Middle School science:
Science Grade 6
Throughout this course of study, students will focus on science concepts in living environment and the physical setting. The goal is to provide students with a sound understanding of the impact of scientific concepts and ideas, as well as use of engineering practices. The class and lab experiences will teach students concepts and skills that will prepare them for the four-year comprehensive Intermediate Level Science Test given in the spring of their eighth-grade year. The Intermediate Level Science Test includes a written and performance test experience that is based on the New York State 5-8 Learning Standards in Science.
Science Grade 7
The areas of study in seventh-grade science include a combination of living environment and physical setting concepts. Students will explore human organ systems and homeostasis; photosynthesis and cellular respiration; properties of matter; classes of matter; as well as periodic table and atoms. The class and lab experiences will teach students concepts and skills that will prepare them for the comprehensive Intermediate Level Science Test given in the spring of their eighth-grade year. The Intermediate Level Science Test includes a written and performance test experience that is based on the New York State Learning Standards in Science.
Science Grade 7 – Accelerated
Students selected for this course demonstrate above grade level performance. The course develops skills and concepts of living environment and physical setting using activities that follow the New York State curriculum. Students who are successful in this course will be recommended to take Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents course while in eighth grade. It is recommended that students in the accelerated program maintain an average of a B or higher.
Science Grade 8
The areas of study in eighth-grade science include a combination of living environment plus physical setting concepts. Students will explore: cell division; reproduction and development; heredity; evolution; weathering and erosion; volcanoes and earthquakes; density; forces and motion and heat energy. In June, students must take the Intermediate Level Science Test which consists of a written and performance component. This test is based on the New York State Learning Standards in Science that are taught in grades 5-8.
Science Grade 8 – Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents*
The course includes state mandated laboratory-based units of study. Some of the units include information on the earth’s structure, forces and energy, effects of the earth’s motions and the earth’s place in space. The course also includes the study of the earth’s dynamics, natural disasters, weather, rock formation and erosion and development of landscapes, as well as how changes impact humans and the environment. New York State requires successful completion of a minimum of 1200 laboratory minutes to take the Regents examination. The Regents exam consists of a written and performance component. *Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accelerated Science in grade 7, with a minimum of a B average, and teacher recommendation. It is recommended that students in the Earth Science class maintain a course average of a B or higher.
High School science:
Gates Chili High School science classes are designed to prepare students to be college and career ready by exposing them to the necessary knowledge and essential skills as they grow into 21st-century learners. Our instruction is based on the New York State Curriculum Standards. Our intention is to challenge all students with high-quality instruction in science education. Science classes engage students through hands-on laboratory experiments, problem-solving, critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, collaboration, creativity, and using innovative technology.
For more detailed information regarding each High School course, please refer to the High School Program of Studies.
HS Science Extracurricular Opportunities
HS Enrichment Opportunities:
- Honors Courses, AP and Dual Credit options and science elective courses
- Field trips within courses and tours in collaboration with the Career Center Coordinator.
- STEM Career Breakfast