Principles of Science

Principles of Science is CCSC's three-year middle school integrated science course. Through this three-year course, students learn basic science reasoning skills such as making hypotheses, using data to evaluate them, and presenting evidence for theories and facts. In addition, students spend nearly 5 hours a week in science class, which enables them to gain knowledge in all major science disciplines with both breadth and depth.

Grade 6

Students in PS6 learn about a range of different topics including space science (how the earth, the moon, and the sun interact), earth science (evidence for evolution), technology and engineering (the process engineers use to solve complex problems), physical science (types of energy and motion), and life science (parts of a cell and what they do).

Grade 7

Students in PS7 learn about a range of different topics including technology and engineering (how people communicate with each other and how transportations are designed to move people and goods), physical science (energy, motion, heat transfer, magnets), life science (how living things interact with each other and the world around them, human body systems, and plant reproduction), earth science (how do humans impact the environment and how the earth changes over time).

Grade 8

Students in PS8 learn about life science (including cell biology and genetics), physical science (including basic chemistry and physics), space science (seasons, phases or the moon, and our solar system), and technology and engineering.  This course also prepares students to take the 8th grade science MCAS.

Physics (9th grade)

Physics is an introductory course that will guide high school students toward a deeper conceptual understanding of physical phenomena in our everyday lives. Topics covered include motion, forces, energy, momentum, heat and heat transfer, electricity and magnetism, light and waves. Students will complete hands-on labs and projects throughout the year. This course will also help students to strengthen key skills, including organization, problem solving, modeling, measurement and data collection, and scientific writing, which will be useful in future science courses. Students will take the Physics MCAS in June. This course does not prepare students to take the SAT Physics Subject Test, but interested students may prepare for the test independently.

Chemistry (10th grade)

CCSC’s Chemistry course is designed around the Living by Chemistry curriculum, a research-based, guided inquiry approach to Chemistry.  In this course, students will try their hand at engineering during our gas laws unit to create an accurate thermometer.  Students are also pushed to apply Chemistry to their everyday lives by answer questions like, “Can we make gold like Alchemists?” while learning about atomic structure, nuclear equations, and chemical bonding.   During the organic chemistry unit, students will answer the question “How are atoms and molecules responsible for smell?” while learning about basic functional groups, molecular bonding patterns, and molecular geometry.   In the fourth unit, students will focus on answering the question “How much of a chemical is too much for a living organism to handle?” while exploring the harmful effects of sugar and sugar substitutes, acids and bases, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry.  Our final unit is based on fire and how we use the energy produced during fires to power our world.  Chemistry is a rigorous college-prep course that requires a strong foundation in algebra, pattern recognition, writing, and reading skills. 

Biology (11th & 12th Grade)

Biology is an inquiry-based laboratory course that provides students with an overview of life on Earth.  Students will write evidence-based arguments and engage in computer simulations and laboratory experiences while students ecology, anatomy, evolution, biochemistry, and genetics.  In this course, students will learn to:  read basic and advanced scientific texts; how to write scientifically valid arguments; simulate different ecological situations; dissect fetal pigs; examine living organisms; and model the outcome of genetic crosses.  These critical skills will help 11th and 12th grade students refine their problem-solving abilities and expand their ability to analyze and synthesize information for a wide variety of audiences.

AP Chemistry (11th & 12th Grade)

AP Chemistry is a college-level science class that is aimed at preparing students for the Advanced Placement exam in May.  Students will study atomic structure, naming, bonding, intermolecular forces, periodic trends, stoichiometry, phases of matter, acid/base interactions, redox reactions, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry, kinetics, and experimental design.  Students can expect to spend a significant amount of time in lab improving their observation, data collection, and analytical skills.  This course is highly recommended for students planning to study science, medicine, and engineering in college.

Prerequisite: 80% average of better in Chemistry, successful completion of Geometry