Our Curriculum

Students and Parents

The Irvington Public School’s science program from Pre-K through grade 12 offers students a solid foundation from which to build as they continue their lives following high school. Our world is increasingly dependent upon science and technology and it is of great importance that our students be scientifically literate so they may compete in the global workforce. In 2012, a report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology projects a need for approximately one million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology.

For up-to-date information on science events at colleges, science scholarships, and other STEM-related contests and opportunities, Visit the “Colleges & Contests” page.

Kindergarten – Grade 8 Science Program

Science Program CatalogIn 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. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, provide a comprehensive, aligned, and developmentally appropriate approach to learning science. The science program is focused on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application by engaging students in authentic, relevant learning experiences.

IMPORTANT: All New Jersey public school students in Grades 5 and 8 participate in State testing in Science. This test is administered by the New Jersey Department of Education. This comprehensive and integrated science exam is taken on a digital platform in May.

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 Integrated Science, Earth Systems and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science. Honors designations are offered in most of these courses. Freshmen students will follow a sequence of courses that begin with Integrated Science, Honors Physics, or Honors Biology. Students are encouraged to consider enrolling in AP courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science following the successful completion of the pre-requisite course(s). Senior students have the option of taking Forensic Science as an elective.

IMPORTANT: All New Jersey Grade 11 students participate in State testing in Science. This test is administered by the New Jersey Department of Education. This comprehensive and integrated science exam is taken on a digital platform in May of a student’s junior year.

To prepare for success on this test, grade eleven 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 that includes laboratory biology along with two additional science courses such as chemistry, environmental science, physics, or other laboratory/inquiry-based science.