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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

Program of Studies
for the 2018 - 2019 School Year


The mission of the secondary science program is to educate all students to be scientifically literate and responsible citizens.

The goal of science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens who understand and apply the knowledge and processes of science. It encourages a positive attitude toward solving problems and a curiosity to understand and appreciate the impact of science and technology on the natural world and on society.

Science is more than a body of facts, a set of principles, or a collection of sophisticated tools. It is a structured, creative, and active method of asking and answering questions. An effective framework for teaching science must be based on knowledge of scientific principles and on an understanding of logical thought processes. Effective science education requires a developmentally appropriate and sequential program that stresses problem solving and inquiry through laboratory experiences and a variety of learning activities. Effective science education will help students become informed adults capable of responsible decisions, independent action and teamwork. It will enable all students to develop an understanding of the interconnections between science and technology and the shared human responsibility to preserve and improve life on earth.

The courses below are available in the grade levels indicated, please see the full description of each course for specific prerequisites and details.

Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Full Year

Earth Science1(P)

Honors Earth Science1(P)

Full Year Courses:

Applied Biology2 (L)

Biology2 (L)

Honors Biology2 (L)

AP Biology2 (L) (ECE)

Full Year Courses:

Chemistry (P)

AP Chemistry (P)

Anatomy and Physiology (L) (Chemistry con-current)

AP Environmental Science (ECE)

Full Year Courses:

Physics (P)

AP Physics 1(P) (ECE)

AP Physics 1+2 (P) (ECE) - Conard Only

AP Physics C (P) - Hall Only

AP Environmental Science (ECE)

Anatomy and Physiology (L)

Science Research and Applications

Semester Courses:

Catastrophic Events

Conceptual Chemistry (P)

Conceptual Physics (P)

Environmental Science

Marine Science

Students are required to complete 2 credits of Science for graduation. These credits must include one credit of Life Science (L) and one credit of Physical Science (P). Course without the (L) or (P) designation are science elective classes.

1. This course MUST be taken in Grade 9. Science Supervisor approval is required for students to take this course in Grades 10, 11, or 12.

2. This course MUST be taken in Grade 10. Science Supervisor approval is required for students to take this course in Grades 9, 11, or 12.

  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Advanced Placement Chemistry
  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science
  • Advanced Placement Physics 1
  • Advanced Placement Physics 1 and 2 - Conard Only
  • Advanced Placement Physics C - Hall Only
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Biology - Applied
  • Catastrophic Events
  • Chemistry
  • Conceptual Chemistry
  • Conceptual Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Earth Science
  • Marine Science
  • Physics
  • Science Research and Applications

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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