ESL General Science
This course covers a broad survey of science topics. Over the course of a year, you will look at three broad units on the fundamental concepts and vocabulary of chemistry, physics, and biology and you will engage in developing the skills of science; including − making observations, forming questions and hypotheses, conducting experiments and research, analyzing results, and presenting conclusions in both written and oral formats. Prerequisite: enrollment in ESL Level 2.
Biology College Prep
College Prep Biology gives a general overview of topics in biology as well as the practice of science in general. Through coursework, you will study classical biology content as well as recent developments in the field. Instructors integrate hands-on activities, seminar-style discussions, group work, and direct instruction. Topics include – inquiry and the scientific method, life fundamentals and biochemistry, cell structure and function, heredity, molecular genetics, the human body and homeostasis, human reproduction and development, evolution, and ecology. Prerequisites: Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
Honors Biology is one-year course and we take a hands-on, collaborative approach to projects and experiments. Topics include − cellular structure and functions, genetic materials and regulation, ecosystems, energy cycles and habitat conservation, and evolution of organisms and their physiology. By the conclusion of this course you should not only be able to understand processes of biology, but be able to think like a scientist, design experiments, and problem-solve as a group. Prerequisites: ESL level 3 or higher. Returning students: recommendation of previous teacher. New students: placement test.
Chemistry College Prep
This class is an introduction to chemistry and problem-solving and is offered for students with rudimentary English. You will gain a good understanding of the methods and principles of modern chemistry and develop strong analytical problem-solving skills. Course topics include − states of matter, atomic theory, the periodicity of elements, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, intermolecular forces and physical changes in matter, gas laws, thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, and oxidation-reduction. Prerequisites: ESL Level 2 or higher. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New Students: placement test.
Chemistry Honors is a challenging college-preparatory course that studies the physical structure of matter, its interactions through chemical reactions, and the role of energy in these interactions. Classroom discussions, group activities, demonstrations, practice in analytical problem solving, and laboratory investigations are emphasized throughout this course and you will gain a good understanding of the methods and principles of modern chemistry. You will be eligible to take AP Chemistry or Biology and the SAT II subject test in Chemistry. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; previous Algebra experience. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New Students: placement test.
Environmental Science College Prep
The goal of the Environmental Science course is to provide you with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. You focus and work towards identifying and analyzing environmental problems. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course approaches themes including − energy conversions; earth as one interconnected system; human alterations of natural systems; environmental problems framed in a cultural and social context; and the development of practices aimed at achieving sustainable systems. This is a one-semester course, also a CATS Innovation course. Prerequisites: Returning students: Recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
In this Honors-level course, we introduce you to a more in-depth subfield of biology and take a comprehensive approach to learn content and cutting-edge technology. You will work together on projects and laboratory experiments to understand topics such as inheritance, DNA and RNA, mutations and disease, forensics, epigenetics and gene regulation, genome sequencing, evolution, bioinformatics, and population genetics. Upon completion of the course, you will have a greater understanding of both the general aspects of genetics and the specific skills and problem- solving required of genetic research in a laboratory. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New Students: placement test.
Physics College Prep
This class is for students experiencing challenges in English Language (ESL). Physics College Prep covers topics including − kinematics, forces, work, energy, power, circular motion and orbits, momentum, torque, and possibly an introduction to advanced topics. You will be encouraged to exercise independent thought in carrying out and devising laboratory experiments and solve word-based problems involving physical quantities, while using techniques from geometry, trigonometry, and algebra. Prerequisites: ESL Level 2 or higher and current enrollment in Algebra II or higher. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
Physics II College Prep
Optics, Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism
High school students are often exposed to mechanics topics repeatedly - including kinematics, forces, energy, and momentum - but do not often have the opportunity to learn a number of other interesting topics, which specifically also appear on the SAT Physics exam. This class covers the science of light (optics), heat (thermodynamics), waves, and the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. This course is recommended for students who are interested in learning about these fascinating topics and/or are interested in preparing for the SAT Physics exam.
