SCIENCE AT SUMMIT 

Summit Students take science all three years, beginning with Biological Sciences and the Environment, then Physical Sciences and the Earth, followed by either Chemistry/Physics or Accelerated Chemistry/Physics. Biological Sciences and the Environment and Physical Sciences and the Earth meet the middle school Science Standards.  By 8th grade, students are placed into either Chemistry/Physics, or Accelerated Chemistry/Physics both of which emulates the high school level pre-IB course in Chemistry/Physics. The main difference between the two is pacing with the Accelerated Chemistry/Physics course making use of the student’s established math skills while time is given to support math skills in the Chemistry/Physics course. Observing relationships, identifying variables, calculating with significant figures, developing explanation through observation and analysis and laboratory methods are emphasized.

BIOLOGY

This class addresses the structure and function of the cell, heredity and evolution, classification of living things, plants, animals, the human body, and ecology. This class involves exploration of the structure of organisms through dissections. Laboratory experiences emphasize the scientific method.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

This course consists of two semesters taken in any order, taught by different teachers. One semester consists of an introduction to physics (material properties, energy, work, mechanics and heat). The other semester consists of an introduction to Earth Science (the solar system, earth structure, minerals, rock forming processes and identification, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and some chemistry basics). The scientific method, quantitative analysis and graphical analysis are emphasized in both semesters.

CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS

This science course emulates the high school level pre-IB course in Chemistry/Physics, but at a slower pace to focus on key skills to ensure mastery prior to high school. Fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry are introduced and theoretical principles are emphasized. Observing relationships, identifying variables, calculating with significant figures, developing explanation through observation and analysis and laboratory methods are emphasized in both semesters.  Students will have one semester of physics and another semester of chemistry, taught by different teachers.

ACCELERATED CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS

This science course emulates the high school level pre-IB course in Chemistry/Physics. Fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry are introduced and theoretical principles are emphasized. Observing relationships, identifying variables, calculating with significant figures, developing explanation through observation and analysis and laboratory methods are emphasized in both semesters. Students will have one semester of physics and another semester of chemistry, taught by different teachers.

ADDITIONAL SCIENCE INFORMATION