Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement®

Laboratory experiences for all AP science classes will be supported by the use of the most up to date technology available at the High School Level. The use of technology to support the gathering, analysis and interpretation of experimental data will give our students a true taste of the technological advancements awaiting them at post-secondary institutions.

Science 10 AP (5 Credits)

Success in this course will lead to: Biology 20/30/35 AP, Chemistry Pre-20 AP and/or Physics 20 AP

In addition to the Science 10 curriculum, AP students will be introduced to grade 11 and 12 enrichment.  This includes:

  • Research skills, laboratory skills and inquiry based-learning
  • Chemistry emphasis on the mole, gravimetric stoic, predicting products, and enhanced formulas
  • Biology detailing diffusion and osmosis, plant physiology, mitosis and meiosis
  • Physics enhancing mathematical rigor-significant digits, graphing techniques, vector, unit analysis, and algebra

Biology 20 AP / Biology 30AP / Biology 35 – Full Year Course (13 credits)

Success in this course will lead to: university advanced placement or credit may be awarded based on the Biology AP exam mark that is written in May.  This is in addition to the diploma exam in June.  It is recommended for students to take this in grade 11 or 12.

This course revolves around the AP Biology curriculum’s four big ideas: Evolution, Systems, Information and Interactions In addition to the Biology 20/30 curriculum, AP students will gain enrichment in the following topics:

  • Chemistry of Life, The Cell, Metabolism, Evolution, Human Systems, Communication and Signaling, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Human Reproduction.
  • Extra inquiry-based laboratory work to enhance analytical and research skills.
  • Research projects, guest speakers, field work and off-campus visits to develop world readiness.

Chemistry 20 AP (5 credits)

Success in this course will lead to: Chemistry 30/35AP (full year course) -- as well as a superior chemistry background.

This course explores:

  • Acid and Base chemistry, pH and Indicators.
  • Solutions and stoichiometry (gases, solids and aqueous) unit.
  • Gas laws unit (including AP topics relating to gases).
  • Bonding unit (including AP topics of molecular geometry, Lewis Dots, VSEPR theory).
  • Building on organization, research and problem solving skills for laboratory techniques. 

Chemistry 30 / Chemistry 35 AP – Full Year Course (8 credits)

Success in this course will lead to: university advanced placement or credit may be awarded based on the Chemistry AP exam mark that is written in May.  This is in addition to the diploma exam in June.  Recommended for students to take in either grade 11 or 12.

In addition to the Chemistry 30 curriculum, AP students will be enriched through the following topics:

  • Atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, redox, gas laws, liquid and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermochemisty and thermodynamics. 
  • Strong emphasis on mathematical calculations and laboratory skills will be developed.

Physics 20 Pre-AP (5 credits)

Success in this course will lead to: Physics 30/35AP (full year course) -- as well as a superior physics background.

In addition to the Physics curriculum, AP students

  • will be introduced to torque and rotational kinematics.
  • will learn formulas and theories to apply to the real world.

Physics 30 / Physics 35 AP (8 Credits)

Success in this course will lead to:  university advanced placement or credit may be awarded based on the Physics AP exam that is written in May.  This is in addition to the diploma exam in January.

In addition to the Physics 30 curriculum, students will have the opportunity to study:

  • Fluid mechanics and thermal physics; torque; rotational statics; rotational dynamics; angular momentum and electric circuits
  • A strong laboratory component is incorporated in this course. 


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