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Science Teachers

Alleyne-Levy, Dara
Teacher, Science Department Curriculum Lead
Bechara, George
Teacher, Science Department
Curley, Debbie
Teacher, Science Department
Della-Santina, Natalie
Teacher, Science Department
Fung, Sam
Teacher, Science Department
Herbst, Jeffrey
Teacher, Science Department
Lee, Zenas
Teacher, Science Department
Mrozack, Susan
Nafrada, Chris
Teacher, Science Department
Navarro, Adrianne
Nunez, Daniel
Teacher, Science Department
Porticos, Richard
Teacher, Science Department
Quan, Joanne
Teacher, Science Department
Ruiz, Lawrence
Teacher, Science Department
Shreve, Kathleen
Teacher, Science Department
Sohal, Sukhraj
Teacher, Science Department
Wakefield, Jessica
Teacher, Science Department

Science Department

A good science background is essential in our technology-oriented society and workplace. Based on the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, the content of our science classes includes the essential skills and knowledge students will need to be scientifically literate citizens in the twenty-first century. Students have the opportunity to learn science by receiving direct instruction, by reading textbooks and supplemental materials, by solving standards-based problems, and by doing laboratory investigations and experiments. Students are encouraged to take a science class each year, not only to enhance future college admissions, but also to gain a better understanding of the world around them. AP (Advanced Placement) courses are based on standards established by College Board through the Advanced Placement Program.

There is a two-year requirement for graduation. One year must be a physical science and the other a life science; Environmental Science may be used to satisfy either year.

d. Laboratory Science – 2 year required, 3 years recommended.
A student must earn 20 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in approved laboratory science courses.

Science Courses

For a list of Science Courses with descriptions please see the Science Course Offerings and the Course Selection Guide.

Course Units Grades  UC/CSU Requirement Prerequisite 
Biology 10 9 d None
AP Biology 10 11-12 d Understanding of the basics of both Biology and Chemistry to be successful
Chemistry 10 10-12 d Biology and Algebra 1
Chemistry Honors 10 10-12 d Biology and Geometry
AP Chemistry 10 11-12 d Chemistry and Algebra 2
Environmental Science 10 10-12 g Biology
AP Environmental Science 10 10-12 d Biology, Chemistry and Algebra 1
Physics 10 10-12 d Biology and Algebra 1
Physics Honors 10 10-12 d Biology and Algebra 2
Physiology 10 11-12 d Biology and Chemistry
AP Physics 20 (10 math, 10 science) 11-12 c (10 units)
d (10 units)
Physics Honors and Precalculus