Secondary Science

Tiffany Wendland, Secondary Coordinator
Julie Damico, Supervisor

Science curricula are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Every curriculum has at its core the belief that all students will learn and achieve.  To that end, every curriculum is written to appeal to the various learning preferences of our diverse population.  AVID strategies are included as a means of providing students with engaging learning opportunities that include hands on laboratories, inquiry, writing, collaboration, and reading. Science curricula are also crafted to introduce concepts and skills that are further developed in subsequent science courses.


Middle School Science

Each unit in the middle school science program begins with a unit problem or scenario which establishes a purpose for student involvement. Each lesson requires students to gather information directly related to the problem or unit activity they are attempting to solve or complete. Each student is required to keep a learning log or journal for each unit. The learning log is intended to help students organize and gather data needed to help solve the unit problem or complete the unit activity.

Middle School Curriculum Design

Course Overviews

6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


Middle school curriculum roll out timeline ending in 2019

High School Science

High School Science is course specific. Each course has its own set of indicators and topics that the students will master. In order to graduate, a student needs three science credits. The content of these credits is dependent on a student’s graduation year:

  • For students graduating in 2019 or 2020, one of the three science credits must be Biology or Living Systems. 
  • For students graduating in 2021 and beyond, science coursework must be aligned to the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) and the Next Generation Science Standards. Students can meet their science credit graduation requirement by taking Earth Systems, Living Systems, and Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC). If students elect to take Chemistry instead of IPC, they must also take Physics in order to satisfy the NGSS-aligned coursework requirement.

There are many elective and magnet science courses that are offered at various high schools. A variety of AP and GT science courses are also offered in every comprehensive high school. Check with your specific school to see which science courses are offered. 

In addition to a science credit graduation requirement, students must also satisfy a science assessment graduation requirement.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students must pass the MISA in order to graduate.

High School Curriculum Design

Course Overviews:
Earth Systems
Living Systems
Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)

BCPS Science Course Sequence