Science

The goal of the science department is to teach the students how to look at the world in an organized manner and how to systematically go about finding out about the world around them.  The type of science studies, whether it is biology, physics, or chemistry, is designed to allow the students to gain not only knowledge, but a development of ideas and a way of relating to nature and its universal laws.  Each child is born with an innate curiosity of the world around them… and the goal of science is to allow the quest for that knowledge, and the curiosity about the world, to flourish. A solid science education is essential in today’s society in order for our students to become educated citizens about their own lives, their community, and the world at large.

Our middle school curriculum includes a full year of Life and Physical Science. All students must take a combination of 4 science and computer courses before graduating. All students must take biology. We offer AP classes in Biology, Environmental, and Physics.

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Course Offerings:

Life Science (Grade 7)
This is an introductory course on Life Science and scientific methodology. The objectives are to impart knowledge of the basic life processes and the diversity of life. Skills are developed in the classroom, through home work reading, and interesting labs.
Physical Science (Grade 8)
This is an introduction to the Physical Sciences and scientific methodology. The objectives are to impart a basic knowledge of the physical properties and chemistry of matter. Skills are developed in the classroom, and reinforced through home work reading, and interesting labs that relate to everyday life.
Biology
The objectives are to impart knowledge of the basic life processes, modern genetics, and basic anatomy and physiology. Skills are developed in the classroom, through home work reading, and interesting labs. (Honors Option)
Advanced Biology
Advanced Placement Biology is intended to be equivalent to an introductory biology course at the college level and should reflect the outline of the College Board. It is designed to give a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of biology, including but not limited to, viewing science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change within organisms and the environment, relationships of structure and function in organisms, regulation of bodily processes and interdependence of organisms in nature. The course is designed to promote critical thinking skills, essay and laboratory reports skills, as well as data analysis.(AP Option)
Chemistry
This course is designed to teach student what matter is made out of and how compounds interact. It includes structure of atoms and compounds, states of matter,and chemical reactions and is taught both through lecture and lab components.(Honors Option)
Earth Science
This course is designed to give an overview of Earth Science, including but not limited to, the materials of the Earth, the formation of the Earth, plate tectonics, meteorology and astronomy. The class will contain both lecture and lab components, as well as interactive activities.
Honors Physics
This course is designed as a precollege forum to learn the laws that govern the universe. It includes the laws of motion, optics and waves, electicity and magnetism and incorporates both a lecture and lab component.
Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solution for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics form different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. (AP Option)



 

The goal of the science department is to teach the students how to look at the world in an organized manner and how to systematically go about finding out about the world around them.  The type of science studies, whether it is biology, physics, or chemistry, is designed to allow the students to gain not only knowledge, but a development of ideas and a way of relating to nature and its universal laws.  Each child is born with an innate curiosity of the world around them… and the goal of science is to allow the quest for that knowledge, and the curiosity about the world, to flourish. A solid science education is essential in today’s society in order for our students to become educated citizens about their own lives, their community, and the world at large.

Our middle school curriculum includes a full year of Life and Physical Science. All students must take a combination of 4 science and computer courses before graduating. All students must take biology. We offer AP classes in Biology, Environmental, and Physics.

Click here for the full Science Curriculum.

Course Offerings:

Life Science (Grade 7)
This is an introductory course on Life Science and scientific methodology. The objectives are to impart knowledge of the basic life processes and the diversity of life. Skills are developed in the classroom, through home work reading, and interesting labs.
Physical Science (Grade 8)
This is an introduction to the Physical Sciences and scientific methodology. The objectives are to impart a basic knowledge of the physical properties and chemistry of matter. Skills are developed in the classroom, and reinforced through home work reading, and interesting labs that relate to everyday life.
Biology
The objectives are to impart knowledge of the basic life processes, modern genetics, and basic anatomy and physiology. Skills are developed in the classroom, through home work reading, and interesting labs. (Honors Option)
Advanced Biology
Advanced Placement Biology is intended to be equivalent to an introductory biology course at the college level and should reflect the outline of the College Board. It is designed to give a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of biology, including but not limited to, viewing science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change within organisms and the environment, relationships of structure and function in organisms, regulation of bodily processes and interdependence of organisms in nature. The course is designed to promote critical thinking skills, essay and laboratory reports skills, as well as data analysis.(AP Option)
Chemistry
This course is designed to teach student what matter is made out of and how compounds interact. It includes structure of atoms and compounds, states of matter,and chemical reactions and is taught both through lecture and lab components.(Honors Option)
Earth Science
This course is designed to give an overview of Earth Science, including but not limited to, the materials of the Earth, the formation of the Earth, plate tectonics, meteorology and astronomy. The class will contain both lecture and lab components, as well as interactive activities.
Honors Physics
This course is designed as a precollege forum to learn the laws that govern the universe. It includes the laws of motion, optics and waves, electicity and magnetism and incorporates both a lecture and lab component.
Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solution for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics form different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. (AP Option)