Morristown High School takes an integrated approach to science education in relationship to full implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Science core and elective courses are constructed on a "three-dimensional" instructional approach that incorporates discipline core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and engineering practices for each unit of study. Core science classes are offered in Earth & Space Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science.
Morristown High School science programs strive to prepare students to engage in the scientific process of inquiry, to explore the relationships within the various disciplines of Earth, Life, and Physical Science. Students are taught to apply the understanding of core ideas in science to explain and interact with the world around them. The science program believes that critical thinking and problem-based laboratory investigations, along with the use of integrated technology as a teaching and learning tool, are essential to achieving student mastery and readiness. The science department is committed to the belief that all students need to be provided learning opportunities that allow for meaningful exploration, development, and application of critical thinking skills in order to identify and expand the scientist in all.
Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics
Science Course Offerings
Core Sciences: Earth & Space, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science
AP Sciences: AP Physics I, AP Physics C, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A
STEM Electives: Robotics, CAD, 3D CAD, Architectural Design, Wood Design, *Principles of Engineering, *Aerospace Engineering, Nanoscale Science, **Anatomy & Physiology, **Dynamics of Healthcare, **Medical Terminology, Research Science, Sustainability & Alternate Energy, Marine Biology, Forensics, Neuroscience, Astronomy, Design Studio, *Computer Science Essentials, *Cybersecurity
* - Project Lead The Way Course: https://www.pltw.org/
** - Rutgers University College of Health Sciences Program: https://shp.rutgers.edu/
Next Generation Science Standards
In July 2014 New Jersey made a commitment to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and remain at the forefront of innovative education joining a cohort of states across the nation who have pledge to champion science education.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
For more information on the New Jersey State Learning Standards for science visit: https://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/2016/science/
For more information on the Next Generation Science Standards visit: http://www.nextgenscience.org/