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ADVISOR PROGRAM Each student is officially connected to a faculty member who serves as his or her advisor. Faculty advisors are instrumental in supporting students in their academic and social life at school. They serve as a bridge between student and school and between student and home. Faculty advisors help students de- velop individual courses of study, monitor academic progress, and interpret midterm and end-of-term reports. Faculty advi- sors also give advice and assistance with nonacademic and per- sonal issues. Each faculty advisor has a small number of advi- sees and meets with them as a group at least once a week. Fac- ulty advisors maintain lines of communication with each stu- dent’s parents or guardians. Parents are urged to contact fac- ulty advisors if they have any questions about their son or daughter’s progress.

COLLEGE COUNSELING The College Counseling program is designed to make all stu- dents aware of the multitude of postsecondary options and the academic preparation required to achieve their goals. The goal of the office is to educate and counsel students and families to help them make choices that reflect the interests, abilities, and needs of each student. The College Counseling program in- cludes the following programs:

  • College awareness parent and student programs

  • Student programs on writing the college essay and the application process

  • Local college visits

  • A quarterly newsletter that informs parents and stu- dents on timely topics

  • Trips to college fairs

  • Financial aid education

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803 BIOLOGY Biology is an introduction to the structure and function of living organisms. Students investigate cell theory, genetics, contemporary molecular biology, anatomy and physiology and population ecol- ogy. Comparative aspects of the six kingdoms are emphasized. The scientific method is used to test student-generated hypotheses. Observational skills, careful meas- urement of data, analytical skills, and interpretation are developed. (full year/one credit)

802 CHEMISTRY This is a high-school level intro- ductory course in chemistry de- signed to introduce the language and concepts that define the prop- erties of matter. Topics covered include atomic theory, the periodic table, molecular bonding, stoichiometry, description and prediction of basic chemical reac- tions, acid-base and oxidation- reduction reactions. The use of significant figures, scientific nota- tion, and basic algebra skills are integrated throughout this course. Laboratory exercises and demon- strations enrich and enhance these


Prerequisites: Completion

of Algebra I (full year/one credit)


805 AP CHEMISTRY AP chemistry is a college-level intro- ductory chemistry course that ad- heres to the college-board guidelines for course topics, laboratories, and textbooks. Students are required to take the AP chemistry exam in May. Topics include the structure of mat- ter (atomic theory, bonding, molecu- lar geometry), states of matter (kinetic-molecular theory of gases, liquids, and solids, and behavior of solutions), reactions (various basic reaction types, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics), and an intro- duction to organic chemistry. The involvement of chemistry with envi- ronmental issues is integrated throughout the course. Students are required to keep proper records of all laboratory work done as a docu- ment that may be needed for credit or placement in their colleges. Prereq- uisites: Minimum end of year grade of B+ in chemistry and a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Math and permission of in- structor. (full year/one credit)

806 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS: Students in this course are intro- duced conceptually to the phenom- ena of the universe and physical interactions of the universe. Stu- dents study kinematics, mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and then go on to special topics of astron- omy and quantum mechanics. These concepts are reinforced through lab work, table top dem- onstrations, computer work, practi- cal observations and projects. (full year/one credit)

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