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Shalhevet’s Science Department provides students with a solid background in the basic sciences with a primary goal of developing students’ scientific fluency and literacy. Courses provide the intellectual foundations that empower students to critically review and analyze scientific information from texts, research, and literature, and evaluate the sources. Another primary goal is to build a foundation to prepare students for continued success at the collegiate level. The Science Department provides diverse instruction, implementing modules of laboratory inquiry-based investigations, group learning, and moral discussions in addition to standard didactic instruction. With modest laboratory facilities and resources, we focus on qualitative versus quantitative aspects of scientific inquiry. Subject content is largely dictated by National and State Educational Standards, while framed in the context of current research and social, moral, as well as religious issues.

 

9th Grade: Biology

10th Grade: Chemistry 

11th or 12th Grade: Advanced Biology (SAS), Advanced Physics (SAS), Physics

 

Biology (9th Grade Requirement)

Provide the basic understanding of Biological concepts by focusing on the central themes of biology: the cellular basis of life, information and heredity, matter and energy, reproduction and growth, homeostasis, evolution, structure and function, the unity and diversity of life, interdependence in nature, and science as a way of knowing. These topics build upon each other throughout the course.In general, students complete a generous amount of reading at home, as the most important concepts are discussed through lectures and further unpacked through class discussions, inquiry-based laboratory activities, and discussions on relevant articles. Students demonstrate understanding and mastery of the material through quizzes, tests, participation, lab reports, and oral as well as written reports.



Chemistry (10th Grade Requirement)

This course builds a strong understanding of the fundamental concepts, applications, and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Successful completion of the course will effectively prepare students for advanced coursework in science. The first semester of the course surveys the basic concepts of chemistry, including: properties and changes of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, formation and types of compounds, and the underlying principles of bonding and chemical reactions. The second semester of the course expands on these topics and also includes atomic theory, periodic properties of the elements, kinetic theory, behavior of gases, moles and stoichiometry, acid/base chemistry, oxidationreduction reactions, and electrochemistry. Critical thinking and laboratory investigations are integral components of the curriculum


Shalhevet Advanced Studies – Advanced Biology

The purpose of Advanced Biology is to deepen students’ basic understanding of Biological concepts by focusing on the central themes of biology: the cellular basis of life, information and heredity, matter and energy, reproduction and growth, homeostasis, evolution, structure and function, the unity and diversity of life, interdependence in nature, and science as a way of knowing. These topics build upon each other throughout the course. Furthermore, students learn about the nature of science, i.e. students will learn about some of the key experiments and observations that have given rise to our current understanding ofbiology. This type of strategy increases scientific literacy and allows students to learn from analyzing experimental data and reach conclusions that are based on empirical observations. Indeed, a major goal for the class is to increase scientific literacy, which is accomplished by students learning to read scientific primary literature, writing laboratory reports, and delivering oral presentations to the class. In general, students complete a generous amount of reading at home, as the most important concepts are discussed through lectures and further unpacked through class discussions, inquiry-based laboratory activities, and discussions on relevant articles. Students demonstrate understanding and mastery of the material through quizzes, tests, participation, lab reports, and oral as well as written reports.

 

Shalhevet Advanced Studies – Advanced Physics

Physics is a lab-science class that explores the motion of objects and the causes of motion. Students learn scientific reasoning and problem solving skills by applying mathematical models to the behavior of matter and energy. Topics include Newton’s Laws, conservation of energy and momentum, the physics of fluids, vibration and sound, modern Physics, and the structure of matter. Pre-requisite: Two years of science, and concurrent enrollment in Precalculus.

 

CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program

CIJE-Tech is an exciting two-year program that allows students to explore the world of engineering by giving them hands-on experience with electronics, robotics and 3-D design and printing. The students gain invaluable experience in both engineering technology and teamwork through completing student-directed projects in a faculty-guided environment.