AP Chemistry

Students in AP Chemistry will get a rigorous, challenging university-level chemistry course, hone their study skills, and synthesize prior knowledge into new levels of understanding, stressing application over memorization of content.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Formative and summative assessments will lead up to the final AP exam in May.

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

Meredith White

"You should take this course if you're interested in a science-related field of university study or future career, you want to embrace a challenge, work cooperatively with like-mindedly driven students. If you want to develop your logical, analytical thinking and approach to problem solving, AP Chemistry is the course for you."

AP Chemistry

ID: 44031 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Physical Science
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of A or higher in Chemistry, plus either current teacher recommendation or Semester II grade of A or higher in Chemistry; or Semester I grade of B or higher in Accelerated Chemistry; or current teacher recommendation.
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

AP Chemistry is a rigorous, college-level course specifically intended for students who plan higher studies in science, engineering, or medicine. Topics studied include atoms and forces, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and periodicity, electrochemistry, and gaseous behavior. Laboratory work involves careful measurements and applications of theory to explain and/or predict the behavior of chemical systems. Laboratory work will include both traditional and probeware-based experiences. The subject matter in this course is presented with an emphasis on both chemical calculations and the conceptual foundation of chemical principles, so a strong mathematics background is imperative. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend sophisticated material from college level textbooks and journals and to summarize concepts. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

What Our Students Say


Students considering this course should be aware that it moves fast, but much of it is a review from first-year Chemistry, so don't let this scare you. In fact, the speed is something I enjoy most, for it gives you more time to focus on the things you don't understand, and you waste less time restudying material you already mastered. Additionally, you get to do labs to witness the chemistry you learn about in action, giving you a taste of what it's like to be a real chemist. Students should sign up for this course because not only is it interesting and engaging, but the labs and lectures, albeit difficult, will make you excited to come back every other day.”

Elizabeth Frey,

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations