Kindergarten – Grade 8 Science Program
In grades K-8, students participate in an integrated science program that exposes students to topics within the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences each year. At the elementary level, our dedicated and creative teaching staff has successfully provided Irvington students with the skills and knowledge they need to pass the NJ ASK4 Science test with over 75% proficiency (district average) for the past seven years. The Progressive Science Initiative serves as the primary resource for students and teachers. This innovative, technology-driven course sequence from the New Jersey Center For Teaching & Learning offers students greater opportunity to participate in science because of the social constructivist approach that fosters peer interactions under the guidance of the teacher. Teachers benefit from being a part of a broad professional learning network in which resource and professional development are on-going. Students benefit from having broad access to resources, smooth transitions between grade levels, a rigorous curriculum, and research-based practices that will help them construct knowledge for greater understanding and retention. For more information on this program, visit www.njctl.org.
The K-8 program Is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new, national set of standards for science was adopted for implementation In New Jersey In July 2014. The standards focus on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application. The NGSS focus on fewer topics and are aligned K-12 to offer a comprehensive, aligned, and developmentally-appropriate approach to learning science
High School Science Program
At the high school, several laboratory/Inquiry-based courses are offered depending on previous student performance and interest. Courses available include Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science and Earth & Physical Science. Honors designations are offered in most of these courses in addition to AP Physics 1, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science for students electing to enroll In advanced science courses. The methodology behind the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) continues into high school. Most students will follow a sequence of courses that begins with physics. Following physics, students will enroll in chemistry and then biology. Advanced Placement (AP) courses in physics, chemistry, and biology are available to students following the successful completion of the pre-requisite course(s). Senior students also have the option of taking Forensic Science as an elective.
IMPORTANT: All New Jersey students, REGARDLESS OF GRADE LEVEL, enrolled in a Biology course must take the BCT.
To prepare for success on this test, Biology students must prepare the entire year. Teachers are carrying out instruction with the purpose of making certain their students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be proficient and successful.
High School Graduation requirements mandate that students take at least 15 credits of science including laboratory biology; chemistry, environmental science, or physics; and an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science.