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Mrs. Zakem

School phone: 426-4471 ext 16614       e-mail:



Honors biology covers the topics of ecology, molecules of life, cell function and structure, the process of cell division, genetics, biotechnology, comparative anatomy and physiology of organisms. Students will be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge of biology and process of science through a variety of investigations (labs) and projects of the students’ own design.


Guidelines for assessment: 

Every student will take a state end of course test for Biology which is based on the state of Washington Biology Standards.  Honors Biology is taught based on these standards. (link: ) To prepare students for the end of course test in Honors Biology a student must get 75% or better on each unit assessment to receive credit for the course.

Students may retake unit assessments as needed to achieve the 75% or better.  In order to retake unit assessments students must demonstrate that they have further studied the material covered on the assessment

All unit assessment scores must be 75% or better by two weeks before the end of the semester to get credit for the Honors Biology course, if not then the student will receive an “F” for the course.



The grade will be based on:

20 % - Investigations, projects

60 % - Assessments - tests

20% - Note book – 3 ring binder with investigations, homework, daily work, notes and handouts and participation in class



            3 ring binder with paper and 6 dividers or tabs, pencils, ruler, and calculator (optional)


·       Homework is due at the beginning class at the bell for full credit. 

·       Expect to do written homework at least three times a week. 

·       Students should be studying the chapter vocabulary throughout the chapter as well as reviewing their notes and other work for the chapter tests.

·       A HOMEWORK AND CLASS WORK SCHEDULE  for each chapter will be given at the beginning of each chapter and it is the responsibility of the student to use it to determine what and when assignments are due. Extra sheets of these are available for posting on refrigerators etc.



It is the responsibility of the student to bring each day a neatly organized notebook with all notes and written work. 

The notebook will be graded after each unit during the semester. 


I have read and understand the Concepts biology course policies and syllabus:


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