Grades 9-12 MHS

The courses in Science and Technology serve two objectives:  1) to insure that those individuals who desire to pursue science-related studies and careers will be prepared with a good foundation necessary to continue further education and training and 2) to provide students with a challenging learning environment to attain a common core of knowledge, concepts, skills, analytical methods and strategies to become responsible citizens and successful problem solvers in a changing world.

Four credits in Science and Technology are required for graduation. Students must complete Biology and either Physics or Chemistry prior to graduation.  Colleges, technical schools, and schools of nursing, etc., may have additional requirements.  If a student intends to pursue a career in the scientific, technical, medical, or allied health fields, a minimum of 4 credits of science is highly recommended in grades 9-12.  Students pursuing careers in these areas should also pay close attention to mathematics requirements for these fields.

The recommended course sequence for Science Courses is as follows:

Grade Honors/AP CP
9

Biology

Advanced Placement Biology

Biology

Biology Syllabus

10*

Chemistry

Chemistry I

AP Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry or Science Choice
11

Physics or Science Choice

Advanced Placement Physics

Physics Syllabus

Physics or Chemistry or Science Choice
12 Science Choice Science Choice

*Some tenth and eleventh grade students will be placed into a two semester course designed for a more focused treatment of Human Biology and Ecology based upon performance on the Biology MCAS and other assessments.

Science Choice classes include Advanced Placement offerings, Meteorology, Astronomy, Marine Ecology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry II, and Bioethical Issues. Syllabi for these courses are as follows:

Technology courses include Computer Aided Design, Animation, TV Production, and a variety of Computer Science courses.  Many 21st Century careers require expertise in the area of technology. Exploratory and advanced experiences are provided for students to introduce them to technology and its applications.  Students also gain information in many of the courses on how to prepare for professions and careers.  Skills development in these areas of technology will be a focus of the courses and will include problem solving skills.  Students in these courses may use software or languages including Auto-Desk (Auto-CAD, Revit, and Inventor), Final Cut Pro, HTML, and Java. Syllabi for the courses in the Tech Department are as follows:

The goal of the Business Department is to provide a program for students who desire and can benefit from business training and which will equip them with the knowledge and skills related to their needs for college preparation or business and industry employment.

Business courses are of value to ALL students, including the college bound, because career choice is one of life’s most important decisions and because each student’s life will be affected by business in one way or another.  Exploratory and advanced experiences are provided for students to introduce them to technology and its applications.  Students also gain information in many of the courses on how to prepare for professions and careers.  Salaries, working conditions, benefits, advancement opportunities, labor market forecasts, related information, and other work satisfactions complement the information, knowledge and skills.  Skills development is a priority as students discover talents, clarify values, and define goals.  Courses in our business department include Business Management and Law, Personal Finance, Microsoft Office, Accounting and Webpage. The syllabi for courses in the Business Department are as follows: