Science Department

The philosophy of the Science Department at Monroe-Woodbury High School is to provide a flexible, interesting, and comprehensive program of Science courses for the student body.

Course selections are varied in subject and sophistication and offer students an opportunity to pursue their interest in Science at various levels with a wide range of choices such as Regents, Honors, and Advanced Placement. These choices may meet the minimum graduation requirements of three years of Science or be the basis of further study for Science-oriented students.

We want students to acquire a scientific attitude to deal objectively with the problems encountered in their daily lives and to leave Monroe-Woodbury with a basic understanding and respect for Science and its application in our ever-changing world.

DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT POLICY:

  1. All students are required to earn a minimum of three credits in Science of which one credit must be in Living Environment.
  2. All students who desire a Regents diploma are required to pass the appropriate Regents examination(s).
  3. All students shall pass a minimum of one Regents exam in Science.
  4. In accordance with SED policy, students must successfully complete 1200 minutes of approved laboratory experiences in order to take the appropriate Science Regents examination. This will include students actively engaged in “hands-on” projects in a laboratory setting, satisfactory completion of written lab reports, and required research as assigned by the teacher.

ALL PROGRAMS:

Criteria are established for admission to various levels of instruction. Teacher recommendation will be considered for appropriate student placement. The final determination for course/program selection will reside with administration.

HONORS/ADVANCED PLACEMENT/COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM:

For students demonstrating outstanding motivation, effort, and comprehension in the sciences, the department offers a series of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Enrollment is subject to administrative approval and requires the recommendation of the current science teacher and authorization from the Department Chairman. A minimum raw score of 93% in all past and present science courses is required for initial consideration, and consistent scores of 85% or higher are required for retention in the Honors program.  Additionally, a minimum score of 85% must be earned in all previous mathematics courses for placement in Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, AP Physics and AP Chemistry.  Placement in AP Physics-C also requires completion or concurrent enrollment in Calculus. Students not meeting retention requirements are subject to removal from the Honors program in science following administrative review.  Any students wishing to take concurrent science courses with labs must obtain permission from administration. All students enrolled in College Level Courses are expected to either sign up for the corresponding AP examination or appropriate college credit. All AP and College level courses may have a required summer assignment prior to the class each year.

RECOMMENDED SCIENCE COURSE OF STUDY

COLLEGE PREP

  • Grade   9 – Earth Science
  • Grade 10 – Living Environment
  • Grade 11 – Chemistry (R or G), Integrated Science or Elective Course
  • Grade 12 – Physics (R or G), or General/College Elective Courses

HONORS PROGRAM

(Encouraged to pursue Science Research)

  • Grade 8 – Living Environment (Accelerated)
  • Grade 9 – Earth Science H
  • Grade 10 – Chemistry H and General/College Electives
  • Grade 11 – Physics H or AP Physics 1  and Other Advance Placement Science
  • Grade 12 – Advanced Placement/College Science

STEM HONORS

(Encouraged to pursue Science Research)

  • Grade 8-  Living Environment (Accelerated)
  • Grade 9– Earth Science H and Chemistry
  • Grade 10 – AP Biology or AP Chemistry
  • Grade 11 – AP Physics 1 and Other Advance Placement Science
  • Grade 12 – Advanced Placement/College Science

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COURSE TRACK HIERARCHY

College Prep Track

  • Grade 8

    • Physical Science
  • Grade 9

    • Earth Science R or
    • Biology R
  • Grade 10

    • Biology R or
    • Earth Science R
  • Grade 11

    • Chemistry R/G and/or
    • Electives
  • Grade 12

    • Physics R/G and/or
    • AP Biology * or
    • AP Chemistry * or
    • AP Environmental * or
    • Electives or
    • College Electives

Honors Track

  • Grade 8

    • Biology Accelerated
  • Grade 9

    • Earth Science H *
    • Biology H *
  • Grade 10

    • Chemistry H *
  • Grade 11

    • Physics H * or
    • AP Physics 1 * and/or
    • AP Biology * and/or
    • AP Chemistry * and/or
    • AP Environmental *
  • Grade 12

    • AP Biology * and/or
    • AP Chemistry * and/or
    • AP Environmental * and/or
    • AP Physics 1 * and/or
    • AP Physics C *

Science Research Honors

  • 3 year Course of Study
    • Admission to this program begins in the 10th grade. Department Approval Required.

STEM Honors

  • Grade 8

    • Biology Accelerated
  • Grade 9

    • Earth Science H and Chemistry
  • Grade 10

    • AP Physics 1 *, AP Biology * and/or
    • AP Chemistry *
  • Grade 11

    • AP Biology * and/or
    • AP Chemistry * and/or
    • AP Environmental * and/or
    • AP Physics 1 * and/or
    • AP Physics C *
  • Grade 12

    • AP Biology * and/or
    • AP Chemistry * and/or
    • AP Environmental * and/or
    • AP Physics 1 * and/or
    • AP Physics C *

General Electives

  • Physics of Electricity & Waves
  • Conceptual Physics *
  • Forensics *
  • General Chemistry 1 *
  • General Chemistry 2 *
  • Human Biology *
  • Integrated Science *
  • Introduction to Computer Coding *
  • Introduction to Ecology *
  • Natural Disasters *

College Electives

  • College Earth Science *
  • College Forensic Science *
  • College Human Biology *
  • College Marine Biology *

* Prerequisites apply