This class is a way for students to challenge themselves to learn environmental science at a college level. As far as AP level science classes, this is less math-based than physics or chemistry, but still rigorous. Students should be prepared to work hard, but will be rewarded with in-depth knowledge about the environment and humanity’s role in protecting it. Engaged students will write papers, create an ecocolumn to study what life needs to thrive, and complete projects that let them improve their own communities directly.
This course covers 25 chapters over 13 units and prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam. Students will use the textbook, videos, and web links to learn about the topics in this class and will be assessed using questions from the readings, labs, lab activities, and quizzes/exams. The chapter and unit tests are written in the style of the AP exam to prepare students and curved accordingly. Starting in the spring, there will be a focused AP review and preparation to get ready for the exam in May with dedicated class time to review and learn strategies for the exam. Most students spend 4-7 hours per week working on class material. This class is approved by College Board and can be listed on the student’s transcript as an official AP course.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 9th to 12th graders. This class covers a lot of material in one year and includes more advanced assignments like 3-4 page papers and projects. The student should be mostly independent in completing assignments.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.
Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.