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Upper School Curriculum

  • Science
(CL) Environmental Science
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Full-Year
PREREQ: Physics, Chemistry (can be taken concurrently); for CL credit, students must have completed the science graduation requirement

Environmental Science is designed to equip students with the foundational scientific knowledge and methodology required to understand cycles and interrelationships within the natural world and humans’ place within it. Students are challenged to identify and analyze environmental changes, both natural and human-influenced, to assess the risk associated with these changes, and to examine the feasibility of potential environmental remediations. A variety of assessments build and test student understanding, including but not limited to hands-on and outdoor lab experiments and data-collection, analysis of case studies, and project-based research on specific environmental problems or notable figures in the field. Naturally, mechanisms behind human-influenced climate change will be explored, and solutions will be examined for application locally and globally. The course is interdisciplinary, and students have the opportunity to uncover the connections between earth, biological, and physical science concepts and elements of social sciences. Students who have completed the graduation requirement for science are eligible to enroll in an additional CL (College Level) course commitment. Those students would be required to progress through a full-year project submitted in the fourth quarter.

  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12