Science Department Mission Statement
The Science department provides a curriculum designed to not only challenge students academically but also encourages curiosity, critical thinking and healthy skepticism. These traits are intended to prepare young men and women for living in a world filled with opportunities to think like a scientist regardless of whether science is their intended field of concentration.
Science Department Goals
- Develop a knowledge base and proficiency within the required sciences to expand students’ awareness of the applicability of the sciences in their everyday world.
- Enable students to think critically and objectively to build a curiosity for the natural world.
- Create and promote a positive learning environment in which individuals are held accountable for their decisions, while encouraging them to be respectful, tolerant and creative.
Science Department Objectives
- Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, historical developments, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings within the required sciences.
- Understand and apply basic science skills through laboratory activities and in some instances completion of science fair project presentations.
- Work individually, in pairs and in small collaborative groups, to accomplish specific classroom and laboratory goals.
Science – the study of the natural world – is both useful and rewarding in its own right. It provides a sense of the order in the universe and is one of civilization’s major intellectual achievements. It is fueled by the same creativity required for art, music or literature. It relies on curiosity, objectivity and a healthy skepticism. The study of science, then, is an excellent preparation for college, regardless of a student’s intended field of concentration.
The Science Department has designed a curriculum to meet the differing needs and abilities of all students. Standard courses are offered for those who simply wish to meet the science requirements for graduation. A wide variety of more advanced honors level courses are offered for those who wish to challenge themselves in most areas. Students wishing to receive college credit may do so by fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the AP courses and taking and scoring well on the Advanced Placement Test. Students may concentrate on biological sciences or physical sciences within the electives offered following sophomore year.
All courses have a laboratory component. Students must take College Prep Biology or Honors Biology as freshmen and then take a Chemistry course. A total of three years of science is required for graduation, although four years is preferred by many colleges and universities. Two of the science courses taken prior to graduation must be Biology and Chemistry. Many courses have prerequisites and require department approval before registering. Any questions should be addressed prior to selections being made.