High School Science

For the Classes of 2011 & beyond, three units of science credit one unit of Biology, one unit of Chemistry or Physics, plus one additional unit of credit must be earned, in the span of grades 9-12, to meet the graduation requirement.

Course Sequence Process

The student’s decision about which science course to elect should be made with a view toward the science courses which he or she will elect in grades 9-12. To assist the student in this matter, listed below are suggested sequences of science courses. The student is encouraged to invite his/her eighth grade science teacher to recommend an appropriate science course for grade nine. Students preparing for careers in science should, as a minimum, ordinarily complete a four-year sequence that includes courses in earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Course curriculum maps are available for additional information regarding course alignment to state standards.

Typical Science Sequences (Pioneer and Huron)

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Biology

Earth Science

Geophysical Science AC

Chemistry, AP

Chemistry

Physics, Conceptual
Physics C: Mechanics, AP
Physics
Biology, AP
Physics, Conceptual
Ecology & Resource Management

 

Typical Science Sequences (Skyline)

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Science, Integrated AC I

Trimester 1 & 2
Science, Integrated AC II

Trimester 3
Chemistry: Sustainable/Green
Science Inquiry
Science elective

Chemistry, AP
Chemistry: Sustainable/Green
Chemistry, Advanced: Sustainable/Green
Science elective
Physics C: Mechanics, AP
Biology, AP
Science elective

Additional Resources

High School Content Expectations for Science External Link

Extended Grade Level Content Expectations for Science:

Using Earth Science Knowledge 501kb Word Doc External link
Constructing New Scientific Knowledge 205kb Word Doc External link
Using Life Science Knowledge 430kb PDF External link
Reflecting on Scientific Knowledge 235kb PDF External link
Using Physical Science Knowledge 537kb PDF External link

 

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