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Shore Regional High School District

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AP Biology

Mrs. Alyssa Fagen

afagen@shoreregional.org 

AP Biology is equivalent to an introductory college level biology course with laboratory activities. This course focuses on enduring, conceptual understandings and the biology content to support them. Concepts are mastered using inquiry and the scientific method thereby developing students’ ability to engage with actual science practices used throughout all sciences. This course uses inquiry, reasoning, data analysis, and application of mathematical routines. Completion of a summer independent study unit is required by the opening of school.

PREREQUISITE: Student to have taken Biology and Chemistry either earning a 92 or better in the CP level of both or earning an 84 or better in the Honors level of both.

 

AP Calculus AB

Mrs. Nicole Mazza

nmazza@shoreregional.org

In AP Calculus AB, students study the topics outlined in the College Board’s current syllabus for AB Calculus. This includes limits, derivatives, definite integrals, anti-differentiation, slope fields, areas and volumes using integration, related rates, optimization, and extrema. Students learn to apply graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal approaches to solving problems. Students also learn to use their graphing calculators to find complete graphs of functions, identify roots of equations, and calculate numerical derivatives and integrals. Students prepare throughout the year for the AP exam by solving open-ended questions and multiple-choice problems from previous exams.

PREREQUISITE: Student to have taken Honors Math Analysis. 

 

AP Chemistry

Mr. Martin Mullarney, Jr.

mmullarney@shoreregional.org

AP Chemistry is the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. This course is structured around the six Big Ideas articulated in the AP Chemistry Framework as provided by the College Board [CR2]. Emphasis will be placed on the Seven Science Practices that stress important aspects of the work that scientists engage in, with learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills.

PREREQUISITE: Student to have taken Biology and Chemistry either earning a 92 or better in the CP level of both or earning an 84 or better in the Honors level of both.

 

AP English Language and Composition

Ms. Melissa Bahrs

mbahrs@shoreregional.org

This course is designed to develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills reflecting high levels of sophistication. AP English Language and Composition is based on prose readings. Prose selected for study represents a variety of purposes and disciplines from American, British, and World Literature and course-driven attention to nonfiction selections. Nine Inquiry Units from a variety of contemporary issues underscore the critical reading work for this challenging and comprehensive inquiry, skill-based course. Writing tasks will be centered on the AP Examination’s three essay types: an Analytical Essay examining the structure of a prose passage; an Argument Essay supporting/refuting/qualifying an opinion from a reading passage; and a Synthesis Essay requiring use of sources to argue a point of view. Emphasis will be on university, community, and professional/vocational topics and considerations. Students that qualify for this course are required to complete assignments during the summer months.

PREREQUISITE: Student must meet the Honors criteria, 84 or better in the previous level Honors course, or 92 or better in the previous level CP course. 

 

AP English Literature and Composition

Mrs. Cecilia Ross

cross@shoreregional.org

AP English Literature and Composition is a college level literature and composition course designed to enhance student appreciation and understanding of great literature and nonfiction ranging from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Participants will learn to analyze and write effectively about this literature and its philosophical relationship to contemporary experience, and they will have an opportunity to earn college credit from participating institutions. The teacher, in conducting the class, serves as discussion leader, questioner, critic, and scholar helping the members of the class assume much of the responsibility for their own learning. Students that qualify for this course are required to complete assignments during the summer months. 

PREREQUISITE: Student must meet the Honors criteria, 84 or better in the previous level Honors course, or 92 or better in the previous level CP course.

 

AP Environmental Science

Mr. Jared Aprahamian

japrahamian@shoreregional.org

The AP Environmental Science course is designed by the College Board to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems (both natural and human made), evaluate the relative risks associated with the problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include science as a process, ecological processes and energy conversions, Earth as an interconnected system, the impact of humans on natural systems, cultural and societal context of environmental problems, and the development of practices that will ensure sustainable systems.

PREREQUISITE: Student to have taken Biology and Chemistry either earning a 92 or better in the CP level of both or earning an 84 or better in the Honors level of both.

 

AP Physics
 
Mrs. Kathryn McGowan

kmcgowan@shoreregional.org

AP Physics I is equivalent to a first semester college course in Algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. Students with strong math and problem solving skills should take this course in lieu of Honors Physics. It is a first year physics course. Algebra II is a prerequisite for the course.

PREREQUISITE: Two years of science, Algebra II, and Geometry and having earned a 92 or better in the previous CP level science or an 84 or better in the previous Honors level science.

AP Physics II is equivalent to a second semester college course in Algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students with strong math and problem solving skills are eligible upon successful completion of AP Physics I or Honors Physics.

PREREQUISITE: Student has taken a first year physics course.

 

AP Psychology

Mr. Jeffrey LaBush

jlabush@shoreregional.org

The AP Psychology course at Shore Regional High School will be set up to provide students with the opportunity to study both human and animal behaviors, and the mental processes involved, in a scientific manner. The major areas of study will include the history of psychology, research and statistics, bio-psychology, cognition, memory and intelligence, personality and development, motivation and emotion, learning theories, abnormal psychology, treatment, and social psychology. Students will be encouraged to learn in a variety of manners including teacher-directed lessons, independent and group research projects, peer-to-peer facilitated learning, and interactive media and technology methods. 

Students who enroll will have a better grasp of the causes and root of varied behaviors and thoughts, actions that they and others take part in, whether conscious or unconscious, roles that the environment and biology play in determining who a person is, and an ability to think critically about a myriad of topics that affect them, their community, and the world. Students will also understand the many courses and fields of study that are possible in a collegiate setting and the innumerable career options that exist with a background in psychology. All students enrolled in this course must complete their summer assignments. 

 

AP United States History

Mr. Andrew Ker

aker@shoreregional.org

The time period studied in AP United States History begins in 1492 and culminates with the 1980s. Since this is not an introductory course, units of study are presented in an overview fashion with a considerable amount of independent assignments. Students who qualify for this course are expected to complete summer assignments. This course meets the fourth year of history graduation requirement.