Chemistry plays a key role in nearly every aspect of our lives. Knowledge in this field is essential for meeting nearly all of our basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, agriculture, and much more. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science. It is a connecting link between many other disparate fields including physics, biology, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. Helping you excel in your chemistry studies will give you a wide range of opportunities whether you decide to follow a career in medicine, industry, academia, or government.

Chemistry

We prepare you to ace your Honors and AP Chemistry classes as well as score in the highest-ranking percentiles on your AP and SAT II exams. Our curriculum is also formulated to help students participate and excel in competitions such as the Chemistry Olympiad. This will allow you to apply to prestigious science summer camps or take summer classes at top universities and earn college credit.

Why Study Chemistry At Ardent?

The Ardent Chemistry Olympiad program focuses on four objectives:

  • Build An Understanding Of Our World – Modern civilization is built on our understanding of chemistry. As human beings, we are also built according to chemical principles. This field has affected nearly every object we see on a daily basis. To understand chemistry is to understand life and the world we live in.
  • Showcase Talents In Chemistry Competitions - We prepare students for participation in the Orange County High School First-Year Chemistry Exam, US Chemistry Olympiad, Science Olympiad, and other chemistry related competitions.
  • Achieve Academic Success - Talented students who take C220 with Ardent Academy will receive training for the USA Chemistry Olympiad as well as their AP Chemistry and SAT II exams. With this preparation, 10th or 11th grade students are able to score 5 on their AP Chemistry exams, do exceptionally well in class, and simultaneously compete at the national and international level.
  • Prepare For Success In College And Beyond - This program is strongly recommended for anyone interested in pursuing college studies in chemistry or biology as well as advanced study in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and medicine.

The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity.

William Ramsay, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904.

SAT II Chemistry and AP Chemistry Exam

The SAT II Chemistry Subject Exam is a 1-hour multiple-choice test consisting of 85 questions. It includes a wide range of topics, some of which may not have been covered in your school, and is considered relatively difficult. The AP Chemistry exam is also difficult, and a good score can help you receive college credit, saving you time and money. Because of the difficulty of these exams and because your school may not cover every subject in these tests, we recommend extra study to bridge any existing gaps. Here at Ardent, we provide many options that will ensure you do well on these two important exams.

Unites States Chemistry Olympiad Competition

The United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) is the premiere chemistry competition for high school students in the United States. The American Chemistry Society (ACS) is responsible for recruiting, selecting and training the US National Chemistry Olympiad teams each year.

The ACS selection process includes 3 sections. First, Local Chemistry Olympiad Competitions are made available to all high school students. This test is 100 minutes long, consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and is administered by specific ACS Local Sections to roughly 10,000 students. 1,000 winners will then compete in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition, which consists of 3 parts and results in 20 top-scoring students advancing to study camp,

In study camp, students will spend 2 weeks demonstrating their abilities through hands on labs and theoretical exams. Four students will then be chosen to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad, which consists of a five-hour practical and five-hour theoretical examination.

List of Courses

We offer the following classes in Chemistry and Chemestry Olympiad training.

C110 - Experimental Chemistry

Grades: 6 - 8

Length: Ten 3-hour lessons overed over two weeks during the summer sessioin.

Description: Experimental Chemistry promotes curiosity and ingenuity, and will provide a foundational understanding of basic chemistry principles, laboratory techniques, and scientific writing. This experience will foster an understanding of the methods of scientific investigation and further develop scientific minds. Through this course students will be expected to plan and perform experiments, read the chemestry text independently, write formal laboratory reports, analyze data and account for errors in the lab, and complete a presentation that will include their understanding of investigation and showcase their ability to embed formal scientific thoughts and vocabulary into explanations.

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C120 - Jump Start Honors Chemistry

Grades: 8 - 10

Length: Ten 3-hour lessons overed over two weeks during the summer sessioin.

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C130 - Jump Start AP Chemistry

Grades: 10 - 12

Length: Ten 3-hour lessons overed over two weeks during the summer sessioin.

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C210 - Honor Chemistry and Chemistry Olympiad 1

Grades: 10 - 12

Length: This is a 30-week program starts in the fall session.

Description: The introductory course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry. Students can take this class along with their school Honors Chemistry to add depth and breadth of their learning. It is ideal for students in preparation for the First Year Chemistry Exam.

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C220 - AP Chemistry and Chemistry Olympiad 2

Grades: 10 - 12

Length: This is a 30-week program starts in the fall session.

Description: The intermediate course assmes that the students who have completed Honor Chemistry. It is also suitable for very advanced students who are currently studying honors chemistry, but wish to take AP exam.

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