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AP* Biology

AP* Biology

Dr. Jeff Smith

AP*This course is AP* Audit approved.DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.CTLThis course meets the requirements for the Core Transfer LibraryYearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 11-12

Why is a cell membrane permeable? Find out in this Advanced Placement course for students interested in pursuing biology-related careers or advanced sciences. This course is equivalent to a college introductory course taken by biology majors their first year. It is more complex and intense than the typical high school course in range, depth, time, and effort required. This will help students prepare for the national AP* Biology exam.

AP* Calculus AB

AP* Calculus AB

Ms. Kim Foltz

AP*This course is AP* Audit approved.DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.CTLThis course meets the requirements for the Core Transfer LibraryYearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 11-12

Calculus gives mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and economists the tools to model dynamic real-life situations for a world in motion. For students with the proper background and motivation, this course provides an introduction to the intensity of college courses and is essential for students dedicated to advanced study in science and mathematics. AP Calculus AB is a year-long high school course that covers one semester of college calculus, including differentiation and integration of functions of a single real variable.

AP* Calculus BC

AP* Calculus BC

Ms. Kim Foltz

AP*This course is AP* Audit approved.DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.CTLThis course meets the requirements for the Core Transfer LibraryYearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 11-12

AP* Calculus BC is a year-long course that covers two semesters of college calculus and includes all topics covered in AP* Calculus AB plus differentiation of parametric, polar, and vector functions, and Taylor Series. Therefore, it is taught at a challenging and demanding pace. Students enrolling in this course must have a strong mathematical background and be willing to commit at least five hours per week studying for this course. This course is a gateway to other, more advanced courses in mathematics.

AP* Chemistry

AP* Chemistry

Mr. Les McSparrin

AP*This course is AP* Audit approved.DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.CTLThis course meets the requirements for the Core Transfer LibraryYearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 11-12

What compounds are used to create the chemicals for fertilizers and medications or for cleansing the water we drink and the air we breathe? The equivalent of a college-level chemistry course, this practical yet complex approach to AP* Chemistry is based on the AP curriculum and prepares students for the national AP* Chemistry exam.

AP* Physics I

AP* Physics I

Mr. Steve Schuh

AP*This course is AP* Audit approved.YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 11-12

Learning about science can be fun with this intense approach to complex physics issues. This introductory level algebra-based physics course covers the spectrum of physics topics (mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, oscillations, optics, electromagnetism, and modern physics), but places a strong emphasis on topics covered on the AP Physics I national exam. All topics will be addressed through humorous applications to everyday life, as well as a focus on understanding rather than memorization.

The 2014-15 school year will be the first year that AP Physics I has been offered by AP Central and Collegeboard. For those familiar with the old AP Physics B, there are substantial changes — both in content and testing style. The AP Physics B exam has completely left the AP Central lineup, and has been replaced by two different tests. The AP Physics I national exam will cover what was ‘traditionally’ the first half of AP Physics B (kinematics, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, and oscillations/waves) as well as rotational motion and a smattering of electric circuits. In this AP Physics I course, we will emphasize these topics to give students the best chance at scoring well on the national exam, but will also cover the remaining topics adequately enough to satisfy the requirements states and universities mandate for a complete physics survey course.

AP* Statistics

Astronomy

Astronomy

Dr. Dain Kavars

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

Star-gazing becomes both a fine art and a science in this course designed to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the solar system and cosmos beyond our planet. Theories behind the creation of comets, asteroids, and meteors are part of this curriculum, as well as the understanding of constellations and the constantly evolving landscape of the night sky.

Differential Equations

Differential Equations

Dr. Franklin Shobe

DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.SpringThis course is available in the spring semester as a one-semester course.Grades 11-12

This course includes first-order linear, separable, exact, and homogeneous equations with applications in biology, chemistry, physics, and finance; numerical methods for first-order equations; second-order linear homogeneous and non-homogeneous equations, including the methods based on reduction of order; undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters with applications in physics; nth order linear equations and systems of first order linear equations including use of eigenvectors and eigenvalues.

