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Academics

Science

Science education should help the student develop an attitude of curiosity about the nature of all phenomena, combined with an ability to use an approach of systematic inquiry toward the solution of problems. Students should, through the practice of systematic inquiry in the science disciplines, accumulate a broad base of knowledge, which will help them develop organizing principles around which they can direct their activity.

Faculty Members
Mrs. Sabra Sauer 
Mr. Jordan Schott
Mrs. Amy Eastham
Mr. Kevin Moseley

Biology
This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Students will explore a range of topics including cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, physiology, and the scientific process. In essence, this course provides a basis for students to develop a deep conceptual understanding of biology as well as opportunities to integrate biological knowledge and scientific practices through inquiry-based activities and laboratory investigations. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. This biology course satisfies one year of the high school graduation requirement for science.

Biology: Honors
This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Students will explore a range of topics including cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, physiology, and the scientific process. In essence, this course provides a basis for students to develop a deep conceptual understanding of biology as well as opportunities to integrate biological knowledge and scientific practices through inquiry-based activities and laboratory investigations. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. Biology Honors is a new course. The expectation is that students will study in greater depth, at a more rapid pace, and with more opportunity for inquiry-based labs and activities than in the regular Biology sections. This biology course satisfies one year of the high school graduation requirement for science.

Human Anatomy and Physiology - Honors
Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry
Human Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced study of the science of life. It is a laboratory-oriented course that includes the study of basic concepts and principles of specific life processes. Coursework includes a variety of hands-on, practical laboratory activities. 

Chemistry
Prerequisites:  Algebra I and Biology
This course is a survey of general chemistry exploring the principles and concepts of chemistry and basic laboratory techniques.  Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. All matter is composed of particles.  The constant motion and interaction of these particles determine the properties of matter that we can observe.  Breaking and forming these interactions leads to chemical and physical changes in matter during which energy is transferred.  At the completion of this course, students should have an appreciation for how atoms and molecules and their interactions comprise the world we experience. 

Chemistry Honors
Prerequisites:  Algebra II Honors and Biology Honors (Concurrent Enrollment Acceptable), Fulfillment of Honors Program Requirements and Teacher Recommendation
This course is a survey of general chemistry exploring the principles and concepts of chemistry and basic laboratory techniques.  Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. All matter is composed of particles.  The constant motion and interaction of these particles determine the properties of matter that we can observe.  Breaking and forming these interactions leads to chemical and physical changes in matter during which energy is transferred.  At the completion of this course, students should have an appreciation for how atoms and molecules and their interactions comprise the world we experience. In honors chemistry students will be expected to study concepts in greater depth and at a more rapid pace with additional opportunities for inquiry-based labs and activities than in the regular Chemistry course.  Successful completion of this course with a grade of at least an 88% is a prerequisite for the AP Chemistry course.

AP Chemistry
Prerequisites:  Chemistry Pre-AP or Chemistry Honors with at least an 88% and Algebra II or Algebra II Honors with at least an 88%.  Students in Chemistry with at least a 94% may enroll with instructor approval if space is available. 
AP Chemistry is designed to be equivalent to the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college.  As such, the course is suitable only for high school students who exhibit high levels of commitment, motivation, and academic maturity.  Students are expected to be self-motivated and spend extra time studying outside of class. The course requires two class periods each day and is organized into nine units: Atomic Structure, Molecular & Ionic Compounds, Intermolecular Forces, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Acids & Bases, and Applications of Thermodynamics.  Our underlying goal is to develop independent, critical, and analytical thinkers.  The problem-solving strategies obtained during this course will prepare college-bound students for careers in the sciences, medicine, engineering, and other technical areas.  They will become flexible thinkers with a real understanding of how to apply the concepts learned to novel situations. 

Physics 
Prerequisites: Chemistry, Algebra II (may be concurrent)
This course will emphasize hands-on experimentation as the class studies motion, forces, work, energy, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. There is a mathematical emphasis on problem solving with examples and questions reflecting real life situations. 

Physics Honors
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus Honors, concurrent enrollment in Calculus Honors, Chemistry and fulfillment of honors program requirements
This course will also emphasize hands-on experimentation, problem solving, and real life questioning. Physics Honors students will have a chance to experience independent study, and project constructions. The students will inter-link the topics covered in the Physics course. Completion of or enrollment in Pre-Calculus is necessary. 

Forensic Science
Forensic Science is a course that introduces students to the application of science to connect a violation of law to a specific criminal, criminal act, or behavior and victim.  Students will learn terminology and procedures related to the search and examination of physical evidence in criminal cases as they perform laboratory investigation.

Scientific Research & Design
Grade Level: 11th and 12th
The Scientific Research & Design course is a two-year program designed for motivated students who have a strong interest in the sciences and wish to advance to a higher level of study while still in high school. This course focuses not only on laboratory research, but also bibliographic research, as well as promoting and encouraging personal responsibility. Students will explore and choose a topic of interest related to any field of science, engage in original research under the supervision of a mentor, write a final research paper, and ultimately present their research. Students must complete an application process to be considered.