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AP Biology

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Dr. Terri Kanner



Registration: Open

Required Text and Resources:

Campbell Biology, 11th edition

Technical Requirements:

Who Should Apply:

The course is intended for students in the 11th and 12th grades. Some exceptional 10th-grade students may also be considered depending on space availability. Prospective students should be prepared for college-level coursework and be aware that although there is a live component (optional), the majority of interaction with the instructor is via the website discussion boards and email. Students will therefore be expected to initiate their own study activities, work with other students and complete assignments on time.  An extremely high level of reading comprehension is also essential. 

Live Session Time:

Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:30pm EST.


Before taking this course, students should previously have completed basic chemistry, algebra and general biology*.

Course Fee, Costs:

$800 ($750 early-bird- ends July 1st) – Course Fee (Materials, as listed below, are not included in the course fee)

$15 - $60 – Text (depending on source, new, used etc.)

$10 - $70 – Mastering Biology (depending on source)

$25 - $100 - Lab materials

Course Schedule:

Sept. 3, 2020 - May 12, 2021.

Summer Assignment:

Posted on July 2nd, 2020

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for study as college science majors and provide them with the background and experience necessary to achieve a successful score on the College Board AP Biology test. Students will cover the biological chemistry of life, cell structure and function, enzymes and metabolism, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution theory, plant and animal structures and function, and biological ecology.  Thought processes necessary in the discipline of Biology such as the scientific method, experimental processes, and inductive and deductive reasoning will be developed. Associated terminology will be learned as well as the important relationships of biology with other scientific disciplines (e.g., how chemistry relates to cell function, probability to genetics, etc.). Throughout the course students will also develop skills for asking and answering questions in a scientific manner.

Students will participate in regularly planned student interaction sessions to review materials, quizzes and exams to enhance the learning process. In addition, independent and collaborative laboratory exercises will facilitate learning how to work as a scientist and as part of a research team. The lab activities will also help students prepare for "laboratory based" questions on the AP Biology exam. Daily reading will be required.  In order to help reinforce concepts and prepare students for the College Board exam weekly testing of the student’s growing knowledge base will occur through AP exam-like multiple-choice questions.

Finally, this course will require intense student involvement. A high percentage of past students have scored very well on the AP exams but students’ scores and overall gains have been directly proportional to their previous biology knowledge, participation, dedication and willingness to work.

Instructor Qualifications:

Dr. Kanner received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following post-graduate work at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she practiced full-time in Silver Spring Maryland. Dr. Kanner took a sabbatical from dentistry and dedicated the next sixteen years to homeschooling her children. When they reached high school age, the children transitioned to AP-level courses and dual-enrollment college classes and Dr. Kanner launched a career in online science education beginning with the PA Homeschoolers AP Biology course in 2010.  In addition to teaching online courses, Dr. Kanner also maintains an active adjunct professor status in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area at colleges including Northeastern University, Regis College, Stonehill College and Massasoit Community College. Her course offerings include Biology, Biology for Engineers, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Adv. Pathophysiology for Nurse practitioners.  She is particularly passionate about helping students to understand and appreciate the interrelationships between basic scientific principles, biological processes and applications in the clinical healthcare environment.

*Additional Course Offerings:

In addition to AP Biology Dr. Kanner offers the following:

Anatomy & Physiology 

General Biology:

Honors Biology:

 ***For more information on these courses email Dr. Kanner at


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