Cambridge AICE Course Descriptions


    The following are course descriptions provided by the AICE instructors to assist you in choosing AICE courses.  Please feel free to contact individual instructors with additional questions.

    AICE Biology - AS Level
    Instructor:  Mrs. Nadine Kalajian
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    AICE Biology will offer you the opportunity to deepen and refresh the knowledge you gained in Biology I. The emphasis is to develop a profound understanding of many of the fundamental concepts in the field of Biology rather than an overview of all possible topics. There will be heavy emphasis on laboratory practical work in which you will gain not only procedural knowledge, but also become comfortable with designing and carrying out your own inquiries. This course provides an in-depth study of key biological concepts as outlined by the Cambridge Program Standards.  This course emphasizes the application of knowledge, scientific methods and procedures, and independent research. At the end of this rigorous and demanding course students will sit for the 3-part AICE exam.


    AICE Business - AS Level
    Instructor: Mrs. Christine Kearns
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    This course will inform students of the distinctive role that business plays in our society.  Through the examination of case studies in economics, business ownership, and technology, students will enhance their appreciation for the impact of effective organizational models and leadership styles in the corporate world.   


    AICE Chemistry - AS Level
    Instructor:  Ms. Caroline Kent
    Grade Levels:  12

    AICE Chemistry is an extremely rigorous course that requires students to actively participate in all elemetns of the course including lecture, note-taking, discussions, and lab practicals.  Students in this class need a strong grasp of concepts covered in Pre-AICE chemistry, strong math skills, and good study habits.  The syllabus for the course includes work on topics related to atoms, molecules, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical energetics, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, and the periodic table.


    AICE English Language - AS Level
    Instructor: Mrs. Anne Straub and Mrs. Katie Matthews

    Grade Levels:  Grades 11-12

    Have you ever heard a love song that made you cry, listened to a speech that compelled you take action, or read a blog that made you laugh out loud? More importantly, have you ever wished that you could have that same effect on others?  If so, then AICE English Language AS Level is right up your alley. In this course, you will learn the distinguishing features of a given text and how to apply that under-standing to your own writing.


    AICE English Literature - AS & A-Level
    Instructors:  Mrs. Cynthia Bolton

    Grade Level: Grade 12

    AICE literature provides students with an opportunity to study several pieces of literature in four genres in order to gain a greater understanding of literary techniques, themes, purpose, etc.  Students will read assigned literature at home and spend class time dissecting the material through a variety of venues. Students will also learn to express their interpretations of the works through written analytical essays that demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language. 


    AICE Environmental Management - AS Level
    Instructor:  Mr. Aaron LeBlanc
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    Students entering AICE Environmental Management class do not need to have studied environmental science or management before taking this class.  In this class, students will develop knowledge of Earth's natural systems, the effects of human activity on these systems, and important environmental problems which face the world today.  Students will learn that solutions to environmental issues are not easy to find, recognize that the environment is an important social and political issue, and understand the important role that individuals have in thinking about these issues and considering solutions.  Students in the course are required to undertake an environmentally-based research project. 


    AICE English General Paper - AS Level 

    Instructor:  Mrs. Nan Fleming
    Grade Level:  10-12

    This course promotes the skills of rational thought, persuasion, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.  It encourages the exploration and appraisal of social, cultural, economic, philosophical, scientific and technological issues.  Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of individual, social, and cultural diversity as well as maturity of thought and clarity of expression both verbally and in writing.  Through the reading of timely literature, outside novels and works, and current media reports, students will develop critical reading and analysis skills.


    AICE Global Perspectives - AS Level
    Instructor: Ms. Kathy Moore
    Grade Levels:  Grades 11-12

    The focus of AICE Global Perspectives is on developing the ability to think, speak, and write critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view.  Students will become aware of global themes and issues, viewed from personal, local, national and international perspectives, and of the connections between them.  This cross-curricular program challenges students to work in groups, to present seminars, to create projects, and to publish essays.  Students who sign up for AICE Global Perspectives must be self-motivated and have the ability to establish and meet deadlines.  This course is recommended for juniors but is also available to seniors.  

