As per our school mission, courses in the Science Department are taught with the assumption that all students will continue on to college; therefore, they are given the strongest possible foundation in science. The Science Department is dedicated to providing all students with a meaningful science experience. This goal is accomplished by incorporating student-led, hands-on activities, as well as teacher demonstrations and laboratory work consistent with the course level and subject matter. The scientific method is used as the framework for all laboratory investigations. The Science Department recognizes the learning needs of its students and provides a variety of teaching methods and techniques to reach out to each one of them. Teaching methods, at all levels, stress critical thinking in order that each student projects understanding beyond the immediate application of the concepts that are taught. The Science Department utilizes sequential teaching so that each science class builds on previously learned concepts and the principles learned can be applied to future “real” world situations.