## Chemistry

Welcome to the study of the composition and properties of matter. With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), our approach to teaching chemistry will differ from previous years. Our students will be challenged to think critically about science concepts while making connections and inferences of real-world phenomenon through experimentation and data analysis. Moreover, there will be emphasis placed on Earth science concepts and how they relate to chemistry.

Students in College Preparatory (CP) classes will receive a general overview of chemistry which will include basic qualitative and quantitative analysis of matter, its changes, and how they relate to the Earth's processes. The CP class may present a challenge to some students simply by the nature of the science itself. Chemistry is the study of things that cannot be seen, even by traditional microscopes. This means there is a lot that is unknown, and what is known takes time to understand since many of the concepts are learned by doing labs. Additionally, it is necessary that all students have a solid grasp of basic algebra concepts, as there is quite a bit of math involved. Scholars level kids are tracked into a CP class; however, work will be differentiated for that period to meet the needs of scholars kids. Expect higher rigor and more challenging concepts.

Advanced Placement (AP) students, when such classes become available, will expand upon the CP chemistry concepts and attain a more in-depth knowledge of the field through experimentation, advanced analysis, problem solving, and writing to the standards of a freshman-level university course. That being said, AP chemistry is rigorous, and the expectations are high. Students will need to spend a significant amount of time outside of class preparing for the AP exam. It is advised that students do not take this class unless they've completed both semesters of either CP or Honors chemistry with a B+ grade or better.

__What the classes are about:__Welcome to the study of the composition and properties of matter. With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), our approach to teaching chemistry will differ from previous years. Our students will be challenged to think critically about science concepts while making connections and inferences of real-world phenomenon through experimentation and data analysis. Moreover, there will be emphasis placed on Earth science concepts and how they relate to chemistry.

__What is expected of the students:__Students in College Preparatory (CP) classes will receive a general overview of chemistry which will include basic qualitative and quantitative analysis of matter, its changes, and how they relate to the Earth's processes. The CP class may present a challenge to some students simply by the nature of the science itself. Chemistry is the study of things that cannot be seen, even by traditional microscopes. This means there is a lot that is unknown, and what is known takes time to understand since many of the concepts are learned by doing labs. Additionally, it is necessary that all students have a solid grasp of basic algebra concepts, as there is quite a bit of math involved. Scholars level kids are tracked into a CP class; however, work will be differentiated for that period to meet the needs of scholars kids. Expect higher rigor and more challenging concepts.

Advanced Placement (AP) students, when such classes become available, will expand upon the CP chemistry concepts and attain a more in-depth knowledge of the field through experimentation, advanced analysis, problem solving, and writing to the standards of a freshman-level university course. That being said, AP chemistry is rigorous, and the expectations are high. Students will need to spend a significant amount of time outside of class preparing for the AP exam. It is advised that students do not take this class unless they've completed both semesters of either CP or Honors chemistry with a B+ grade or better.