Science

Middle School Science Courses

Earth Science 6

The focus of sixth grade science is Earth Science in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students will explore this science through hands-on, in depth units in three major focus areas: 1) Planetary Science, 2) Earth History, and 3) Weather and Water. Included in this curriculum are the earth’s structures, plate tectonics, the shaping of the earth’s surface and energy in the earth’s system.  In the study of plate tectonics and earth structure, students learn that plate tectonics accounts for important features of the earth’s surface and major geologic events.

Life Science 7

The focus of seventh grade science is life Science in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students will explore this science through hands-on, in depth units in four major focus areas: 1) Populations and Ecosystems, 2) Diversity of Life, 3) Human Systems Interactions, and 4) Heredity and Adaptation. Included in this curriculum are cell biology, genetics, evolution and structure and function of living things.  Also included are earth and life history and physical principles of living systems.  In their study of cell biology, students will learn cell structure and function.

Physical Science 8

The focus of eighth grade science is Physical Science in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students will explore this science through hands-on, in depth units in five major focus areas: 1) Chemical Interactions, 2) Gravity and Kinetic Energy, 3) Waves, 4) Electromagnetic Force, and 5) Variables and Design. This course covers topics including chemistry, physics, and engineering. Students will “do” science through collaborative, as well as individual, investigation and experimentation. Problem solving skills, scientific inquiry, and the use of laboratory equipment will be emphasized.

High School Science Courses

Biology

Biology is a year-long life science course based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Topics include Structures and Processes of Cells and Organisms, Ecosystems, Heredity, Evolution, and the Earth and Human Activity.   Students will learn through scientific inquiry and problem solving, collaborative projects and real-world application of content.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a year-long physical science course based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Topics include Matter, Energy and Earth Systems. Students engage with the content through a curriculum that emphasizes real-world applications, project-based learning and an inquiry approach to solving problems.

Physics

Physics is a year-long physical science course based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Topics include Motion and Stability, Energy, Waves and Their Applications and Earth’s Place in the Universe.   Students learn through an inquiry-based approach that emphasizes scientific skills and real-world application and problem solving.  

AP Biology

AP Biology is for students who have successfully completed Biology and Chemistry and want the experience of a college level life science course in high school.  This course focuses on the four big ideas that thematically weave together the content of the course - Evolution, Cellular Processes: Energy and Communication, Genetics and Information Transfer and Interactions.  Scientific inquiry and reason are emphasized along with course content and 25% of the course is inquiry based laboratory science.  This is a rigorous course for students interested in future studies in science and is expected that students will access some content outside of the classroom through external sources of information and apply content in the classroom on a regular basis.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the advanced placement exam in May which may earn college/university credit.  Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B” or better and/or Teacher Recommendation