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Biology Honors
Biology Honors
Biology Honors
Biology Honors
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Biology Honors

Grades 9 & up

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Biology Honors is an advanced class and an in-depth study of the basic concepts of Biology in a content based laboratory approach. Building proficiency in critical and creative thinking and problem solving is a major thrust of the entire program. Problems that require students to reach beyond the content and apply biological understanding of universal concern will be incorporated into the course. Students must be motivated, organized, and able to balance rigorous coursework with other activities and classes.

Honors level classes can expect more rigorous requirements for assignments and assessments.

Prerequisite: 'A' in previous honors level science classes.

This 6-week course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.

Session dates:
Session 2A: 7/05/21 - 7/23/21 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit
Session 3A: 7/26/21 - 8/13/21 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit

Session 2B: 7/05/21 - 7/23/21 (12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit
Session 3B: 7/26/21 - 8/13/21 (12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit

6 weeks course

For full 1.00 credit the student MUST complete both 'A' or 'B' sessions (6-weeks)
For 0.50 credit or audit the student may take first session only '2A' or '2B' (first 3 weeks)

Meet Leya Joykutty+

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.

Meet Dr. Diana Sood+

Diana Sood is an advisor, mentor and a teacher at American Heritage School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Florida International University and her Medical Doctorate degree at Universidad Iberoamericano in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has worked with an orthopedic surgeon as a surgery coordinator/educator/ researcher. Her job involved helping patients prepare for surgery, post surgery, and postoperative procedures. Her responsibilities also included research with a well-known orthopedic knee and hip replacement surgeon with research papers soon to be published. She has worked at American Heritage for the past 5 years, teaching pre-medical classes and Biology Honors classes. During the summer, she serves as a research mentor for the Summer Science Institute and helps students advance in their research skills. Dr. Sood takes great joy teaching and helping students advance their knowledge in the medical and science fields. She is also proud to be an advisor for HOSA, a student organization for future health professionals, at American Heritage.

Meet Iris Thompson+

Iris Thompson is the Director of the Honors Science Research Institute at American Heritage as well as the Science Department Chair of grades 6-12. In addition, she teaches Honors and AP Biology and has been in the classroom for 14 years. Iris has a Master's in Biological Education, a Bachelor's in Biology and Psychology from Tulane University, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

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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.

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