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AP Biology

Students enrolling in this course will be thoroughly prepared to take the AP® Biology exam.  The course has been approved by the College Board for an official AP® designation on the transcript.

Course Description

This AP® Biology course is the equivalent of a one-year college or university course in biology, taught within the parameters of high school. Students explore the question, How do we know what we know? by investigating six topic areas: the chemistry of life, cells, cell processes (energy and cell communication), genetics, evolution, and biodiversity and ecology. Integrated into the six topic areas are big ideas, enduring understandings, and learning objectives from the AP® Biology Curriculum Framework that merge concepts with science practices at the molecular, cellular, organism, population, and ecosystem levels. This course seeks to prepare students for the AP® Biology Exam offered by the college board in May. Students passing the AP® exam may be awarded college credit for Biology at many Universities. Courses that prepare students for the AP® exams are also a very good gauge of future student success with college-level academic work.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for AP® credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor.  Kolbe Honors (OH) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (OK) students. All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

Students will be expected to have excellent reading and writing skills.

Course Texts
  • Campbell Biology, Text or E-book
  • Chance or Purpose?

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Taking the AP® Exam

The burden of taking the AP® exam is on the parent and student. Kolbe Academy does not find or provide a physical setting for students to take the exam.

The following information is taken directly from the College Board's website.

If you are a home-schooled student, you are preparing on your own, or you attend a school that does not offer AP®, you can still take the exams by arranging to test at a participating school or authorized test center (for students outside the U.S.). Call AP® Services for Students no later than March 3 to get the names and phone numbers of local, participating AP® Coordinators who have indicated a willingness to test outside students. Then contact the AP® Coordinators identified by AP® Services for Students no later than March 17. When calling AP® Coordinators to arrange testing, be sure to tell them:

  • You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to home-schooled students or students from schools that do not offer AP® Exams.
  • The exams you plan to take.

Once you locate a school willing to administer your exams, that school's AP® Coordinator is responsible for ordering your exam materials, telling you when and where to report for the exams, and collecting the exam fees, which may be negotiated to recover additional proctoring or administration costs. That school must administer the exams for you; the school cannot forward exam materials to you or your school for handling. You must bring a valid government- or school-issued photo ID with you to the exam.

On exam day, you must not use the school code of the school at which you test. You need to use your school's code so your exam score(s) will be reported to your own school . Be sure to obtain your school's six-digit code from your principal or school counselor in advance of the exam. (Kolbe's Code is 052084) If you are home-schooled, use the state or international home-school code given to you on the day of the exam.

Course Details:

Section Number

WCS-BIO-AP-1

Course Title

AP Biology with Lab

Instructor

Mr. Frey

Grades (Typical)

10th, 11th, 12th

Only strong 10th grade students

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr., 20 min. each time

Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Period

0

Time

6:00 - 7:20 AM (Pacific)

9:00 - 10:20 AM (Eastern)

Tuition

$719

AP Fee

$149

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation

AP®

Prerequisites

Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Excellent Reading & Writing Skills

Also strongly recommended but not required: Biology & Chemistry

Companion Course

Biology Lab

Notes

Parents must find a local school to take the

AP exam. Kolbe is not responsible for making

these arrangements for the student.