The members of our science faculty believe that our focus is guiding students towards the nature of scientific thought and systems within a free scientific society. Students are permitted to choose courses from our varied offerings to maximize their potential.
Since we live in a scientific age, our foremost objectives are as follows: 1) to help students understand the application of inquiry using creative thinking towards new or perplexing situations, 2) that scientific findings are in response to a problem or challenge, 3) that scientific knowledge and technological advances are the accumulative labors of scientists and inventors over time, 4) that science is an ever-changing body of knowledge, 5) that science is an integral part of life and the everyday decision-making process by providing foundations of knowledge while exploring new situations.
Honors-level courses are designed to surpass the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Pacing is faster, the content is broader, and homework assignments are more extensive and rigorous. Mathematics and reading skills at or above grade level are essential, and a significant amount of independent reading and studying is expected. Individual research projects are assigned. Tests require a greater depth of knowledge, well-developed analytical skills, and the ability to solve mathematical problems.
SCIENCE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Successful completion of:
9th Grade: Biology I Honors
10th Grade: Chemistry I Honors
11th Grade: Earth/Environmental Science Honors or AP Environmental