Chemistry is the study of the structure of matter, its properties and reaction, atomic theory and structure, periodic properties, ionic and covalent bonding, nuclear chemistry, energy, chemical change and a brief introduction to quantitative analysis; one of the major purposes of the class is to show how these concepts relate to the world around us. Laboratory experiments will be used to support lecture material. Mrs. Van de Riet

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry dives deeper into chemistry topics building on the foundation they gained in the first year. They will explore thermodynamics, acids and bases, electrochemistry, Kinetics, equilibrium and intermolecular forces through labs, lecture and practice problems. Labs make up a minimum of 25% of the course. This course is designed around the 6 Big Ideas put forth by College Board. AP Chemistry is open to all students who have taken a full year of chemistry or with instructor approval and completion of summer work.

Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed to be an advanced study of the human body for students with an interest in pursuing a career in a health-related field. Anatomy and physiology is a discussion and laboratory based study of the human body. Topics anatomical structures, and body systems & functions. Dissection of animals and other appropriate organs will complement course work. Students will apply the principle of physiology to human health and well-being and evaluate the applications and career implications of physiology and anatomy principles.

Advanced Biology

This year-long laboratory based course is broken up into two themes: environmental science and zoology. Environmental Science will show the connection of a variety of scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, and earth science as they manifest in our environment. Students will focus on populations, natural resources, and ecosystem dynamics as they relate to water, forest and agricultural ecosystems to become a better-informed citizen and decision-maker. The aim of this course to increase students knowledge of the environmental challenges of today, while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills. Zoology will do a comparative anatomy and physiology of the 12 major animal phyla. During this portion of the class, we will perform a number of dissections as well a behavioral studies on each phyla.

AP Biology

The AP Biology course is designed to enable you to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college introductory biology course and differs significantly from the general high school biology course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work performed by students, and the time and effort required of the students. This course is designed to prepare students for the Biology College Board Advanced Placement Exam. AP Biology is organized around the 4 “Big Ideas”:

General Biology

Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides opportunities for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function.

Earth Science

This course is a study of the Earth and the universe around it. A unit on introductory chemistry is included. Topics specific to earth science include earth materials, earth processes (weathering and erosion) map reading, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. Mrs. Van de Riet


In this course students learn the concepts of motion, mechanics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light and waves through laboratory work demonstrations and discussion. Data is gathered and analyzed. Mathematical calculations of quantitative data is stressed. Pre-calculus or Algebra 2 is necessary. Lab work is extensive. Mrs. Van de Riet