The Science Department is dedicated to expanding students’ scientific knowledge through inquiry and investigative skills that enable students to live and contribute in the 21st century society. Students are challenged to investigate, discover, analyze and interact while learning the fundamental principles of the natural and physical sciences on their path to scientific literacy. Through the crosscutting concepts put forth in the Next Generation Science Standards from the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering, we link the discrete disciplines using learning that focuses on engineering and design practices that will empower our students to become innovative thinkers. To better reflect the modern world understanding of chemistry and biology, the Academy has adopted the physics-chemistry-biology sequence. Strong critical thinking and problem solving capabilities are the hallmark of a global citizen and ensure success in secondary and post-secondary scientific endeavors. There is no better discipline than physics to establish and benchmark these tools. The concepts of forces and energy, introduced from the physics standpoint in Grade 9, are content themes that thread through the entire science curriculum. All Grade 9 students take STEM 9, and then progress to Chemistry (Grade 10), Biology (Grade 11) and AP courses or other electives (Grade 12) including more in-depth physics options. In all classes, students learn through such vehicles as project and problem-based investigations, hands-on experimentation, demonstration, computer simulations, research projects, and the use of the Academy's greenhouse and natural areas as living labs.
Enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses as well as the Research Program requires departmental permission.