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04 Sciences

    The science curriculum is designed to expose students to the major scientific disciplines through a wide range of courses and topics. The major goal is to help students understand and adapt to a world that is changing, or still being discovered, and to understand that critical review of the data related to these changes is a necessary part of science. We believe that the application and acquisition of knowledge through laboratory or field experiences is the basic activity of science. Therefore, students will continuously be challenged to explore scientific ideas and utilize skills through a well-designed series of investigative activities in each course. Students will be expected to participate in the inquiry process, record and process both quantitative and qualitative data, draw conclusions, make inferences, communicate their experimental findings and reflect on their experiences. Through lectures, activities, discussions and labs our students will be challenged to develop individual thinking and the ability to discern the difference between good and bad science.

    Biology

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit 1.     

    Prerequisite: None

    Homework: LIGHT

    Biology provides a basic understanding of life science. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the information and concepts that are the foundation of modern biological science using molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological approaches. Students are expected to have a basic life science background from their elementary and middle school years from which further depth can be explored. Students in this course will develop skills in reading, critical thinking, laboratory techniques and study habits essential for independent progress in science. To achieve these results, students will use a variety of scientific techniques and technologies to enhance and build their understanding of topics discussed in the classroom. Emphasis throughout the course is on developing skills and strategies used in upper level science courses through an examination of topics that are relevant to everyday life.

    Chemistry

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit 1.0   

    Prerequisite: None  

    Homework: LIGHT to MODERATE

    Chemistry is a one year course designed to provide a survey of inorganic and physical chemistry for all students. This course also provides the necessary background for those students who choose to pursue more advanced studies in chemistry at the IB or AP level. Topics studied in this course include atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and chemical calculations, solution chemistry, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Quantitative reasoning skills are essential and thus developed and employed to provide scientific understanding of the various topics. The course stresses the scientific process including the collection, analysis and reporting of findings in writing, graphs, charts and tables. Problem solving and decision-making are integral parts of the course. The use of technology in experimentation is encouraged through computers, data loggers and specialized equipment.

    Physics

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit 1.0   

    Prerequisite: None  

    Homework: LIGHT to MODERATE

    Physics is a subject concerned with understanding our observations of the world. It helps us determine the motion of objects, the reasons for apples falling and what the relationship is between the plug on your TV and the light coming out of it. Physics is more than boxes on slopes, and so requires you to be open minded or even creative in your approach to problems. The SSIS Physics course aims to give a foundational knowledge of two major areas, Mechanics and Energy. In both topics we cover basic knowledge such as Newton’s Laws or Energy Conservation, but then utilize it in real situations. Part of this is a project in each semester, where you will have the choice of how to apply your knowledge to the real world. Physics requires some understanding of Algebra, although the content needed will be taught in class.

    AP Biology

    Grade: 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/13b-7589-AP-Biology-ADA-v0.1.pdf

    AP Biology is a college-level biology course that provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Primary emphasis in an AP Biology course is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry and laboratory techniques; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. The three general areas covered include: Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations. Students are required to take the AP Biology examination upon completion of this course.

    AP Chemistry

    Grade: 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisite: Biology or Physics and Chemistry and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-chemistry-course-overview.pdf

    AP Chemistry is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to take a challenging course modeled after a typical first year college chemistry course. Its general purpose is to assist students in developing an understanding of the major themes and concepts that permeate the fascinating field of chemistry. Furthermore, it allows students to take the AP Chemistry exam for purposes of satisfying the general chemistry requirement of many college and university first year chemistry programs. AP Chemistry covers a wide range of topics including: modern atomic theory, bonding, quantitative chemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and more.

    IB Biology SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0       

    Prerequisite: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Biology SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/biologysl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Biology SL Year 1 is the first part of a two year college level course. The first year of the course will focus on core topics of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics. In addition to factual content, students will develop practical and analytical skills. These include critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory techniques, making predictions, drawing valid conclusions from scientific evidence, and evaluating hypotheses and theories. A minimum of forty hours of laboratory work is performed over the two year course, including six required practical activities and a 10 hour independent investigation into a biological topic of each student’s choosing, to be completed in the second year. Students are required to take the IB examination upon completion of the second year of this course.

    IB Biology SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Biology SL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Biology SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/biologysl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Biology SL Year 2 is the second part of a two year college level course. The second year of the course will focus on core topics of Evolution and Biodiversity, Ecology, and Human Physiology. In addition to factual content, students will develop practical and analytical skills. These include critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory techniques, making predictions, drawing valid conclusions from scientific evidence, and evaluating hypotheses and theories. A minimum of forty hours of laboratory work is performed over the two year course, including six required practical activities and a 10 hour independent investigation into a biological topic of each student’s choosing, to be completed in the second year. Students are required to take the IB Biology SL examination upon completion of this course.

    IB Biology HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years    Credit: 1.0        

    Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry with grades of B or above.

