Science

K – 5th Grade:

The Elementary Science program develops scientifically literate students who actively participate in exploring the scientific learning process through conceptual thinking skills, logical reasoning, problem solving and inquiry.  Students will utilize instructional materials, hands-on experiments and technology to build upon their knowledge of earth, life and physical science topics.

6th – 8th Grade:

The Middle School Science program helps students to develop scientific thinking by providing them with opportunities to enhance logical reasoning, critical thinking skills and scientific reasoning skills that support scientific inquiry.  Students will develop process skills as they actively investigate concepts, evaluate the results of the investigations and respond to thought-provoking questions that conclude each lesson, activity or investigation.

9th – 12th Grade: 

Science is a way of experiencing and relating to our world and building a methodology for processing life situations and searching for possible solutions.  Science is sometimes viewed as a repository of vast, complex knowledge with little relevance to life outside the classroom.  To dispel this misconception, the curriculum reflects a realistic endeavor to cover content in terms of an organized approach which emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills in relation to the “real world.”

Environmental Science: 

Environmental Science places an emphasis on the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required for understanding the interrelationships of the natural world.  The focus is to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and manmade, to evaluate the relative risk associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

Biology I: 

Biology I aims to help students make sense of the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.  Students engage in learning experiences that encourage the application of biological knowledge to make decisions and solve problems.  The students focus on scientific methods, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology and a comparative survey of the diversity of organisms that inhabit the Earth.

Chemistry: 

Chemistry investigates the underlying principles that govern physical and chemical processes in the natural world.  Students discover the usefulness and relevance of chemistry in their intended areas of study in addition to achieving the ability to apply its process in the everyday world.

Physics:  

Physics provides students with the opportunity to learn how the world around them works.  The course is theoretical, mathematical and hands-on in nature.  Students investigate motion, Newton’s laws, mechanics, gravity, electricity, magnetism and sound and light.

Biology II:  

Biology II emphasizes the development of vertebrates, animal behavior and human anatomy and physiology.  Students investigate causes of disease and ways in which science works to diagnose, prevent and/or find cures.