Chemistry 1-2

Description:   Chemistry at San Marino High School is a college-preparatory course designed to introduce the student to chemical principles and phenomena. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 is highly recommended.


Text: Chemistry, Concepts and Critical Thinking, Seventh Edition, Corwin, Prentice Hall, 2014.

Chemistry AP

Description:   Chemistry AP is a second year class.  It is a college-level course designed to teach the concepts covered in the AP course outline and prepare the students to pass the AP exam. The lab focus is guided inquiry experiments where the students design their own procedures to solve problems.  Math Analysis is required.


Text: General Chemistry, Tenth Edition, Ebbing & Gammon, McGraw Hill, 2013.


Of the 47 students who took the AP exam in May 2024, 100% earned passing scores, with an astounding 93% earning 4's and 5's. The class average was 4.38, a slight dip from last year. The 2024 global average was 3.31, up a little from last year's significant increase in scores around the world.

Congratulations Titans! Outstanding results. I'll admit I was again a bit apprehensive as I checked the score report today (7/8/24). I was still not my best teaching self last year (but much better than the previous) and the results are still excellent. Thank you for all of your hard work and for your unending patience.

Congratulations to Kathy Jia for being one of 23 students worldwide to earn a perfect score on the May 2023 exam. I have taught many exceptional students in my 40 years of teaching, and this is the first time one of my students has accomplished this feat.

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