Department of Science

Required Courses (presented in required sequence)

Introductory Physics (1 Credit)

The Introductory Physics course is designed for ninth grade high school students and includes the Introductory Physics standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. This course provides the skills and foundation for further studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics presented include motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and heat transfer, waves, electromagnetism and electromagnetic radiation. Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course and include investigation, observation, analysis and problem solving. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 9 Introductory Physics MCAS assessment.


Introductory Physics Honors (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Science teacher or counselor recommendation, based in part on previous Mathematics MCAS performance.

The Honors Introductory Physics course is designed for ninth grade high school students and includes the Introductory Physics standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. Laboratory activities highlight problem solving skills and experimental techniques. The honors curriculum is presented at an increased pace and introduces supplementary themes and projects which are not covered in the regular Introductory Physics course. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 9 Introductory Physics MCAS assessment.


Biology (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Introductory Physics

The Biology course is designed for tenth grade high school students and includes the Biology standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. The topics presented include chemistry of life, cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution and biodiversity and ecology. Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course and include investigation, observation, analysis and problem solving. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 10 Biology MCAS assessment.


Biology Pre-AP (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Introductory Physics; science teacher or counselor recommendation, based in part on previous Mathematics MCAS performance.

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology Pre-AP Laboratory (0.5 credits)

The Biology Pre-AP course is designed for tenth grade high school students and includes the Biology standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. Laboratory activities highlight problem solving skills and experimental techniques. The Pre-AP curriculum is presented at an increased pace and introduces supplementary themes and projects which are not covered in the regular Biology course. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 10 Biology MCAS assessment.


Biology Pre-AP Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology Pre-AP

All students enrolled in Pre-AP Biology must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements Pre-AP Biology by utilizing investigations to further develop and communicate understanding of biological concepts within the Curriculum Frameworks. Students will develop skills and techniques to achieve competency in performing laboratory investigations.


Chemistry (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Biology

The Chemistry course is designed for eleventh grade high school and includes the Chemistry standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. The topics presented include properties of matter; atomic structure and nuclear chemistry; periodicity; chemical bonding; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and thermochemistry; solutions, rates of reactions and equilibrium; acids and bases and oxidation-reduction reactions. Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course and include investigation, observation, analysis and problem solving. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 11 Chemistry MCAS assessment.


Chemistry Pre-AP (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Biology; science teacher or counselor recommendation, based in part on previous Mathematics MCAS performance.

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry Pre-AP Laboratory (0.5 credits)

The Chemistry Pre-AP course is designed for eleventh grade high school students and includes the Chemistry standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. The Pre-AP curriculum is presented at an increased pace and introduces supplementary themes and projects which are not covered in the regular Chemistry course. This course prepares students for successful performance on the grade 11 Chemistry MCAS assessment.


Chemistry Pre-AP Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry Pre-AP

All students enrolled in Pre-AP Chemistry must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements Pre-AP Chemistry by utilizing investigations to further develop and communicate understanding of chemical concepts within the Curriculum Frameworks. Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course and include investigation, observation, analysis and problem solving. Students will develop skills to achieve competency in conducting laboratory investigations.

* Although the SPS Pupil Progression Plan identifies chemistry as an elective course, SCHS strongly suggests all students complete a chemistry course as part of a comprehensive and competitive college preparation plan.


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