Advice about Sciences at BHS
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I'd like some advice from you parents whose high schoolers have gone through the progression
of science classes at BHS. My son is a sophomore in BIHS and will be choosing his classes
for next year very soon.
Currently he is enrolled in AP Chemistry. He chose that class largely because that was what
his friends were choosing; however, he is interested in the sciences and is enjoying the
class. He studies with a tutor weekly and got a C grade at the end of the first semester.
My take on his grade is that the course material is challenging, but he could have put more
time into studying. He does OK in math. His grade at the end of the semester was a B.
He has an interest in anatomy and was thinking about taking the anatomy and physiology class
(it is an honors class in IB) next year. However, many of his friends want to take AP
Biology next year as juniors, and then take honors Anatomy/Physiology in their senior year,
so again, he is also considering doing what his friends are doing.
Do you think this is a good science progression, to take AP Bio before Anatomy/Physiology,
or should he take Anatomy/Physiology first, if he is interested in it?
Also, my high school science progression (back in the mid-80s) was
biology-chemistry-physics-AP level bio/chem/physics (I took AP Bio). It seems that BHS
doesn't require physics. How important do you think it is for one to take a physics class
before graduating from high school?
I am glad you are checking this now. It's been two years since my son applied
to engineering schools, but I think most, if not all, wanted him to have
physics along with chem and bio. A fourth science often was recommended. You
may want to check with the college counselor and get online to a number of
potential schools to find out the requirements for physics for his possible
Hi! I don't have experience with BHS, but I don't think physics is necessary
for the student that does not want to take it. My son (Sophomore at USC) went
to high school in Marin and took 9th grade- Biology, 10th grade- Chemistry,
11th grade- Honors Biology, 12th grade- AP Environmental Science (score 5). He
was not at all interested in taking physics. (He took Calculus & felt that was
enough; he's a history/Poli Sci type). I don't think a lack of physics mattered
at all in the college admission process. A lot depends on plans for college
major. If your student is planning on taking 4 years of science & wants to take
an honors anatomy/ physiology class, I personally think it's better for the
student (and reflects interest to college admissions) to take senior year
classes that he's really committed to-
Parent of Poli Sci major
I think kids who are considering a science/engineering/medicine future would do
well to take 4 years of science, including physics (or AP physics if they can
handle it). That said, I don't know one kid who took it before senior year. It
is very hard and taking that junior year seems a bit brutal. Also remember AP
Environmental Science, which didn't exist in our day (says the dinosaur). It is
fun, fascinating, and I know an unusual number of kids who decided to major in
it in college after taking it at BHS. It is not brutally hard, making it a good
choice for junior year when other classes are, and when college grades are so
important. My very non-science daughter was glad to have one AP science on her
record. I don't know anything about the anatomy class so no comment there. But
my 2 cents is, save physics for senior year.
former BHS mom
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