AP Chemistry

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

Course Description

This course is typically done in 11th or 12th grade and includes the following topics: matter and measurement; atoms, molecules and ions; chemical reactions and reaction stoichiometry; reactions in aqueous solutions; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms; periodic properties of the elements; basic concepts of chemical bonding; molecular geometry and bonding theories; gases; liquids and intermolecular forces; solids and modern materials; properties of solutions; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; acid-base equilibria; additional aspects of aqueous equilibria; chemistry of the environment; chemical thermodynamics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; chemistry of the nonmetals; transition metals and coordination chemistry; the chemistry of life. Lab work is required (see course expectations for lab requirement options).

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.

AP Lab Expectations

There are various choices for completing the laboratory requirement for this course. You may use a combination of these options and have an opportunity to consult with the instructor before and during the course term.

Option 1: Purchase from Pearson the Mastering Chemistry digital labs online that go along with the textbook. While these are adequate and will fulfill the AP lab requirement, the lab experience can be improved by incorporating hands-on experiments from one of the sources described in the other options below. Cost: ~$115.

Option 2: Use the Advanced MicroChem Kit. This is a microchemistry set suitable for in-home use, and it fulfills the Collegeboard requirements. These are all hands-on, and they are specifically designed for the AP Chemistry course. Cost: $219.95 for equipment.

Option 3: Explore Home Science Tools and other resources to design your own labs with guidance from the instructor. This allows the most flexibility but will take some work to design each time.  Cost: Varied.

Option 4: Enroll in the (new) Kolbe Academy Chemistry Lab class that uses hands-on labs. This lab is teacher guided, but designed for Core and Honors students, not AP students. Approximately 12 labs will be covered in the Kolbe lab course, so students would still need some additional lab work to fulfill the AP requirement. These may be accomplished using the kit purchased. Cost: $399 for tuition and + $194.95 for Microchem Kit

Option 5: Find a local lab program (high school, community college, or university). Your student can take notes and write up the lab report for class credit. Cost: varied.

Your student will need to do 16 labs (8 per semester). The instructor will assign due dates for lab reports and work with you to select appropriate experiments, but you and your student can decide how you want to accomplish the labs each time. We are encouraging the hands-on experience at Kolbe Academy, but we realize the difficulty of this pursuit in an online environment. This list of options is our way of providing flexibility without compromising quality.


Course Texts
  • Chemistry: The Central Science, 13th Edition
  • Barron's AP Chemistry Test Prep Book (Optional)


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


Course Title

AP Chemistry with Lab


Mrs. Tebaldi

Grades (Typical)

10th, 11th, 12th

Only strong 10th grade students

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr. 20 min. each time


Tuesday & Thursday

Class Period



9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET



AP Fee


Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Excellent Reading & Writing Skills

Biology & Chemistry

Companion Course

Chemistry Lab


Parents must find a local school to take the

AP exam. Kolbe is not responsible for making

these arrangements for the student.