Science

Grade 7

Grade 7 science is an integrated course where students investigate each of the major streams of science: life science (biology), physics, chemistry, and earth science. Each topic relates to multiple science fields allowing students to benefit from a real world application. The core philosophy of DL science is for students to understand the scientific method and apply it to investigate and explain the world around them. Topics in this course cover a wide range of scientific concepts which allow students to gain a better understanding of the world they live in.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to science and the scientific method

  • Chemistry:  Solutions, acids and bases

  • Biology: Cells, organisms and ecology

  • Physics:  Electricity, motion, gravity and astronomy

     

Grade 8

The core philosophy of DL science is for students to understand the scientific method and be capable of applying it to investigate and explain the world around them. In Grade 8 science, students build on the skills and concepts learned in Grade 7, with a focus on physics, chemistry and earth science. Each topic relates directly to real world applications.  Students explore these topics as they cross multiple scientific fields.  Students demonstrate their growth and comfort by using scientific language when explaining scientific principles.

Topics include:

  • Geology:  Rocks, plate tectonics

  • Chemistry:  Chemical reactions, compounds, pollution

  • Physics:  Electricity, magnets, energy


Grade 9

In Grade 9, students study two separate Science subjects, each for one semester; life science and physical science.

Life Science

Life science is a combination of biology and environmental studies in a semester long course.  Grade 9 students improve their science inquiry skills through hands-on activities exploring the scientific method, relationships of organisms, cellular structure, genetics, and the environment.  The course draws upon previous knowledge and prepares students for senior year sciences.  Assessments are both formal and informal.  They include lab reports, written tests, projects, and a comprehensive exam.

Physical Science

Physical science is a combination of chemistry and physics in a semester long course.  Students explore the relationships and patterns that are inherent in chemistry and physics including concepts of energy, atomic structure, and force.  Students develop critical lab skills needed for future sciences through a direct hands on approach to the subject material.  This course also lays the foundation for further chemistry and physics study.


Grade 10

 

In Grade 10, students choose two science courses, each lasting one semester.  They choose between physics, chemistry and biology.

Physics

The material presented in this course is a context based fashion. Each context based topic draws upon multiple scientific fields allowing students to benefit from real world applications. Students explore a wide array of physics topics such as electricity, properties of waves, sound, light, and magnetism. Students demonstrate their growth and comfort using scientific language when explaining scientific principles.

Biology

The main goal of this course is to prepare students for the IB biology course.  Students familiarize themselves with concepts that will be covered in greater detail at the IB level.  They also develop the technical lab skills required to succeed in conducting experiments in a laboratory setting.  Students develop critical analysis skills by interpreting data obtained from labs, as well as honing their summarizing skills through the writing of research papers. 

Chemistry

This course offers students a more in-depth exploration of chemistry and it's major concepts.  Students improve on their science inquiry skills through hands-on activities, practical labs, and lab design.  Assessment is both formal and informal, and includes lab reports, written tests, projects, practical exams, and a comprehensive semester exam.