8 hours, including recorded and live instruction

  • All Blue Tent live math classes are NCAA-approved.

  • This AP Calculus AB course complies with the AP course audit and has been approved by the College Board. 

    • On the 2022 AP Calculus AB exam:

      • ​83% of BTO students scored a 4 or a 5.

      • By comparison, 37% of all students globally scored a 4 or a 5.

Foundational Elements

The AP Calculus AB online classroom will open each week with some combination of the following:

  • Weekly announcements

  • One or more 20-40 minute instructor-recorded lectures for every textbook section covered

    • Teacher-recorded instruction opens up each Monday.

      • Students will need to be disciplined about watching the pre-recorded lessons carefully at the beginning of each week in order to successfully complete the week's assignments.

  • Additional resources to help students with the calculus content covered that week

  • Quizzes or exams, if they are scheduled for the week

  • Free response questions (FRQs):

    • ​Students will start learning to write answers to Free Response Questions (FRQs) beginning with Chapter 1.  

      • All FRQs are graded by the instructor (not self-graded by students)

      • Detailed feedback is provided so students learn to write well-thought-out responses.

    • Corrections are allowed to give students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and earn points back.

  • Live class:

    • It is expected that students will work through each week's assignments prior to attending the live Friday class so that they can actively participate by asking questions and practicing the problems presented.

    • The instructor will offer problem-solving approaches relevant to each topic.

  • Students will be interacting with their classmates in discussion forums each week, posting questions about assignments, answering other students' questions, or posting solutions to problems.

    • The instructor will be available to answer questions on homework assignments throughout the week via WebAssign, discussion forums, or messaging in the online classroom.

    • There will be one or more TAs who will be available for help.

Core and Supplemental Resources

Your digital resources fee includes:

  • An ebook of Cengage's Calculus for AP (either the 1st or 2nd edition) by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia.

    • The ebook is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework and exam.  

    • While it carefully covers all the topics a student will need to succeed in subsequent calculus courses, its emphasis is placed on AP exam material, and AP-style problem practices are provided in each chapter.

  • WebAssign--students will be assigned weekly homework through this homework platform. It has interactive features such as Read It, Master It, and Watch It links that will direct students to the relevant section in their ebook:

    • Read It provides another version of the same problem, with step-by-step guidance.

    • Watch It offers a short, step-by-step video tutorial on a specific problem.

    • Master it shows how to solve similar problems.

  • Optional: Students who wish to use a hardcopy of the class text in addition to the ebook can borrow a textbook through the Blue Tent OnLoan program.

Many bright students have found that this course successfully teaches them AP Calculus AB and prepares them well for the AP exam and for other Calculus courses they take in the future.

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