Science

Freshman Science

Physics I

Physics is required of all freshmen as a preparation for further scientific study. This course seeks to familiarize the students with the basic laws and forces that govern all physical events in the world around them. The course uses class and laboratory experience to aid discovery, inspire curiosity, and aid understanding of the basic principles of physics. Students will use inductive and deductive reasoning along with cause and effect relationships to solve problems. This course involves mathematics at the algebra level, using calculators and graphing work. Students in this course will gain experience learning and following a scientific method that will provide a way of thinking that will be useful in almost all future studies. Emphasis is placed on conceptual physics; study of forces, laws of motion, energy, simple machine function; and basic chemistry: study of the periodic table, atomic structure, molecular bonding and classification of matter.

Grade(s): 9
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Physics I Honors

Physics is required of all freshmen as a preparation for further scientific study. This course seeks to familiarize the students with the basic laws and forces that govern all physical events in the world around them. The course uses class and laboratory experience to aid discovery, inspire curiosity, and aid understanding of the basic principles of physics. Students will use inductive and deductive reasoning along with cause and effect relationships to solve problems. This course involves mathematics at the algebra level, using calculators and graphing work. Students in this course will gain experience learning and following a scientific method that will provide a way of thinking that will be useful in almost all future studies. Emphasis is placed on conceptual physics: study of forces, laws of motion, energy, simple machine function: basic chemistry: study of the periodic table, atomic structure, molecular bonding and classification of matter, and experimental research.  

Grade(s): 9
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Life Science

Biology

The scope of this course includes scientific thinking, cellular biology, heredity/genetics, natural selection and ecological studies. The course develops the learning processes involving a mastery of fundamental concepts, progressing to the understanding of awareness of the interrelationships of living things with their environmental adaptation.

Grade(s): 10-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Biology Honors

Biology Honors will prepare students who are interested in pursuing careers in the sciences, medicine, or veterinary sciences. This course will lay a foundation for those planning on taking college-level biology courses, including AP Biology. Some of the topics considered are: organic and inorganic chemistry, microscopy, cells, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, genetics at the organism and molecular levels, evolution, classification, ecology and environmental issues. All students who are willing to accept the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum should consider taking this course. The most successful student is one who is very curious, motivated, enjoys labs, can learn some material independently, and can apply new material in a conceptual context.

Grade(s): 10
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Passing grade in 9th grade science

Upper Division Science

AP Biology

AP Biology students delve deeper into the intricacies of living systems, exploring through hands-on guided inquiry labs, and challenge their content knowledge and writing skills throughout the year. The curriculum is based on 4 big ideas:

  • The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life,
  • Biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and to maintain homeostasis,
  • Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes,
  • Biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties.
Each big idea will accompany labs that will allow students to demonstrate their enthusiasm and curiosity. Students must develop their own hypotheses, test them thoroughly, and write college level reports within one week of lab completion. AP Biology is intended to be a Junior/Senior level class. Students are expected to have taken an introductory Biology and Chemistry course. This course will require dedicated amounts of time above that of other courses and requires students to make a strong commitment to display their devoted work ethic on a daily basis. Students should maintain at least a C average to remain in any AP class.

Grade(s): 11-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

AP Environmental Science

This course is the study of the natural systems that support human populations and all life on Earth, as well as the human-environment interactions that alter these systems. This is a lab- based interdisciplinary course for students interested in social issues, the natural world, and motivated to think critically. College credit is earned based on AP Exam Performance.

Grade(s): 11-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Biology

Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology

This yearlong honors course is designed for students interested in medicine, nursing, veterinary science and biological research. Students will be dealing with structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining it. Includes the study of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Identification and analysis of anatomical structures on rabbits will be required in the laboratory.

Grade(s): 11-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry