Math & Science Department
Biology This one-year course is a rigorous presentation of introductory biological concepts designed for the serious, academically oriented students. Emphasis is particularly placed on developing critical thinking skills, research skills, and laboratory techniques. Active participation, as well as independent research projects and reports with oral presentations are an integral part of the course requirements. This course fulfills one of three high school graduation requirements for science and fulfills college entrance requirements for laboratory science.
- Marine Biology
- Computer I
AP Biology The Advanced Placement (AP) biology curriculum is equivalent to a college course usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. Students obtain weighted credit by successfully completing the AP biology exam at the end of the course. The course differs significantly from a first year high school Biology course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required by the students. The primary emphasis of the course is on developing an understanding of concepts; a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of
facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and the application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
The main objectives of this course is to provide the student with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics, and to strengthen an understanding of the concepts and principles through a broad range of interesting applications to the real world. This course focuses on providing students with an active learning approach. Research, as well as practical experience, indicates students active participation is the motivating force for them to learn science and become successful critical thinkers. This course helps students excel in advanced college chemistry. Also this course helps the students to score 4 or better at the AP Chemistry College Board Exam.
- AP Physics
- AP Computer Science
Precalculus should not be a terminal course, but rather one that prepares students for AP Calculus and helps them move on to more advanced and challenging college level math courses. Our goal is to provide the students with sound development of mathematical concepts, challenging problems, and a well-developed pedagogy.
Geometry this comprehensive course in geometry is enhanced by emphasizing and integrating logical reasoning and spatial visualization skills. This course is a prerequisite for Algebra II, as well as Pre-Calculus. This course includes all the geometry concepts, skills, and techniques required for successful completion of the SAT.
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
AP Calculus AB – An Advanced Placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to a calculus course in colleges and universities. AP Calculus will follow the topics outlined by the College Board, along with additional topics that the instructor deems fit to include. Each student will complete a simulated AP exam at the end of the semester that will be counted as the final exam for the course. During the last weeks of second semester (after the official AP exam), advanced topics will be covered. The course is primarily concerned with developing students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations are demonstrated through the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, applications, and modeling. A major objective of the class is to prepare students for the AP Calculus AB exam inthe spring. Most universities award credit to students based upon their scores on this exam.
- AP Statistics