Honors Physics is a challenging introduction to physical reasoning. In this course, you will study concepts including momentum, energy, forces, simple harmonic motion, and waves, along with how these concepts relate to one another. These topics overlap with those in College Prep Physics, yet this class goes into greater depth at a faster pace. You will also have the opportunity to research notable scientists and gain an introduction to ideas from relativity and quantum physics. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; current enrollment in Pre- calculus or higher. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
This elective CATS Innovation course introduces you to the idea of Big Data – a phrase used to collectively refer to large datasets made possible only recently due to the advent of digital tools such as smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. These digital tools allow us to quantitatively analyze human behavior on an unprecedented scale. The course includes an introductory survey of the results of big data analysis along the lines of key findings and informative visualizations, as well as introductory exercises for doing the analysis. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; B or higher in ESL Level 2 and math from previous year; Algebra II; science placement test.
This Biomechanics course provides valuable information for athletes and animal lovers alike. If you are interested in the way animals and humans use their bodies to move, this course is for you. Topics studied include basic physics, muscles and skeletons, locomotion and exercise as well as how we move blood around our bodies. Students view videos and perform many fun and interesting demonstrations and activities as they learn about these subjects. The course ends with a final project on a Biomechanical challenge from our everyday world. (one semester course; also a CATS Innovation course)
Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is the equivalent of a first-year college-level chemistry class, going into greater depth than the College Prep and Honors courses, in areas such as − chemical reaction mechanisms, chemical equilibrium, reaction rates, acid-base chemistry, and electrochemistry. The laboratory portion of AP Chemistry introduces students to a variety of analytic chemistry techniques and makes use of the Vernier LabQuest Data collection system. All students are required to take the AP Chemistry exam in May. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; A- or above in College Prep Chemistry or B+ or higher in Honors Chemistry; concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or above. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
Advanced Placement (AP) Biology is a year-long intensive course, which mirrors a college-level, introductory biology course. The curriculum is based on four big ideas called 'enduring understandings', which can be distilled down to evolution, energy flow, genetics and heredity, interactions and ecology. You will spend about 30 percent of the class time performing in labs, which give you experience with everything from animal behavior to mathematical modelling to advanced biotechnology techniques. You will prepare to take the AP Biology exam a the end of the year. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; A- or higher in College Prep Biology or Honors Biology at CATS or another American school. Returning students: recommendation of current or previous instructor. New Students: placement test.
AP Environmental Science
The Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. AP Environmental Science includes geology, biology, environmental studies, chemistry, physics, and geography. AP Environmental is a rigorous course that stresses scientific principles and analysis and includes a laboratory component. Topics include climate change, agriculture, biomes, weather, and the interaction of humans with our planet. This is an Advanced Placement class, and you are required to take the AP exam at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Biology, ESL level 4 or higher.
AP Physics C: Mechanics
Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C: Mechanics is an Advanced Placement course taught at a college level. This is a laboratory-based course and you will spend about a quarter of your time on laboratory experiments. Topics that are covered in Physics AP C include − kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher; A- or higher in College Prep Physics or B+ in Honors Physics at CATS or another American school; previously completed or currently enrolled in Calculus. Returning students: recommendation of previous instructor. New students: placement test.
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is a course taught at college level and includes the use of calculus. This course is the successor course to AP Physics C: Mechanics, covering a similar level of difficulty but with completely new content. This is a laboratory-based course, and students are expected to spend about a quarter of their time on laboratory experiments. Topics that are covered in Physics AP C: Electricity and Magnetism include − electric fields; electrical potential; flux; Ohm’s Law, current, resistance; Lorentz force, resistance and capacitors in circuits; and electromagnetic induction and inductors. Prerequisites: AP Physics C: Mechanics. Exceptions allowed with approval of instructor if students have had calculus and Honors Physics or higher in the past.