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Science

Science and technology are part of our everyday lives. We teach our young women literacy in science to not only equip them with the tools they need to be successful in their chosen careers, but also to expand their horizons to appreciate the wonders of their world.  Our science curriculum is designed so that by sophomore year – our young women have met the two-year science requirements for the UC and CSU systems.  Every class counts.

 

The Notre Dame Science Department is actively developing biotechnology programs to be integrated throughout the three-year science requirement. We actively integrate the three dimensions of NGSS, Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas, throughout our science curriculum.  Read more about the three dimensions in the National Research Council's (NRC) Framework online here. It is our goal that freshmen will learn the basics in Conceptual Physics and move on to higher-level lab experiences in Biology and AP Biology. Aspects of biotechnology will also be integrated into Chemistry. Biotechnology is a rapidly developing field with applications in all areas of science. We feel it is imperative to provide learning opportunities that will support career development and enable students to make sound personal choices in the future.

 

Course Sequencing:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Electives:

Grades 10-12

Physics 9/10

Biology


Honors Biology

Chemistry


Honors Chemistry

Elective


AP Physics 1

Environmental Science

Biology


Honors Biology

For students with an accelerated math and language level

Chemistry


Honors Chemistry

Physics


AP Physics 1

Elective


AP Chemistry


AP Biology

Sports Medicine

   

AP Chemistry (2nd year chemistry course)


AP Biology (2nd year Biology course)

 

Forensics Science

After 9th grade, students may take more than one science class simultaneously depending  on grade, math level, and teacher recommendation.