Linear Algebra

Multivariable Calculus

Multivariable Calculus

Dr. Franklin Shobe

DualThis course is available for Dual Credit through Ball State University.FallThis course is available in the fall semester as a one-semester course.Grades 11-12

This course covers higher dimensional analytic geometry, vector-valued functions, motion, curvature and torsion, partial differentiation, directional derivatives, optimization, multiple integration in rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vector fields, divergence, curl, line and surface integrals, work, flux, flow, Green’s theorem, the divergence theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and the fundamental theorem for line integrals.

General Physics

General Physics

Dr. Dain Kavars

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

Why does a car need leverage and a motor to fight gravity? What makes waves move? These are just some of the practical yet fascinating questions explored in Physics I. This course explores the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, wave motion, light, and electricity and magnetism.

Humanities + Foreign Languages

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Chinese I

Chinese I

Dr. Mindy Zhang

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

In this beginning course, students will learn to speak Chinese as well as the ability to read and write commonly used Chinese characters as they master the basic patterns of the language. Elements of Chinese culture, history and regional geography will be regularly integrated into the course. The course will emphasize communication skills such as daily conversation, greetings, commonly used commands as well as asking and responding to questions.

Chinese II

Chinese II

Dr. Mindy Zhang

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

A continuation of Chinese I, this course concentrates on the development of knowledge, abilities, and skills developed in the first year class. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to ask questions regarding routine activities, participate in conversations on a variety of topics, interact in a variety of situations, understand main ideas from simple texts, read aloud properly and write briefly in response to given situations. Chinese culture and history will also be regularly integrated throughout the course.

Japanese I

Japanese I

Mr. Jun Nagao / Ms. Rikako Pounds

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

Join us on a journey to the world of classic and modern Japan. In this course you learn the rich and unique Japanese culture and language, which have strong connections to those of other Asian countries. Vocabulary and grammar that you can use in your everyday life will be the focus of this course. Over the full academic year, students should obtain a perspective on the beauty and complexity of the Japanese language that is becoming increasingly important in the United States and around the world.

Japanese II

Japanese II

Ms. Rikako Pounds

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 9-12

TThis is a continuation of the Japanese I course with more advanced language skills and a continuing focus on the richness of Japanese culture and tradition. This course includes Kanji alphabet practice, which is essential for advanced Japanese language use. By the end of the academic year, you will be able to read and write more complicated materials by using various forms of adjectives and verb conjugations. Japanese I is a prerequisite.

Japanese III

Japanese III

Ms. Yoko Kandori / Ms. Rikako Pounds

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 10-12

´╗┐Japanese III is a continuation of the Japanese II course with language skills that can be used in formal and business settings. By the end of the academic year, you will be able to read and write more complicated materials by using multiple verbs in one sentence. You will also be able to ask permission and show refusal in polite ways. Throughout the course you will gain more Kanji alphabet knowledge and deeper understanding of Japanese culture. Japanese I and II are prerequisites for this course.

Japanese IV

Japanese IV

Ms. Rikako Pounds

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 10-12

Building on what students have learned in Japanese III, students will engage in conversation in Japanese; will work with partners and in groups; will exchange meaningful information with the teacher/partners; will use advanced and more complicated language structures; will express feelings and emotions or exchange opinions about various topics. Students will use Japanese both within and beyond the classroom setting. Japanese 4 focuses more on spontaneously writing/expressing your opinion in Japanese rather than translation of the given English sentences. Students will learn aspects of Japanese culture through comparisons with their own culture.

Russian I

Russian I

Ms. Heather Rogers

YearThis is a full academic year (two-semester) course.Grades 10-12

What do Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, and Baryshnikov have in common? The rich and exciting Russian language and culture! This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Russian grammar, vocabulary, and daily life. The curriculum includes the Russian alphabet, phonetics, grammatical structure, and common expressions. The language studies are put in perspective with colorful lessons on Russian culture, literature, and history.

