Science

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Description of Program

The science program in Beaufort County is a comprehensive, K-12 curriculum that is enhanced at every grade level with inquiry-based exploration that is intended to develop strong content understanding in the earth, life, and physical sciences; as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

The foundation for science literacy is introduced through a hands-on approach throughout the elementary grades. The K-5 curriculum is focused on developing a preliminary understanding of the earth, life, and physical sciences while cultivating the natural curiosity of young students through exploration of the world around them.

In the middle grades, students are immersed in a three-year integration of earth science, life, and physical science. Middle grades science standards focus on inquiry-based content instruction in conjunction with the characteristics of science and process skills necessary for the development of future scientists. To that end, students will refine their ability to make observations, formulate questions, develop hypotheses, conduct investigations, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and recognize evidence of bias in preparation for their secondary science experiences.

In high school, students will complete physical science and biology as foundational courses followed by higher level life, earth, and physical science courses of their choice.  High school students must take a minimum of 3 science courses to include biology to meet graduation requirements, but are strongly encouraged to enroll in additional science courses.  BCSD offers high school students the opportunity to take AP, IB, and dual credit science courses.

Assessment

The science program is a comprehensive, K-12 curriculum that is enhanced at every grade level with inquiry-based exploration that is intended to develop strong content understanding the earth, life, and physical sciences.  The foundation for science literacy is introduced through a hands-on approach throughout the elementary grades.  The K-5 curriculum is focused on develop strong content understanding while cultivating the natural curiosity of young students through the exploration of the world around them.  In the middle grades, students are immersed in a three-year integration of sciences as students continue developing skills necessary of future scientists.  In high school, students complete physical science and biology as foundational courses followed by higher level earth, life, and physical science courses of their choice.  High school students must take a minimum of 3 science courses to include biology to meet graduation requirements.  Beaufort County offers over 25 different high school science courses including AP, IB, and dual credit.


Margaret Dipietro
Science/STEM Coordinator
(843) 322-2379
margaret.dipietro@beaufort.k12.sc.us