Our science department goals are threefold: focus on scientific content, develop scientific skills, but equally important is developing in the students a confidence and curiosity about the world of science.
Whether in physical science or physics, biology or chemistry classes, we focus our teaching around developing a student awareness of the interrelatedness of the physical and biological worlds. Concepts and laws in one domain affect another, and vice versa–an understanding in one affords success in the next.
We do this by showing the students the “real world” effects of their lessons: in physics classes, giant bubbles expand and burst, scooters zoom down driveways (velocity); in chemistry, we stage contests to determine the compound. Oceanography students hear from noted whale researchers, then head to Key Largo to see sea life firsthand, both in the water and in working labs. Forensic students learn to find clues, but far beyond the quick and easy world of CSI.
To appreciate the diversity and complexity of the natural world, we must question, ask how and why–memorizing facts are not enough. This “inquiry-based” style of learning inspires the students, and they are emboldened to take risks in discussions, and creativity is fostered, in a safe but challenging environment.
9th: Int. Sci.: Systems and Sustainability
10th: Int. Sci.: Mechanisms of Change (2018-2019)
11th: Science Electives
A fourth year of science is not required, but highly recommended for college-bound students. After successful completion of Biology and Chemistry, any of the following classes may be taken in the 12th grade:
- Honors Physics
- Oceanography or Forensics (offered on alternating years)
- AP Biology or AP Chemistry (offered on alternating years)
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