The science department offers students courses that expose them to concepts and critical thinking that will enable them to pursue science at the collegiate level. Besides gaining college preparatory (or honors level) knowledge, students develop confidence in their own abilities to solve problems, discern relevant information, and be an advocate for their own learning. Our courses also offer opportunities for students to learn proper research skills, techniques for laboratory and field work, interpretation of data and report results, and how to understand practical applications of the material.
We emphasize both laboratory activities and discussion-based curriculum that facilitates retention of concepts covered and development of application skills. We seek to cultivate active learning, self-reliance, study and note-taking skills, test-taking ability and laboratory report writing. In order for students to maximize success, we have developed a progression within the science department that will enable the students to develop study skills in the earlier grades which will be essential in the more content intensive courses in the later grades. Our science experience is supported by the use of both technology and a separate travel curricula designed to allow students to meet course objective without the benefit of in-class instruction when they are away from the classroom for athletic contests and training.
Physical Science focuses on matter, energy, motion and atomic theory. Student development is fostered by a focus on study skills, note taking, hands-on activities and organizational skills.
Earth Science teaches students to appreciate how scientific theories have evolved through time and how the scientific process has helped researchers arrive at these theories. Students will learn that scientific theories are not fact and may at any time be subject to being disproved.
Biology I is a content-based class that emphasizes cellular and molecular biology. Biology I introduces formal lab report writing and scientific critical thinking to set a foundation for academic independence.
Chemistry students will further explore scientific laboratory writing and gain a college preparatory foundation in chemistry. A special emphasis is put on safety and proper laboratory procedures.
Physics students use both their science and math skills to achieve conceptual understanding, to solve applied mathematical problems, and to perform and analyze experiments.
Honors Biology II is designed to be a continuation of Biology I and is intended for accelerated students who wish to pursue science further in college. The final trimester of Biology II is designed to help students coalesce their two years of biology as they prepare for the SAT II subject test.
Environmental Science is designed to introduce students to contemporary issues of environmental concern. The course’s main emphasis is to draw links between a student’s skills learned in the core science curriculum and the environment and also introduce field work as a significant component of the scientific process.