    AICE Marine Science - AS & A-Level
    Instructor:  Mr. Jeff Higginbotham
    Grade Levels:  Grades 11-12

    This class is a college level introductory class into the marine sciences and is designed as a survey class of some of the different marine science disciplines.  The class will cover the basics of geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography and ecology of the marine environment as well covering basic scientific practices and methodologies.  The class contents will include but not be limited to the following:

    1. Scientific Method—including experimental design, interpretation of experimental data, inherent variations and limitations in the measurement of experimental data, and an understanding of the challenges that the marine environment poses to experimental design;
    2. Marine ecosystems and biodiversity—including discussions of the interrelatedness of populations of predators and prey, various marine feeding strategies, reproductive strategies in the marine environment, predator avoidance, marine succession, relating extreme and unstable environments to the level of biodiversity, specialized and general marine ecological niches, and the correlation between the level of biodiversity and the specificity of ecological niches;
    3. Energetics of marine ecosystems—including discussion on the movement of energy through the different marine ecosystems, transfer of energy, and loss of energy;
    4. Nutrient cycles in marine ecosystems—input and output to the reservoir of dissolved nutrients, nutrient availability and productivity, biological uses of nutrients, and a discussion of how productivity may be limited by the availability of dissolved nutrients;
    5. Coral reefs and lagoons—a discussion of the Darwin-Dana-Daly theory of atoll formation, protective role of reefs, cause and effects of reef erosion, and the use of artificial reefs in the protection of shores and anchorages;
    6. The ocean floor and the coast—including a discussion of tectonic theory and how it has helped to shape the ocean basin, process of erosion and sedimentation that give rise to the morphology of the littoral zone, and how environmental factors influence the formation of ecological communities in the littoral zone;
    7. Physical oceanography—including discussion of the factors that affect tides and currents and the climactic impact of ocean events including but not limited to El Niño;
    8. Chemical oceanography—including discussion of the factors that affect the chemical composition of seawater, layering and mixing of the ocean waters, and the impact of marine chemistry on ocean structures and the marine organisms. 


    AICE Mathematics - AS & A-Level
    Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Krajewski 

    Grade Levels:  Grades 10-12

    Students entering the AICE Mathematics class should be ready to learn at a fast-pace.  The students in this course typically learn a chapter a week, so this requires students to enter the class with a solid foundation of mathematical skills as well as an ability to learn new skills quickly.  The class will focus on many mathematical concepts and topics including quadratics, coordinate geometry, circular measure, trigonometry, vectors, differentiation, integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, the numerical solution of equations, and statistics. 


    AICE Modern European History
    Instructor:  Mr. Jon Reneau
    Grade Levels:  Grades 11-12 

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the developments that shaped Modern European History.  This will be achieved with a holistic understanding of Europe as a geographic region from 1789 to 1939.  Europe’s key developments will be studied in relation to the wider European context and with attention focused on the broader issues (revolution, nationalism, imperialism, war and totalitarianism) that helped shape European history.  

    Generally, assessment will follow the AICE History essay model. Non-essay format assessment will only be used to ensure reading comprehension.


    AICE Music - AS Level
    Instructor:  Mr. Steven Johnson
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    The AICE music class is an advanced music class that is an in-depth study of music history and/or music performance.  Students who are interested in the class should either have completed AICE General Paper and/or have a significant background in music.  Please note there is NO requirement that students in the class have a musical background.  The information provided by AICE makes it very clear that non-music people are encouraged to take the class.

    The topics covered in the class cover a wide range of musical ideas including (but not limited to) form, harmonic structure, historical context, and emotion in music.  Two fundamental ideas in music are assigned by Cambridge each year for in depth study.  Additional concepts are assigned by the teacher to ensure a thorough understanding of music.

    There are two possible tracks students may elect to take in the class.

    1. Writing – Students will submit a final paper.  The topic of the paper is unique to each student and may come from any genre of music.
    2. Performing – Student will submit a final portfolio.  Students interested in this track must have a significant background in music.  The portfolio will include multiple items from the following list:  performance recital, performance in ensemble, original compositions, improvisation, and theory exercises.

