Science

Science

To graduate, students are required to complete three years of science, typically biology/human anatomy and physiology; chemistry; and physics. A science elective, such as geology, astronomy, or advanced biology, is offered in the fourth year. All science classes are based on the ideology of discovery, a program of conceptual understanding, empirical investigation, and analytical application. Theory and experimental lab results are compared through statistical analysis, which develops skills in applying concepts to reality. Students are encouraged to think beyond individual disciplines and recognize the increasing frequency of ethical dilemmas in modern scientific practice and how they as individuals need to form their own scientific opinions from the information that the media and other sources present to the general public. In addition, they are encouraged to relate their scientific learning to their other studies and to the world around them.

FIRST-YEAR: BIOLOGY/HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

FIRST SEMESTER:
  • Nature of science and experimental design
  • Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function
  • Cellular transport and division
  • Photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  • Gene expression
  • Human inheritance and genetics
  • Evolutionary theory
SECOND SEMESTER:
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Homeostasis
  • Body systems and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Sexual health

SECOND YEAR: CHEMISTRY (Lab-based)

FIRST SEMESTER:
  • Classification and properties of matter
  • Measurement skills and the scientific method
  • Atomic theory
  • Electron configuration
  • Organization of the periodic table
  • Types of bonding, VESPR theory, and molecular geometry
  • Geckos & intermolecular forces
  • Properties of water as a universal solvent
SECOND SEMESTER
  • Chemical names, formulas, and quantities
  • Types of chemical reactions and their use in everyday life
  •  Stoichiometry
  • Thermodynamics, factors that affect reaction rate
  • Gas laws
  •  Acids & bases
  • Environmental chemistry, from coral reefs to acid rain

THIRD-YEAR: PHYSICS (ANALYTICAL)

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Momentum
  • Energy
  • Rotational Motion
  • Fluids and Heat
  • Optics
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism

ADVANCED SCIENCE ELECTIVE:

Topics vary yearly.

  • College Counseling

    Our College Counselor works with students to find schools that will be a good match for them. Northwest Academy graduates attend a diverse selection of colleges and universities across the country including Duke University, Bard College, New York University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

    College Counseling
    College application workshop
  • Exceptional Faculty

    Teachers include professional artists, writers, and performers as well as former college instructors.

    Exceptional Faculty
    Teachers As Mentors
  • College-prep Academics

    Northwest Academy students write two substantial, college-level thesis projects in their senior year. All juniors and seniors receive college credit through the PSU Challenge Program.

    College-prep Academics
    Senior Thesis Presentation
  • Creativity Matters Here

    We value creative, independent thought in both our academic and arts classes.

    Creativity Matters Here