AP Biology | 2021-22

Female Scientist

This live online AP Biology class is equivalent to two semesters of college Biology. Topics covered include the chemistry of life, cells and cell energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structure and function of both plants and animals, and ecology.


This course is designed to help students:​

  • Develop a thorough understanding of biological concepts

  • View science as a process rather than an accumulation of facts

  • Acquire personal experience in scientific inquiry

  • Recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology

  • Apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns

Class Details

  • AP Biology is a full-year class.

  • Dates: August 16, 2021 to May 11, 2022 (the AP exam)

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks for 2021-22.

  • Live Class: Thursday | 7-9 p.m. Eastern

  • Live and Recorded:

    • All live classes will be held on Zoom.

    • Regular attendance in live classes is requested. 

    • Students will be interacting with and collaborating with their classmates and the instructor in each live class.

    • Students are asked to please keep their webcams on.

    • While regular attendance in live classes is not optional, we certainly understand that "life happens." Weekly classes will be recorded for those who find that they must miss a class every so often.

  • Target class cap: 10 students

  • This class is College Board-approved​.

  • Prerequisites:

    • 11th-12th grade.

    • Completed high school-level Biology and Chemistry classes.

    • Completion of Algebra 2 is not required but is highly recommended.

  • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.


Weekly Assignments and Collaboration

At the beginning of each week, the instructor will post a summary of topics, assignments, and supplementary resources on the online classroom.

  • The AP Biology classroom will be the course hub, where students access class material, participate in online discussions, and collaborate with their classmates.

  • Since AP Biology is a college-level course, students should expect college-level pacing. They will need to be disciplined in completing their weekly reading and assignments so they can come prepared and make the most of live classes--being ready to ask questions and discuss the week's material with the instructor and their peers.

  • The instructor will be available to answer questions throughout the week via Moodle messaging, discussion forums, or email.​

  • Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on classwork (which includes instructional videos and live class time).


A Variety of Resources and Labs

Core and Supplemental Resources

The textbook for this class is Biology (AP edition) by Sylvia S. Mader and Michael Windelspecht.

  • This comprehensive textbook is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework. All instruction and diagrams are well adapted for quick translation to notecard format and study.

  • Through the Blue Tent OnLoan program, students can borrow a hard-copy of the class textbook for use during the year,

  • An electronic version of the textbook will also be available, so students will have the option to utilize interactive and print resources in a manner that fits their needs and preferences.​


Labs, Case Studies, and Projects

To reinforce and extend concepts, as well as kindle scientific inquiry, a variety of labs--both hands-on and virtual--will allow students to explore and apply their learning to real-world circumstances as they make observations, construct hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and formalize conclusions.​​

  • A mandatory curated lab kit will be mailed to registered students during the summer.

    • The lab kit will include all unique supplies necessary to complete the hands-on labs (other than common household and grocery items).

    • A Focus Review Guide and a subscription to eMind virtual lab software is included in the lab kit/cost.

  • Students will complete weekly note-taking/reflection assignments drawn from the textbook’s Focus Review Guide.

Collaborate and Enjoy!

In their online Moodle classroom, students will interact and collaborate with their instructor and peers every week. Blue Tent AP Biology is designed to be a class where advanced homeschoolers will enjoy sharing, comparing, and learning with class friends.