Core Classes
  • Living Environment (Biology)

    (1 Unit)

    This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the fundamental principles of Biology and the interaction between living organisms and their environment. Laboratory work is an important part of the course and is designed to illustrate the many components of the scientific method. Students will be covering topics which include human impact on environment, ecology, genetics, evolution, systems of the body, cell structure and function, and a basic understanding of the world around them. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Setting: Earth Science or permission of the Director of Science.


    Living Environment H (Biology H)

    (1 Unit)

    This course is an intense study of biology. This course will cover the core curriculum set by New York State and delve into most topics in greater depth. Students are prepared for the Regents Examination in Living Environment as well as the SAT subject test in Biology. Prerequisite: Final course grade of 85% or better in Physical Setting: Earth Science H or final course grade of 95% or better in Physical Setting: Earth Science and permission of Director of Science.


    Physical Setting: Chemistry

    (1 Unit)

    This is an advanced science course that presents a modern view of chemistry with major emphasis on the basic physical and chemical principles governing chemical reactions. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course and is designed to stress the collection and manipulation of data, the drawing of logical conclusions and the search for the underlying relationships apparent in chemical reactions. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment and Geometry R.


    Physical Setting: Chemistry H

    (1 Unit)

    This course is more intense than the Physical Setting: Chemistry course. It includes the core chemistry curriculum and covers most topics in greater depth. Additionally, this course will cover some concepts taken from the SAT subject area test in chemistry curriculum. Prerequisite: Final course grades of 90% or better in Living Environment H and Geometry H or final course grade of 95% or better in Living Environment Rand permission of the Director of Science


    Chemistry 11 

    (1 Unit)

    This course follows the scope and sequence of Physical Setting: Chemistry for the first semester and focuses on Environmental Chemistry issues during the second semester. Students will receive a background in matter and energy, atomic structure and bonding. An inquiry approach to environmental chemistry will tackle topics such as acid rain, alternative energies, and chemistry of food will be the focus of the second half of the year. This course WILL NOT end in a Regents Examination. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment and Geometry R.


    Physical Setting: Earth Science

    (1 Unit)

    The primary objective of this course is the development and understanding of the basic facts which shape and cause change on the earth. Students will carry out long-term scientific investigations in specific areas of Earth Science, which will involve gathering of data on a daily or weekly basis. Students will recognize changes which continually occur in the earth/space environment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Science 8.


    Physical Setting: Physics

    (1 Unit)

    This course will cover a variety of topics including mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. All physical principles are studied with strong emphasis upon mathematical analysis. Laboratory work is used to illustrate various physical principles. Prerequisite: Successful completion of three years of science (at least two core courses) and three years of Mathematics.


    Conceptual Physics

    (1 Unit)

    This course uses a conceptual approach to understanding the laws of physics. Topics investigated will include: forces, energy, waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics, and nuclear energy. Practical applications of physics laws will be introduced and students will be able to relate them to real world situations. Many laboratory experiments and demonstrations will be performed to illustrate principles of physics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two core science courses and two years of Mathematics.