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Science Education


Our Mission

We believe science education allows students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for making decisions about the natural world and their role in it. We value developing scientific reasoning skills, increasing understanding of how the world works, fostering curiosity, and building awareness of how the elements of nature impact each other.   We offer many opportunities and resources for students to receive help and guidance with specific assignments and general skills. The Resource Center is staffed with science teachers serving students on a drop-in basis and by appointment during the lunch hours. The center is located at the back of the upstairs C wing in C212. 
There are also some extra-curricular clubs and teams students can join to showcase their talents.
    • Science Olympiad
    • Environmental Club
    • Aspiring Medical Professionals (AMP)
These organizations promote team-building and make an impact on our natural resources. Other programs include a four-day trip to northern Wisconsin as a part of AP Environmental, a bridge-building and rocket launching contest in all physics courses, Physics Day at Great America, and problem-based units in many of the courses.

Graduation Requirements

Three years. Three years is recommended for entry into a four-year university.  

Awards and Student Recognition

Each year, the Science Department awards excellence through Senior Awards in four areas: the Life Sciences, the Earth and Space Sciences, Physics, and Chemistry. There is also an overall Senior Award for the whole department.




Department Chair: Paul Vandersteen:

Science Advanced Placement and Honors Summer Assignments

There are currently no posted summer assignments for Science.

Please contact Science Department Chair Paul Vandersteen with questions. (


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