Russian II

The West in the World

The West in the World

Mr. John Marsh

FallThis course is available in the fall semester as a one-semester course.SpringThis course is available in the spring semester as a one-semester course.SummerThis course is available over the summer as a one-semester course.Grades 11-12

The West in the World is an examination of Western Civilization development and emphasizes key problems, turning points and recurring themes in the past two centuries. The course analyzes the emergence of Western Civilization throughout Europe and follows its spread to the Americas during the past two centuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are you?

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is an accredited public high school whose specialized mission is to provide educational programs for students with high academic potential. Our residential program hosts 300 juniors and seniors from across the state of Indiana.

The Office of Outreach Programs extends this mission to schools and students throughout the state using the most economical and effective technologies available. This also allows us to serve students around the globe who are in need of advanced courses.

The Indiana Academy is part of Teachers College at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Why would I need your courses?

You need our courses if…

  • you are an individual student who would like to take a specific course not otherwise available to you,
  • your school has advanced students who need challenging courses and you can’t meet their needs alone,
  • you have only a few qualified students in your school,
  • you do not have a teacher to teach the course on site, or
  • you do not have the funds to hire one teacher for a small class.

Indiana Academy Distance Learning AP courses are approved for two credits toward the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma requirements in advanced biology, advanced chemistry, or advanced physics.

Who should take your courses?

  • Students who want the opportunity to test out of college freshmen courses on Advanced Placement tests. See the College Board web site for more information.
  • Students with high motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

Who needs to be on-site to help us?

A site coordinator is needed to communicate with our office, grade assignments, and proctor exams and quizzes. This does not have to be a person with knowledge in the content area, but good communication and organizational skills are essential! A Site Coordinator’s Agreement is part of the course contract.

Textbooks must be purchased separately. Information on textbooks is on each course web site.

How can I get the courses?

Our courses can be accessed over the Internet live at a scheduled time or at any time of the day through our streaming video archive. Schools can easily receive streaming video with a T-1 or faster Internet connection. Students can also view courses at home through a cable modem connection.

Students are welcome to visit our classes live in the studio!

Our courses are also available on DVD and CD-ROM.

PLEASE NOTE: All DVDs and CD-ROMs must be returned at the end of the academic year, and may not be copied or stored on any other equipment.

When are the broadcasts available?

Every video of every course is available at any time. New broadcasts are available live during the time listed in the course description, and at any time afterward. The web sites with archived broadcasts, syllabi, curriculum information, homework, and assignments are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Foreign language sites include audio clips for practice. Some grading and tutoring assistance is available, and students of some foreign language courses can arrange telephone sessions for speech practice with the instructor.

When are courses broadcast live?

Courses that are offered live hold class three (foreign language courses) or four (other courses) days per week. Lecture broadcasts are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and lab broadcasts are on Thursdays. Please check the course listing for specific course times.

Can the courses be previewed?

If you are interested in previewing the streaming video, syllabi, or curriculum information, contact our office at 800.316.3163 ext. 5 or by e-mail at outreach@bsu.edu.

Information + Fee Structure

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New Pricing!

All of our courses now have one low price: $250 per student per semester!* No different prices for out-of-state students, no pricing tiers, just one low price.

* Dual Credit participation requires additional fees.

Dual Credit Information

Ball State University offers college credit upon completion of AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Multivariable Calculus.

Enrollment to Ball State University must be completed by the beginning of the semester. Students who wish to receive dual credit will only pay an additional $100 per semester to receive three semester hours of college credit. The full $350 per-semester fee will be paid directly to BSU for students participating in dual credit. (Invoices for all non-dual credit students will be generated by the Indiana Academy.) Students enrolling in any course for dual credit will also be responsible for a one-time Ball State University application fee of $50.

Drop-Add Period

The Indiana Academy offers a standard drop-add period of two weeks after classes begin and/or after registration. During this two-week drop-add period, you may notify the Indiana Academy of any enrollment changes so that the invoice may be adjusted accordingly.

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