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Biology                  

9th Grade                  


In this first-year course students learn the fundamental concepts and principles of biology. Students investigate living systems: their structures, functions and processes, relationships, continuity and changes, and their unity and diversity. Topics include the chemistry of life, cell biology, matter and energy in living systems, genetics and genetic engineering, evolution, ecology, human physiology and health. Laboratory activities reinforce science concepts and develop scientific investigation and experimentation skills. This course provides foundational knowledge and skills that may be prerequisite for subsequent science courses.


Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“d”, “g”)



Physics                      

11-12th Grade              


An introductory course to the fundamental concepts and principles of physics. Areas of study include motion and forces, matter and energy, heat and thermodynamics, wave energy, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Through laboratory investigations students observe, test and apply physical principles and develop skills for using scientific tools and techniques. Students apply mathematics to measuring, collecting and analyzing data, and solving problems related to physical phenomenon. Students develop a practical understanding of physical events and how their occurrence can be predicted. This course will prepare students for advanced high school physics courses and for a concentration in science at the college level.

Prerequisite: Biology 1-2, and Algebra 1 or Integrated Mathematics 1

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“d”, “g”)


Chemistry           

10th – 12th Grade        


In this course students learn and apply the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry. Areas of study include: changes in matter and energy, atomic theory and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, states of matter, gases and their properties, solutions, acids and bases, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, organic chemistry, and nuclear processes. Students conduct laboratory investigations to test and apply their understanding of chemical principles and solve problems related to chemical systems. Students develop skills for using scientific tools, techniques, and the investigative processes of science. This course prepares students for advanced high school science courses and for a concentration in science at the college level.


Prerequisite: Biology  and Algebra 1 or Integrated Mathematics 1 Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“d”, “g”)



AP Biology      

12th Grade        


Introductory college-level Biology course that will cultivate an understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations.  Students will explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“d”, “g”)