Advanced Placement Biology with Laboratory Component (5 periods, 5 credits)
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.
Chemistry with Laboratory Component, Honors (5 periods, 5 credits)
The topics covered in this course include those covered in academic chemistry but at a more rigorous pace. Major concepts considered are atoms and the periodic table, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Students must have exceptional math and science skills and be independent learners.
Advanced Placement Physics 1 with Laboratory Component (5 periods, 5 credits)
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study, in-class activity, and hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory work as they explore concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves.
Honors Scientific Research (5 periods, 5 credits)
This course incorporates the scientific method, background research, laboratory techniques, ethics, writing skills, statistical analysis, and data collection to produce a unique research project by each student enrolled in the course. Students use hands-on laboratory or survey techniques to complete their projects. Students communicate their findings with a formal research paper as well as a formal oral presentation at the end of the year.
Advanced Placement Environmental Science (5 periods, 5 credits)
This course follows the guidelines of the College Board to provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles and methods used to understand the natural world, to identify and analyze natural and man-made environmental problems, and to evaluate both the risks of and the potential solutions to environmental problems. This interdisciplinary course will build and expand upon existing student knowledge in the physical and biological sciences, incorporating engineering practices. Among the topics to be explored are earth and space science, energy flow in ecosystems, population dynamics, land and water resources, energy resources, and pollution. These topics will be studied and discussed through a multidisciplinary prism to incorporate all areas of relevant scientific knowledge as well as an understanding of the cultural and social contexts of environmental problems. Topical news reports and recent scientific publications will be studied to add context and relevance to this multidisciplinary course. Engineering design will be incorporated by defining problems, discussing and developing possible solutions, and seeking ways to improve designs to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.