• AP Biology Policies and Procedures


    Course Requirements:

    The Three T’s: Trust, Time management, and Team Work
    • Trust: Be truthful in your scientific investigations. Your hypothesis/predication may not always be correct but that is ok. It will be important to explain why you think the way you do and back up your reasoning with data/evidence collected in experiments. Trust and respect those around you and do not hesitate to come to me when you need assistance. Trust is the foundation of a successful working environment.

    • Time management: This year is going to be very demanding, not only in AP Biology, but in all your other classes as well. Use your own calendar to keep track of all important deadlines and set aside time to complete your tasks. Prioritize!

    • Team work: Two minds are better than one, three minds are better than two. I view this course as a team effort. Study groups and collaborative efforts are encouraged for discussion and reinforcing concepts; however, all individually submitted work must be in your own words. The honor code will apply to all graded assignments.


    Attendance: Students are expected to be present and on time to class every day. If you miss a class, you will need to access the website and complete all work provided electronically by the due date. For any work not accessible by computer, students are expected to seek out the missed work the first day they are back in school. Appropriate due dates must be discussed with your instructor otherwise assume they are due by the original date. This course moves quickly and it is important to keep up so that you do not fall behind. If you miss a lab, you will be required to make it up as per your teacher’s discretion within one week’s time. If you miss an assessment there will be an alternate form of that assessment which may be a different format but cover the same topics. Assessments will need to be made up within one week of your absence—scheduled during study hall or before / after school hours.


    Labs: AP Biology requires 8 lab activities, two for each big idea. We complete these and additional labs through College Board labs, supplemental labs, computer simulations, and field trips. Pre-lab assignments must be completed prior to the lab to prepare you for lab day. Each person is responsible for mastering the content and science practices for each lab; however, some of the lab reports may be submitted as a group at the discretion of your teacher. Standard lab format will be discussed in class prior to your first major lab assignment. Most lab reports will be submitted handwritten from your lab notebook. Occasional students will have to take lab quizzes to verify mastery of the material covered.


    Other assignments completed outside of class: (Assignments may include but not be limited to the following)
    1. Textbook Reading Guides—Students tend to find these helpful. You should read the book nightly to prepare you for lecture. Chapters should be read BEFORE class lecture and consulted AFTER class lecture for reinforcement and clarification. The reading guides will help you focus on critical concepts as you read. See section “Topic Schedule” for a detailed view of the upcoming year. These must be handwritten on the handout that is given.

    2. Projects

    3. Journal articles and case studies


    Tests: Assessments are composed of AP multiple choice questions, grid-in calculations, short answer questions as well as AP-style free-response questions. All exams will be modeled after the AP Biology Exam and timed (1.5 minutes per multiple choice and grid in calculations, 22 minutes for each long free response question, and 6 to 8 minutes per shorter free response questions).

    • Mastery Reassessment Policy: At the end of each quarter students will take a quarter mastery assessment. Students may replace a score for the multiple choice section on one of their unit tests, based upon their performance on the end-of-quarter mastery assessment.  

    AP BIOLOGY EXAM: The AP Biology Exam will be three hours in length and is designed to measure a student’s knowledge and understanding of modern biology. The exam consists of the following: 63 multiple choice questions, 6 grids-in calculation questions, 6 short free response questions, and 2 long free response questions (essays).  Multiple choice questions have 4 answer choices and will require analyzing data, drawing conclusions, applying relevant knowledge, and performing calculations. The grid-in questions will involve graphs, data, and experimental or content analysis that can end with a numerical answer that must be keyed in. The AP Biology Exam is not required to receive the 1.0 GPA boost; however, it is highly recommended that you take the exam. (Depending on the college or university, schools accept upwards of a 3 for credits of freshman biology—you’ll need to check with your intended destination for specifics).


    Grading:  Grades will be calculated on a weighted scale based on requirements from College Board. Work will NOT be accepted late for this course. The farther behind you get, the harder it is to catch up! Stay on top of your work! The approximate breakdown of the course is as follows:

    1. Test & Quizzes– 50%

    2. Projects, Lab & Lab Quizzes - 40 %

    3. Homework– 10%