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Department Chairperson for Grayslake North: Laura Bertermann, lbertermann@d127.org 
Department Chairperson for Grayslake Central: Deanna Mazanek, dmazanek@d127.org

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade Offered

Biology

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Biology Honors

Yes

1.0

9 - 10

Chemistry^ (Blended option at North)

Yes

1.0

10 - 12

Chemistry Honors^**

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Earth Science

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Earth Science Honors^+

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Environmental Science

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Human Anatomy & Physiology (Blended option)

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Physical Science

Yes

1.0

10 - 12

Physics^

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Biology^#

Yes

1.0

10 - 12

Advanced Placement Chemistry^

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Environmental Science^

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Physics I ^ (Blended option at Central)

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Physics II ^

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Physics C-Level^

Yes

1.0

12

See course description for all prerequisites

^ There is a math prerequisite for this course

+ Enrolls as dual credit at Central

** Freshman placement by recommendation only

# Sophomore placement by recommendation only

Biology

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is an introduction to biology.  The course places its major emphasis on the following themes: Structure/Function, Homeostasis, and Scientific Literacy/Methods.  These will be studied through the following topics: cellular biology, heredity, evolution and ecology. Class work is a blend of lecture, independent work, discussion, collaborative groups and lab activities.Dissection may be a component.  

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation. 

Grades offered: 9-12

Biology Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed for the student who can articulate biological concepts with lucid and coherent support.  The course places its major emphasis on the following themes: Structure/Function, Homeostasis, and Scientific Literacy/Methods. These will be studied through the following topics: cellular biology, ecology, evolution, heredity, and human systems. Class work is a blend of lecture, discussion and laboratory work.  Dissection may be a component. Numerous independent projects are an integral part of the course. Technology tools are incorporated throughout. This course delves into these topics in much greater detail, and requires projects of a more challenging nature.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation.

Grades offered: 9-10

Chemistry

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option at North)

This two-semester laboratory course offers a broad overview of the field of chemistry. Basic principles are stressed along with their everyday applications. Students explore such topics as Energy, Nuclear, Periodic Trends, Bonding & Intermolecular Forces, Naming, Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, Acids & Bases and Organic. A variety of laboratory and practice problems are included. 

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation and credit in Algebra I or higher math course, with a strong performance in math course highly recommended. 

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 10-12

Chemistry Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester laboratory course offers a deep exploration of the field of chemistry.  Students explore such topics as Energy, Nuclear, Periodic Trends, Bonding & Intermolecular Forces, Naming, Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, Acids & Bases and Organic. A variety of laboratory and practice problems are included. 

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation and concurrent enrollment in Geometry Honors or higher math course.  Freshmen placement by recommendation only.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 9-12 

Earth Science

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester laboratory course focuses on the study of Earth processes, including the areas of geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography.  Students will engage in experiments, creating models, simulations, web quests, and other activities. Real-life applications include weather forecasting, construction considerations, local landscapes and exploring current global issues.

Prerequisite: Two years in Science.

Grades offered: 11-12 

Earth Science

Honors 

Credit: 1.0

This course is designed for students who are interested in physical features related to our dynamic earth. Topics of the course include some fundamental concepts and features in geology, meteorology and astronomy, such as earthquakes, volcanic activities weathering process, surface water, atmosphere components, weather, the universe, the solar system, etc. Course materials are organized to enable students to understand how different components of our dynamic earth are related to one another. Most topics are explored with hands-on lab exercises. 

 

This course is offered only as a dual credit course at Grayslake Central. Dual credit is not currently an option at Grayslake North. A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student is awarded both college and high school credit. 

Prerequisites: Earth Science Honors, placement by recommendation. For Dual Credit placement students must meet one of the following criteria: PSAT/SAT ERW of 470+ and Math 490+; or ACT English, Reading and Math of 17+; or pass the CLC Placement Tests

Grades offered: 11-12

 

Environmental Science

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester laboratory course focuses on environmental issues, their causes and consequences, and the ability to make changes through sustainable stewardship practices. The course places a major emphasis on environmental topics pertaining to global climate change, air quality, water quality, land preservation, populations, nonrenewable and renewable energy and urbanization issues. Course work is a blend of lecture/discussion, laboratory work and independent projects. The course is intended to allow students to develop their own environmental ethic. 

