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Science - 6th Grade
Earth and Space Science focuses on the structure and development of the earth over time and concludes with an introduction to astronomy.  This course includes units on mapping, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, the water cycle, atmosphere and climate, the oceans, our solar system, and the universe. The focus of this course is to allow students to explore these concepts in a practical manner that challenges them to think about the Earth’s impact on them and their impact on it. Students will engage in an array of class activities that include weekly hands on labs, comprehensive tests, quizzes, class projects and watching video clips related to the material.

Life Science - 7th Grade
Life Science is the study of the functions and features of living things.  The course covers the classification system, cells, heredity, bacteria, protists and fungi, plants, animals, the human body and ecology. Students will use internet-based activities, relevant articles and appropriate labs to discover similarities and differences within groups and species.  Students will conduct five or more dissection labs including squid, earthworms, grasshoppers, owl pellets, and frogs. Students will conduct both independent and collaborative research at least once each semester. They will present this research to the class using a variety of presentation methods.

IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) 8th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
The focus of IPC is to provide students with an introduction to Physics and Chemistry. The first semester will be focused on the basic concepts of chemistry, which include the structure of an atom, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures, compounds and organic chemistry. In the second semester students will focus on introductory Physics. They will cover topics such as density, buoyancy, forces, motion, machines, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound and light. Students will participate in weekly hands on labs, group and individual projects and regular testing. 

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