    Additionally, each student takes the required AICE exam which focuses specifically on the assigned topics from Cambridge. If you enjoy listening, talking about, and discovering music AICE is a wonderful class.  Be prepared to contribute to daily class discussions and to see music in a totally new way!


    AICE Physics - AS Level
    Instructor:  Mrs. Tania Hartman
    Grade Levels:  12

    AICE Physics is a survey of physics that includes the study of such topics as kinematics (describing motion), accelerated motion, dynamics (explaining motion by looking at the forces involved), work, power, energy, momentum,  properties of matter, electric fields,  electric current, practical circuits, waves and their properties, and radioactivity.   Laboratory activities and their analysis will be an integral part of the course.   As physics relies heavily on mathematical problem solving, it is HIGHLY recommended that you have completed Algebra II Honors with at least a B and are currently enrolled in an upper-level mathematics course. 


    AICE Psychology - AS Level
    Instructor:  Mrs. Jackie Insalaco
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    AICE Psychology is an internationally accepted college level course that explores behavior and mental processes through twenty “core studies” from Psychology’s past. Students who take this course will gain a working knowledge of what psychologists do, how they gather their data, and how the research is applied to daily life.  Students in the AICE Psychology class are expected to able to write for evidence, evaluation, application, and analysis.  Students will write a total of 20 papers as they relate to 20 original research studies and will take 20 tests to prepare for the AICE exam during the year.  The 20 research studies to be examined will allow students to reflect on five key approaches in psychology: cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, and the psychology of individual differences. 


    AICE Sociology - AS Level
    Grade Levels:  11-12

    In a rapidly changing world, Cambridge International Sociology offers students the opportunity to not only explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past. The study of Sociology should stimulate awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focus attention on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way. 


    AICE Spanish Language - AS Level
    Instructor: Mrs. Ana Garcia

    Grade Levels:  Grades 11-12

    Students in the Spanish Language class will study a wide range of topics in the language including human relationships, family, patterns of daily life, the media, food and drink , law and order, religion, health and fitness, work and leisure, employment, sports, and education.  It is recommended that students who wish to enter the AICE Spanish Language class have a minimum of three previous years of instruction in Spanish.  Students are required to complete a speaking presentation that will be recorded as part of the exam for this class. 


    AICE Thinking Skills - AS & A-Level
    Instructor:  Ms. Kathy Moore

    Grade Levels:  10-12

    Thinking Skills is an intriguing course that allows candidates to develop a specific set of transferable intellectual skills, independent of subject content including Critical Reasoning and Problem Solving.  The focus of the Critical Reasoning unit is on development of skill sets to

    1. evaluate the credibility of evidence (information) to make decisions based on rational,  logical reasoning;
    2. to analyze and draw appropriate conclusions from scientific data;
    3. to unpack arguments, identify flaws in reasoning and present reasoned arguments.

    The Problem Solving unit focuses on analytical thinking using data and strategies to create/find solutions to real world scenarios.  Students learn to think critically “outside the box,” look at scenarios from different perspectives and discover “what to do” (strategies to implement) “when we don’t know what to do.”  

    Students must have a “true desire to think,” be actively involved in group discussions AND motivated to improve their skills at thinking.  We practice making informed decisions based on sound logical reasoning.  The curriculum creates opportunities for and encourages free and open debate, critical and investigative thinking, and informed and disciplined reasoning.

    AICE United States History - AS Level

    Instructors: Mr. Aaron Keehn and Mr. James Williams

    Grade Levels: 10-12

    Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "We are not the makers of history.  We are made by history."  AICE US History aims to develop an interest and appreciation for the human endeavour by providing students with a greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods and themes.  Students will travel through time and explore the expansion of power in the US from the 1840s - 1930s, reenact the Civl War and Recontruction and analyze the war's origins, be dazzled by the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and feel the heartbreak of the Great Crash, the Great Depression, and the New Deal.