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  • HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE 

    Ann Arbor high school students earn the minimum of three science credits required for graduation: (1) one full year of Biology for one credit, (2) one full year of Chemistry or Physics for one credit, (3) one full year of a Science elective for one credit. These courses support students in meeting the full spectrum of the Michigan High School Content Expectations. Students may earn a fourth credit in Science by electing a fourth year of Science.
     
    All high school Science courses engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices essential to career and college readiness. These practices include the following.
    • Asking questions and defining problems
    • Developing and using models
    • Planning and carrying out investigations
    • Analyzing and interpreting data
    • Using mathematics and computational thinking
    • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
    • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
    Course Selection
    Decisions about which specific science courses to select must be made in the context of a four-year plan. This planning process defines which courses meet the requirements outlined above and support a student’s pursuit of career and college goals. Four year planning is essential to ensure that students have the necessary skills for the courses they hope to take in their junior and senior years. The four-year plan must take into account planning for Mathematics courses necessary for specific Science courses.

    For additional information about course selection and possible science course sequences, see the Ann Arbor Public School Student Services Guide

    Typical Science Sequences (Huron, Pioneer & Pathways to Success)
    Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
    Biology

    Earth Science

    Geophysical Science AC*

    Chemistry, AP*

    Chemistry

    Physics, Conceptual
    Physics C: Mechanics, AP*
    Biology, AP* 
    Environmental Science, AP*
    Physics*
    Physics, Conceptual
    Science Elective

    * Courses with mathematics or science prerequisites 

    Typical Science Sequences (Skyline)

    Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
    ACIS I
    or Biology 
    Chemistry:
    Sustainable Green 

    ACIS II or 

    Earth Science
    Chemistry:
    Sustainable Green
    Chemistry, AP* 
    Chemistry: Sustainable Green
    Chemistry II: Sustainable Green
    Science elective
    Physics C: Mechanics, AP*
    Biology, AP*
    Environmental Science, AP*
    Physics*
    Science elective
     * Courses with mathematics or science prerequisites 
    Contact:
    Amy Deller
    District Science Department Chair
    deller@aaps.k12.mi.us