Science Department

The Science Education Program in grades 9-12 will:
  1. Help students to understand and apply basic concepts, principles and theories of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences and their interrelationships.

  2. Provide the means for students to explore natural phenomena and understand the natural environment through an inquiry-based approach.

  3. Train students to select and properly use appropriate laboratory equipment, materials, and technology, including measuring and sensing devices.

  4. Provide students with varied opportunities to identify and solve problems through scientific exploration, including the formulation of hypotheses, design of experiments, use of technology,analysis of data and drawing of conclusions

  5. Develop the students’ understanding of the relevance of science in other academic disciplines and to various career opportunities.

  6. Prepare students to apply scientific knowledge in their lives and assist them in becoming active participants in an increasingly technological world.

  7. Read and respond critically for a variety of purposes.

  8. Utilize listening, speaking and writing skills to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.

  9. Think critically in order to deduce, analyze, and solve abstract and real world problems across disciplines.

  10. Select and employ a variety of resources-including media and technology-in order to find, organize and communicate ideas effectively.

  11. Learn to work collaboratively and creatively with others to achieve common objectives.
The level of courses will differ in pace, manner of presentation and selection of materials. As part of the 3-credit graduation requirement for science, the student must earn at least one credit in a life science and at least one credit in a physical science. These courses must be taken in the science department and are marked with a (P) or (L) beside the course title.