Fundamentals of Equine Science (9, 10, 11, 12)
This course allows students to explore equine history, breeds, identification, conformation, and judging. As the year progresses, students learn concepts in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, equine facilities and management and career opportunities. This course promotes the development of cross- curricular skills in Math, English and History. Students learn to communicate effectively through writing and language as well as develop and use critical thinking skills. Open to Upper School students who are equine enthusiasts, equestrians, or simply curious about horses.
Equine Science II (10, 11, 12)
In Equine Science II, students will take a more in-depth look at the following equine topics: fundamentals of riding, teaching riding methods, judging trends, therapeutic riding, purposes of different riding equipment and tack, equine health and management with specific focus on equine anatomy, diseases, first aid, emergency procedures, pharmaceuticals, senior horse health management, diagnosing lameness and nutrition as related to performance and health. Our third term will focus on working in the equestrian world and exploring the topics of veterinarian, vet technician, farrier, research, event managers, stable managers, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture therapists, equestrian marketing, professional trainer and judging competitions. Students will develop cross curricular skills dealing with math, English, and social studies which coincide with the topics focused on during class. Skills will include writing and language as well as continue to develop and use critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Equine Science.
Marine Science (9, 10, 11, 12)
In Marine Science, students will learn about the physical, chemical and geological aspects of oceanography. The course includes Marine Biology topics, in which students explore ocean life and their interactions with each other. It also discusses the impact humans have on the oceans and other bodies of water.
AP Biology (11, 12)
AP Biology is an upper school elective offered for students who meet The Knox School AP criteria, and who have demonstrated a strong interest and dedication to life sciences. Students in AP Biology work towards successful completion of the College Board curriculum and sit for the AP Biology Exam. The class uses the framework laid out by the College Board in tandem with investigative labs. The goal of the course it to prepare students for a university level Biology class, and if eligible, test results may be used as an exemption from introductory Biology in college. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology.
AP Chemistry (11, 12)
This course will demonstrate how chemistry is related to our daily lives, help students develop problem solving skills, and also cultivate a student’s ability to think clearly and express his/her ideas. It is designed to be the equivalent of a general chemistry course which is normally taken during the first year of college. Advanced Placement Chemistry has an emphasis on inquiry and critical thinking skills. Laboratory work is a vital portion of the course and uses a variety of different technology and lab ware. The technology will include graphing calculators, LabPro devices, graphing and data analysis software and various chemistry apparatus. This course requires a working knowledge of chemistry and algebra II. The pace will be quicker than a typical high school chemistry course, uses a college level text and lab work, and also requires more time than the typical high school course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry
AP Environmental Science (11, 12)
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Prerequisite: Two years of high school laboratory science, specifically, one year of life science and one year of physical science.
AP Physics I: Mechanics (11, 12)
AP Physics I follows the most recent description as noted by the AP College Board and is equivalent to a first-year college Physics class for Science and Engineering students. It is intended to prepare students for the AP Physics C Exam and explores topics such as Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Waves and Fields, Optics, and Modern Physics, including discoveries, theories, and current research. The development of critical thinking skills is an integral part of Physics, therefore, most labs are open-ended and inquiry-based. In addition, students will be required to present solutions to problems during peer instruction activities. Open to Upper School students who have successfully completed Physics and Pre-Calculus.
AP Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (11, 12)
The Physics II Electricity and Magnetism course is a calculus-based, college level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Physics I.
Anatomy & Physiology (11, 12)
Anatomy and Physiology is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in fields related to the human biological system. This course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology, including anatomical terminology, basic biochemical function, cells and tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. The course includes lab work, but does not fulfill a lab requirement. Students work individually and in groups to prepare themselves for college-level sciences. Preferential enrollment will be given to Seniors. Prerequisite: Biology; Juniors and Seniors only.
PHY101 College Physics (11, 12)
First course of a full year algebra/trig-based college physics sequence for liberal arts, life science, and physical therapy majors designed to acquaint students with basic concepts of physics. Topics covered include linear and rotational kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum. Available for college credit through the Suffolk Community College Beacon Program.
PHY102 College Physics II (11, 12)
The PHY102 course is a calculus-based, college level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. Available for college credit through the Suffolk Community College Beacon Program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PHY101.