The goal of the science department is to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to develop a rich understanding of biological and physical principles. During three required years of study students are exposed to successively more sophisticated concepts and experimental skills that allow them to investigate the nature and behavior of matter, energy, and living organisms. The department staff is committed to active learning experiences, engaging the students in the process of science via lecture, discussion, and laboratory work that serve to develop and enhance their ability to think critically and communicate intelligently about scientific problems and issues.
The two-year lab BioChem core, taken in grades 9 and 10, allows students to encounter concepts, principles, laws, and skills of science at successively higher levels of abstraction over a two-year period. This approach enables students to develop an awareness of the interdependence of the sciences, preparing them for more advanced study of science in grades 11 and 12.
Students are required to take three years of science: BioChem I, BioChem II must be taken in grade 9 and 10, respectively. The third-year requirement must be a Physics course, but this can be taken in either grades 11 or 12*.
*This Physics requirement is in place beginning with the Class of 2019.