Br. Philip Shepler

Classroom Policies and Procedures

AP English

Brother Philip, FSP

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: This course is intended to prepare seniors with a thorough knowledge of the literature of the British Isles taught from a literary, historical perspective. Its special focus is preparing students for the Advanced Placement Exam in May; therefore, students will be reading many novels and be expected to write critical analyses of these literary works.

This course will also prepare seniors for several exams that they may be taking this year.

1. AP English exam: Literature and Composition (taken in May) [Students are required to take this test]

2. SAT I or ACT (taken in the fall)

3. SAT II Writing (also taken in the fall for students going to a U.C. campus)

4. Entry Level exams at various universities and colleges (taken in the spring)


20% Homework, class participation, quizzes, recitations, class work and group work

15% Essays

20% Written tests (except novels)

25% Written tests on novels

20% Semester exam

Semester grade

80% first/second quarter grade

20% semester final

PARENT CONFERENCES: I will be very glad to meet with parents for conferences at any time during school hours. I do ask, however, that parents make an appointment in advance.  That way I can give quality time to the conference.

TUTORING: I look forward to working with you and I hope that this is a meaningful and successful year for you.  I will be available for tutoring.

Telephone: If you would like to leave me a message on my office telephone, please call (818) 972-1400. I check my answering machine every school day.  I will return your call. Or better to email me at

School Policy: Advanced Placement Courses and Exams

Bellarmine-Jefferson High School offers Advanced Placement courses which may allow students to earn full college credit in Calculus A/B, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, European History, Microeconomics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, and United States History. Based on the results of the AP testing in the spring, colleges MAY grant credit and/or advanced standing to students who achieve passing scores (please refer to directly to colleges and universities who have their own AP policies).

In order to enroll in an AP course students must meet the requirements stated in the Curriculum Handbook. AP instructors have the final approval on students admitted to their classes since the classes are demanding and a student's ability and motivation must be exceptional. Any student who enrolls in an advanced placement course is required to take the College Board examination in May (students who do not take the test for whatever reason will have their accounts charged a $20 fee in order to return the unopened test to the College Board). Parents/guardians are responsible for exam fees. Exam fees are set by the College Board and will be added as an “incidental billing” to student accounts in March. 
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