Upper School Curriculum (9-12 & PG)

Science

 
Integrated Science
  • Explore scientific vocabulary, concepts, skills and content necessary for more advanced science courses emphasized
  • Focus on the process of science as well as the foundations of biology, environmental science, chemistry and physics
  • Apply scientific concepts and techniques from multiple science disciplines
  • Analyze the characteristics, changes and interactions of living organisms and their environment
  • Apply knowledge of cell structures and processes
  • Apply the properties and principles of matter and energy
  • Apply the properties and principles of forces and motion
  • Develop more effective oral and written communication skills.

Environmental Science
  • Develop an understanding of complex environmental problems such as air and water pollution, soil and land degradation, loss of species diversity, ozone depletion and global climate change
  • Investigate ecological principles such as evolution and the interdependence of organisms, biogeochemical cycles, energy flow and how the physical environment impacts and is changed by living organisms
  • Examine non-renewable and alternative (solar, wind, water) energy sources will be critically evaluated
  • Discuss environmental law and policies

Advanced Environmental Science
  • Integrate the physical and biological sciences, as well as economic, political and social issues underlying environmental degradation
  • Provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies needed to understand interrelationships in the natural world
  • Identify and analyze environmental problems of natural and human origin
  • Examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or  preventing these problems

Biology
  • Explore cell structures and functions, how cells get and use energy, heredity, evolution, classification and the diversity of living things
  • Examine the various aspects of scientific investigations, ecology, the chemistry of living things, cellular structures and their functions, energy transformations, molecular biology (DNA), genetics and evolutionary history
  • Investigation and laboratory work includes classroom activities and projects

Biology Honors
  • Examine the various aspects of scientific investigations, ecology, the chemistry of living things, cellular structures and their functions, energy transformations, molecular biology (DNA), genetics and evolutionary history
  • Emphasis placed on the importance of structure and function in all living things, diversity and continuity of living things and application of major scientific principles
  • Targeted laboratory work is an integral part of the course

Anatomy and Physiology
  • Conceptual approach to the major body systems as well as medical terminology, anatomical directions and structure and function of various organs and systems
  • Study current methods of disease prevention, detection, and treatment will be studied through the use of case studies and real-world, practical applications of anatomy and physiology
  • Review of the body, cytology (cells), histology (tissues), and major organ systems (Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Endocrine, Nervous, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Blood and Immunology, Digestive, Excretory, Reproductive)

Biotechnology
  • Build on the major concepts learned in biology and chemistry
  • Show the relationships between biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology (DNA) and the functions of genes and proteins
  • Develop skills and techniques that have been used in research and industry to the technologies and products used to improve the lives and health of our planet, including sterile techniques, microbiology, DNA extraction, DNA analysis through electrophoresis, genetic engineering using restriction enzymes and gene transformations

Genetics
  • Establish the molecular basis for inheritance in higher organisms
  • Develop the ability to make informed decisions about healthcare
  • Understand the ways that genetic and environmental factors interact to form the observable traits of an organism

AP Biology
  • Focus on the major themes of biology: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution and organisms and populations
  • Precisely collect and analyze data using proper laboratory investigations and problem solving skills

Chemistry
  • Participate in a quantitative science course that stresses abstract concepts related to matter, energy and their interaction.
  • Conduct laboratory activities which allow students to experience standard laboratory techniques while enabling them to observe the connection between theory and the scientific process.  

Chemistry Honors
  • Emphasis on problem solving, which is explored through experimentation and observation and deals with the properties and reactions of material
  • Obtain the identification, characterization, and transformations of matter and with the energy changes involved in these transformations

AP Chemistry
  • Examine topics ranging from stoichiometry, atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, gasses, nuclear chemistry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry and organic chemistry
  • Precise laboratory investigations are a major part of the curriculum and support each of the topics covered

Physics I: Mechanics and Fluids
  • Investigate the laws and principles that govern the behavior of the physical world using both a conceptual and mathematical approach.
  • Study mechanics, kinematics, gravity, heat and thermodynamics and fluids
  • Collaborate on experimental procedure and reasoning

Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism and Optics
  • Investigate the laws and principles that govern the behavior of the physical world using both a conceptual and mathematical approach
  • Study electricity and magnetism and optics.

AP Physics I
  • Complete collaborative and individual work that is math intensive
  • introductory college survey of the major fields of physics with a non-calculus based approach
  • Emphasis in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics
 
AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Explore the major themes in the field of mechanics: kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation
  • Focus is placed on laboratory experiments using contemporary technology and methods and inquiry-based learning strategies
  • Expose students to a college-level curriculum and preparing them for the national AP exam in May

Andrews Osborne Academy

Grades PK - 12, PG
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Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.