The focus of the freshman and sophomore curriculum was on environmental science at a local level; juniors take those principles one step further and explore issues on a more global scale. Students actively participate in the Fairchild Challenge and the Hunt Oil Winston School Solar Car Challenge and the Envirothon after school and during the summer.
-Regular or Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) students learn how the natural world is shaped, the relationship between humans and the environment, and an in-depth study of look at human population in regards to natural resources and sustainability.
The environmental quality and pollution unit explores topics - such as air, water pollution, and climate change - and challenges students to make a connection between individual action and its consequences. Students also study land use and biodiversity and learn the importance of conserving living species.
The social and political implications of the environment in society are also covered thoroughly as students actively research contemporary ecological issues pertinent in today's world.
*Juniors take an additional science class to provide background for their senior project class next year. Their science class options are:
-Anatomy & Physiology
Other course options:
-Honors English III students have the option to take this course instead of Advanced Placement Language. Students enrolled in this class are still required to complete magnet requirements
-Advanced Placement Language students have the option to take this course instead of Honors English III. Students enrolled in this class are still required to complete magnet requirements
"The earthquake activity was an interactive way for us to experience how the different waves react with the earth's surface."
"I think it's important to go on field trips that are curriculum based because it keeps students on track and helps them understand what they are learning!"