All science offerings place emphasis on the comprehension and application of modern scientific concepts and on the scientific processes used by scientists to learn new information. Courses are developed around the following unifying competencies: Use of scientific equipment and experimental design, application of scientific concepts, collection and analysis of quantitative data, use of data analysis to drive predictions, and proper methods to communicate scientific information. All students are required to take three years of lab science.

Typically students take the required courses in the following sequence: Physics in ninth grade, Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry in tenth grade, and the choice of two Biology courses in eleventh grade. AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, are open to students who have completed the requisite science course in the area (i.e. Chemistry before AP Chemistry). The Science Department recommends that students who take these advanced courses show outstanding ability and effort in the prerequisite course and are recommended by their current science teacher and the department chair. Direct placement into AP courses is rare, and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking this direct route will be required to pass a placement exam and participate in an appropriate and approved summer program prior to taking the AP science course.

The Science Department has also developed rigorous project-based courses as alternatives to the AP Curriculum that allow students to dive deeper into areas of science and/or develop extensive research, engineering and design projects that are student-centered. These courses include Astronomy, Biotechnology, and Altruistic Engineering and Design.

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