Prerequisite: Two years in Science, and a strong performance in Biology is highly recommended.

Grades offered: 11-12

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option)

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a lab science course that deals with the daily functional activities of the human as a whole. Included is the study of the structure and function of the human body systems (integumentary, muscular, circulatory, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive). Special emphasis is placed on the recent developments in physiology and the many feedback mechanisms that operate in the body.  Dissection is a requirement for this course.  

Prerequisite: Two years in Science, and a strong performance in Biology is highly recommended.

Grades offered: 11-12

Physical Science

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester laboratory-oriented course surveys both physics and chemistry.  Topics such as force and motion, work and simple machines, properties of matter, elements and the periodic table, compounds and bonding, changes in matter and other concepts in the physical sciences are explored.    

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation.

Grades offered:  9-12

Physics

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course provides the student with a broad exposure to many of the fundamental concepts that underlie the physical sciences. In the first semester students will learn about the concepts of motion in the area of classical mechanics; including force and energy. During the second semester students will learn about the topics of electromagnetism and waves; including electricity, sound, and light. Content is explored through classroom lecture, student discussion, interactive demonstrations, and laboratory explorations. 

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation and concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra Trigonometry (AAT) or higher math course. 

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement

Biology

Credit 1.0

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes—energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Dissection may be a component.  This course meets for one and a half periods daily.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation, credit or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra Trigonometry or higher math course and a strong performance in Biology and Chemistry is highly recommended. Sophomore placement by recommendation only.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course for classwork.

Grades offered:  10-12

Advanced Placement

Chemistry

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is a second-year chemistry class and designed to be the equivalent of general chemistry courses usually taken during the first year of college.  The course includes an in-depth study of the structure of matter, states of matter, reactions, descriptive chemistry, and a heavy emphasis on laboratory work. The structure of matter includes atomic theory, atomic structures, chemical bonding, and nuclear chemistry.  States of matter includes behavior of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. The studies of reactions include reaction types, stoichiometry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. There is a strong emphasis on chemical calculations and mathematical formulations of principles throughout the course.  This course meets for one and a half periods daily.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation and concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher math course.

Ancillary Fees: $10-$15. Carbonless lab notebooks are purchased by students.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered:  11-12

Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Credit: 1.0



 

This two-semester course will be the equivalent of one semester introductory college course in environmental science.  Students will investigate, explain and describe scientific phenomena regarding the interrelationships of the natural and manmade worlds, analyze environmental problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving/preventing these problems.  Students will explore areas of environmental concern as well as the interactions between living and nonliving components in the environment through a combination of field studies and lab activities.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation, concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra Trigonometry or higher math course, and strong performance in Biology and Chemistry is highly recommended.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement Physics

I

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option at Central)

This two-semester course can be taken as a first or second physics class.  AP Physics I is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. At the completion of this course students will be eligible to take the AP Physics I exam.  The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation and credit or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher math course.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement Physics

II

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course can be taken as a second Physics class.  AP Physics II is equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. At the completion of this course students will be eligible to take the AP Physics II exam.  The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation or credit in AP Physics I; and credit or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher math course.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement Physics

C-Level

Credit: 1.0

This is a two-semester, calculus based physics course that covers the basics of classical mechanics and electro-magnetism. Topics include forces and motion, energy, momentum, electricity, magnetism, and electro-magnetic induction. Content is explored through classroom lecture, student discussion, interactive demonstrations, and laboratory explorations. Calculus is used throughout the year to explore the fundamental relationships that define many basic physics concepts. Developing an understanding of these basic physics principles and the ability to apply them are the major goals of this course; problems will be rigorous and challenging. In most colleges, this is a one-year preparatory course and provides a foundation for more advanced physics and engineering courses. The course meets for one and a half periods.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation, one credit or concurrent enrollment in Calculus and strong performance in AP Physics I is highly recommended.

The graphing calculator required for math courses is recommended for this course.

Grade offered: 12



 

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