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Course: AP Environmental Science (APES)

Teacher: Tony Cantrell (tonycantrell@sevier.org)

Course Description: Course Description

A student who successfully completes AP Environmental Science will fulfill a science requirement for graduation in one semester.  The College Board requires a passing score of 3 or better on the APES College Board test in order for a student to be eligible for college credit. Students should check with colleges to determine what science credit will be given by an institution to students who obtain a passing score on the College Board test. Students will take individual notes, work collaboratively in groups, complete individual and group research, and be involved in individual and group laboratory experiences. Because this is an Honors/AP class, the pace is brisk. Students are encouraged to keep up with all assignments, ask for help or re-teaching when needed, and study well in advance to prepare for tests.   Class participation is a must.  Parents are encouraged to stay informed about assignments and grades (use online gradebook) and attend all parent-teacher conferences.

Course Standards:

1.          Earth Systems and Resources

2.          The Living World

3.          Population

4.          Land and Water Use

5.          Energy Resources and Consumption

6.          Pollution

7.          Global Change

Course Highlights:

Tasks and assignments in this course include, but are not limited to:

1.          Successfully complete a Lab Safety module

2.          Conduct laboratory investigations

3.          Investigate various scientific tools and select the most appropriate for a task

4.          Interpret and design graphs that depict biological phenomena

5.          Prepare for College Board exam through lessons, projects, assignments, and practice tests.


Course grades will be weighted according to Sevier County School System and Pigeon Forge High School requirements (published in the PFHS Handbook).  Class participation will be factored into daily work.  Students will be given a rubric for grading any labs and/or projects.  Periodic quizzes and tests including six-weeks and final exams will factor into the final grade.  Parents will have access to grades through an online grading system; more information will be sent home with students when those online accounts are finalized.

 Late work will be accepted with a reduced grade of 10% per day.  Assignments that are more than three school days late  will not be accepted.



The attendance policies of SCES and PFHS will be followed in this course.  Please refer to PFHS Handbook.

Course Fees:  None.

Supplies and Materials:  Students must bring writing tools, paper, and  textbook to every class. Laboratory goggles are required and available, but students may supply their own personal goggles if desired.

Technology and Media:

Students use the Internet and other library resources for research and exploration surrounding course topics.  Some course topics will be highlighted with video clips that have been previewed and carefully chosen by the instructor for relevance.  Student use of technology will adhere to the policies described in the PFHS Handbook.  Important Note:  PFHS guidelines regarding student use of cell phones will be strictly followed in this course.

Textbook:  Required textbook will be issued and is the responsibility of the student:

Environmental Science for the AP course.  Friedland and Relyea. Freeman & Co, 2015.

Parent Involvement:

Parents are encouraged to be involved in your student’s class activities.  I welcome questions and comments.  Email contact is encouraged, and I check and respond to my email daily.  (tonycantrell@sevier.org). Make telephone contact by calling the school office (774-5790) and I will respond to my messages as soon as possible.

Assignments:  APES is a college level class.  Students will receive five points added to each six-weeks grade.  Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and Albert Io.  It is the responsibility of the student to check those venues daily, including any missed days for inclement weather or sickness, and complete any posted assignments by the due date.


1st six-weeks- Students will write a one page research paper with citations on the topic of Energy Use in the United States. Students will research different types of energy usage and their sustainability over the next 20 years.

2nd six-weeks-Students will create a poster that explains one of the four gas cycles in the environment. Students will also complete a one page paper that explains the gas cycle and attach it to the poster.

3rd six-weeks- Students will complete a diorama of a specific biome that will be assigned in class. Typically, the biome will be constructed using a “shoebox” or similar box to depict the biome and its seasons.



Go Tigers!



Mr. Tony Cantrell


Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES)


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