Course Descriptions

Science

7th Grade Integrated Science: Required Core Course
This course focuses on the theme of “structure.” Students will note examples of structure in the world around them by learning concepts and principles of science that illustrate this principle. They will recognize that all substances are made of smaller component parts that work together to become larger, dynamic systems.

8th Grade Integrated Science: Core Course
This course focuses on the theme of “change.” Students will learn that there is observable evidence illustrating earth’s dynamic systems and the gradual changes in the earth’s system over time. Students will study the earth, space, motion, and energy. They will learn that those principles are involved in the operation of many systems and are fundamentals of scientific understanding.

Earth Science: Elective Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on the theme of earth systems. Students will learn that there is observable evidence which illustrates Earth’s many dynamic systems and the gradual changes in those systems over time. This evidence will be shown by combining the study of earth, space, physical and life sciences.

9th Grade Physical Science: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on three main topics: matter, motion and energy. Students will gain an understanding of the basic laws that govern matter, motion, and energy. They will learn that these principles are involved in the operation of many systems and are fundamental to scientific understanding.

Biology: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on an understanding of physical life, teaching the background and tools necessary to observe and understand living organisms and systems. It is a functional study of science, rather than a structural study.

Environmental Science: Elective Course for 1.0 Credit
In this course students will learn that there is observable evidence which illustrates Earth’s dynamic environmental systems, the gradual change in these systems over time, and how these systems interact. The course further emphasizes the relationship between the human population and the ecological systems of the earth.

Chemistry: Elective Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on the chemical nature of both organic and inorganic materials. It illustrates the structure, properties and the basic function of these materials.

Physics: Elective Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on several aspects of energy, its transfer through systems and objects; the motion of particles, both microscopic and macroscopic; energy mechanisms and Newtonian physics; matter and quantum physics; projectiles, reflection and refraction.

Anatomy and Physiology: Elective Course for 1.0 Credit
This course focuses on the biological processes of the human body, and how the processes of other organisms relate to the human body. Human anatomical structures, themselves, are learned as a means of understanding how human physiology functions.

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