The goal of the Science Department’s curriculum is to encourage our students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from freshman through senior year. Students at St. Joseph’s Academy consistently use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, probe ware and data and graphing analysis software in conjunction with their laptops to investigate principles and develop their knowledge and mastery of science. Inquiry-based labs and direct manipulation of biological specimens are also used as STEM learning endeavors. Project-based design and engineering investigation is part of several classes from freshman through senior year. Courses for students that are particularly oriented toward current STEM initiatives include Engineering and Design Applications, ACC Forensics, ACC/AP Physics, ACP Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, Zoology, Marine Sciences, Independent Science Research, ACP/AP Chemistry, and Genetics.
- To observe and study the physical and biological aspects of the environment.
- To search for relationships among the observations.
- To develop curiosity about why these relationships exist.
- To apply acquired facts and concepts to new situations.
- To communicate new knowledge clearly and precisely.
- To develop an appreciation and respect for the surrounding world.
- To accept responsibility for acting on new knowledge.
Three credits of lab science are required for graduation. These required credits will be met by taking Biology in the freshman year, Chemistry in the sophomore year and Physics in the junior year.
Note: Any junior or senior choosing to take more than 1.0 science credit during any given school year must obtain departmental approval.