Sciences

The science department aims to improve the scientific awareness of students through the development of experimental and theoretical reasoning skills practiced in courses designed at the leading edge of science education. The department believes in developing strong problem-solving skills that best prepare the student for the systems-based, fast-paced, information rich world of tomorrow.

The science classes at the Academy use a variety of strategies to reach every student by providing safe laboratory experiments, formal lectures, and project-based teamwork. Logical development of concepts and articulation of ideas are important aspects of science understanding and they are emphasized throughout the sequence of science courses in the development of written essays and free responses, in experimental design, in model-building, in project development, and presentation development.

Graduates at the Academy would have taken one year of each of Introductory Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Advanced Placement courses in all these subjects are offered. Leading edge courses of Engineering Design, Biomedical Engineering, and Introduction to Nanotechnology are offered as upper level science electives. Students interested in pursuing science majors and graduate programs may qualify for a science internship experience offered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Electives ranging from Plant Science to Science in Society are available on campus and external course offerings as part of the Dual Enrollment at Guilford College are available to the highly motivated student as well.

Our lab spaces exceed many of those found at colleges

Jewish values are woven into the sciences through the study of sustainable practices in farming, land, and water management, the bioethics of genetic modification of foods, through projects such as The Gardens of Israel (a Biblical Garden on campus) and The Botanical Lab (where hydroponics and aquaponics are taught and practiced), and by living in the middle of the world's largest geothermal closed-loop energy system.

Classes
Introductory Physics A
Introductory Physics AB
Introductory Chemistry A
Introductory Chemistry AB
Biology A
Biology AB
Engineering Design
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics C
Astrophysics
Environmental Science
Plant Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Introduction to Nanotechnology
Science Research Internship

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Class Highlight:
Science Research Internship

This course is designed to provide senior science students the opportunity to learn current research techniques and participate in the work done in a university research lab. Students partner with a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments to study the researcher’s area of investigation, learn practical lab skills, work as an intern for 40 hours and present their findings. Click here to see the work of our 2015 Interns.

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