High School Science

Living Environment

Living Environment is a course that explores different aspects of living organisms, their interaction with the physical environment, and the principles that govern their existence. The course covers the study of cells and their biochemical functions, human body systems, homeostasis, heredity and genetics, reproduction and development, theories of evolution, ecology, and the impact of human beings on ecosystems. This course is usually the first high school level science that students take, so emphasis is placed on understanding the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry, including creating hypotheses, designing experiments to test natural phenomena, mastering basic lab skills and techniques, and writing lab reports.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Integrated Physics and Chemistry is designed to provide a foundation in the physical sciences for students. Although this course is taught in a conceptual manner, some mathematical analysis of scientific concepts will be presented. In the chemistry portion of the course, material classification, atomic structure, interpretation of the periodic table, compound structures, chemical reactions, solutions and mixtures are introduced. In physics, topics such as forces, waves, sound, light, heat, and electricity are discussed. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this course, used to not only reinforce concepts but also to give students hands on experience in making inferences and predictions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions.

Theater Technology

This course acts as an introduction to theater production with an emphasis on technical elements. Students will learn the basics of scenic, sound, and lighting design. They will have opportunities to participate in stage management and construct props, sets, and scenery. This is an experiential education course that is offered during the winter term during a student’s practicum. Students will have all theory and knowledge placed in the context of staging live productions. Each winter term carries 1/2 a unit of credit, so two winter terms must be completed for a student to receive a full science credit.