Biology Regular/Honors CREDIT: 1.0
These courses promote the students’ awareness of the natural world, basic scientific concepts, stimulation of critical thinking and application of knowledge. In this course, students will learn the basics of biochemistry with a focus on the main organic and inorganic compounds. Furthermore, students examine the structure of the cell as well as the cell processes such as cell-division and mutations, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Fundamental principles of genetics such as Mendel's laws of heredity and autosomal and sex-linked diseases, human anatomy and physiology are part of the curriculum. Throughout the courses, students learn new concepts and apply them in both hands-on and virtual labs.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP Math score used for level placement Open to grade(s): 9
Integrated Science CREDIT: 1.0
This course is designed to promote students’ understanding of a variety of topics in science, covering basic concepts of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Earth Science. Students will develop a greater awareness of the importance of scientific principles in everyday life, and will work on strengthening creative and critical thinking skills important in science. The course content includes: organizing scientific data; the nature and properties of matter; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; motion, acceleration, and forces; work, power and machines; communicable diseases and disease prevention. Additionally, students will be exploring the Earth, space, and Earth’s natural resources. Different approaches to teaching and learning will be utilized, including hands - on lab activities and research opportunities
Open to grade(s): 10
AP Environmental Science CREDIT: 1.0
AP Environmental Science is a one-year course with a substantial number of lab activities, field trips and case studies. It is a course that keeps up-to-date as it keeps track of changes in the environment, as well as changes in geography, earth science, politics, economics, chemistry, industry, law and the non-governmental sector. Course content includes: main environmental problems, basic concepts in chemistry, basic concepts of ecosystems, biodiversity and its connection to the environment and humans, water resources, physical geography, soil structure, minerals, fossil fuels, efficiency and conservation of energy, production of food (agriculture), wildlife resources, and pollution and management. Students examine the concept of sustainability and how economics and law, worldviews of issues and the role of NGOs play in environmental protection.
Pre-requisite(s): Biology, Chemistry and Algebra 2, and a diagnostic test Open to grade(s): 10,11,12
IB Biology SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
IB Biology is a two-year course aimed to provide students with higher-order investigative experiences that promote a deeper understanding of critical concepts in Biology. The course is equivalent to a college introductory course in biology, usually taken by biology majors in their first year, and prepares the students for the external assessment which will take place at the end of the second year of study. Topics include: cell structure and function, chemistry of life, cellular metabolism, genetics, cell reproduction microorganisms, plants, animals, evolution, and behavior and ecology. Lectures are accompanied by experiments that help students to grasp important and advanced concepts in biology. The goals of the IB Biology course are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process.
Pre-requisite(s): Biology completed in the pre-IB years Open to grade(s): 11,12
IB Sports Exercise and Health Science SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
Sports, exercise and health science (SEHS) is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and optional topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimension and ethics by considering sports, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context. This, like all IB courses, is a two-year program over grades 11 and 12.
Pre-requisite(s): Algebra 1 and Geometry completed/Math 9 Open to grade(s): 11,12
Chemistry Honors/Regular CREDIT: 1.0
These courses enable students to gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through theoretical and practical studies. Students learn how science is studied and practiced, and how the results of scientific research has both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. The unifying patterns and themes of chemistry, an appreciation of the practical nature of chemistry and the importance of scientific methods for accurate experimental work and reporting are studied in order to develop a logical approach to problem solving in the wider context of the importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the modern world.
Pre-requisite(s): Biology and Math 9 (formerly Algebra 1 and Geometry) completed Open to grade(s): 10, 11,12
IB Chemistry SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
IB Chemistry combines theory with practical investigation skills. In this two-year course students develop critical-thinking skills required in experimental science. The course meets the needs of students wishing to enter the sciences at university level. Students acquire investigational skills through the scientific method to form, test and modify a hypothesis through observation and measurement of controlled conditions. Beyond developing problem-solving and analytical skills, they become aware of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of science and technology. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. IB Chemistry is offered at standard and higher level. Chemical principles include quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, periodic table, bonding, chemical kinetics, energetics and equilibria, acids and bases, redox, introductory organic chemistry and instrumental analysis. This, like all IB courses, is a two-year course.
Pre-requisite(s): Biology and Math 10 (formerly Algebra 2) Open to grade(s): 11,12
Physics Regular/Honors CREDIT: 1.0
This is an algebra-based course, designed to introduce students to basic concepts of physics, with a particular focus on: mechanics, thermal physics, properties of waves, electricity and magnetism, and atomic physics. Instructional methods help students relate course material to everyday life through laboratory activities, where the steps of scientific method are followed with a strong focus on gathering, analysis and interpretation of data. The course is offered in two progressions, with success in the honors progression heavily dependant on students’ in-depth understanding of physics concepts and algebraic skills to develop appropriate mathematical models to solve written problems.
Pre-requisite(s): Biology Regular/Honors, Math 9 Regular/Honors completed (formerly Algebra 1 and Geometry) Open to grade(s): 10, 11,12
AP Physics 1 CREDIT: 1.0
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students develop their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitational forces; energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion, electric charge and electric force, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound. Students in this course will spend approximately 25 percent of instructional time engaged in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the foundational physics principles and apply the science practices. Students enrolled in this AP subject sit an external exam at the end of the school year.
Pre-requisite(s): Physics Regular or Honors, and Algebra 2 Honors Open to grade(s): 11,12
IB Physics SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
The course includes core Physics principles with flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of the students. Theory and experiments allow students to develop knowledge and practical skills and techniques in the use of mathematics, the language of physics, with interpersonal skills and digital technology skills, both essential in scientific pursuits and important transferable life-skills. The course is available at Standard and Higher Levels for students who wish to study physics at university and those who do not. Both levels share a common core syllabus covering measurements and uncertainties, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics, energy production. There is an internal assessment (IA) with some overlap in the options studied. HL students study topics at greater depth. This, like all IB courses, is a two-year program over grades 11 and 12.
Pre-requisite(s): Physics Regular or Honors, and Algebra 2 Honors in the pre-IB years Open to grade(s): 11,12
Writing Workshop 10, Natural Science CREDIT: 0,5
The workshop focuses on the development of understanding of the structure of a scientific text and development of strategies to understand the content of scientific texts that are part of PSAT Reading Comprehension in Science. During the process, students will write multiple scientific texts that are not necessarily related to the course content covered at school. The workshop will also contain activities related to building proper structure of laboratory reports, as well as development and use of appropriate technical jargon in writing science related essays and lab reports.
Pre-requisite(s): be concurrently enrolled in Chemistry, Physics, or Integrated Science for the second semester Open to grade(s): 10