AP Science Courses
Grade 12, Level 9 (12 periods per cycle)
The advanced placement biology course is a certified College Board course which follows the A.P. Biology curriculum established by the College Board. Students will be provided the opportunity to experience laboratory skills comparable to introductory college level Biology courses, including inquiry-based labs and computerized data acquisition and analysis. This class requires learning at an accelerated pace due to the amount and complexity of the required material. Material will be covered through daily class activities, lectures, discussions, laboratories, and independent projects. A student’s success will depend on the time and effort that is invested into this course. Students enrolling in the Advanced Placement Biology course should have a strong foundation in biology and chemistry. It is also recommended that students in this course also take level 1 Anatomy and Physiology. This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Biology exam.
The advanced placement chemistry has been designed and certified to be equivalent to a first-year college chemistry course. Accordingly, the course is a progression of topics which are conceptually and sometimes mathematically challenging. A workable knowledge of algebra/trigonometry is strongly recommended. The laboratory investigations provide students with experience in chemical techniques and the use of instrumentation. All the required labs are college-level exercises that require intensive analysis and discussion. Each student who successfully completes this course will have an excellent foundation in chemistry. It is suggested that all students interested in taking AP Chemistry successfully complete a physics course in the prior school year. This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Chemistry exam.
The advanced placement physics course is a certified College Board course that represents the equivalence of a first-year college course. Students should have an excellent background in algebra, trigonometry, and should have a basic understanding of calculus, which should be taken concurrently. The major topics of study will include mechanics and electricity and magnetism. All labs are college level labs that reinforce the ideas presented in the lecture. A lab notebook is required for all laboratory entries. Upon completion of this course, all students will have an excellent background in physics. This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Physics Mechanics C exam.