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Science 6 Grade 6 (year)
Students will gain an understanding of science and its processes as well as the knowledge that comes from scientific research. Students are encouraged to view science as an interaction between facts and ideas and to understand its application to society. Emphasis is placed on building the solid academic foundation required for success in high school and college.
 
Science 7 Grade 7 (year)
The focus of the seventh grade curriculum is on scientific inquiry and the life sciences. The curriculum is divided into four units: cells and heredity, scientific investigation, diversity of life, and the human body. Students are required to participate through experiments and laboratory exercises. Emphasis is placed on communicating science effectively through observation, data recording, and producing written lab reports. Each student is also required to participate in the school-level science fair, which is quarter-long endeavor that culminates in Semester 2.
 
Science 8 Grade 8 (year)
The focus of the eighth grade curriculum is on science in society and the physical sciences. Students will investigate matter, energy, and basic chemistry while incorporating scientific inquiry. Students develop the skills and techniques used in science through hands-on activities. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills of problem investigation, analysis, and evaluation through employing the scientific method. Each student is also required to participate in the school-level science fair, which is quarter-long endeavor that culminates in Semester 2.
 
Robotics 6 Grade 6 (semester)
Robotics 6 is designed to provide students interested in a STEM-oriented career an overview of a variety of engineering fields. Students will learn the necessary skills that engineers use to design, create, and test systems and will use the engineering process as a method to solving problems. The course is project-based and will have many group learning activities. Students will use science, math, and technology, along with critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems. The course introduces the key design, construction, and programming skills required in the field of robotics.
 
Robotics 7 Grade 7 (semester)
Same as Robotics 6 with added rigor in practice and application; students grouped as grade 7.
 
Robotics 8 Grade 8 (semester)
Same as Robotics 7 with added rigor in practice and application; students grouped as grade 8.
 
Biology Grades 9-10 (year)
A college preparatory course that examines the major discoveries of the living world, the relationship of humans to other life forms, how science works in the real world, as well as human physiology. Emphasis is placed on building the solid academic foundation required for success in high school and college.  Students reinforce what they have learned in class utilizing a variety of laboratory equipment to perform both wet and dry labs.
 
Advanced Placement Biology ** Grade 11-12 (year)
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology AND Chemistry with a B or higher
This course follows the sequence of topics outlined in the latest Advanced Placement Biology Course Description Booklet by the College Board. Most college texts, such as Biology by Campbell, follow a similar format. Teams share the variety of experimentation required for any one investigation and enter data on the class computer for processing at a later time.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.
 
Chemistry ** Grades 10–12 (year)
Prerequisites: C or higher in Biology, Algebra I
Chemistry is a course designed to give the student an understanding of science and its processes as well as the knowledge that comes from scientific research. Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical change; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; bonding; mole concepts; chemical equations; behavior of gases; properties of solutions; acids and bases; oxidation-reduction reactions; nuclear chemistry and chemical reactions. Students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives. This is a college preparatory lab-oriented course that uses an approach in examining the major discoveries of Chemistry, use exploration and investigation to apply creative thinking and open-minded lab work, and how science relates to topics and problems in the real world. Emphasis is placed on laboratory safety and procedures and building the solid academic foundation required for success in high school and college. Students reinforce what they have learned in class utilizing a variety of laboratory techniques.
 
Advanced Placement Chemistry ** Grades 10-12 (year)
Prerequisite: B or higher in Chemistry
The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during the first year of college. Students attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course contributes to the development of the students' abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. Topics include a rigorous mathematical approach to topics covered in first-year chemistry (mathematics of chemistry, laboratory safety and procedures, chemical foundations, atomsmolecules-ions, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and equations, gases-liquids-solids, thermochemistry, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, properties of solutions, kinetic theory, equilibrium, acids-bases-salts, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, structure and organization of the periodic table, organic chemistry, and related career opportunities) and extension of general chemistry topics to the college level. The course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test that occurs in May and provide a lab experience equivalent to that of a typical college course.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class. 
 
Marine Biology ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a C or higher
Marine Biology is a college prep course designed to study organisms that live in the sea. The four main sections to be investigated are: Principles of Marine Science, Organisms of the Sea, Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems, and Humans and the Sea. The course will include labs and projects as a means of exploring these concepts in more depth. It will also emphasize observation, scientific inquiry, and organization and analysis of data.  
 
Kinesiology/Sports Medicine ** Grades 10–12 (year)
This course introduces students to the study of human movement and the acute and chronic effects of physical activity and training on the body. Course content shall include basic anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and motor development. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition and management of common musculoskeletal injuries. Students will also be introduced to current philosophies, procedures and practices relating to sports medicine and the treatment and care of athletic injuries. Course content shall include an introduction to medical careers, athletic training domains, medical terminology, and human anatomy with an emphasis on injury prevention, assessment and rehabilitation. Students will also be required to complete ten practicum hours outside of class under the direct supervision of a medical professional.  Can apply as either SCI or PE credit.
 
Robotics I Grade 9-12 (year)
Robotics is a course designed to provide Freshman students interested in a STEM-oriented career an overview of a variety of engineering fields. Students will learn the necessary skills that engineers use to design, create, and test systems and will use the engineering process as a method to solving problems. The course introduces the key design, construction, and programming skills required in the field of robotics. Students explore the science behind what makes a robot work, and collaborate in teams to design, build and program a robot. Concepts of electrical and mechanical engineering and computer programming are introduced. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with engineers and scientist to discuss careers in the STEM and related fields. There also will be opportunities for students to participate in the VEX and/or FIRST Robotics Competition.
 
Robotics II ** Grade 9-12 (year)
Same as Robotics I with additional rigor in theory.

Physics ** Grades 10–12 (year)
Pre-requisite: C or higher in Chemistry, Algebra II
A college preparatory physics course with lab that emphasizes developing the skills needed to succeed in a college level environment. Students are required to study physical phenomena from both a conceptual and mathematical point of view and perform laboratory experiments to reinforce the information they have acquired.
 
Advanced Placement Physics ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Physics, concurrent registration in Pre-Calculus or higher.
Advanced Placement (AP) Physics is a calculus-based second year physics course, which follows the Advanced Placement Physics B curriculum. Students will learn to work independently, with class time used for tutorial, lab and small group work.   Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.