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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.