• Academic Program


  • Science Department Logo The goal of secondary science education in Pennsylvania is to produce scientifically literate citizens through an inquiry-based approach that builds understanding of fundamental scientific processes and principles of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, and Ecology. However, scientific literacy is not limited to the understanding of fundamental scientific principles. It also involves proficiency in scientific reasoning and the ability to critically analyze the interplay between science, technology, and society. The PPS science curriculum provides opportunities for students to practice and apply this type of thinking, thereby cultivating scientific literacy while strengthening overall critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. 

    This program supports the following goals for students:

    • Use such cognitive skills as critical thinking, problem solving, and analyze ethical issues
    • Demonstrate mastery of the processes of scientific inquiry through the use of the Eight Science and Engineering Practices
    • Understand scientific concepts
    • Understand that science is a way of knowing
    • Understand the personal, social, and ethical implications of science
    • Use educational technologies as tools for learning


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PreK–2 Science and Technology and Engineering Standards
PreK–3 Environment and Ecology

Science Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Academic Standards for Writing and Reading
Grades 6–12 Academic Standards for Reading in Science and Technical Subjects
Grades 6–12 Academic Standards for Writing in Science and Technical Subjects

Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering
Grades 3, 5, 6, 8
Grades 9–12

Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology
Grade 3–8, 9, 10

Grade Level Materials

A collection of materials that can expected for each grade level and course. Click links below to be directed to external websites.

Grade K–8: Carolina Science Online Biology: Pearson Mastering Biology
Biology: Pearson Mastering Biology

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Parent and Student Resources

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Staff Resources

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