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Science Classes

Biology

Biology builds on knowledge and experience gained in our Life Sciences course.  Students are introduced to microbiology and delve deeper into their studies of science, evolution, genetics and heredity, cellular processes, ecology,  as well as human systems.  

Sample Beginning of Year Test   –   Sample STEAM Project Assignment (Biology Emphasis)

Chemistry

Chemistry is focused on the study of the structure and composition of matter, and the changes that occur to matter during various chemical and physical interactions. The course provides many hands-on experiments and investigations involving laboratory equipment, basic elements, compounds, and mixtures. Students explore atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids and bases, phase changes, and oxidation-reduction reactions. The nature of the course necessitates a comfortable understanding of algebra and a willingness to develop an understanding of the scientific method.

Sample Midyear Test

Earth Science

Students will study the structure of the earth, minerals and their properties, rock formation, methods for geologic dating, earth processes, plate tectonics, weathering, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, climate, and the solar system.  Students learn material and share knowledge through outdoor lab application, indoor lab work, textual exploration, projects, and classroom discussion.

Integrated Science

Students study the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, earth, and space sciences.  This course introduces students to the scientific method and allows for exploration while challenging students to master the underlying math and to apply scientific concepts to solve complex problems.

Life Science

Life Sciences explores living systems through experience and experimentation, as well expository instruction and reading. This course challenges students to expand their understanding of evolution, basic life processes, cellular organization, heredity, ecology, and human biology

Physics

Physics is the study of the properties of matter and energy.  The course will cover the topics of classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.  Laboratory work provides realistic experience in data collection, analysis, and the demonstration of important physics principles. It is suggested that students have a good mastery of Algebra II in order to succeed in the course.