6th Grade Earth Space Science: Students entering our sixth grade Earth Space Science curriculum have had only a cursory exposure to Earth Space Science topics. The intent of this course is the develop in depth knowledge and appreciation for topics such as the vastness of the universe, the diversity found within our solar system, and the unique relationship found in the Earth-Sun-Moon System. Students are exposed to the topic of geology by investigating Earth’s history and structures as well as the processes that have shaped Earth and are still shaping it today. The Nature of Science component is implemented throughout the year as students engage in hands on, inquiry based learning throughout the year which includes amongst other activities solar ovens, in school geology labs, slogging in the Everglades and a class developed science fair project. Per SBBC policy 5315 sixth grade students participate in the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum at the close of the school year.
6th Grade Cambridge Integrated Sciences I: Sixth grade students entering the Cambridge program can look forward to developing the skills necessary to become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners. Throughout the year students will be engaged in learning opportunities that reflect the abilities and interests of all students. This course and the one that follows in seventh grade compacts the traditional three-year middle school curriculum in a manner that is commensurate with the abilities of the students enrolled in the Cambridge program. Topics in Integrated Sciences I include year-long instruction in the Nature of Science, exploration of Earth as a habitat to a multitude of living species, and the effect of humans of Earth and its ecosystems. Students will investigate energy and forces and motion as well as states of matter, pure substances vs. mixtures, and compounds and elements. Cambridge students are given the opportunity to compete in either the County Science Fair or the Invent America competitions. As with the traditional sixth grade curriculum the year ends with participation in the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum.
7th Grade Life Science: The seventh grade curriculum provides an excellent foundation for students who will ultimately enroll in Biology 1 as is required of all students. As with sixth grade students continuously work with the Nature of Science standards throughout the year as they engage in hands on and exploratory activities. Students spend a great deal of time investigating the organizational levels of organisms starting at the level of organelles and moving up to the difference amongst whole organisms. Students compare plant and animal cells, body systems, and methods of cell division. Students become acquainted with the Linnaean classification system and the field of genetics. The field of ecology is explored as students investigate how organisms relate to one another within an ecosystem and the how energy is conserved and transformed within that same ecosystem. Students will participate in either class developed science fair projects, independent science fair projects, or may choose to engage in the Invent America competition. Students in seventh grade will continue the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum begun in sixth grade.
7th Grade Cambridge Integrated Sciences 2: Seventh grade students will work towards the continued development of the skills necessary to become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners. As with the Sixth Grade Integrated Sciences I course students will be engaged in learning opportunities that reflect the abilities and interests of all students. Topics in Integrated Sciences 2 include year-long instruction in the Nature of Science. Greater emphasis will be placed on human health including body systems, plant structures and photosynthesis, cell structures, genetics, cell division, classification and evolution. Chemistry topics include properties and classification of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical and thermal energy. Physical science topics include waves, types of forces, and electricity. Cambridge students are given the opportunity to compete in either the County Science Fair or the Invent America competitions. As with the traditional seventh grade curriculum the year ends with participation in the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum.
8th Grade Physical Science: Primary content emphasis for this course is to introduce the topics explored more thoroughly in high school courses such as physics and chemistry. Along with ongoing explorations into the Nature of Science students will develop an understanding of foundational chemistry topics such as what defines matter, the atom, physical and chemical properties and changes, and an exploration of elements, compounds and mixtures. Physics topics include waves, energy and its transformations, and forces and motion. All students engage in hands on, inquiry based learning throughout the year. All students participate in the County Science Fair competition as appropriate by class. Sample class projects include creating periodic tables to demonstrate the understanding of how the periodic table is arranged, scientist memoir projects, and an assortment of other projects that allow students to display their mastery of course topics in a variety of ways. As with the sixth and seventh grade curriculum the course concludes with a multiple day unit addressing the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum for eighth grade.
Biology Honors I: Students entering Biology Honors 1 do so with a substantial background knowledge from their Life Science experience in seventh grade. The intent of this course is to provide an overview of the many fascinating topics students could study in greater depth in high school. Specific topics include an introduction to the structure and function of biological molecules, a comparison of plant and animal cells, and energy production in cells. Students explore hereditary patterns, cell division and compare the functions of DNA and RNA. After genetics students investigate evolutionary mechanisms, four major body systems and finish the year by examining a variety of environmental issues. As this is a high school credit course students should be prepared for a fast-paced rigorous course. As with the traditional eighth grade curriculum the year ends with participation in the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum.
8th Grade Cambridge IGCSE Biology: Cambridge IGCSE Biology students are required to take the state administered Biology EOC each year. There is roughly a 90% overlap between the syllabi for each course. At the content level Cambridge IGCSE diverges for the Biology Honors course by giving greater attention to body systems, the effect of drugs both medicinal and illegal on the body, and biotechnology. The Cambridge program insures students explore topics such as genetics, evolution and ecology from a global perspective. Interdisciplinary projects are incorporated throughout the year which help students to recognize the impact of what they are learning on all aspects of their life. As with the Biology Honors I course this is a fast-paced rigorous curriculum. Cambridge students end the year with participation in the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum.