Science

Science classes offer students a breadth and depth of exposure in life and physical sciences

Courses are designed to engage students of wide-ranging ability and interest and at every grade level. Each course builds a foundation of essential knowledge, but we emphasize science as a process of inquiry, facilitated by laboratory experience. We believe the goal of science instruction at the secondary level should be the development of positive attitudes and interests related to science, an ability to see the world through the lens of science, an understanding of basic concepts, and skill in critical analysis and sequential reasoning. Deep understanding is achieved by engaging prior understanding and by embracing the vital role of factual knowledge within conceptual frameworks.

"we focus on introducing students to the world of science not by telling them what to think, but by ENCOURAGING THEM to think for themselves. We want students to be able to look at new and different aspects of science in a hands-on approach. There are amazing opportunities here for students to explore beyond the science norm. outside of the academic year, students are able to continue to explore their INTERESTs through different programs AT organizations such as Cleveland clinic, case western reserve university, Baylor college and Heidelberg in Germany. "

- Wanda Boesch, Science Department Chair

Spotlight Course

marine biology

In this course students will learn about the diverse groups of marine organisms, their ecosystems and habitats, and current events in today’s oceans such as overfishing, ocean acidification, restoration, and marine protected areas. Through discussion, readings, projects, and labs, students will learn about the diversity of ocean environments and how the creatures that live there are adapted to best survive. Students will learn theories pertinent to ecology as a whole, as well as the specifics to the ocean. Ideally, the class will culminate with travel to experience some of the topics they have studied.

The Path

Core Courses

Biology (freshman course)

Chemistry (3 levels: Regular, Honors, CL)

Physics (3 levels: Regular, Honors, CL)

Electives: CL Microbiology, CL Pathobiology of Human Disease, Biotechnology, Cancer Immunology I, Cancer Immunology II, Cancer Immunology III, Cancer Informatics, Ecological Sustainability, Astronomy, Advanced Astronomy, CL SynBio—Inventing with DNA, Ocean Topics

Around Campus and Beyond: Summer Programs with Baylor College of Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University, and the Heidelberg Program. Competitions we participate in are TEAMS and MIT Synthetic Bio. The Science department also has an after school program in Biomedical Research with the goal of presenting at conferences.

Graduation Requirements

Three full credits in Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
View our complete course offerings list and the Academic Course Descriptions 2021-22.

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