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AP Calculus B/C

Grade Level: 11 & 12 (Except with permission from instructor)
Prerequisites:  Successful Completion of AP Calculus A/B

Important Notes:  This calculus course consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus I and II courses in colleges and universities. At CEC the course extends slightly beyond the required AP topics to cover a complete college calculus II curriculum. These topics include trigonometric integrands and substitutions, extended discussion of differential equations and series applications that are not required by the core B/C curriculum, but are often included in a rigorous college calculus II class. The student is expected to seek college credit, college placement, or both from the college of his/her choice.  The student is required to use a graphing calculator and must have access to the graphing calculator at school and at home.

Additional Information:  In addition to class time, students must be available for a minimum of two additional tutoring sessions per month. Tutoring sessions will occur Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 1
M, Tu,Th
M- 7:30-8:50 am and
Tu & Th- 7:30-9:50 am
Full Year 2.0 Math credit or 1.0 per sem
(1.0 AP Calc credit and 1.0 Math elective credit in the year)


AP Calculus B/C extends the concepts of limits, differentiation, and integration studied in AP Calculus A/B to include sequences, infinite series, and parametric, polar and vector valued functions. More attention is given to techniques of integration using partial fractions, integration by parts and improper integrals. The student develops ideas from analysis throughout AP Calculus B/C. The course prepares the student for the BC level Advanced Placement test. Optional topics include discussion of historic mathematics problems such as the Gaussian integral, Basel problem and interesting curves such as epicycloids, hypocycloids, tractrix curves, catenary curves and more. 

Forensic Science

skullGrades:  11-12
Recommended:  3.0 Cumulative GPA, successful completion of Biology and Chemistry.

Would you like to learn the science of CSI?

  • Applied Criminalistics
  • Learn science used to solve crimes
  • Ballistics, Pathology, Blood Spatter and more
Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 2
M-F
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 2.0 Elective
Session 3
M & W
2:00-4:15 pm
Full Year 2.0 Elective


Forensic Science is an advanced laboratory course designed for students interested in forensic science. The philosophical, rational, and practical framework that supports a forensic investigation is presented via an integrated curriculum. This course presents the unifying principles of forensic science, discusses the foundation of forensic science in the basic sciences and mathematics, and introduces the technique of integrating these areas in the determination of the cause of death. The student studies forensic anthropology, biochemistry, chemistry, botany, entomology, and physics as well as problem-solving techniques utilized in analyzing a crime scene.  Other topics include ballistics, autopsies, mass disasters, epidemiology of environmental disaster, biological weapons as well as toxicology, microbiology, and pathology. The instructor utilizes a variety of techniques (e.g., demonstration, lecture, laboratory case studies) and literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, research) to deliver the curriculum. 

AP Physics C

cosmosGrades:  11-12
Prerequisites:  Student should have taken Calculus or be taking Calculus concurrently.

Online Component:  In addition, students who attend AP Physics Session 1 must complete some required assignments ONLINE. If access to the Internet is an issue, students may use a CEC lab to complete these online assignments.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 1
M- 7:30-8:50 am and
Tu & Th- 7:30-9:50 am
Full Year 1.0 Elective sem 1 and 1.0 Strand C Science credit sem 2
Session 2
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year 1.0 Elective sem 1 and 1.0 Strand C Science credit sem 2

*Students MUST remain in the class for the entire year to complete 1.0 credit of Strand C Science credit.

AP Physics C is officially authorized by the College Board in mechanics. The course also offers supplemental material, including electricity and magnetism to design and build battle bots for the final project. This course is equivalent to calculus-based Physics at the university level and serves as the foundation physics course for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering with the following:

  • Motion, force and energy
  • How to use the concept of torque to judo throw your teacher
  • Hands-on lab activities with Nerf guns, Hot Wheel cars, and ultra-sonic motion detectors
  • Designing and building small remote-operated vehicles

AP Physics is a laboratory course that is designed as a rigorous introductory college level physics course with laboratory activities. The student examines mechanics, electricity and magnetism at a level appropriate for college majors in the physical sciences and engineering. It is recommended as a second-year physics course for the student interested in the physical science and/or engineering. The student uses calculus to formulate physical principles of electricity and magnetism to solve problems and applies inquiry to the study of matter and energy and their interaction. The student is encouraged, but is not required, to take the AP exam at the end of the school year. 

Veterinary Medicine

vet logoGrades:  11-12
Recommended:  3.0 cumulative GPA, successful completion of Biology and Chemistry, and transportation to a mentorship site.
Additional Info:  Veterinary Medicine is a mentorship and lab course designed to provide students with the necessary skills to pursue a career in veterinarian medicine. Students will be interning at a local vet clinic a minimum of 5 hours and in the lab two mornings per week. Students are expected to find their own internship sites and arrange hours in accordance with other commitments. Required paperwork will be sent to accepted students in May of 2020.  

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 1C
W & F
7:30-9:50 am
Full Year 3.0 elective credit or 1.5 per semester


The classroom will include:

  • Units on animal anatomy and cardiology
  • Case studies and research
  • Presentation of animal diseases

Veterinary Medicine is a mentorship and lab course designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. The clinic, which the student is assigned to, provides all aspects of the operation of the clinic including exams, diagnosis, treatment, and surgeries. In the classroom, the student studies animal anatomy, cardiology, case studies unique to animals, and research and presentation of animal diseases. The student integrates literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, research) throughout the curriculum. The student’s instructor and workplace mentor take an active role in facilitating the student’s mentorship work experience.