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SCIENCE Courses

7-8 Science 7 (SCI107)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: None

Students begin the year solving engineering problems using the design process, building models to analyze various forms of energy, and communicating their solutions. We then dive into discussing how heat energy is transferred, and analyzing heat transfer within Earth's systems. After this detailed study of thermal energy, we explore the flow of energy in a variety of ecosystems and human impact on Earth's systems. We finish the year by looking at the invisible forces of gravity and electromagnetism. Assessment methods include creative and critical projects, journals, quizzes, lab activities and science binders.

 

7-8 Science 8 (SCI108)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: None

Students use more abstract thinking skills to explain cause-and-effect relationships of complex phenomena and systems to explain patterns and make future predictions. We cover topics in a variety of sciences including earth science, life science, chemistry, and physical science. Specific topics include: the causes of seasons and tides; plate tectonics; climate; the role of genetics in reproduction, heredity, and natural and artificial selection; how atoms and molecules interact; and Newton’s laws. By the end of the year, students should be able to analyze and provide evidence of phenomena and describe the causes of processes that often cannot be seen.

Academic Teaching Assistant in Middle School or High School Classes

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: School Service
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school academic class in which they have significant experience with the discipline, or a high school class in which they have already earned credit. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit, but NOT academic credit. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Prior teacher permission is required.

 

Agroecology (SCI114)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Biology, Environmental Science

Students explore concepts of systems-thinking and how it applies to agriculture. We look at local agriculture through a biological lens, as well as through a social lens. Class activities include lab work in topics such as plant and soil health, as well as research into the economic and cultural implications of our food system. One of the main components of this course is learning to care for and maintain the school garden. Expect to be working outside! We will spend time every week preparing the beds, sowing, transplanting, weeding or harvesting. We will hopefully have visits from local experts, as well as a field trip to a farm in the area. Assessments include short quizzes, written responses, lab reports (including analysis of data), group projects and creative presentations.

Anatomy, Physiology, and Psychology (SCI106)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Biology

Students not only investigate the anatomical and physiological aspects of the human body systems, but also learn about the power of the brain and how it controls and dictates the body's responses. Explore how the processes of the brain can often explain human behavior, and how many psychologists have explained human behavior over the years. Study how the body and the mind sometimes struggle to work properly. Students are expected to display their knowledge individually and through group work in a variety of ways including written pieces, class activities, homework, assessments, quizzes and tests, presentations, and lab work.

 

Biology (SCI110)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Environmental Science

Students explore in great detail the characteristics of living organisms. Major components include: skills of a laboratory scientist, biochemistry and cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Students are expected to display their knowledge both individually and through group work in a variety of ways, including written pieces, class activities, homework, assessments, quizzes and tests, and lab work. This course allows students to make a connection between biology in the classroom and biology in the “real world," as well as prepare students for the Biology MCAS test.

Chemistry (SCI111)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Biology

This general chemistry course includes inquiry-based investigations combined with quantitative laboratory work. Students examine concepts such as matter, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding and structure, types of reactions, stoichiometry, pH, reaction rate, energy and chemical thermodynamics, and nuclear processes. Students are assessed through quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities.

 

Environmental Science (SCI109)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to endow students with knowledge and skills that enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major environmental science concepts, as well as prepare for the Biology MCAS test.The main themes are biodiversity, sustainability, evolution, energy, systems ecology, and interdependence. Students explore ecological relationships, study global climate, and investigate population, consumption and pollution issues. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to use the scientific skills and processes and major environmental science concepts to understand interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze environmental issues and their solutions. Students are assessed through quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities.

Foundations of Biology

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

 

Foundations of Environmental Science

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

Fundamentals of Biology: Evolution and Ecology

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

In this course series, students have two years to develop and deepen their understanding of the scientific method and the biological world while preparing for the Biology MCAS. Students take both Fundamentals of Biology: Cell Biology and Fundamentals of Biology: Evolution and Ecology to provide them extra time for practice and reinforcement of content. Students learn about evolution, ecology, DNA & genetics, cells, and the human body while completing hands-on labs and activities with occasional written exams. The two year long courses may be taken in either order.

 

Physics (SCI103)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Science
Prerequisites: Biology AND Algebra 2

Physics begins with an investigation of motion. Examine concepts such as velocity, acceleration, vectors, force, inertia, momentum (linear and rotational), energy, work, power, and relative motion. Continue with an analysis of waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, nuclear and atomic physics, and introductory quantum theories. There is an emphasis on the mathematical components of the physics as well as the conceptual theories involved. Coursework per semester includes: 3-4 major tests; 4-6 quizzes; 2-3 major projects; frequent labs; and weekly homework assignments.

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