-Experimental Science I (Overview of the Everglades) provides an in-depth study of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades (KOE) watershed. Modules of this course include: geography, geology, water, ecology, economics, history and CERP.
-AICE Biology (Cambridge) is the first science class class students will take. In Biology, they will learn the scientific method through hands-on labs. All students are required to take an End of Course exam (EOC) as required by the Florida legislature.
-Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) is the physical education and health course (including water safety) required for graduation. Students learn how to properly conduct themselves around water, take a swimming assessment test and complete small craft rescues in canoes.
-Honors English I is necessary to complete graduation requirements, in addition to magnet requirements: a college-level research paper using the MLA style, ancillary readings based on South Florida and the Everglades and a summer reading project.
Because students at South Plantation are enrolled in eight classes on a block schedule, freshmen will also take a math class (Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1, Geometry, Geometry Honors or Honors Algebra II) and two electives. The electives should include a Performing/Practical Art class and/or foreign language if they were not taken in middle school.
Experimental Science 1
10th Grade Cambridge
AICE Environmental Management
11th Grade Cambridge
AICE Global Perspectives
Experimental Science 4
A major component of the SPHS Magnet Program is its unique research track. In addition to comprehensive classroom work with guest speakers, students participate in field trips that enrich the delivery of the course content.
During the four years, students will study and experience the environment in which they live through a combination of advanced academic and Cambridge courses. The advanced curriculum enables successful students to earn collegiate-ready courses.
- AICE Environmental Management
Managing the environment might be the most important thing humanity has to do over the next century and beyond. Sophomores are required to take the Cambridge Course - Environmental Management.
The four major environmental categories taught in this course are atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. In other words, the air around us, the people/ animals/ plants/ organisms, which share our Earth, the water cycle, the rocks that make-up planet Earth, and the impacts humans have on these environmental categories.
Curriculum-based field trips and professional presenters are a vital part of the required magnet curriculum.
-Honors English II is needed for graduation and including ancillary readings based on South Florida and the Everglades. This course also provides opportunities for writing assignments for environmental contests.
-Honors/Regular Chemistry students learn about the properties of light and matter through hands-on engagement in laboratory experiments - helping them in Advanced Placement or Honors Environmental Science.
- AICE Global Perspectives (Cambridge)
Global perspectives is a skills base course that teaches students to find and understand credible sources, use proper citation and attribution of information, present and communicate research, and reflect on the effectiveness of both research and presentation.
Students research various international conflicts, and look at environmental issues from both a local and global perspective. Food security, climate change and over population are just a few of the topics the students research.
-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
-Advance Placement Language is an alternative to the Honors English III class. If students achieve a certain score on the AP test in May, they could receive college credit as well.
-Advance Placement Science such as Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology may be offered on campus or as a dual enrollment course online or at Broward College.