The Science Department has a history of an extremely sound program of college preparatory courses. In addition to the college prep track, the Department also offers an accelerated track of courses for those more gifted and motivated in the sciences. Determination of placement in any given course will be made through the advisement of the Science Department. Students wishing to take two science courses in the same year must secure approval from the Science Department prior to submission of the Course Request Worksheet by their advisors.
Laboratory work is integral to each science course. Methods of gathering and collating data, interpreting data, and forming logical and justifiable scientific conclusions are emphasized as the cornerstone of scientific investigation. Use of videos, computers, demonstrations, and independent research projects supplement laboratory work and class discussion.
Active Science Olympiad, SMART Team (molecular engineering), Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Environmental Science clubs and teams provide the highly interested student an additional opportunity to pursue independent research projects, to participate at interscholastic competitions, and to present educational programs to the community.
The science program emphasizes thorough study of the three primary laboratory science courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The majority of students complete all three courses in the college preparatory track. Others elect, through guidance and qualification, to pursue the courses in the accelerated track and follow an area of interest in an Advanced Placement course. Although three years of science are required, the majority of students opt for a four year science experience. All students taking a fourth year of science must take a Physics course if they have not done so during their junior year. Exceptions to the Physics course requirement may be granted by the Assistant Principal for Academics.
These science offerings are interesting, challenging, and demanding of an investment of time and effort by the student. With such a commitment, however, he will be rewarded with a solid preparation for college-level study along with a growing understanding of and curiosity about the complex world. A degree of scientific literacy is essential if one is to function maturely in today’s increasingly technological society. All students are reminded that three credits in science are required for graduation.