Academics

UPPER SCHOOL SCIENCE

At the completion of the science education at The Epiphany School of Global Studies, students will possess a curiosity about the world. The student will have developed skills associated with scientific inquiry and have acquired the knowledge to make observations about the world, so that inferences and predictions can be made that are consistent with natural laws. As science is interdisciplinary and has played a significant role in history and the development of culture, the student will use scientific literacy in making personal decisions and solving real world problems.

The TES Upper School science student will be able to:
  • Gather, analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
  • Recognize how parts of a whole interact to produce overall outcomes
  • Estimate quantitative solutions to appropriate situations
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning in solving a problem
  • Visualize the natural world on both macro- and micro- scales
  • Go beyond basic mastery of content knowledge and/or skills
  • Cooperate effectively with others to generate knowledge and understanding, solve problems, and produce creative works
  • Articulate his/her findings both orally and in a concise, logical writing style
  • Interpret graphical and experimental data in a clear and appropriate manner, including drawing cause/effect relationships when appropriate
  • Illustrate experimental data in a clear graphical or mathematical manner
  • Draw proper conclusions from experimental and /or graphical data
  • Use appropriate lab skills and technology to generate and analyze data, model scientific concepts and   present  findings

(HONORS) BIOLOGY 1

This course covers the characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular respiration, mitosis, meiosis, DNA and RNA, and Mendelian genetics. Students will learn to write formal laboratory reports and research papers. Laboratory sessions occur weekly. The honors section of Biology 1 is required to participate in the school science fair and will be graded on their project.

(HONORS) PHYSICS 1

In this course students will study the foundational principles of general physics, including motion, force, energy, electricity, optics, and acoustics. The class will employ multiple modes of instructional and laboratory techniques. The honors section of Physics 1 is required to participate in the school science fair and will be graded on their project.

(HONORS) CHEMISTRY 1

Students will learn about the fundamental concepts of the chemical structure of matter through innovative classroom instruction and laboratory sessions. Topics include the structure of matter; properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions; atomic and molecular structure; stoichiometry; chemical bonding; and equilibrium. The honors section of Chemistry 1 is required to participate in the school science fair and will be graded on their project.
(HONORS) BIOLOGY 2
(Honors) Biology 2 continues and expands on the concepts discovered in Biology 1. Additional topics include biodiversity, adaptations, evolutions, ecology, and taxonomy. The honors section of Biology 2 is required to particpate in the school science fair and will be graded on their project.
31CURRICULUM GUIDE 
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(HONORS) HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to advance their study of the structure and function of the human body. It will build on the understanding of biology and chemistry developed in the introductory courses. Human organ systems will be covered and a number of labs will be incorporated into each unit. Topics will include cell physiology, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems.

AP CHEMISTRY

The course is designed to be the equivalent of a general chemistry laboratory course taken in the first year of college, so students will be reviewing and building on topics from the introductory course as well as studying new, higher-level concepts. The course is structured around the enduing understandings within the six big ideas as described in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework: chemical elements are the building blocks of matter; chemical and physical properties can be explained by the structure and arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules and the forces among them; changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons; rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of molecular collisions; the laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy; and bonds or attractions can be formed and broken. In addition to the greater depth of content, much more emphasis is placed on independent and guided inquiry lab work. While students will be well prepared for the AP exam, learning to question, organize and analyze data and work with abstract models are important skills to be learned. Students will make extensive use of various data gathering probes and as they engage in collaborative groups, they will be expected to put into practice the various competencies of leading self and leading with others. All students enrolled in the course are expected to take the AP examination in May.

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is usually equivalent to a semester long college level environmental science course (exact credit depends on the university). The aim of the course is to provide a survey of major topics in environmental science and to develop critical thinking skills and laboratory techniques including data interpretation and analysis. Students explore the scientific, cultural, political, and economic themes associated with environmental issues and policy. This course is designed to prepare students for success on the AP exam. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP examination.

AP BIOLOGY

The Advanced Placement Biology Course is equivalent to a one year college level general biology course. The aim of the course is to achieve knowledge of the facts, principles, and processes of biology as well as an understanding of the means by which biological information is collected and interpreted. Students will follow an AP syllabus focused on four big ideas: the process of evolution explains the diversity and unity of life; biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis; living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes; and biological systems interact. Students will complete at least 8 inquiry based, student directed lab investigations along with a variety of other lab activities to master course material. This course is designed to prepare students for success on the AP exam. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP examination.