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Environmental Science
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completed at least Physical Science Exploration and Biology Exploration. 
 
 
 
 
Description: Environmental Science is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. This section of Ohio law requires a three-unit course with inquiry-based laboratory experience that engages students in asking valid scientific questions and gathering and analyzing information. Environmental science incorporates biology, chemistry, physics and physical geology and introduces students to key concepts, principles and theories within environmental science. Investigations are used to understand and explain the behavior of nature in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications.
 
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Physical Science
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 9-10-11
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: 9th, 10th or 11th grade standing, or departmental approval. This course may NOT be taken if the student has any credit in Chemistry and/or Physics. Student should be taking Algebra or have passed Algebra. 
 
 
 
Description: Physical Science will include a background study of the basic concepts needed for both Chemistry and Physics. The area of Physics will include the following units: (1) Prediction and explaining motion, (2) Forces and acceleration, (3) Work, (4) Energy, (5) Electricity and magnetism, (6) Light and sound waves. The area of Chemistry will include the following units: (1) Structure and properties of matter, (2) Acids and bases, (3) Chemical reactions, (4) Metals and nonmetals, (5) Radioactivity, (6) Energy alternatives.

Grading: Tests, quizzes, class work, lab work, and homework will comprise 80% of the grade. There will be a final test or project that will be worth 20% of the grade.

Homework: Students should plan on 2-3 hours of homework per week.
 
 
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Honors Physical Science
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 9
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: None
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Honors Physical Science is the science course that deals with the study of concepts in both Chemistry and Physics. In Chemistry, topics include: classifying matter; structure, function, and properties of matter; atomic theory; periodicity of elements; chemical reactions and reaction rates; solutions, acids, bases, and salts; nuclear reactions and changes. The Physics area topics includes: motion and forces; work; energy and energy changes; and types of energy (heat, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism). There will also be study in the area of Earth and space science including the solar system and universe; our planet Earth and its resources. The class will have a very strong laboratory component and will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of labs and classwork.

Grading: The 18-week grade will be based on tests scores, lab reports, quizzes, homework, participation, attitude, and effort. A semester exam counts for 20% of the grade.
 
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Biology
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science
or pre-test results
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Biology will consist of units pertaining to the following: scientific method, inquiry and scientific ways of knowing, biodiversity, chemical basis of life, cellular basis of life, microscopy and microbiology, unity and diversity of plant and animal life including dissection, comparative studies of the origins of life. One half of the course consists of laboratory exercises that are either discovery oriented or concept reinforcement.

Grading: Tests - 50%; Homework - 50%. Semester exam - 20% of the semester grade.

Homework: Two (2) hours of homework, on average, is required per week.
 
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AP Biology
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completed at least Biology and Chemistry with at least a "B"-average Science GPA. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: AP Biology is designed as a vigorous sequel course to the present course now offered at the tenth grade level. The textbook that will be used is a college textbook, and the reading assignments will be lengthy. The course is being taught with the expectation that students would be equipped through labs, readings and lectures to take and pass the Advanced Placement Test in Biology.

Grading: This is a weighted course. The grade will be determined by project success, tests, quizzes, and assignments (written), labs, and a special assigned project of year-long duration.

Homework: In order to do well in this class, a minimum of 1/2 hour per day should be spent on homework and assignments.
 
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Chemistry
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Algebra 1 with a 
"C" or better. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Chemistry is a physical science that investigates and attempts to explain the composition, structure, properties, and changes of matter. This includes the physical and chemical behavior of virtually everything that is found in the world. This is accomplished through laboratory investigations, lecture and discussion sessions, homework, and independent study. Developing explanations of nature and applying these to new and different situations is emphasized.

Grading: The 18-week grade is based on tests, laboratory reports, quizzes, homework, participation, attitude, and effort. A semester exam counts for 20% of the grade.

Homework: Students should plan on 2-3 hours of homework a week.
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Honors Chemistry
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 10-11
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of
Biology with at least a 
"B"-average Science GPA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Honors Chemistry is the physical science that deals with matter, its changes, properties, and structure. It also deals with the energy transformations necessary to effect changes in the matter. The class has a very strong laboratory component and develops critical thinking skills through the analysis of the labs. Abstract concepts in molecular theory challenge students to visualize the unseen. This transfers very well into the spiritual realm where God, who is unseen, acts in our world.

Grading: The 18-week grade is based upon: Homework – 10% of the grade (including worksheets, topical articles, and problems), Lab reports - 30% of the grade, Quizzes – 20% and Tests – 30% of the grade. The semester final exam counts for 10% of the grade.

Homework: Students should plan on 2-3 hours of homework a week.
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Physics
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry (or Enriched Algebra), completed Chemistry or Honors Chemistry 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Physics is the physical science which discovers and attempts to explain the rules of nature that govern how everything in the universe behaves. The writing and application of mathematical descriptions of these rules is usually desired. Explaining natural phenomena and applying concepts to new situations is emphasized.
 
Grading: The 18-week grade is based on tests, laboratory reports, quizzes, homework, participation, attitude, and effort. A semester exam counts for 20% of the grade.
Fees: The 18-week grade is based on tests, laboratory reports, quizzes, homework, participation, attitude,
 
Homework: Students should plan on 2-3 hours of homework a week.
 
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Anatomy and Physiology
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion at least Biology and Chemistry with a minimum of a "B" average and/or teacher approval
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Anatomy and Physiology is an exploration of the human body and how it is constructed and operates. The class will cover topics such as Cell structure, cavities of the human body, directional terms, tissues, and blood. We will also learn about the systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. We will use dissection, lecture, and group activities to discover the function and importance of learning about the human body.

Grading: The 18- week grade is based upon homework, binders, labs, chapter tests,participation, attitude and a final worth 15% of the grade.

Homework: In order to be successful in the class the student should expect to do about 30 minutes of homework and studying for every class period.
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Independent Study-
Science
Curricular Area: Science
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Selection by application with instructor
approval
 
 
Description: The student will propose an intended course of study investigating a specific topic in science. The instructor will monitor the progress of the student throughout the course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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