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The science curriculum enables students to better understand and function in a complex, dynamic society that is strongly influenced by science and technology.  The Science Department helps students apply scientific reasoning in their lives to care for themselves and their environment; understand, critically assess and evaluate scientific knowledge; solve problems using the scientific method; connect science concepts and knowledge to other disciplines; and learn to question and experiment to formulate hypotheses.

The science curriculum implements an inquiry-based approach, utilizing hands-on activities and experiments. Students learn by conducting research; observing, measuring and analyzing data; and reporting findings in a logical and meaningful way.

In addition to hands-on activities, teachers employ formal lessons, cooperative and independent assessments, and integrate technology for graphing and analysis of laboratory data to enhance student understanding of concepts.

Students in grades seven and eight are required enroll in Science class, while those in grades nine to 12 need to complete the equivalent of three year-long courses to meet graduation requirements.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also offered.

Courses offered:

  • Advanced Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Grade 7 Earth Science
  • Grade 8 Life Science
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Physics
  • Physics Honors