Academics

Science

Course Description

Here at Fordham High School For The Arts  we believe It is essential that all students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, and to be prepared for college and careers. Thus, Science teachers at Fordham High School For The Arts uses project based learning to develop  the habits and skills that scientists and engineers use in day-to-day life.

Students uses disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts with scientific practices to explore, examine, and explain how and why phenomena occur and to design solutions to problems.  Our  Science course tracks emphasize student acquisition of advanced regents diplomas by giving students at least 2 years to pass one of the required physical science regents that are currently offered (chemistry or physics). By passing a physical science regents in addition to the living environment regents, students will have fulfilled the science requirements for their advanced regents diploma. There are currently three Science Courses offered at Fordham High School For The Arts: Living Environment, Chemistry and Physics. Each are aligned with the New York State Science Learning Standards, and the Common Core Learning Standards.

Regents Living Environment

Living Environment is a yearlong freshman-level science course aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and the Regents Living Environment Standards in the NYS core curriculum. The Living Environment curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop and master the scientific literacy and critical thinking skills that are necessary for both the NYS regents exam and subsequent science coursework. Over the course of the year, students will explore the following topics: biological functions and ecological relationships that maintain and disrupt homeostasis in our natural world. The course also focuses on fundamental analytical, quantitative, and critical reasoning skills necessary to effectively communicate scientific thought. The units of study include: Organization of Life, Heredity and Genetics, Evolution, Reproduction and Development, Homeostasis, Ecology, and Human Impact on the Environment.

Laboratory Requirements: Critical to understanding science concepts is the use of scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Therefore, as a prerequisite for admission to the Regents examination in the Living Environment, students must have successfully completed 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation.

Requirements: Successful completion of 1200 minutes of lab with submitted lab reports as proof of completion. Regents exam in June.

Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Regents Chemistry

Chemistry is a yearlong course aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and the Regents Chemistry Standards in the NYS core curriculum. Students will explore the fundamental building blocks of matter, changes in matter, and the effects of these changes on the physical and biological world. The course focuses greatly on critical and abstract thinking, as well as quantitative and deductive reasoning. The units of study include: Introduction to Matter, Units of Measurement, Atomic Concepts, Nuclear Chemistry, The Periodic Table, Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics and Equilibrium, Energy, Solutions and Gases, Acid/ Base Chemistry, Electrochemistry, and Organic Chemistry. The course requires successful completion of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experience and culminates with a Regents exam in June.

Requirements: Successful completion of 1200 minutes of lab with submitted lab reports as proof of completion. Regents exam in June.

Pre-Requisites: A 75 or higher on both the Regents Living Environment and Regents Earth Science exams or a 80 or higher on the Regents Living Environment and the Regents Integrated Algebra exams.

Co-requisite: Geometry or a higher level math.

Credits: 2

Regents Physics

Physics is a yearlong course aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and the Regents Physics Standards in the NYS core curriculum. Students will learn the fundamental scientific laws that govern the physical world. The course places heavy emphasis on abstract and critical thinking, as well as understanding quantitative relationships and translating scientific concepts mathematically. The units of study include: Units and Measurement, 1-dimensional Motion and Kinematics, 2-D Kinematics and Forces, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves, and Modern Physics. The course requires successful completion of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experience and culminates with a Regents exam in June.

Requirements: Successful completion of 1200 minutes of lab with submitted lab reports as proof of completion. Regents exam in June.

Pre-Requisites: A 65 or higher on the Regents Chemistry exam and Geometry exam.

Co-requisite: Algebra II/ Trigonometry or higher level math.

Credits: 2

AP Biology and Chemistry

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