Science 6: Integrated Science
The study of the Earth in 6th grade is based on understanding our world from the local level to the universe. This 4-quarter class will start with a study of Oakland and the Bay Area in the First quarter. Second quarter willfocus on California. In the Third quarter, students will study earth-wide topics and in the Fourth quarter, they will learn about the universe. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week.
Science 7: Life Science
Students will begin to explore life at the cellular level. We will learn the beginning concepts of genetics. We will explore evolution. Students will look at living creatures from viruses (living or not?) to bacteria, plants and animals. The physiology of mammals will be studied. The year will finish with the study of ecology and our influence on all living systems in our environment. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week. This will be inquiry based and we will be developing an understanding of the scientific method.
Science 8: Physical Science
This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry while strengthening their scientific and engineering skills, such as: asking questions, defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data,• using mathematics and computational thinking, designing solutions, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.
This course will be broken up into two semesters; 1) health and 2) integrated sciences as seen through the lens and line of questioning of an artist. There will be an emphasis on developing a conceptual understanding of major topics within the physical and biological sciences as well as developing problem solving skills in those topic areas. Emphasis will be put on understanding the theories at hand and identifying them in everyday life.
This course focuses on the many facets of life on Earth. Physiology, genetics, evolution, photosynthesis, and cell biology. Students explore these topics through a variety of different methods, lectures, discussions, labs, and small group work. The lessons for this class follow the California standards for Biology
(10th grade science) and the NGSS.
An introduction to general chemistry, touching a bit on organic chemistry and biochemistry. The California standards for teaching chemistry
will be followed. This course meets the requirements for graduation from OSA and meets the CSU/UC A-G admissions requirements. Specific areas of study include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical reactions, as well as nuclear processes. Guiding all this will be an emphasis on the importance of investigation and experimentation.
Elective: Honors Physics
This course is modeled as an intermediate algebra-based physics course. There will
be an emphasis on developing a conceptual understanding of the major topics of physics and developing problems solving skills in those topic areas. Emphasis will be put on understanding the theories at hand and identifying them in everyday life. Students will demonstrate entry-level proficiency typical of a first year physics course on the following topics: a) Newtonian Mechanics (the motion of objects); b) Classical Thermodynamics (the nature of heat); and c) Electricity & Magnetism (including DC electronics).
Elective: Environmental Science
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary science where one can explore our world with scientific, social, political and economic lenses. Students will work with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and use them to identify, analyze and problem-solve environmental issues. The Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools will be followed. For a comprehensive listing of the standards please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov. This course is an elective and meets the UC/CSU A-G admissions requirements. We will focus on the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere of planet Earth.