APPLIED PHYSICAL SCIENCE (5160)

Grade Level:  9th

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation.

Description: This courses stresses the everyday application of physical science for non-college-bound students.  Topics of study include the types and properties of matter, energy, sound waves, light and mirrors and related material.  Problem-solving skills are stressed.  Basic chemistry is introduced and applied to household situations.

Interactive Science (5331)

Grade Level:  11th

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation.

Description: This course is designed to meet the need of the non-college bound student.  The course assimilates Physical Science, Biology and Earth Science experiences.  The course will lab oriented.  The pace will be set at a slower scale.  The student will  experience rewarding labs geared toward survival science skills.

Biology I (5031)

Grade Level:  10th

Prerequisite:  Physical Science

Description: This course is based on lecture, demonstration and laboratory exercises.  This course is structured around a series of themes:  inquiry approach to science, historical biology, comparison of plant and animal structure, plant and animal physiology, diversity of living organisms, interrelationships of plants and animals with environment and the study of animal behavior.

Chemistry I (5051)

Grade Level:  11th and up

Prerequisite:  Must have Algebra I competencies, and a grade of "C" or better in both General Science and Biology I.

Description: Chemistry is a laboratory and lecture course involving a study of basic concept of matter.  Chemical combinations, valences, nuclear relationships, stoichiometry, gas laws, and nuclear reactions.  Materials is presented through lecture, laboratory and computer activities.

Physics (5211)

Grade Level:  11th and up

Prerequisite:  Minimum of Algebra III or Trigonometry competencies.

Description: Physics is the study of forces that shape our everyday life.  Topics studied include the mechanics of motion and work, kinetic theory, waves, light and optics, and thermodynamics.  Laboratory exercises, lectures, and field trips comprise the bulk of the course

Applied Biology I (5030)

Grade Level:  10th

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation.

Description: This non-college preparatory course stresses the application of biology to everyday living.  Plant and animal structures and relationships are studied.  An application of the diversity of life is a strong theme throughout the year.  Problem solving and thinking skills are an important part of this course, which has limited enrollment.

Physical Science (5161)

Grade Level:  9th

Prerequisite:  None

Description: This course is designed to encourage students to explore and manipulate the environment, to hypothesize and reason from data, to formulate explanations and to communicate these explanations to others.  Skills emphasized include communicating, comparing, drawing conclusions, experimenting, formulating hypothesis, inferring, interpreting, measuring, observing, organizing, predicting, problem solving, relating and sequencing.  Topics included are: properties of matter, energy, waves, nature of matter, changes in matter, and the future of matter and energy.

Biology II (5032)

Grade Level: 11th and up

Prerequisite: Must have "C" or better in General Science and Biology I

Description: This course is heavily weighted toward laboratory inquiry.  Lecture and class discussions make up the balance of the course.  This course starts with comparative zoology of higher animals followed by human physiology and comparative anatomy.  The second semester includes environmental studies and concludes with Botany.  Botany is broken down into plant physiology and taxonomical classifactions study.

Chemistry II (5052)

Grade Level: 12th

Prerequisite: Must have Algebra I competencies, an a grade of "B" or better in Chemistry I.

Description: Chemistry II continues and reinforces Chemistry I studies.  Topics include:  nuclear chemistry, bonding, periodic table studies, quantum chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and acid/base reactions.  Material is presented through lecture, laboratory and computer activities.