Upper School Science Curriculum
Biology (9th Grade)
In Biology, students focus on the fundamental study of living organisms. Specific units of study include biochemistry, the structure and function of cells, cellular reproduction and respiration, genetics, protein synthesis, photosynthesis, and ecology.
Chemistry (10th Grade)
In Chemistry, students are introduced to the principles of chemical reactions present in the physical world. Specific units of study include atomic theory, constructing chemical equations, stoichiometry, fundamental states of matter, and gas laws.
Physics (11th Grade)
In Physics, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of kinematics and mechanics. Specific units of study include constant and accelerated motion, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, momentum and impulse, electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism.
Anatomy (12th Grade) Elective
During the senior year, a variety of electives are available including Anatomy, AP Physics as well as AP Biology and AP Chemistry. In Anatomy, students study the body systems that maintain homeostasis from anatomical, physiological, and histological perspectives. Students explore anatomical and physiological concepts through an inquiry-based approach. Specific units of study include anatomical orientation, protection, support and movement, transportation, absorption and excretion, reproduction, growth, and development.
AP Physics 1 and 2 (11th & 12th Grade)
In AP Physics 1 and 2, students cover concepts typically included in an algebra-based, introductory college level physics sequence. Students develop a deep understanding of the field to support future college work in the sciences. Students are expected to take the respective AP Physics 1 or 2 exam offered each spring.
Specific units of study in AP Physics 1 include kinematics, dynamics: Newton’s laws, circular motion and universal law of gravitation, simple harmonic motion, impulse, linear momentum, and conservation of linear momentum, work, energy and conservation of energy, rotational motion, electrostatics, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound.
Specific units of study in AP Physics 2 include thermodynamics, fluid statics and dynamics, electrostatics, DC circuits and RC circuits, magnetism and electromagnetic induction, geometric and physical optics, quantum physics, atomic, and nuclear physics.