Core Classes

Science

Science – See Science Graduation Requirements

Details about the graduation requirements for Science (page 1 of course catalog)

Science Courses:

Biology I

Grade: 9th & 10th

Description: Biology I is a Pre-AP course that emphasizes the integration of content with science practices—powerful reasoning
tools that support students in analyzing the natural world around them. This course focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that help prepare students for subsequent coursework in science. This course concentrates on the core areas of ecological systems, evolution, cellular systems, and genetics. Students will engage in analytical reading and writing, apply mathematical concepts related to biology, record and interpret experimental data, and model biological processes. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the Biology LEAP 2025 Test.


Biology I Honors: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: This is a more advanced version of Pre-AP Biology I. It emphasizes the integration of content with science practices—powerful reasoning tools that support students in analyzing the natural world around them. This course focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that help prepare students for subsequent coursework in science. This course concentrates on the core areas of ecological systems, evolution, cellular systems, and genetics. Students will engage in analytical reading and writing, apply mathematical concepts related to biology, record and interpret experimental data, and model biological processes. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the Biology LEAP 2025 Test.

Prerequisites: C or above average in science courses; Teacher Recommendation.

Biology II

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for students who plan to continue their study in science and are considering careers in
biology or health related fields. The course will cover anatomy, basic biochemistry, cellular respiration, embryology, and physiology. Students will be expected to participate in dissections and work as a collaborative group on labs.


Biology II – Adv. Placement + Biology II Lab: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through
inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students in this course are required to take the corresponding lab course. The lab course will provide experience in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Biology I and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Chemistry I

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course prepares for a college major in the physical sciences or engineering. It requires rigorous mathematical calculations.

Prerequisites: C or BETTER in Algebra I and credit or enrollment in Algebra II.


Chemistry I Honors: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: The material covered in Chemistry Honors includes the basic chemistry covered in regular chemistry, but requires more intense study at an accelerated pace.

Prerequisites: Credit or Enrollment in Algebra II; Teacher Recommendation.

Chemistry II – Adv. Placement + Chemistry II Lab: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work
in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Students in this course are required to take the corresponding lab course. The lab course will engage students in lab investigations with emphasis on inquiry-based labs. It is recommended that students keep a lab notebook throughout. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Algebra II and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Environmental Science – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college
course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Algebra I, Biology I, and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Physical Science

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is a survey course consisting of chemical and physical science. This course involves problem solving
and learning scientific processes. Students will study Matter and Its Interactions, Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Energy and Waves and Their Applications.

Physics

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is a college prep physics course focusing on real world applications, hands on inquiry and application
based lab work, and number based problem solving. Topics will be drawn from kinematics, statics, dynamics, rotational kinematics, energy, mechanical waves, optics, and other assorted topics that might be seen in an introductory college level physics course. Students will be asked to demonstrate qualitative understanding of topics and to quantitatively solve problems related to each topic. The primary goal is for students to establish the prerequisite skills necessary to be successful if they choose to take an introductory level physics course in college.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Math courses and enrollment or credit in Algebra II.


Physics – Honors

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is an introductory physics course in which students will cultivate their understanding of physics through
inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. Students will participate in hands-on laboratory work to explore and demonstrate foundational principles of Physics in preparation for the AP Physics I exam. Note: Students who take this class are required to take an AP Physics Exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Math courses and enrollment or credit in Algebra II; Counselor Approval .


AP Physics C – Mechanics – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially
appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. The course will include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to a semester-long introductory college-level physics laboratory. Students ask questions, make observations and
predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. Each student should complete a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP Exam.

Prerequisites: Credit or enrollment in AP Calculus AB; AP Coordinator Approval .


AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics
course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. The course will include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to a semester-long introductory college-level physics laboratory. Students ask questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. Each student
should complete a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP Exam.

Prerequisites: Credit or enrollment in AP Calculus AB; AP Coordinator Approval.

