Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Students develop critical thinking, questioning, and problem solving skills that will lay a foundation for the continued study of the sciences. Students explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity. These concepts will be developed in relationship to evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. The goal of this course is to develop a better understanding of the students’ world, their role as global citizens and the interconnectedness of all life on earth through the process of critical thinking. Students are assessed through engagement in productive class work and discussion, homework, lab work and written reports, and tests. Freshman/Sophomore course
This course allows students to investigate assorted advanced topics in Earth Science. Topics may include biogeochemical cycles, climate and weather, energy transfer in the Earth system, tectonics, the history of the Earth, and a study of objects in the solar system and the universe. Students will perform labs related to these topics, collect and analyze data, evaluate data from external sources such as databases, and observe simulations of phenomena on Earth. Assessments will include tests and quizzes based on class notes and reading assignments, writing exercises, lab reports, class discussions and presentations. Junior/Senior/PG elective
This semester-long course is designed to introduce students to technology and engineering. Students will have the opportunity to see science, mathematics and engineering through the real-world connections made in the classroom. They will see how these disciplines play a major role in their everyday world and the importance of being scientifically and technologically literate. The course focuses on the design process and its application. Through 16 cheshire academy curriculum guide and course descriptions 2014-2015 hands on projects the students will learn to apply engineering standards and document their work. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials and kinematics. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge in research and design as they create solutions to different challenges, and then document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers. Junior-PG elective
This two-year course follows the curriculum established by The International Baccalaureate and is representative of a first-year course in college-level chemistry. Topics include standard inorganic concepts as well as an introduction to organic nomenclature and fundamental organic chemical reactions. In addition, the class investigates two optional topics chosen from the following—Analytical Chemistry, Human Biochemistry, Chemistry in Industry and Technology, Medicine and Drugs, Environmental Chemistry, and Food Chemistry. Extensive laboratory work, including a 10 hour group project, supplements the topics covered in discussion, and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the year. Assessments include tests, lab reports, and writing exercises. Upon completion of the course, students are prepared to sit for the IB papers in May. Junior/Senior two year course
This course utilizes the student’s background knowledge in biology and chemistry to examine the function, digestion and chemical makeup of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Students enrolled in this elective will calculate caloric needs, explore nutrition requirements throughout the lifespan and investigate how dietary guidelines apply to various populations including children, adults and athletes. Students will be engaged through class discussion, guest lecturers, practical application labs, and evidence-based research in an effort to gain an understanding of the functions of essential nutrients. Students will also gain awareness about reading food labels, current events, and trends in nutritional supplementation. Assessment techniques include written exams, homework assignments, laboratory investigations and a food diary project. Junior-PG elective
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Cheshire Academy is a boarding school in Connecticut that challenges students in grades 9-12 and Post Grad to discover and hone their unique talents. This college preparatory school offers personalized learning opportunities like the Roxbury Academic Support Program and the IB Program. Artists can benefit from the Art Major program, while high school athletes can benefit from competitive athletics. Overall, students at the private school are encouraged to become culturally sensitive and internationally minded, and develop the critical thinking skills, confidence, and character that enable them to succeed in college and as citizens of a global society.