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Anatomy/Physiology-PTop of Page

College Prep, Grades 11-12, Year-long class

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology with a “C” or better. If you have not passed Chemistry with a “C” or better, teacher approval is required.
Anatomy/Physiology is intended for the college bound student. Focus will be placed on human anatomy and physiology, as well as some comparative vertebrate physiology. Students will learn about body orientation, basic chemistry, cells and tissues, skin and body membranes, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system with special senses, endocrine system, circulatory system with blood, body defenses, respiratory system, and digestive system including body metabolism, urinary system, reproduction and comparative dissections.

Art -1PTop of Page

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class  

Whether drawing comes naturally to you or you struggle to draw a recognizable stick man, if you have a desire to learn how to draw and create visual art, this class is for you! In this course you will learn the basics of creating and speaking the language of Art. We will explore Art through cultures and history to better our artistic appreciation. In this class, we will focus on learning many drawing mediums and styles. Students will also learn artistic composition and design.

Biology-PTop of Page

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: Integrated Science, or completion of 8th grade Algebra or Geometry and science with a grade of “A”. Concurrent enrollment in Geometry or Algebra 2, or successful completion of either of these courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Students will study cell biology (biochemistry, cell structure, energy transfer, and usage), genetics, ecology, evolution, microbiology, human biology, plant biology, and physiology. The course includes considerable reading, writing, and laboratory work.

AP Biology

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long

Prerequisites: Passing Chemistry with a C or better.

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. In this course students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.   The revised AP biology curriculum enables students to spend less time on factual recall and more time on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts, and will help them develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in science practices used throughout their study of AP Biology and in STEM related fields.  This course is equivalent to a two semester college introductory biology course. 


Chemistry-PTop of Page

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long class
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a "C" or better for both semesters, and  concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or successful completion of  Algebra 2 with a grade of "C" or better.
This course is designed to allow students to master basic principles of chemistry. Topics covered include atomic structure, bonding, organic chemistry, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, equilibrium, states of matter, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemistry. Requires 5-7 hours of study per week outside of class.

AP Environmental Science - PTop of Page

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long class
Prerequisites: completion of 1 year of Chemistry
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary: it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.

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Grades 9-12, Year-long class

This science course will prepare students for biology, chemistry and physics. Students will use a problem-based approach to investigate selected topics in the environmental, Earth and physical sciences. This class will combine field and laboratory experiences with an emphasis on data collection, reporting and analysis. Students not taking biology their freshman year should take this course. Meets physical science requirement for graduation.

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Intro to Engineering Design-P (IED)

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Math C or equivalent.

The first course in the Engineering sequence, IED is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Strong spatial visualization and basic geometry skills will be beneficial.

Principles of Engineering-P (POE)

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Math 1 or equivalent

The second course in the Engineering sequence, POE is designed for 10th or 11th grade students. This survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Students develop problem-solving skills, and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Students will work extensively with VEX Robotics kits and learn to program with RobotC. Strong math skills will be beneficial.

Biotechnical Engineering

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: C or better in biology will be required with passing IED recommended but not required.

The major focus of this course is to expose students to the diverse fields of biotechnology including biomedical engineering, bimolecular genetics, bioprocess engineering, and agricultural and environmental engineering. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems related to biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, agricultural biotechnology, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, human interface, bioprocesses, forensics, and bioethics. Students in this course apply biological and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend living systems. The BE course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.


Physics-PTop of Page

College Prep, Grades 11-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of “B” or better. If not concurrently enrolled or completed Math Analysis or completed Chemistry with a “C” or better, teacher approval is required.
An inquiry-based course designed to learn the following concepts of physics: mechanics, heat, energy, waves, sound, light, electricity, relativity, and magnetism.