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The Living Earth (L)


a college-preparatory approach to biochemistry, functions of the cell, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, ecology, viruses/bacteria, immune system,  and biodiversity of life.

take ALGEBRA I or GEOMETRY concurrently (Geometry preferable)

Honors Biology

an accelerated and in-depth college-preparatory approach to general biology, emphasizing molecular and cellular biology as well as organic chemistry, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

take GEOMETRY or higher math class concurrently and have a minimum GPA of 3.5

Physiology (L)

a college-preparatory approach to human anatomy and physiology, including the structures and functions of the human body and its organ systems.

have completed BIOLOGY with a C or better; teacher recommendation

AP Environmental Science (L)

an interdisciplinary course to study the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, and to examine alternative solutions for them.

have completed BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY with a B or better; instructor consent

AP Biology (L)

a second-year comprehensive college-level course in general biology:  organic chemistry, cytology, cell energetics, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and ecology.

have completed BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY with a B or better; instructor consent

Physical Science (P)

an introductory and integrated course in chemistry, physics, and Earth science.

no prerequisites

Chemistry (P)

a college-preparatory approach to measurement, structure of matter, chemical reactions, solutions, modern atomic theory, equilibrium, acids and bases.

take GEOMETRY or ALGEBRA II concurrently (Algebra II preferable)

Honors Chemistry (P)

an accelerated college-preparatory approach to general chemistry, including stoichiometry, modern atomic theory, bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, and equilibrium.

take HONORS GEOMETRY or ALGEBRA II concurrently, and have a 3.5 GPA in Biology and math

AP Chemistry (P)

a second-year college-level course in general chemistry, stoichiometry, atomic/molecular structure, reactions, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry.

have completed ALGEBRA II and CHEMISTRY with a B or better; instructor consent

Physics (P)

a college-preparatory approach to motion and vectors, energy and work, waves, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.

have completed ALGEBRA II with a C or better (Precalculus concurrent preferable)

AP Physics 1 (P)

a college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; simple harmonic motion.

take PRECALCULUS or higher math; instructor consent

AP Computer Science Principles (3rd-year elective)

a college-level introductory computer science course that explores the principles of digital information, the internet, app design, variables, conditionals, functions, lists, loops, traversals, algorithms, parameters, return, libraries, data, cybersecurity, and global impacts

no prerequisites; interest in computer science is preferred