Honors

Environmental Science Honors

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Environmental Science Honors introduces students to the interactions between earth’s natural systems, the substantial demands placed on them by the human population, and the ways that we can bring about positive change in our community and beyond. Using the incredible resources on and near the Monterey Peninsula, students will complete experiential labs that prompt them to explore their local environments through real world issues such as foundations of ecology, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, and environmental justice. In addition to field and lab work, students also gain valuable research experience through data collection, mapping, graphing, analysis, surveying the scientific literature, and presenting findings in class. This course is ideal for students who are excited to learn about environmental science and/or want to take an advanced high school level science course.

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AP Physics C

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page This is a college level physics course designed to be taken after a full year of physics studies and a calculus course. It features two parts: Mechanics, and Electricity & Magnetism. Mechanics covers  kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. Electricity & Magnetism covers electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. The weekly hands-on laboratory activities are based in guided inquiry and include open-ended experiment design.

Physics Honors

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page Students taking this algebra-based course master the vocabulary and concepts of physics in a discussion/demonstration/laboratory format. In a curriculum that covers a broad spectrum of material, students learn the following: mechanics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion (including sound and light), electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. The use of trigonometry and a more extensive laboratory experience make Physics Honors comparable to a non-calculus college-level survey course.

AP Environmental Science

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link above This course, the equivalent of a first-semester college-level environmental science course, covers the scientific principles of ecology, chemistry, and statistics that are used to understand how the systems of the Earth are interrelated. Emphasis is placed on how science deals with the environmental issues facing our world and the many possible solutions to these problems. At the same time, the course aims to provide the social, political, and ethical framework in which environmental decision-making occurs. Students receive preparation for the AP Exam in Environmental Science.

AP Chemistry

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Using a curriculum which has been approved by the College Board, this course emphasizes inquiry and a student-centered approach to learning complex phenomena about the behavior of matter and the changes they undergo. After a review of foundational chemistry, students master the following topics: electron structure of atoms, quantitative analysis, thermodynamics, kinetics, and gas laws. Acid-base reactions are also studied in depth and provide a framework for sophisticated quantitative analysis of equilibrium systems. Through extensive lab work, students intentionally build skills of inquiry by developing their own protocols. Students will be prepared for the AP Chemistry exam, and will be prepared to enter college-level programs with confidence in their skills and knowledge.

AP Biology

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page AP Biology covers fundamental elements of the biological sciences and also seeks to develop an enduring conceptual understanding of the major themes of biology: evolution, energy transformations, and molecular biology, DNA and information storage and retrieval, and the interaction of biological systems. Students learn about the integrity of living systems and the application of chemical and physical principles of life. Students also explore the historical perspective of recent major developments in biology. Laboratory activities hone analytical skills and foster an appreciation of scientific experimentation.

AP Studio Art: Drawing & 2D Design

Type: honors Available to: all qualified grade 10, 11, and 12 students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page A select group of students, chosen by the faculty for their demonstrated excellence in studio art, motivation and potential, prepare a portfolio for submission to the College Board in the spring. There is the potential for receiving college credit. This course is rigorous and is for committed art students, many of whom are considering college programs for study in a range of disciplines that may extend beyond drawing and painting— such as filmmaking, fashion, industrial design, and architecture. Working independently under faculty guidance, students are expected to produce a majority of work outside of class and they have access to the art studios during weekends and after school. Students create 20 total works to meet the AP portfolio requirements.

AP Music Theory

This course is offered to students in grades eleven and twelve who demonstrate basic music theory knowledge on an entrance exam, and an upper intermediate level of skill in instrumental or vocal music. The curriculum is designed to encompass a wide range of musical study with emphasis on the fundamentals of theory, music handwriting skills, form analysis, ear training, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and basic melodic and harmonic composition. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

Geometry A

Available to: qualified students, see placement requirements link on the Math Department page In this course students continue to strengthen their understanding of the fundamentals of elementary algebra with an intensive review of algebraic topics before beginning their formal study of geometry. Students learn in a supportive environment that enables them to learn at an appropriate instructional pace. The skills developed in this course help to prepare students for courses in advanced algebra. Students in Geometry A are usually placed into Intermediate Algebra or Advanced Algebra / Trigonometry / Precalculus (AATP).

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