    IB Biology HL Year 1 is the first part of a two year college level course. The first year of the course will focus on core topics of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity. Additional Higher Level topics build on the core material. These include, in the first year, the detailed study of Nucleic Acids, Metabolism, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, Genetics and Evolution, and Animal Physiology. In addition to factual content, students will develop practical and analytical skills. These include critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory techniques, making predictions, drawing valid conclusions from scientific evidence, and evaluating hypotheses and theories. A minimum of sixty hours of laboratory work is performed over the two year course, including seven required practical activities and a 10 hour independent investigation into a biological topic of each student’s choosing, to be completed in the second year. Students are required to take the IB examination upon completion of the second year of this course.

    IB Biology HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years    Credit: 1.0        

    Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Biology HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/biologyhl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Biology HL Year 1 is the first part of a two year college level course. The first year of the course will focus on core topics of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics. Additional Higher Level topics build on the core material. These include, in the first year, the detailed study of Nucleic Acids, Metabolism, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, and Animal Physiology. In addition to factual content, students will develop practical and analytical skills. These include critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory techniques, making predictions, drawing valid conclusions from scientific evidence, and evaluating hypotheses and theories. A minimum of sixty hours of laboratory work is performed over the two year course, including seven required practical activities and a 10 hour independent investigation into a biological topic of each student’s choosing, to be completed in the second year. Students are required to take the IB examination upon completion of the second year of this course.

    IB Biology HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Biology HL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Biology HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/biologyhl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Biology HL Year 2 is the second part of a two year college level course. The second year of the course will focus on core topics of Evolution and Biodiversity, Ecology, and Human Physiology. Additional Higher Level topics build on the core material. These include, in the second year, the detailed study of Plant Biology, Genetics & Evolution, and Animal Physiology. In addition to factual content, students will develop practical and analytical skills. These include critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory techniques, making predictions, drawing valid conclusions from scientific evidence, and evaluating hypotheses and theories. A minimum of sixty hours of laboratory work is performed over the two year course, including seven required practical activities and a 10 hour independent investigation into a biological topic of each student’s choosing, to be completed in the second year. Students are required to take the IB examination upon completion of this course.

    IB Chemistry SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                    

    Prerequisite: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For more IB Chemistry SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/chemistrysl2016englishw.pdf   

    IB Chemistry SL Year 1 is the first part of a college preparatory course continuing through the senior year. It is designed to expand on the knowledge and experimental skills obtained in the general science courses (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics). The course serves to prepare students for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. The course will help students develop the ability to analyze scientific literature and develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations.

    The experimental nature of chemistry is emphasized in practical work. An interdisciplinary group project provides an opportunity for students to realize the connectedness between various fields of science and enables students from these disciplines to work together on problems to discover solutions to a common goal. Topics to be discussed include: the foundations of chemistry, quantitative chemistry focusing on the mole concept, solution chemistry, gases, thermochemistry, atomic theory, and chemical bonding. 

    IB Chemistry SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Chemistry SL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For more IB Chemistry SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/chemistrysl2016englishw.pdf   IB Chemistry SL Year 2 is a continuation of the Year 1 SL course. Further discussion of more advanced chemistry topics will be undertaken, including solids and liquids, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and additional optional topics. Furthermore, students will be involved in more practical lab work. In the second year students will be expected to design their own experiments to test and evaluate the fundamental chemistry topics discussed in the program. A greater emphasis will be placed on independent practical work. Students are required to take the IB Chemistry SL exam at the completion of the course.

    IB Chemistry HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Chemistry HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/chemistryhl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Chemistry HL Year 1 is the first part of a college preparatory course continuing through the senior year. It is designed to expand on the knowledge and experimental skills obtained in the general science courses (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics). The course serves to prepare students for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. The course will help the student to develop the ability to analyze scientific literature and develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations.

    The experimental nature of chemistry is emphasized in practical work. An interdisciplinary group project provides an opportunity for students to realize the connectedness between various fields of science and enables students from these disciplines to work together on problems to discover solutions to a common goal. Topics to be discussed include: the foundations of chemistry, quantitative chemistry focusing on the mole concept, solution chemistry, gases, thermochemistry, atomic theory, and chemical bonding. Each of these topics will be explored in more detail and require a stronger quantitative analysis than is expected at the standard level. 

    IB Chemistry HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Chemistry HL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Chemistry HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/chemistryhl2016englishw.pdfIB Chemistry HL Year 2 is a continuation of the Year 1 HL course. Further discussion of more advanced chemistry topics will be undertaken, including solids and liquids, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and additional optional topics. In addition, students will be involved in more practical lab work. In the second year students will be expected to design their own experiments to test and evaluate the fundamental chemistry topics discussed in the program. A greater emphasis will be placed on independent practical work. Students are required to take the IB Chemistry HL exam at the completion of the course.

