This one-week course will introduce students who have completed one year of Honors Biology with the skills and techniques required to write cogent, directed essay responses for the College Board AP Biology essay exam. In addition to helping improve AP scores to enable students to skip entry level college Biology courses, this course will provide a life skill of scientific writing that will help students throughout their careers. They will be trained to read and analyze data, make claims, report their findings, and justify their arguments while writing about scientific ideas.
Prerequisites: Honors Biology with a grade of A- or higher or specific recommendation of the teacher of this course
Leya Joykutty has been teaching high school Biology and Science Research at American Heritage School for 19 years. She began her education in medicine in Lagos, Nigeria, and has Master degrees in Zoology and Biochemistry: Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. She is the Director of Science Research at American Heritage School and the Director of the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences. She was instrumental in establishing the Honors Biology and Scientific Research Curriculum at both American Heritage Schools. Her AP Biology students have demonstrated a 100% pass rate for the last 18 years with an average score over the years of a 4.5 or higher. Many of her research students have won science fair accolades through Broward County, the State of Florida, and the International Science and Engineering Fair; a large percentage of Leya's research students are published authors.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.