• 6th Grade Science
    Sixth grade science focuses on the overarching theme of systems. Topics include cells, human body
    (interaction of systems and homeostasis), ecology, natural resources, water, and the dynamic earth. Students
    engage in critical thinking by making claims and using evidence and scientific reasoning to support these
    claims. This is expressed both orally and in written format. STEM (the integration of science, technology,
    engineering, and math) projects are incorporated throughout the year.

    6th Grade Pre-AP Science
    Pre-AP Science 6 has the same areas of focus and course of studies as 6th grade science (see above). This
    course involves more rigorous discussions, independent reading and writing, and more challenging
    assessments. In this course, students will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the 6th grade science
    curriculum. In addition to interest, students requesting this course should have a strong body of evidence in
    science, including teacher input, attendance, habits of mind and PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper quadrant of
    “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading and writing.

  • 7th Grade Science
    Seventh grade science focuses on change over time in relation to the earth and life history. Specific topics of
    study include Earth History, Evolution, Properties of Matter (Basic Chemistry), and Climate. Throughout the
    school year, students will complete STEM oriented project based learning activities. Students are required to
    engage in critical thinking and arguing using scientific evidence both in discussion and in written form.

    7th Grade Pre-AP Science
    Pre-AP Science 7 has the same areas of focus and course of studies as 7th grade science (see above). Students
    in this course will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the 7th grade science curriculum. This course
    involves more rigorous discussion, more complex reading and writing, and more challenging assessments.
    Students in this course are expected to independently push themselves to take intellectual risks and to
    synthesize and effectively communicate complex ideas. Students should be committed to independent reading
    both in school and at home. In addition to interest, students requesting this course should have a strong body
    of evidence in science, including teacher input, attendance, habits of mind, and PARCC/CMAS scores in the
    upper quadrant of “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading, writing, and math.

  • 8th Grade Science
    The focus of this course is the theme of energy. Topics include forms of energy and energy transformation,
    matter and chemical reactions, waves (sound, seismic, ocean, and electromagnetic), force and motion,
    weather, genetics, and Earth, Moon & Sun relationships. Throughout the school year, students will complete
    STEM oriented project based learning activities and are required to engage in critical thinking and arguing
    from evidence, both through speech and in written form.

    8th Grade Pre-AP Science
    Pre-AP Science has the same area of focus and topics as 8th grade science (see above). This course involves
    discussion that is more rigorous and more complex reading and writing as well as more challenging assessments.
    Students in this course are expected to take intellectual risks and synthesize and effectively communicate
    complex ideas. Students requesting this course should have a strong body of evidence in science, including
    teacher input, attendance, habits of mind and PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper quadrant of “Meets” or
    “Exceeds” category in reading, writing, and math, as well as, student interest.

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