A. P. Biology Course Policies 

Welcome to AP Biology. My goals for you are that you develop; a life long interest in the biological sciences, critical reading skills, critical technical scientific writing skills, technological laboratory skills, and presentation skills. (oh, and have a great time).

This is a college-level course. Excellent behavior and participation are expected. Attendance is extremely important. Tardiness and cuts are not appreciated.  Please be prompt. All assignments are due on the date assigned. If you need to postpone an assignment due date, contact me before the due date. 

The Science Department at SRVHS is committed to providing students with the best science education available. We would like to thank you for your continued and generous support at registration. It is truly and warmly appreciated. Without your donations, our laboratory science program would not be as strong.

Course Description from SRVUSD Common Course Catalog

Biology, AP (Y) Grades: 11-12 CSU/UC: “d” Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B” or better. AP Biology is for second year Biology students and parallels the content studied in college level introductory biology.

This course incorporates the College Board redesign focusing on the 4 Big Ideas (Evolution, Mechanisms of Homeostasis, Information Exchange, & System and Interactions) and Science Practices as well as a minimum of 8 required student designed inquiry laboratory experiments. It is expected that students will access some content outside of the classroom through external sources of information and apply content in the classroom on a regular basis. Students will be encouraged to take the advanced placement exam at the end of the course which may earn college/university credit. This course is for the self-motivated student with strong reading and writing skills. Note: Coursework includes a required assignment that is due the end of the first week of class. Schools: ALL

Course Syllabus was approved by the College Board click on the following to view entire document (AP Biology Audit) (understanding the course redesign)

Classroom Rules

1.BE SAFE! (Review your lab behavior and safety rules)

2. BE RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE (Review your classroom etiquette and academic responsibility) Good manners are expected, be kind, step up and help others, be on time, don’t leave early, pay it forward, and be kind to substitutes.

a. " District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-base, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded.” Both are considered hate speech. "

3.   Be on time and prepared for class

4.   No gum, food or drink

5.  No hats or hoods

6.   No electronics (all cellular devices must be turned off upon entering class, failure to do so will result in an AM detention and possible removal from the course without credit). (Note during some labs cellular phones may be used as calculators, timing devices or to take pictures of lab results, you must have direct permission from the teacher to use your phone.) Use of phones or other electronic devices during testing will result in a ZERO on the test and your device confiscated and turned into an Administrator.

Attendance   See Board Policy AR 5113


 Late Work/Absent Work

All work is due when assigned. Any postponements must be worked out in advance. All late work for a unit will be due by the unit test or by prior agreement with the teacher. Assignments are due on the day assigned unless mutually agreed on by the teacher and student. Remember there is a computer in the classroom and computers in the library for your use.   Note: if an assignment is turned in past the unit test day then the assignment can only earn up to 75% credit (even if complete). This change does not affect lab re-do re-writes that were turned in on time.)

If work was assigned before your absence, absent work is due on the day you return. Work assigned during your absence is due within 3 days of your return, unless mutually agreed on by the teacher and student. It is the responsibility of the student to check the calendar for missed assignments, pick up any handouts, seek clarification if confused and to make up missed laboratory work, tests and quizzes at lunch or after school by arrangement within one week or no credit will be given. NOTE: alternate quizzes and tests will/may be given for students who miss test dates.

Make sure you read the calendar so you have the lab instructions with you on lab days. Many times a 'pre-lab' will be required with objective and checklist procedures identified, handwritten preferred but printed out and taped into your lab journal, pre-prepared data tables before  participating in the laboratory activity. MOST Lab write-ups need to be typed (some calculations may be handwritten) and any graphs need to be computer generated using the best-fit format. There will be specific instructions given in class or listed on the calendar for each laboratory write-up. Graphs on notebook paper are not acceptable. If you do not have access to a computer or graphing program, please use the classroom computers which are available for your use before school, lunch or after school. PLEASE NOTE: You must complete  homework and laboratory activities and write-ups on time to be eligible for an A grade.


Grading Policy:


Grade Percents:

100-92 A

 91.99-90 A-

Homework: 5% (includes article reviews) */**

89.99-82 B

 81.99-80 B-

Labs: appx. 30% **

79.99-72 C

 71.99-70 C-

Tests: appx. 50% ( includes quizzes 10%)

69.99-62 D

 61.99-60  D-

Final: appx. 10%


59.99 -> F

 Extra Credit (max. 2%)

* Homework: students are expected to read and study all assigned chapters in Campbell Biology 9th edition. Students are also expected to show complete prep work for each chapters assigned. There are many ways to demonstrate completion (outlines, Cornell notes, concepts maps). Second semester students are no longer asked to turn in chapter notes (I expect that you have established good habits, if you still want to turn in notes those will be assigned to the extra credit category).

