Welcome to Junior High Math & Science

**Junior High Mathematics**

This course serves as a bridge between the concepts learned in elementary school mathematics and the expectations of junior high and high school level mathematics. Our classes are progressive in introducing students to the more abstract language of Algebra. Students will become proficient in general computational mathematics while learning equation solving & simplification of algebraic expressions, geometric concepts and problem-solving skills in preparation for high school mathematics and progression to Algebra I or Algebra I Honors classes.

- Computation skills with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions and the number system.
- Develop understanding of ratio, proportion and percents and apply these skills in real-life scenarios.
- Apply measurement skills, conversion of units, and the principles of area and volume in the study of basic geometry.
- Algebra readiness skills are integrated throughout the course.
- Statistics & Probability
- Expressions, Equations & Inequalities
- Integers & Order of Operations
- Interpreting, Building & Graphing Functions
- Solving & Simplifying Polynomials and Rational Expressions

**Junior High Science**

Life Science

Students will use inquiry as a discovery method in order to explain the relationship among objects in the solar system, describe the properties and composition of the Earth’s structure, explain the Earth’s geological processes, and analyze the interactions of living organisms within ecosystems. Scientific persona and events of historical significance will be integrated to support the curriculum and help students make relevant connections to their lives.

Earth Science

Earth Science focuses on the study of the Earth’s spheres and its celestial environment. Students analyze and describe Earth’s interconnected systems and how they are changing due to natural processes and human influence. Topics covered include rocks, minerals, natural resource management, sculpturing of Earth’s surface, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic history, the atmosphere, weather, climate, history of astronomy, the solar system, stars, and galaxies.

Physical Science

Teaches students basic fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and biology. The chemistry section begins with the study of the atom and continues into the basics of the Periodic Table of Elements, different types of bonds and balancing chemical equations. The physics section will focus upon motion and Newton’s laws, the genetics component of biology and the structural and behavioral aspects of adaptations. For biology, students participate in hands-on labs that reinforce content curriculum and experience a dissection of dogfish sharks to examine their anatomy upclose.