Presque Isle High School

Presque Isle • Mapleton • Chapman • Castle Hill • Westfield

Education in MSAD #1 will empower students to reach their potential as critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective communicators.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (1 CREDIT) Grade 12
Prerequisite: CP Chemistry and Algebra II or instructor permission
AP Chemistry is a full year course designed to investigate in greater depth the theoretical aspects of chemistry. An emphasis is placed on the collection and manipulation of scientific data leading to a better understanding of issues in the fields of environmental sciences, forensic sciences, medical sciences, and engineering. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory. Students who attain the required score on the AP Chemistry exam at the end of the course may earn college credits.
Students must complete the prerequisite summer assignment involving periodicity, stoichiometry, and ion charge. The work is to be picked up by the student prior to leaving for summer vacation and completed by their first day of school following summer break.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (1 CREDIT) Grade 11
Prerequisite: Should have completed Biology or have instructor permission
The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The course is divided into three main areas of study: Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations. This is a transition course from high school to college biology and will help students perform successfully in college. Upon completion of the course, students will be given an opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit.
Students must complete the prerequisite summer assignment involving the first three chapters in their book. The work is to be picked up by the student prior to leaving for summer vacation and completed by their first day of school following summer break.

ADVANCED PHYSICS (1 CREDIT) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Should have completed Honors Chemistry or instructor permission
Advanced Physics is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue any science or math curriculum in college or who are wishing to challenge themselves through the in depth exploration of physics concepts. Topics include the conceptual study of laws of motion, forces, energy and momentum, properties and states of matter, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students will have multiple opportunities to participate in open-ended hands-on projects during the course of the year.

HUMAN ANATOMY (1 CREDIT) Grade 12 Prerequisite: Should have completed Biology or have instructor permission
This course provides a study of the anatomical structure of the human body by organ systems. Development and usage of extensive medical terminology to prepare students for future courses and careers in a healthcare profession will be integral in course delivery.

CP BIOLOGY (1 CREDIT) Grade 10
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of biology. Topics that are covered include classification, biochemistry, and the cell. In this course, the students will develop a general understanding of the patterns and processes of living things and the skill and ability to use the tools of biology. This course is designed to create an awareness of the world of biology around the student who will learn through a variety of hands-on activities.

APPLIED BIOLOGY (1 CREDIT) Grade 10
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who aspire to technical careers. The course will focus on the basic concepts of biology, the human body, biochemistry, diversity and environmental issues. Students taking the course will be exposed to these biological concepts and their applications to the real world and to many of the tools used in biology to gain a better understanding of the world around them. Students will learn through the use of a variety of hands-on activities.

PRE-AP BIOLOGY (1 CREDIT) Grade 10
This course is designed to meet the needs of the students who aspire to scientific or medical careers .It is an intensive study of life and life processes and requires a large amount of laboratory investigation. The course stresses independent thinking and problem solving and has a required summer reading that students must pick up before the end of the school year. The course will prepare students for AP biology.

CP CHEMISTRY (1 CREDIT) Grade 11
Prerequisite: Biology and enrolled in CP Algebra II or instructor permission
This course is an introduction to chemical concepts using practical issues and applications to illustrate the principles of chemistry, the language of chemistry, scientific method and measurement, experimentation with data collection, and current issues with application to chemical principles through hands-on activities. It is designed to meet the needs of students who will pursue a non-scientific future and would like a science course that will bring them more in touch with everyday occurrences happening around them.

CP PHYSICS (1 CREDIT) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Should have completed CP Algebra II or instructor permission
Physics is designed to meet the needs of all students wishing to pursue any science or math curriculum in college. Topics include all of the following; motion, forces, vectors, gravity, momentum, energy, work, and simple machines. Topics may include any of the following; light, sound, nuclear physics and gravity waves. During the course of the year, students will have multiple opportunities to participate in open-ended projects.

PRE-AP CHEMISTRY (1 CREDIT) Grade 11
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who would like to pursue an engineering, scientific or medical career in college. The topics include all the topics in traditional chemistry and their application to everyday living. The course stresses independent thinking and problem solving and has a required summer reading that students must
pick up before the end of the school year. The course will prepare students for AP chemistry.

FORENSIC SCIENCE (1⁄2 CREDIT) Grades 10 – 12 (No Prerequisite)
Essential Question: How can science and inquiry be used to investigate crime scenes? Students will learn how science and the analysis of evidence can be used to help solve criminal cases. This course will cover the major areas of science that are utilized by forensics experts. The students will understand how to analyze remnants of a crime scene including: fingerprints, parasites, hair, fiber, glass, soil, ballistics, skeletal parts, and chemicals. Mock crime

FRESHMAN SCIENCE (1 CREDIT) Grade 9
This course is an introduction to high school science with an emphasis on the physical sciences. It is designed to develop an awareness and better understanding of the ever-changing world around us. Students will work on their analysis techniques through the use of hands on activities, study of current topics and events. Students will further develop and utilize their skills in data collection and measurements in a variety of activities necessary to become successful in future science courses. Beginning with the Class of 2016 Freshman Science will be the foundation opportunity for students to study the force that shaped Maine and man’s interaction with the environment. Topics include natural history, geography, pollution, conservation of natural resources, environmental management and planning, and society’s impact on the environment. The student is also provided with an opportunity to study the

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (1 CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12
Physical Science follows Freshman Science and Biology and is the third science for those students who do not elect to take a Chemistry/Physics sequence in their junior and senior years. The course includes a one-semester introduction to Chemistry and a one-semester introduction to Physics. It is designed to meet the needs of students who prefer learning through hands-on activities and applying these activities to everyday issues.