Science Faculty:

Lori Ridgdell, Department Chair

lridgell@ebrschools.org

Shelby Melancon

Keaton Lea

klea@ebrschools.org

Miranda Moore

mmoore4@ebrschools.org

Lillie Rubin
lrubin@ebrschools.org

Ganetta Savoy

gsavoy@ebrschools.org

Core Classes

Science

Science – See Science Graduation Requirements

Details about the graduation requirements for Science (page 1 of course catalog)

Science Courses:

Biology I

Grade: 9th & 10th

Description: Biology I is a Pre-AP course that emphasizes the integration of content with science practices—powerful reasoning
tools that support students in analyzing the natural world around them. This course focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that help prepare students for subsequent coursework in science. This course concentrates on the core areas of ecological systems, evolution, cellular systems, and genetics. Students will engage in analytical reading and writing, apply mathematical concepts related to biology, record and interpret experimental data, and model biological processes. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the Biology LEAP 2025 Test.


Biology I Honors: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: This is a more advanced version of Pre-AP Biology I. It emphasizes the integration of content with science practices—powerful reasoning tools that support students in analyzing the natural world around them. This course focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that help prepare students for subsequent coursework in science. This course concentrates on the core areas of ecological systems, evolution, cellular systems, and genetics. Students will engage in analytical reading and writing, apply mathematical concepts related to biology, record and interpret experimental data, and model biological processes. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the Biology LEAP 2025 Test.

Prerequisites: C or above average in science courses; Teacher Recommendation.

Biology II

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for students who plan to continue their study in science and are considering careers in
biology or health related fields. The course will cover anatomy, basic biochemistry, cellular respiration, embryology, and physiology. Students will be expected to participate in dissections and work as a collaborative group on labs.


Biology II – Adv. Placement + Biology II Lab: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through
inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students in this course are required to take the corresponding lab course. The lab course will provide experience in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Biology I and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Chemistry I

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course prepares for a college major in the physical sciences or engineering. It requires rigorous mathematical calculations.

Prerequisites: C or BETTER in Algebra I and credit or enrollment in Algebra II.


Chemistry I Honors: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: The material covered in Chemistry Honors includes the basic chemistry covered in regular chemistry, but requires more intense study at an accelerated pace.

Prerequisites: Credit or Enrollment in Algebra II; Teacher Recommendation.

Chemistry II – Adv. Placement + Chemistry II Lab: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work
in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Students in this course are required to take the corresponding lab course. The lab course will engage students in lab investigations with emphasis on inquiry-based labs. It is recommended that students keep a lab notebook throughout. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Algebra II and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Environmental Science – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college
course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Algebra I, Biology I, and Chemistry I; AP Coordinator Approval.

Physical Science

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is a survey course consisting of chemical and physical science. This course involves problem solving
and learning scientific processes. Students will study Matter and Its Interactions, Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Energy and Waves and Their Applications.

Physics

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is a college prep physics course focusing on real world applications, hands on inquiry and application
based lab work, and number based problem solving. Topics will be drawn from kinematics, statics, dynamics, rotational kinematics, energy, mechanical waves, optics, and other assorted topics that might be seen in an introductory college level physics course. Students will be asked to demonstrate qualitative understanding of topics and to quantitatively solve problems related to each topic. The primary goal is for students to establish the prerequisite skills necessary to be successful if they choose to take an introductory level physics course in college.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Math courses and enrollment or credit in Algebra II.


Physics – Honors

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is an introductory physics course in which students will cultivate their understanding of physics through
inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. Students will participate in hands-on laboratory work to explore and demonstrate foundational principles of Physics in preparation for the AP Physics I exam. Note: Students who take this class are required to take an AP Physics Exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Math courses and enrollment or credit in Algebra II; Counselor Approval .


AP Physics C – Mechanics – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially
appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. The course will include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to a semester-long introductory college-level physics laboratory. Students ask questions, make observations and
predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. Each student should complete a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP Exam.

Prerequisites: Credit or enrollment in AP Calculus AB; AP Coordinator Approval .


AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism – Adv. Placement: Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics
course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. The course will include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to a semester-long introductory college-level physics laboratory. Students ask questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. Each student
should complete a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP Exam.

Prerequisites: Credit or enrollment in AP Calculus AB; AP Coordinator Approval.

Science Faculty:

Lori Ridgdell, Department Chair
lridgdell@ebrschools.org

Shelby Melancon

Lillie Rubin
lrubin@ebrschools.org

Kay Askew
kaskew@ebrschools.org

Keaton Lea
klea@ebrschools.org

Ganetta Savoy
gsavoy@ebrschools.org

Sharon Madere
sdarnell@ebrschools.org

Miranda Moore
mmoore4@ebrschools.org

Tim Spruill
tspruill@ebrschools.org