Science with Ms. Noreen

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Department’s Philosophy

The goal of the science program at Pillars Prep Academy is to achieve scientific literacy and acquire science skills through hands on experience. A scientifically literate society is crucial to our increasingly complex and technological world.

Pillars Prep Academy students will be exposed to the rigors of scientific process skills (i.e. making observations, collection of data, formulation of hypotheses, predictions, experimental design, data interpretation, formulation of conclusions and theories) that provide a basic foundation for discovery in nature.

Standards

Standardized Tests

  • NJASK, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams

 

Middle School

6th Grade Science

The Sixth Grade competencies and objectives build upon Kindergarten through Fifth grade concepts. Students will explore, in more depth, earth and space science phenomena.  Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to explain concepts, create models, analyze data, construct explanations and design solutions to real world problems.

Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to ask questions, to observe, to experiment, to measure, to use computers and calculators, to problem solve/reason, to use tools of science, to gather data, and to communicate findings.

7th Grade Science

The Seventh Grade curriculum focuses on developing an understanding of key concepts in the life sciences. Students will explore general concepts of cell theory and human body systems as well as the diversity of living things.  Students will gain the knowledge and skills to  analyze and interpret data, develop models, and explain  patterns of interactions among organisms.

Emphasis is placed on constructing explanations based on scientific findings and evaluating design solutions for maintaining biodiversity within ecosystems.

8th Grade Physical Science

The Physical Science course will provide opportunities for students to develop and communicate an understanding of physics and chemistry through lab-based activities, mathematical expressions, and concept exploration.

This course demands that students effectively communicate results through various methods (summarizing data in a specified lab format, written and/or oral presentations, graphs, charts, diagrams, multimedia presentations, etc.).

Throughout the teaching process, inquiry, safety skills, scientific method process, measuring, use of scientific equipment, current events, environmental issues, and hands-on activities will be emphasized.

High School

Biology

Biology is a comprehensive, two semesters, introductory course that includes laboratory activities parallel to the subject. Curriculum follows Next Generation Science Standards and NJCCCS.

There are five life science topics in this course: 1) Structure and Function, 2) Inheritance and Variation of Traits, 3) Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, 4) Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, and 5) Natural Selection and Evolution.

Honors Biology - Prerequisite: Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

This course is designed for students who are especially interested in biology and have both the ambition and ability to do work at a higher conceptual level. Curriculum follows Next Generation Science Standards and NJCCCS.

There are five life science topics in this course: 1) Structure and Function, 2) Inheritance and Variation of Traits, 3) Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, 4) Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, and 5) Natural Selection and Evolution.

AP Biology - Prerequisite: Honors Biology, Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

AP Biology is a challenging course that is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course.  After taking the AP exam you may be permitted to take upper-level biology courses at your university.  Other students may fulfill a basic requirement for a laboratory science course and be able to take other courses to in your major.  AP Bio includes topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors.  It differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, and the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work, and the time and effort required of students.  AP Bio provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  Biology is fascinating, constantly changing, and contains secrets for improving our world.  

Chemistry

This course is for students who plan to pursue non-science careers. Its purposes are to help students realize the important role that chemistry will play in their personal and professional lives, use principles of chemistry to think with more insight about current issues they will encounter that involve science and technology, and develop a lifelong awareness of the potential and limitations of science and technology.

Students become conversant with the scientific vernacular, chemical symbols, and notation. The nature of atoms and molecules in predicting the properties and behavior of more complex systems will be considered. States of matter will be categorized. The Periodic Table of the Elements will be studied to illustrate chemical periodicity and bonding. The gas laws will be introduced in order to understand statistical handling of large populations of atoms and molecules. The laws of thermodynamics will be introduced, including the concepts of enthalpy and entropy. Acids and Bases concepts along with their chemical behavior will be discussed and explained.

Honors Chemistry - Prerequisite: Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

This course is designed for those students who are outstanding in science, have strong math skills and would like to take an accelerated chemistry course. The topics covered in this course are the same as Chemistry but are explored in greater depth as preparation for the SAT II exam.

Honors Chemistry course will provide opportunities for students to develop and communicate a deeper understanding of atomic structure, bonding, intermolecular forces, stoichiometry of aqueous solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction and electron chemistry, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry.

AP Chemistry - Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry, Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

This is a college freshman level course. It is appropriate for outstanding students who are strong in science and math, especially chemistry. The course involves extensive laboratory work, readings, and lectures that prepare the student for the A.P Chemistry exam in May. The A.P. exam serves as a basis for credit and/or exemption for freshman college.

Laboratory experiences allow the student to manipulate compounds, observe change, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions. This course demands that students effectively communicate results through various methods (summarizing data in a specified lab format, written and/or oral presentations, graphs, charts, diagrams, multimedia presentations, etc.). The use of technology (scientific equipment, calculators, computers/CBLs, research, etc.) will be an integral part of this course.

Honors Physics - Prerequisite: Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

This course is aimed at serious science students. It should be considered a required course for students planning a science-related major in college. Students selecting this course should have an outstanding math background and a desire to be challenged.

The course is divided into five major areas: mechanics (motion and the forces that affect it), energy, wave phenomena (light and sound), electricity and magnetism, and modern physics (quantum theory and atomic structure).

Environmental Science

This course is for students who plan to pursue non-science careers. Environmental science course is designed to immerse students in the physical, biological, and earth systems sciences that shape our environment. Scientific concepts, principles and modern science practices allow students to analyze environmental issues, both natural and human induced, and engage in evidence-based decision making in real world contexts.

                                   

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