LIFE SCIENCE, LIFE SCIENCE HONORSThese courses are designed to explore introductory concepts of life science and health topics. Life Science includes the characteristics of living organisms, the chemistry of life, cell structures and functions, anatomy and body systems along with the scientific inquiry skills to develop appropriate analysis of data and lab safety requirements. Health related themes covered include physical, social, and emotional health. Lab activities, lab reports, and projects will be integrated into the curriculum to reinforce the concepts taught during each section. The Standards are aligned with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Frameworks for High School Biology which will prepare students for the Biology Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.
BIOLOGY, BIOLOGY HONORS
These courses include the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. Topics include plant and animal physiology and taxonomy, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, genetics, principles of evolution, ecology and the environment. Lab activities, lab reports, and projects will be integrated into the curriculum to reinforce concepts and material taught to students. The standards align with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Frameworks for High School Biology which will prepare students for the Biology Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to provide students a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. The class prepares students for college by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. The primary emphasis in Advanced Placement Biology is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. General Chemistry as a prerequisite is highly recommended for this course. Students enrolled in the Advanced Placement Biology course are expected to take the Advanced Placement Biology national exam. This allows students the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.
CHEMISTRY, CHEMISTRY HONORS
These courses are designed to teach students the nature, composition and properties of matter. Topics include properties of matter, atomic structure, organization of the periodic table, chemical and nuclear reactions, properties of acids and bases, rates of reactions and equilibrium, stoichiometry, and properties of solutions. Lab activities, lab reports, and projects will be integrated into the curriculum to reinforce the concepts taught. A strong background in Algebra I math is recommended. The standards covered align with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education chemistry strands.
PHYSICS, PHYSICS HONORS
These lab-based courses include the topics of mechanics, motion, matter, heat, light, electricity and magnetism. Students will receive instruction through class demonstrations, lab projects, lab reports, experiments, and lecture. A mathematics background in Algebra I and Algebra II is recommended. Lab activities and projects will be integrated into the curriculum to reinforce the concepts taught.
This course concentrates on the development of industrial and commercial wiring requirements. The operating principles for motors, generators, controllers, and transformers will be emphasized. Preparation for the Massachusetts Journeymen's Electrical Exam will be taught.
PLUMBING AND HEATING CODE
Students will receive instruction in the following areas: safety, advanced plumbing theory, blueprint reading, job finding skills, advanced plumbing and gas piping math, job estimation, in-depth Massachusetts Plumbing Code Book studies, and advanced preparation for licensing examinations.