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The science curriculum at Vistamar focuses on integrating disciplines that are taught by subject specialists each year. The first year focuses on concrete learning taught through the Physical Sciences, primarily Physics (two trimesters) and Chemistry (one trimester). The second year focuses on more abstract learning through the Life Sciences by beginning with Chemistry (one trimester) then building on students' Physics and Chemistry knowledge with Biology (two trimesters). After the first two years, students have a solid foundation in all three science disciplines so they have the opportunity to take AP science courses or other advanced courses in the science of their choice, including Advanced Topics in Science which integrates Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. 

Science Objectives

  • An understanding of how things work through the natural world
  • The skills of critical thinking, hypothesis testing, and inference
  • An appreciation for the tentative and incomplete nature of objective knowledge
  • A command of applied mathematics
  • A framework for organizing and evaluating information about living things and the material universe
  • Consideration of the social and ethical implications of applied science

Course Information

  • Physical Science (9th grade)
  • Life Science (10th grade)
  • Advanced Topics in Science
  • Introduction to Engineering and Inventing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C - Mechanics
  • AP Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism
  • Advanced Practicum in Science

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