Science



Science 7
Pre-requisite: SCI 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
This course addresses the inquiry process, history/nature of science, science in personal/social perspectives, life science, and earth science as outlined in the State Standards for 7th Grade. Students will expand their knowledge, interest, and appreciation of the ecosystem and build upon knowledge of Earth's systems and planetary sciences while using a hands-on approach. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student

Honors Science 7
Pre-requisite: SCI 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 7 Science Honors is based on teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors Science 7 goes beyond Science 7 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

Science 8
Pre-requisite: SCI 7
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
In 8th Grade Science, students will learn units in biology, physics and chemistry. Inquiry will be embedded and applied in all units. 

Students will participate in acting out animal survival skills in a food chain for their Biology Unit. For Physical Science, students will analyze and apply knowledge of Newton's Three Laws of Motion to hands on activities in centers. For the unit on chemistry, students will see physical and chemical changes as well as identify and explain elements on the Periodic Table of the Elements. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student. 

Honors Science 8
Pre-requisite: SCI 7
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 8 Science Honors is based on teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors Science 8 goes beyond Science 8 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

Environmental Science
Pre-requisite: SCI 8
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course surveys key topic areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis; ecology; energy flow; ecological structures; earth systems; and atmospheric, land, and water science. Topics also include the management of natural resources and analysis of private and governmental decisions involving the environment. Students explore actual case studies and conduct five hands-on, unit-long research activities, learning that political and private decisions about the environment and the use of resources require accurate application of scientific processes, including proper data collection and responsible conclusions

Biology
Pre-requisite: Environmental Sci
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
In Biology, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biological science concepts, including biochemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, evolution, and microbiology.

Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their structure and functions, their interactions and the results from these interactions over time, on assigned projects, quizzes and unit tests.

Honors Biology
Pre-requisite: Environmental Sci
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
In Biology Honors, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biological science concepts, including biochemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, evolution, and microbiology. Biology Honors delves deeper into content and will move at a faster pace. Additionally, expectations for reading and writing will increase. 

Chemistry
Pre-requisite: BIO
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
In Chemistry, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major chemical science concepts including structure and properties of matter and the elements, atoms, bonding, chemical reactions and equations, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to identify chemical elements, their structure and properties, chemical bonding, atomic bonding and the result of these interactions, on assigned research projects, quizzes and unit tests.

Physics
Pre-requisite: Bio and Chemistry
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Physics s a laboratory based course in which students synthesize the fundamental concepts and principles related to matter and energy, including mechanics, simple harmonic motion, wave motion, light, magnetism and electricity. Through regular laboratory study using such quantities as velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge, students (1) examine the nature and scope of physics, including its relationship to other sciences and its ability to describe phenomena using physical laws, (2) investigate physics questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues

AP Biology
Pre-requisite: Bio and Chemistry
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Pre-requisites: Completion of English 10 with a “B” or better, a score of “Proficient” or better on AZMerit reading and writing, and strong reading comprehension skills demonstrated by benchmark performance. AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

*potential additional 3 college credit s upon earning AP exam score of 3 or higher

*Exam fee $93; fee reductions and scholarships are available