Secondary Science

Maryland astronaut, Ricky Arnold, floating in space

Science curricula is written to align with 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
6th Grade Parent Materials (Under Construction) 
7th Grade Parent Materials
8th Grade Parent Materials


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 learn. In order to graduate a student needs three science credits, one of which must be Biology or Living Systems. 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 high school. Check with your specific school to see which science courses are offered.

NGSS Course Descriptions
High School Core Science Courses Summaries 
High School Elective Courses Summaries

Course selection guide for secondary science courses