Science Department

Course Pathway

Freshman Year

Honors Biology

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Sophomore Year

Honors Chemistry

  • Additional Option: Honors Physics

Junior Year

  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C Mechanics *
  • AP Chemistry (2 Credit Class)
  • AP Biology (2 Credit, space permitting)
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Senior Year

  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2*
  • AP Physics C Mechanics*
  • AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism*
  • AP Chemistry with Lab (2 Credit Class)
  • AP Biology with Lab (2 Credit Class)
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Forensic Science

Science Course Request

Current Students - let us know what Science classes you would like to take next year.

Science Curriculum

The science course pathway at Jackson-Reed is designed to expose students to many different areas of science. As students progress along the science pathway, students have more options in science courses. By the end of their senior year, students will have completed the four necessary lab science courses they need for graduation.

Science Center

  • Room 226
  • Free drop-in help and tutoring
  • Community service opportunity
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 3:45 - 4:15pm

Science-Related Academies

Jackson-Reed has two science-related academies that are open to Freshmen and Sophomores to join.

  • Engineering Academy
  • Biomedical Science Academy

Please Note

  • In some cases, students take either an Honors or AP Version of a class to meet the requirement.
  • All AP Classes require an end of the year test administered by the College board to determine if they are eligible for college credit.
  • Classes with an asterik have a pre-requisite or co-requiste course.
  • Pre-requisite means that students must take stated courses first.
  • Co-requisite means that a student must take another course at the same time.
  • All classes are for 1.0 credit unless noted otherwise.

Course List


Honors Biology (S64) +

Description: Honors Biology is designed to develop and enhance student’s comprehension and appreciation of life. This 1 credit lab course focuses on scientific investigation and inquiry, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecosystems, and plant/animal biology.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Honors
Grade: 9th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Honors Chemistry (S36) +

Description: Honors Chemistry is an exciting course that introduces students to the fundamental principles of matter, its properties, and the interactions that occur between different substances. In Honors Chemistry, students will design and carry out experiments in the laboratory, participate in engaging classroom discussions, and apply critical thinking skills to make connections between topics learned in class and real-world problems. Students will explore topics such as atomic structure, chemical reactions, energy, and the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Honors
Grade: 10th
Prerequistes: Honors Biology
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Honors Physics (S49) +

Description: Honors Physics explores the concepts of motion, forces, momentum, energy, waves, electricity and magnetism by examining phenomena that we will explore in classroom experiments. If you ever wondered about why and how things work (i.e., why is the sky blue? what is gravity? why does time slow down as you speed up?) then this course is for you!

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Honors
Grade: 10th, 11th
Prerequistes: Honors Chemistry
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP Physics 1 Algebra-Based (S72) +

Description: AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion. There are no prerequisite courses. Students should have completed Geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II or an equivalent course. Although the Physics 1 course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP Physics 1 course itself. This is a challenging but fulfilling course for any student that is pursuing a career in STEM.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th, 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP Physics 2 Algebra Based (S73) +

Description:
AP Physics 2 is the follow up to AP Physics 1. The pre-requisite for this class is AP Physics I, students need to understand motion, forces and energy in order to be successful. The topics that are covered in AP Physics 2 are fluids, electricity and magnetism, circuits, geometric and physical optics, atomic and nuclear physics. AP Physics 2 can be taken as a Senior.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: AP Physics 1
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP Physics C Mechanics (S70) +

Description: AP Physics C: Mechanics is a challenging calculus-based course that deals with topics like motion, forces and energy. If you like physics, and you did well (A's or high B's) on assessments in Honors Chemistry and pre-calculus, this could be the class for you! AP Physics C: Mechanics can be taken as Junior or a Senior.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th, 12th
Prerequistes: Either pre-req or co-requisite: AP Calculus
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism (S71) +

Description:
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is a challenging calculus-based course that deals with the concepts of electric and magnetic fields, circuits, and induction. AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism can be taken as a Senior.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: AP Physics I (algebra-based) or AP Physics C: Mechanics . AP Calculus is a pre-requisite/co-requisite .
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Environmental Science (S03) +

Description: Environmental science immerses students in the study of ecosystems, biodiversity, and human impacts on Earth. Students explore topics such as conservation, pollution, climate change, and sustainable practices. Emphasizing critical thinking and scientific inquiry, students analyze real-world environmental problems and design their own innovative solutions. By the end of the course, students develop a deep understanding of environmental issues and their capacity to solve them.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP Environmental Science (S05) +

Description: AP Environmental Science is a thrilling journey akin to an intro college-level exploration of our planet's interconnected ecosystems and human impact on those systems. Delve deep into scientific principles and methodologies as you unravel the complexities of our natural world. Through captivating discussions and hands-on investigations, you'll confront both natural and human-made environmental challenges, evaluating risks and crafting innovative solutions. With an interdisciplinary approach blending geology, biology, chemistry, and geography, this course ignites a passion for understanding and safeguarding our planet's future.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Forensic Science (S68) +

Description: This course serves as an introduction to Forensic Science. Students will be put in the position of crime scene investigators and learn how to develop better observation and deductive reasoning skills. Throughout the course, students will learn how to gather and analyze multiple different forms of forensic evidence including but not limited to hair, blood, DNA and fingerprints. This will culminate in students participating in a mock investigation where they will be required to use all of the skills they have developed throughout the year to solve a crime, justifying their conclusions using sound, empirical evidence.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Marine Science (SMSL) +

Description: Marine science is designed to develop and enhance student comprehension and appreciation of the water that covers about 71% of our planet’s surface. This project-based lab course focuses on scientific investigation and inquiry of the physical and living components of our ocean ecosystems.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP Chemistry (S33) +

Description: AP Chemistry (which must be taken with Advanced Lab for AP Science) is a challenging, two-period, college-level inorganic chemistry course.  Students study topics like Atomic and Molecular Structure, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, and Thermodynamics.  By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the behavior of matter at three levels: the macro level (what we can observe), the particulate level (what atoms and molecules are doing), and the mathematical level (through measurements and calculations).  Students will conduct many inquiry-based experiments, and lab time will account for about 25% of the class.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th, 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP Biology (S23) +

Description: AP Biology is a 2-credit college level course where students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations and laboratory activities. Students will explore a large breadth of topics including but not limited to statistics, biochemistry, ecology, micro & macroevolution, cell structures and functions, protein synthesis and gene regulation, cellular energetics, cell communication, cell division, genetics, biotechnology, and bioethics. This course meets each day and should be scheduled with Advanced Lab for AP Science.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th, 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Advanced Lab for AP Science (S76) +

Description: Students enrolled in AP Biology or AP Chemistry will automatically be enrolled in Advanced Lab for AP Science for your second credit in these classes. This full year course is designed to provide additional time to complete required AP science labs.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th, 12th
Prerequistes: Co-requisite: Taking either AP Biology or AP Chemistry
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Staff

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Maria Delos Santos

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Rob Flack

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Phillip Harrylal

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Denice Manning

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Poonam Sharma

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Marquita Shefa

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Nathan Sparks

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Emily Sullivan

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Nathan Wotton

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