** The last day to turn in any late assignments is the Monday (or first day of the week) before finals week in January and in May. Assignments are considered late after the unit exam covering that information and only worth up to a maximum 75% point value.

Grades are posted online through School Loop. http://srvhs.schoolloop.com  .

Unit tests consist of 20-30 multiple choice questions  and one essay or calculation worth up to 100 points. Reading quizzes are group quizzes will be worth 5-20 points. Formal Laboratory write-ups are worth up to 50 points. Semi-formal write-ups range up to 20 points. Homework assignments are worth approximately 5 points per chapter, incomplete work will result in a zero. Article reviews are worth 5 points each.

 Extra Credit: Peer Tutoring after school... you can tutor other bio students(days will be announced), point values (5 points per hour) will be announced, Science Alliance member (full credit 2nd semester). The MONDAY before finals is the last day lab re-dos or late assignments or enrichment credit article reviews (2 points) will be accepted.

Science Tutoring

Science tutoring will be available in S-4 , check with me to see if I'm available to help you.

Students and parents,

The following is the District's policy regarding non-discrimination:

   "District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-base, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as 'that’s so gay' or 'that’s retarded.' Both are considered hate speech."

In conclusion, I thank you for taking the time to read this policy.  Carefully read  the science departmental citizenship policy that follows. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail rgroch@srvhs.org or call me 552-3728 (voicemail).  The academic success of the student is of the utmost importance.  Any problems or concerns require urgent attention. Kindly sign or email  the signature sheet (link located at the end of this document) within the first 10 days of school. 


Students: You alone are responsible for your learning; no one else can learn for you.  You are also responsible for your own behavior and attitude. You are responsible for attending class and participating fully.

Parents:  Are responsible for providing a home environment in which students are able to learn.  Are responsible for monitoring the student's progress and attendance via online calendar and email progress updates.  Should act as a positive advocate for the student with teachers and school administration. 

Teachers and schools: Are responsible for providing an environment in which students are able to learn.  High academic and behavioral standards shall be maintained.  An atmosphere of trust and caring will be promoted at all times.

Read the policy carefully. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail, or call me. The academic success of the student is of the utmost importance. Any problems or concerns require urgent attention. Please read and return the bottom portion of sheet sent home with the student.

Academic dishonesty:

Defined as cheating of any kind, including misrepresenting one's own work, taking credit for the work of others without crediting them and without appropriate authorization, and the fabrication of information.

Common examples of academically dishonest behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Cheating - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials to improve one's grade; use of a cellular phone during testing, copying from another student's work; submitting same work for an assignment in more than one class without prior permission of both instructors; representing material prepared by another as one's own work; inappropriate test taking conduct; violating rules of academic conduct relating to this course.

2. Fabrication - intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any data, information, or citation in an academic exercise.

3. Plagiarism - intentionally representing the words, ideas, or sequences of ideas of another, as one's own in any academic exercise; failure to attribute any of the following: quotations, paraphrases, or borrowed information. There are no joint assignments (there are some exceptions). You may consult with other students, but your work must be original. Working on an assignment together and turning in virtually the same assignment will either result in a ZERO for that assignment or the score divided up between the authors with directions to rewrite in your own words. All sources must be cited using APA formate (see www.bibme.org).  Use of new technical vocabulary without definition  may be seen as plagiarism.

4. Falsification and forgery - knowingly making a false statement, concealing material information or forging another's signature. 

5. Facilitating academic dishonesty - intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.

6. Use of any electronic devises (not limited to cellular phones, photos, text messaging, etc) during exams- the use of any electronic devises for any reason will result in a zero on that test.

Any of the infractions mentioned in this section will result in a discipline notice to the appropriate assistant principal. This will be entered on the student's discipline screen. Student maybe dropped from a course with an "F" on the second academic dishonesty violation which takes place during the school year.

All rules and policies in the San Ramon Valley High School Student Handbook will apply if not addressed in this class policy.

Success Tips:

1. Attend class daily. Turn in all work on time, neat and legible.

2. Take pride in your work. Make every effort to do all of the assignments, especially for days you have missed. Even though you receive reduced points for late work you are still responsible for the subject matter covered. It will help you on the Final exam in the long run.

3. Participate in class discussions: ask questions; take notes; get notes when absent.

4. Maintain communication with your teacher by  school e-mail, School Loop email, or last resort-phone,.

5. Cooperate and participate during labs. You will be expected to know how to use equipment and how to do certain procedures.

6. Review for quizzes and tests.

Thank you,

Mrs. Groch   (Email: rgroch@srvhs.org  Voice Mail: 925-552-3728)

Please have your parents fill out the following http://www.grochbiology.org/apbiopolicydonationsheet.htm and email to Mrs. Groch at rgroch@srvhs.org or print out and return to class.