    IB Computer Science SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11, 12   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                    

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For more IB Computer Science SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/4_computersl.pdf  

    This course includes four required topics: system fundamentals, computer organization, networks, and computational thinking, problem-solving & programming. An addition fifth topic will be chosen from databases, modelling and simulation, web science. An internal assessment is a "practical application of skills through the development of a product and associated documentation" in which students find a client and produce a computational solution to a problem the client provides.

    The external assessment comprises two examination papers given at the end of the second year. Paper 1 constitutes 45% of the course mark and Paper 2 constitutes 25%. The internal assessment provides the remaining 30% of the mark.

    Year 1 students will complete Topic 4: Computational thinking, problem-solving & programming and the internal assessment.

    This class fulfills the IB Group 4 requirement.

    IB Computer Science SL, Year 2

    Grade: 11, 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0      

    Prerequisite: IB Computer Science SL, Year 1 and Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Computer Science SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/4_computersl.pdf  

    This course is a continuation of the IB CS SL, Year 1 and focuses on the four required topics and one optional topic described above and preparation for the examinations in May.

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                                                  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB ESS SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/envyr-systems-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL Year 1 is the first year of a two-year college preparatory course that provides students with a coherent perspective on the environment. The emphasis is on scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political, and social interactions of societies with the environment. Field work and class lab time provides hands-on experiences. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, students will have the opportunity to draw on concepts from the natural sciences and apply this scientific understanding to political and social issues, and create TOK and CAS links. A range of topics is covered throughout year one including: foundations of environmental systems and societies, ecosystems and ecology, biodiversity and conservation, water and aquatic food production systems and societies. Students will critically examine and develop their own environmental value systems (EVS) and become acquainted with the diverse range of EVSs of people from different cultures and backgrounds. This class fulfills requirements for Group 4 or Group 3 requirements or both.

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12            Length: Second of 2 years    Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisite: IB ESS SL, Year 2 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB ESS SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/envyr-systems-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL Year 2 is the culminating year of the two-year college preparatory course. Not unlike the first year, and again owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, students will have the opportunity to draw on concepts from the natural sciences and apply this scientific understanding to political and social issues. Topics covered in the second year of the program include: biodiversity and conservation, climate change and energy production, human systems and resource use. Following successful completion of the 2 year program, students will have developed a holistic understanding and appreciation for the complex interrelationships that exist between environmental systems and societies, and the vulnerability inherent within these relationships. This class fulfills requirements for Group 4 or Group 3 or both.

    IB Physics SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0           

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For more IB Physics SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/physicssl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Physics SL Year 1 is the first year of a two-year college preparatory course. This course provides an overview of the principles of Physics and the nature of the universe. Topics include:  Cosmology, Measurement, Data Analysis, Mechanics, Heat,Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves in one-dimension. The aims of the course are to prepare students for college level science and life as scientifically knowledgeable citizens. The course emphasizes experimentation and problem solving skills in the classroom and in the laboratory. It is assumed that the student has a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. A total of forty hours of practical laboratory work is performed over the two-year course. Students will be expected to design and carry out their own experiments to investigate physical relationships.  

    IB Physics SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                  

    Prerequisite: IB Physics SL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For more IB Physics SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/physicssl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Physics SL Year 2 is a continuation of the Year 1 SL course. Second year topics include:  Waves in two-dimensions, Optics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Physics and Climate Change.  The aims of the course are to prepare students for college level science and life as scientifically knowledgeable citizens. The course emphasizes experimentation and problem solving skills in the classroom and in the laboratory.  A total of forty hours of practical laboratory work is performed over the two-year course. Students will be expected to design and carry out their own experiments to investigate physical relationships. Students are required to take the IB Physics SL exam at the completion of the course. During year two students will aso complete their Internal Investigation, worth 20% of their final grade.

    IB Physics HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                      

    Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Physics HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/physicshl2016englishw.pdfIB Physics HL Year 1 is the first year of a two-year college level course. This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of Physics and the nature of the universe. Topics include: Cosmology, Measurement, Data Analysis, Mechanics, Heat, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves in one-dimension. The aims of the course are to prepare students for college level science and life as scientifically knowledgeable citizens. The course emphasizes experimentation and problem solving skills in the classroom and in the laboratory. A total of sixty hours of practical laboratory work is performed over the two-year course. Students will be expected to design and carry out their own experiments to investigate physical relationships.

    IB Physics HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Physics HL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB Physics HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/physicshl2016englishw.pdf

    IB Physics HL Year 2 is a continuation of the Year 1 HL course.  Second year topics include:  Waves in two-dimensions, Optics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Physics and Climate Change. The aims of the course are to prepare students for college level science and life as scientifically knowledgeable citizens.  The course emphasizes experimentation and problem solving skills in the classroom and in the laboratory. A total of sixty hours of practical laboratory work is performed over the two year course.  Students will be expected to design and carry out their own experiments to investigate physical relationships.  Students are required to take the IB Physics HL exam at the completion of the course. During year two students will aso complete their Internal Investigation, worth 20% of their final grade.

     

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