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AP Environmental Science | 24-25

World environment day concept_ Two human hands holding earth globe and heart shape of tree

This live online AP Environmental Science class is for high school homeschoolers who have completed both a high-school-level Biology course and a high-school-level Chemistry course. It can be taken live or in an asynchronous manner.

The College Board has structured the year-long AP Environmental Science to be equivalent to a one-semester college course, with topics studied including ecosystems, biodiversity, earth systems and resources, pollution and global change. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in fundamental environmental science concepts and will introduce them to investigative scientific methods.

Class Details

  • AP Environmental Science | Traditional, full-year, live, lab-science class

  • Tuition & Materials: 

    • Tuition: $750

    • See all required class resources HERE.

  • Co-Instructors: Bekah Hilton and Ashley Porter

  • Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2025 (AP Exam)

  • Weekly Classes: Live or asynchronous option (choose one or the other at registration)

    • Live option: Thursdays @ 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern

      • Students attend live classes, actively participate, and are expected to keep cameras on

    • Asynchronous option:

      • Students watch the recording of each week's live class and complete a discussion forum with their async classmates related to the week's live class content.

      • Please note:

        • The asynchronous option is NOT a self-paced class.

        • The instructional content, assignments, and deadlines are the same for live and asynchronous.

        • Students will register for one mode (live or async) and keep that mode during the year.

  • Optional Live Study Halls (available to live AND asynchronous students)

    • Every other Thursday @ 1-3 p.m. Eastern (Hilton)

    • Every Thursday @ 6-8:30 p.m. Eastern (Porter)

  • Grade Level: 10th-12th (15+)

    • Prerequisites:

      • Successfully completed a high school-level Biology class and a high school-level Chemistry class

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

  • Class size: 15-20

  • See our FAQ for:

    • a complete list of days, times, and breaks

    • a list of CA charter schools where this course is a-g approved (coming soon!)

  • Format:

    • Students share an interactive online classroom and meet live on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live will be expected to keep their webcams on.

    • Live sessions will be recorded for those choosing the asynchronous mode of instruction.

  • Average weekly time estimate: 8 hours including recorded and live instruction

Foundational Elements

This course is designed to help students:​

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the ecosystem concept and how living and nonliving things interact

  • Apply knowledge of environmental processes to human-ecosystem interactions

  • 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 environmental science

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


Each week, the instructors will post a summary of topics, assignments, and supplementary resources on the online classroom.

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

  • Since APES 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 instructors and their peers.

  • The instructors will be available to answer questions throughout the week via study halls, online class messaging, discussion forums, or email.

A Variety of Resources and Labs

  • Core and Supplemental Resources

    • The class textbook is the newest edition of Bedford, Freeman & Worth's Environmental Science for the AP Course (2023, 4th edition) by Friesland & Relyea.

      • This comprehensive text is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework, and students have the option to purchase a hardcopy of the text on their own or purchase the ebook through Blue Tent.

      • The ebook can be accessed on or off line and has a number of helpful interactive features such as allowing a student to highlight, take notes, change the font, and listen to the text content using its audio reader.

  • Labs, Case Studies & Projects

    • 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.

    • Many of AP Environmental Science's labs will be virtual or research-based--with an emphasis on critical thinking and guided and independent inquiry.

    • In addition to completing virtual and wet labs, students will undertake research projects, case studies, and presentations throughout the year.

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

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