Earth and Space Science:

Course Title:    Earth and Space Science
Course Length:            Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:     9

Earth science is a laboratory science based on using Science as Inquiry to develop science concepts, and principles.  It emphasizes hands on learning and cooperative learning. Science inquiry is designed to motivate students in a new exciting approach to learning the key scientific principles.  Students will gain in their understanding of the physical world and utilize their learned knowledge to solve problems.  The class will utilize new technologies and apply this technology in an effort to solve real world problems.  Students are expected to show cooperation in-group activities in an effort to promote complex critical thinking.  Emphasis is placed on the highly technical and mathematic end product of scientific knowledge.

Course Outline:
Geometric properties of matter:
Fundamentals of measuring
Graphical Analysis of Length
Time rate of change in position (Velocity & Acceleration)
Measurement of Area
Measurement of Volume
Physical Properties of Matter:
Comparison of Mass
Density as a characteristic Properties of matter
Identification of Unknowns based on physical properties
Atomic Model of Matter:
      •Solids, Liquids, Gases
      •Energy and the states of matter




Course Title:                 Biology
Course Length:            Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                 10

The Biology classes taught focus on study of life and its processes and interactions.  The focus of Introductory Biology is on cell biology and the microscopic structures and functions occurring at and just above the cellular level, genetics, and other gene related fields of study as well as a study of microorganism life.  Advanced Biology takes up where Biology ends,  and deals with plants and plant identification, study of invertebrate life followed by vertebrate life, then moving into the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Content is taught using lectures, labs and projects.  Typical labs may involve the use of microscopes to study microscopic organisms and structures, dissection of specimens as well as collections, observations, and experiments done in the field.

Course Outline:
Biological Principles (scientific method, chemistry of life)
Cells (structure, organization, energy use, reproduction)
Genetics (DNA, proteins, gene expression, inheritance, related technology)
Evolution (Origin of life, earth’s history, evolution of populations, classification)
Ecology (as related to populations, communities, & ecosystems)
Microorganisms (Bacteria, Viruses, Algae, & Fungi)
Plants (importance of, major structures and organization, reproduction)
Invertebrates (basic characteristics, flatworms, Annelids, Arthropods, insects,
Vertebrates (basic characteristics of fishes, mammals)
Human Biology



Advanced Biology:

Course Title:               Advanced Biology
Course Length:           Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                 11, 12
Prerequisites:               Biology

Advanced Biology provides students with a more in-depth look at ecology, plant structure and function.  Students will also make an extensive study of vertebrate animals including humans.  This study will be facilitated through class room discussion, laboratory investigations, and field study when appropriate.  Many of the concepts learned in biology will be expanded upon in this class, epically how cell structure and function differ between organisms and how the environment affects an organism’s structure and function.

Course Outline:

Data collection
Sampling techniques
Ecological issues
Levels of Organization
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystems and Biosphere
Environmental Science
Plant Classification
Plant Structure and Function
Plant Reproduction
Plant Responses
Vertebrate Fishes
Vertebrate Amphibians
Vertebrate Mammals

Human biology
Skeletal, muscular, and Integumentary systems
Circulatory and Respiratory systems
Infectious diseases and the Immune system
Digestive and Excretory system
Nervous System and Sense organs
Endocrine system
Reproductive system





Course Title:                Chemistry
Course Length:           Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                  11, 12
Prerequisite:                 Biology, Algebra (or congruent enrollment)

Chemistry is a complete introductory course for students who plan to continue academic study.  This class is designed to help students see how chemical principles and concepts are developed from experimental observations, and data, and how these principles can be used to explain phenomena in our daily lives as well as in the laboratory.  Special attention is given to problems we face today and the attitudes, understanding, and skills needed that will help students analyze carefully, and act wisely on issues that will confront all citizens in our technological world.

Course Outline:
Matter and Changes
Measurements and Calculations
Organization of matter (atoms, arrangement of electrons, periodic law, chemical
Chemical Formulas and Compounds
Chemical equations and reactions
Phases of matter
Solution and their behavior
Acids and Bases


Advanced Chemistry:

Course Title:           Advanced Chemistry
Course Length:           Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:             11, 12
Prerequisite:            Chemistry, Algebra

Advanced chemistry is an extension of the chemistry class.  It is designed for the student who is interested in pursuing a degree in one of the major sciences, or professional schools (i.e., doctor, veterinarian etc).  In Advanced Chemistry, the student will study the nature of the substances that make up our world and the way these substances interact with each other.  This study will be done through laboratory activities, classroom discussions, and problem solving.

Course Outline:
Ions in Aqueous Solution and Colligative Properties
Acids and Bases
Acid-Base Titration and pH
Reaction Energy and Reaction Kinetics
Chemical Equilibrium
Oxidation –Reduction Reactions
Carbon and Hydrocarbons
Organic Compounds                      Nuclear Chemistry



Course Title:                 Physics
Course Length:            Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                   12
Prerequisites:                 Algebra II /Trig; Adv.Math

Physics is concerned with relationship between matter and energy.  Our main emphasis in class is working problems dealing with force and motion (both rectilinear motion and curvilinear motion), work, power and energy with additional projects in the areas of wave motion, sound waves, light and electricity included as circumstances allow.  A strong background in mathematics is a must, as all theory and laws in physics deal with mathematical formulas.  The major emphasis is on the pure science of physics.

Course Outline:
The Nature of Science
Physics:  The Science of Energy
Measurement and Problem Solving
The Nature and Cause of Motion
Resolution and Composition of Forces
Curvilinear and Harmonic Motion
Conservation of Energy and Momentum
Sound Waves