Students graduating from Central Valley High School must earn 2 credits (4 semesters) in the Science Department. These credits may be fulfilled by completing courses numbered 4001 to 4994.
*2 credits for high school graduation / 1 credit as a lab science—2 credits for 4-year college. It is highly recommended that students complete Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics for a 4-year college.
All science classes offered are lab sciences.
PRE-ADVANCED PLACEMENT & ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Pre-Advanced Placement is a College Board program created to provide teachers with content-specific strategies for building a rigorous and challenging curriculum. Teachers employ Pre-AP strategies to prepare students to succeed in future courses in AP and other areas of study. Students will develop and practice critical thinking skills, discussion skills, complex writing skills, and work with literature that will prepare them for success in AP courses and on AP exams. To facilitate the best possible outcome for students who later choose AP courses and complete AP exams, it is important to begin the intensive and rigorous study now. Placement in these courses is dependent upon a screening process.
The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow students to take college-level courses while they are in high school. These courses are taught by high school teachers who follow curriculum guides established by college faculty through the College Board Advanced Placement Program.
Students who score ‘3’ or above on a five-point scale are usually given college credit at colleges and universities across the state and country. Each college defines what scores it accepts for credit or course placement.
Expectations for academic performance, behavior, maturity and time commitment are at the college level. Parents and students should expect more reading and homework and expect to be evaluated as a college student.
Pre AP courses science course is Pre-AP coordinated Science in grade 9. AP Science courses offered are AP Biology and AP Physics. Students in AP Physics should be concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus. AP offerings are dependent upon enrollment.
These courses fulfill the graduation requirements for the following areas:
LA CP MA SC GS US SS GV CW HF FA OE EL
The skills gained in this course are typically used in the career paths for:
*Arts *Administration & Sales *Business Operations
*Science & Technology *Social Science *Technical