Science Course Descriptions

Grade 9 

Biology (1cr)
To provide students with an introductory science course that prepares students in the inquiry process and provides them the skills necessary for success in future science classes. The class is taught in consonance with the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Frameworks and will prepare the students for the science portion of the MCAS. Content is comparable across the various levels.
This course is offered at the College Preparation Levels CP1 and CP2. 
 

Grade 10

Technology Engineering Science (1.0cr)
To provide students with an introductory background in forces, motion and energy in a hands-on inquiry based environment. Students will develop and apply skills in applying both the scientific process and engineering process. The class is taught in consonance with the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Frameworks. Content is comparable across the various levels.
This course is offered at the College Preparation Levels CP1, CP2, and Honors. 
 

Grade 11

Chemistry (1cr)
To provide students with an introductory course in chemistry and develop skills in applying the scientific process in a hands-on inquiry based environment.  Students will develop and apply skills in applying both the scientific inquiry process and engineering process, as well as developing critcial thinking and problem solving skills.  The class is taught in consonance with the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Frameworks. This course targets students planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or universities. Students will develop requisite academic skills to do well in college level science courses. This course is available at the College Prep and Honors level.
 
This course is offered at the College Preparation Levels CP1, CP2, and Honors.
 

Grade 12

Physics (1cr)
To provide students with an introductory course on physics and to develop skills in applying the scientific process and engineering process in a hands-on inquiry based environment. This course targets students planning to attend a four year college. Students will develop requisite academic skills to do well in college level courses. This course in intended for students in areas of construction and mechanical technologies, engineering, and informational technology, but is open to all students in any occupational areas as an elective science. This course is available at Honors level.
 
This course is offered at the College Preparation Levels CP1, CP2, and Honors. 
 
Marine Biology CP2 (1cr)
To provide students with an introductory course on ocean life from the most primitive to the most complex organisms, with a focus on local biota. This is a survey course open to all students as an elective science. This course targets students who plan to attend a two-year college or enter into an occupational area.
 
Biochemistry Honors (1cr) 
To provide students with an introductory course in organic chemistry and the physiology of the cell while developing skills in applying the scientific process in a hands-on inquiry based environment.  This course targets students planning to attend a four-year college, but will benefit students considering two-year colleges, technical schools, the military, or entering the workforce.  Students will develop requisite academic skills to do well in college level courses.  This course is intended for students in Health and Environmental Technologies, but is open to all students in any occupational area.