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AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory biology course. The intent of the course is to expose students to higher-level biological principles, concepts, and skills and allow them the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life applications. Students are expected to learn not by memorization of facts, but through content and concept application via learning activities and laboratory investigations. The course is organized around fundamental biological principles, or four main ideas: evolution, energy and homeostasis, processing information, and interactions of biological systems. Throughout their learning, students will prepare for success in the AP Biology exam in May.

The course is organized around Big Ideas:

The key concepts and related content that define the revised AP Biology course and exam are organized around a few underlying principles called the big ideas, which encompass the core scientific principles, theories and processes governing living organisms and biological systems.

Big Idea 1: Evolution
The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big Idea 2: Cellular Processes: Energy and Communication
Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

Big Idea 3: Genetics and Information Transfer
Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.

Big Idea 4: Interactions
Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.


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Advanced Placement Calculus AB is a demanding college level elective course designed for mathematically and scientifically oriented students. Calculus AB provides students with a strong foundation in analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus. Differential calculus examines rates of change, commonly referred to as derivatives. Derivatives are examined graphically, numerically, and using algebraic techniques. Graphing calculators are required because they remove tedious computation from numerical and graphic methods of calculus allowing students to deepen their conceptual understanding.

A non-AP calculus course runs concurrently with the AP course. The content is the same but the assessment is modified from that used for the AP exam students. In the non-AP calculus course, students are allowed to use calculators and a formula sheet at all times including tests, with the test format including no multiple-choice questions, more straight-forward free-response questions and no separate calculator and non-calculator sections.

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The AP Chemistry course is designed to provide a solid, first-year college-level chemistry experience, both theoretically and in the laboratory. The labs serve to support and supplement the learning in the theoretical section of the course. Problem-solving skills, both on paper and in the lab, and clear communication skills are emphasized throughout. The focus of this course is to prepare students to maximize their achievement in the AP Chemistry exam in May.

Course Structure

As the focus is on the end of year AP exam, lectures, discussions and individual problem solving are the main teaching strategies. This is supported by experimental work, assignments and homework, some of which is done in groups. Meeting deadlines, interpreting questions, following instructions and providing written and numerical answers with clarity, are skills that are important in this course. To gain the most, his challenging course requires a commitment of time and effort by the student.