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AP Biology


AP Biology is a college-level, major's biology course intended to prepare students for the College Board Exam on May 13, 2013, and increase the chances of student success in college by providing a college-like experience in high school. Success in AP Biology, as with any AP class, comes largely from diligent, consistent study and questioning. The textbook we will be using is Biology, 9th Edition, by Sylvia S. Mader.

The AP Biology curriculum for next year and the years to follow is significantly different than past year. As such, most of the information on this website is subject to change. I put those items in red, and when I have edited them, I will change the color back to black.

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News
Schedule
External links
Major Topics
Files for students
Files for parents
Grading
Passing Rates




News and current assignments



Schedule




External links


For more biology-related links, visit my science links page. The following links are AP Biology-specific:

Major Topics


The following topics originate from the College Board's topic outline of the course. The percentages indicate the frequency that questions from that topic appear on the AP exam. I will try to divide our class time according to those percentages. The other numbers in parentheses refer to the relevant chapter number in Mader.

Files for students


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Files for parents




Grading


Overall grades are determined by the following types of assignments:
  • 45%: Tests, projects
    • There is generally one 45-50-question multiple-choice test for every three chapters of the text book. Approximately 12-15 written tests (free-response questions) from past AP exams are given throughout the year. You have the opportunity to correct missed test questions to earn more points after taking a test.
  • 25%: Labs
    • Labs account for ~25% of the time spent in class. Some labs can be completed on the lab handout while others require formal reports (usually the College Board’s recommended labs).
  • 10%: Reading quizzes
    • Reading quizzes usually consist of ten, multiple-choice questions given before a lecture on a topic from the book. The quizzes are open-notes, and completing Cornell notes before the quiz is half the quiz grade. Taking notes is the most regular of homework assignments (even though it is in the quiz category).
  • 10%: Homework
  • 10%: Classroom participation
    • All students begin each week with an 80% in participation. If you do not participate, you will end the week with an 80%. Positive participation (asking a question, answering a question, helping me or another student, etc.) adds 5 points to your grade. Negative participation (interrupting me or another student, goofing around during labs, etc.), subtract 10 points from your grade.

Passing Rates


The following table shows the score breakdown for each student taking the College Board Exam since I've been teaching AP Biology. A score of 3 or higher is generally considered passing. Note the higher passing rate of students who have taken Advanced Chemistry.

Number of students
Year
1
2
3
4
5
Total
% Passing
% Passing w/o Adv. Chem.
% Passing w/ Adv. Chem.
2006-2007
1
8
1
6
2
18
50.0
50.0
NA
2007-2008
0
1
4
2
1
8
87.5*
87.5
NA
2008-2009
1
1
1
4
2
9
77.8
50.0 (2/4)
100 (5/5)
2009-2010
2
3
4
3
4
16
68.8
100.0 (3/3)
61.5 (8/13)
2010-2011
5
2
3
4
1
15
53.3
37.5 (3/8)
71.4 (5/7)
2011-2012
3
4
5
5
1
18
61.1
57.1 (4/7)
63.6 (7/11)
2012-2013
0
4
3
1
0
10
50.0
33.3 (1/3)
60.0 (3/5)
Cumulative
12
23
21
25
11
94
60.6
56.9
68.3
*Highest ever at Village.