Science

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Grade 9

Students must take Biology I.

Biology I

This course introduces students to a two-year sequence in the study of biological sciences and the specific terminology and methodology relating to the basic concepts of life and its processes. The course begins with a short, standards-based, introductory unit: Scientific Skills and Metrics that will be used to review and enhance student understanding of scientific investigation.  The remaining learning standards for Biology I provide the foundation for the following three units: Chemistry of Life; Cell Biology; DNA and Genetics and are based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.  All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.


Grade 10

Students must take Biology II or AP Biology (by recommendation only). Students who are recommended for and take AP Biology will not be able to choose a grade 10 elective as AP Biology is a double block course.

Biology II

This course completes the second year of the two-year sequence in the study of biological sciences and the specific terminology and methodology relating to the basic concepts of life and its processes. Learning standards for Biology II serve as the foundation for the following three units: Ecology; Evolution and Biodiversity; Anatomy and Physiology and are based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016).  All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

Advanced Placement Biology (2-Block Course)

Advanced Placement (A.P.) Biology is an introductory college-level course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes-energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Biology Exam in May.  College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam.


Grade 11

Students must take Chemistry, Physics or Sustainability Science.

Chemistry

This course is designed to teach students the concepts of composition, structure and properties of substances and the changes they will undergo based on the learning standards for Chemistry in the Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016). Topics will include the classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical formulas, chemical reactions and gas laws. Students will utilize qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to predict outcomes and identify unknowns. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level. All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

Physics

This Physics course will introduce key concepts of the physical world including motion, energy, and electromagnetism based on the learning standards for Physics in the Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016). . Hands on labs will reinforce these concepts. Measurement and problem solving including graphing and critical thinking will be introduced. Technology will be used to analyze data collected in lab activities. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level. All students will participate in quarterly common assessments

 

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE

This lab-based course focuses on the application of science through the lens of sustainability to better understand the interrelationship between humans and their impact on the planet.  After examining energy in the Earth, the structure and composition of the atmosphere, circulation of the oceans and atmosphere, and climate variations over time, students will learn about sustainable practices that are best suited to help promote and maintain a better ecological balance.  Students will conduct research, analyze case studies, participate in several hands-on labs, and develop a problem-solving project using the scientific method.       

 


Grade 12

Students may take Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, and/or Forensic Science.  While a 4th year of science is not required, it is recommended that students pursuing post-secondary education enroll in a 4th year of lab-based science during their Senior year.

Chemistry

This course is designed to teach students the concepts of composition, structure and properties of substances and the changes they will undergo and is based on the learning standards for Chemistry in the Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016). . Topics will include the classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical formulas, chemical reactions and gas laws. Students will utilize qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to predict outcomes and identify unknowns. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level. All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

Physics

This Physics course will introduce key concepts of the physical world including motion, energy, and electromagnetism based on the learning standards for Physics in the Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework (2016). Hands-on labs will reinforce these concepts. Measurement and problem solving including graphing and critical thinking will be introduced. Technology will be used to analyze data collected in classroom lab activities. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level.  All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

Advanced Placement Physics

A.P. Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that will address the principles of Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power: mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Laboratory-based inquiry learning will develop students’ scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. There is a mandatory summer assignment. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Physics Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5).

Forensic Science

This is a lab-based elective designed to give students an in-depth look at the world of forensics. Students will be introduced to the basic application of science to the law. Students will learn how forensic scientists combine today’s technology with the skills of the scientific community in order to help solve crimes. Topics covered include crime scene evaluation, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis; and the examination of current cases as they relate to these topics.

 


Discontinued Courses

Introduction to Engineering (grade 10) 

This course introduces students to the engineering design process. Hands-on projects focusing on different areas of engineering are central to the course. Students will explore materials science, construction design, heat systems, and electrical systems. The dynamics of working as an effective team to solve problems and implement solutions will be a feature of the course.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS (Grade 11)

A.P. Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that will address the principles of Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power: mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Laboratory-based inquiry learning will develop students’ scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. There is a mandatory summer assignment. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Physics Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5.)

Anatomy and Physiology (Grade 11)

This is an elective designed to give students an in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology which will elaborate on basic topics covered in Biology I. Students will gain knowledge through inquiry-based research projects as well as intensive dissections.

Advanced Placement Biology (This is a 2-Block Course) (Grade 12)

A.P. Biology is an introductory college-level course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes-energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Biology Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5.)