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Science

At the high school level each student must earn a minimum of three credits. Students must pass the High School Assessment in Biology (or earn a combined passing score on the Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English 10. and American Government assessments) in order to graduate. One credit must be in Biology, the state-assessed course. Two additional credits may be earned in any combination of earth, life, physical science or environmental science. Colleges recommend courses where laboratory experiences are an integral component.

Science Expectations and Guidelines for Ninth Grade Placement Levels

Introduction to Ecological Systems

  • C or below in 8th grade science
  • Below average county assessment scores
  • With support good work habits and study skills (rarely missing or late on assignments)
  • Limited success with written and oral expression
  • Limited math skills, probably also enrolled in Algebra Seminar 9th grade
  • Is highly successful if provided extended time
  • Student in need of a preparatory course for Biology
  • Course emphasizes mastery of basic skills including reading and writing

Earth Science Review

  • C or D in 8th grade science
  • Below average county assessment scores
  • Poor work habits and study skills (many missing and/or late assignments)
  • Limited success with written and oral expression
  • Limited math skills, probably also enrolled in Algebra Seminar or Algebra I 9th grade
  • Might benefit from Special Ed co-teacher

Earth Science

  • C or B in 8th grade science
  • Average county assessment scores
  • Completes some/most of assignments
  • Concurrently enrolled in Algebra I
  • Not an independent learner (a couple of missing and/or late assignments)
  • Has shown some success with written and oral expression

Earth Science G/T

  • A or B in 8th grade science
  • Above average county assessment scores
  • Motivated learner, but not necessarily independent (no missing and/or late assignments)
  • Completed or is concurrently enrolled in Algebra I, preferably GT or higher
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral expression

Biology G/T

  • High A in 8th grade science with no missing and/or late assignments
  • Near perfect county assessment scores
  • Is able to question and think abstractly (“outside the box”)
  • Is able to handle the pressure of passing the Biology HSA
  • Proficient with computerized testing
  • Completed or is concurrently enrolled in Geometry GT or higher
  • Previous Science Fair experience
  • Capable of an average of one hour of Bio homework a night
  • Independent learner with exceptional study skills
  • Can manages time wisely, is organized and can perform independent research
  • Excellent written and oral expression
  • Strong work ethic

Math

Choosing a math class for next year is a personal decision based on an individual’s strengths. The best person to ask, “Where do I go next?” is your current math teacher who knows you and the curriculum. If you are currently enrolled in two math courses, you should talk to the teacher of the higher level math class. Please be advised that we DO NOT suggest that students take Math classes over the summer for acceleration. Students can not learn the same amount of material in 6 to 8 weeks as they do in a year long class.

If your current class is:

PreAlgebra

If your current class is PreAlgebra then you should register for Algebra 1. If you need extra support to be successful in math, sign up for Algebra 1 Seminar. Algebra 1 Seminar is an elective course in which you will have time to ask questions and work on the computer to develop stronger skills in Algebra. Algebra 1 Seminar is a stand alone course and not tied to any one Algebra section.

Algebra 1

If your current class is Algebra 1 and you successfully pass the course, you should register for Geometry. If you need extra support to be successful in math, sign up for Geometry Seminar. Geometry Seminar is an elective course in which you will have time to ask questions and to develop greater skills in Geometry. Geometry Seminar is a stand alone course and not tied to any one Geometry section.

Geometry

Students who have successfully passed Geometry with a C or higher should register for Algebra 2. All other students, and students who are concerned with being able to satisfy the requirement for three math credits in high school, should sign up for Mathematical Design instead of or concurrently with Algebra 2. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues. If you need extra support to be successful in Algebra 2, sign up for Algebra 2 Seminar. Algebra 2 Seminar is an elective course in which you will have time to ask questions to develop greater skills in Algebra 2. Algebra 2 Seminar is a stand alone course and not tied to any one Algebra 2 section.

Geometry GT

Students should discuss with their teacher whether they should register for Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 GT. In addition, Mathematical Design is an option. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues.

Algebra 2

Students who have successfully completed Algebra 2 with a C or greater should register for Math Analysis. This class will prepare students for Business Calculus GT, Trigonometry, or AP Stats. Students who had difficulty with Algebra 2 should consider Mathematical Design or Advanced Algebra. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues. Advanced Algebra is a 12th grade only course designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Algebra 2. Advanced Algebra focuses on the skills that will be tested on college placement tests such as the Accuplacer.

Algebra 2 GT

Highly proficient students in Algebra 2 GT should register for PreCalc GT. An alternate path of proficient students would be to register for both Math Analysis and Trigonometry. The two math classes taken in the same year will provide students with more in depth instruction in the material needed for AP Calculus. For students who were having more difficulty in Algebra 2 GT or those students who do not want to take two math classes next year, it is recommended that you register for Math Analysis. In addition, Mathematical Design or Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues. Students in Mathematical Design G/T will be required to develop more complex problems/solutions/presentations than are required in the Mathematical Design class.

Math Analysis

Students who will successfully complete Math Analysis should register for Trigonometry. Students who want a challenge may also register for Stats AP or Business Calculus. In addition, Advanced Algebra, Mathematical Design or Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Advanced Algebra is a 12th grade only course designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Algebra 2. Advanced Algebra focuses on the skills that will be tested on college placement tests such as the Accuplacer. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues.Students in Mathematical Design G/T will be required to develop more complex problems/solutions/presentations than are required in the Mathematical Design class.

Trigonometry

Students who have not completed Math Analysis should sign up for that class. Others may register for Business Calculus, Stats AP, or Calc AB. It is advised that you discuss your options with your teacher. In addition, Mathematical Design or Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues. Mathematical Design G/T will be required to develop more complex problems/solutions/presentations than are required in the Mathematical Design class.

PreCalculus GT

Students who will successfully complete PreCalculus GT may register for Business Calculus GT, Calculus AP, or Stats AP. Speak with your teacher to see which they recommend. In addition, Mathematical Design or Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model real world issues of the day. Mathematical Design G/T will be required to develop more complex problems/solutions/presentations than are required in the Mathematical Design class.

Stats AP

Students who will successfully complete Stats AP and who have completed a PreCalculus class should register for Business Calculus GT or Calculus AP. Students who have not completed PreCalculus should register for Math Analysis or Trigonometry. In addition, Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design G/T is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model complex real world issues of the day.

Calculus GT

Students who will successfully complete Calc GT should register for Calculus AP or Statistics AP. Students who feel they need further knowledge of Trigonometry may sign up for Trigonometry. In addition, Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design G/T is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model complex real world issues.

Calculus AB

Students who will successfully complete Calculus AB should register for either Calculus BC or Statistics AP. In addition, Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design G/T is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model complex real world issues.

Calculus BC

Students who will successfully complete Calculus BC should register for Statistics AP. Students are also eligible to enroll in Differential Equations. In addition, Mathematical Design G/T is an option. Mathematical Design G/T is a problem-based Statistics course where students use collaboration to model complex real world issues.

Health and Physical Education Class Descriptions

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation. PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.