•  Mr. Dill 9th AP Biology Syllabus



    My Basic Class Expectations:

    -Respect is at the heart of behavior expectations, being respectful of yourself, peers, and me as the teacher is always expected 😊

    -Students are expected to come to class every day ready to learn with required materials. For my class, students will need a large binder to keep class materials we will use throughout the year to study for the AP Exam. We will essentially create a study book throughout the year that students can use to study for the AP Exam.

    -I expect each student to take the AP Exam at the end of the year. My policy is that students take the AP Exam given by college board or take a practice AP Exam as their final for the course (More info to come on signing up for the Exam in October!!)

    -We complete an entry task nearly every day of the school year which will be graded the last Friday of every month.

    -We will not always have consistent homework each week, it depends on how much we can accomplish during class time, but students will be given due dates for each assignment and can lose points for incomplete or late work. I usually say it’s about 45 minutes per day of homework/study.

    -My phone policy follows our 10th grade team policy and is very simple. Students may not use their phone in class (including music), but I do accept a “reasonable request” to text a parent or guardian and obviously we may use phone for some academic uses. Otherwise, I will give a warning then begin working through progressive discipline.


    Topics of Study:

    The standards for AP Biology have been created by College Board and are available on the college board website that students will have access to during the first 2 weeks of school.

    • Semester 1:
      • Chemistry of Life
      • Cell Structure and Function
      • Cellular Energetics
      • Cell Communication and Cell Cycle
    • Semester 2:
      • Heredity
      • Gene Expression and Regulation
      • Natural Selection
      • Ecology


    My grading practices will follow the 10th Grade Team and include approximate percentages for different categories:

    60% assessment (Tests/Quizzes/Labs/Projects)

    40% daily work (Assignments/Homework/Participation/etc.)


    Also, I will follow the Spokane school district grading guidelines for letter grades (see below).


    There are a multitude of supports for students that are struggling with any class. I suggest that students ask for help as soon as they need to so we can get them the support they need to be successful!!


    Any questions, comments, concerns are more than welcome!! The more we communicate the better we can learn together!!


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