Department of Academics | Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners
Mr. Ryan Higgins
Supervisor of Science, Grades K-12
Ms. Jessica DiBenedetti
Department Chairperson for Science, Grades 8-12
By the end of 12th grade, all students will have an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to and yearn to continue learning about science outside school; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology. In summary, science will be presented to be accessible to all students, in an enjoyable, engaging manner that fosters a love for science.
Providing a phenomena-based science education to foster an appreciation for science and ignite natural curiosity. Students will engage SEPS through explaining phenomena. Instruction across all classes and curriculum units will be conducted in a phenomena based learning model, encouraging inquiry, language integration and authentic use of science, literacy, and mathematical thinking to answer questions, explain phenomena and solve problems. This high level of science education will be provided to all students with high expectations for all.Science Courses are designed to help students attain a deep understanding of how the natural world works. The curriculum helps students develop skills in problem solving, gathering and interpreting data, creating a logical sequence of information from a collection of evidence and developing ideas independently.Students will engage in a Life Science unit, Earth and Space Science unit, and a Physical Science unit during each year of elementary. The curriculum is designed to present the content in an engaging "phenomena based" format, where students are presented with intriguing natrual phenomena and engage in a series of investigations to make sense of it. This method develops not only science content, but the science practices as well. Additionally, the curriculum compliments elementary students' natural curiosity as to grow thier passion for science. Students are gaurenteed to have memorable experiences such as working with live organims, star shows in the mobile planetarium, and launching rockets that they built themselves.
In the middle school, sixth graders engage in a study of the environment through a series of field studies at Dallenbach’s Natural Area in the fall semester and an intensive experience in environmental studies during their three-day stay at an environmental education center in the spring. Seventh graders use the process approach to learning earth, life and physical science.
In junior high school, students explore science to a greater degree of abstractness. In eighth grade they are expected to use inquiry and reasoning skills to investigate chemistry, geology, meteorology and astronomy. Students in ninth grade study biology where they engage in the production and analysis of data.
At East Brunswick High School, the curriculum includes courses in chemistry, and physics taught at multiple levels. Additional electives include contemporary issues in science, environmental studies, astronomy, meteorology, marine biology, and anatomy and physiology. Advanced placement courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics also are available.