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General Science

Honors General Science


Honors Biology


Honors Chemistry

Advanced Topics in General Science


Honors Physics


Environmental Science


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Advanced Topics in General Science allows students to continue to explore aspects of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Sciences and to apply data collection, analysis, and interpretation skills related to those scientific concepts. Based on the Next Generation Science Standards, the course is made up of three related disciplines: Earth and Space Science; Physical Sciences; and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science. This framework articulates the standards as well as the science and engineering performances, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. The curriculum describes the specific performances that will be assessed on the Next Generation Science Assessment. Students are expected to complete several inquiry-based projects over the course of the year.

Following the Connecticut Science Framework 3 and 4, Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10 with Lab continues the students’ scientific inquiry training as preparation for the NGSS Assessment. The course, which builds upon the knowledge of biological concepts, includes: cell chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. As in grade 9, students will continue forming hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions while expanding their understanding of the content standards.

This lab course builds on knowledge developed in the previous integrated science courses. Students will be introduced to chemistry topics such as: atomic structure, chemical bonding, energy changes, stoichiometry, periodicity, properties of gases, solutions, acid-base theory, electrochemistry and organic and biochemistry. Students will investigate the properties, composition and structure of matter and the laws that govern the combination of elements and reaction of substances. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge of chemistry to various problem-solving activities with the use of science-specific technologies and standard laboratory tools.

This course is an introduction to the study of the solar system, the stars, galaxies, nebulae and newly discovered celestial bodies. This course is designed to raise the level of student awareness to celestial objects including the history, properties, interrelationships and origins of the universe. Research, on line programs and independent study is an integral component of this program. Laboratory activities are included.

Environmental Science surveys key topic areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis; ecology; energy flow; ecological structures; earth systems; and atmospheric, land and water science. Emphasis is placed on human interaction with the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics also include the management of natural resources and analysis of private and governmental decisions involving the environment.

This course is designed to challenge students with topics such as fingerprinting; DNA analysis; blood typing and spattering; trajectories (for ballistics as well as blood spattering); comparative anatomy; chemical analysis of drugs, poisons and trace evidence; and the dynamics of physics. Students will learn about the careers involved with Forensic Science and will play mock roles as experts in the field to solve crimes. They will learn teamwork in solving the mock crimes and have a chance to change their roles as the year progresses. The students will be provided training in the analysis of data and chemical/biological evidence.

General Science 9 with Lab develops the student’s scientific inquiry by integrating the sciences, with a focus on preparing the student. This course builds on the concepts and principles of chemistry, environmental topics and physics. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum. This course covers areas of chemical reactions, energy transfers in life processes and biochemistry. Students will form hypotheses, design experiments, use technology, analyze data and draw conclusions. Course content reflects the Connecticut Next Generation Science (NGSS) Assessment.

See section XV for Honors/Advanced Level Selection Criteria

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and a grade of 95 or a grade of 85 in Honors General Science 9

The honors section is a more rigorous application of the Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10 with Lab. Topic