Science Curriculum

By the time students graduate from Chinquapin, they have a true understanding of and appreciation for the natural world and how it works; they are well-practiced with science research skills; they are up-to-date with current science developments and discoveries; and they are well prepared for a deeper study of science in college. The middle school curriculum consists of an integrated science program incorporating life, earth, and physical sciences. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science are offered in the high school.

In addition to traditional classroom work, Chinquapin offers the following "outdoor classroom" resources to help integrate the various sciences and provide hands-on sicence experiences:

  • Ten 9-square-foot vegetable gardens for use by 7th graders
  • 2 rainwater conservation tanks for watering the gardens
  • a 400-gallon fish pond for raising cat fish
  • a small orchard of apple, pear, and grapefruit trees
  • a 400-foot nature trail in the forest behind the school
  • a bird blind for aviary observation
  • a bog garden
  • a wetlands restoration project, called “Get Hip to Habitat,” where smooth cordgrass is grown on our campus and transplanted in Pierce Marsh in Galveston Bay
  • a compost bin for producing our own rich and fertile composted soil
  • a "Green" Faculty Residence Duplex with rainwater collection barrels and a 3.5kW solar panel array
  • a "Solar Education Station" with touchscreen PC and a Solar Charging Station for iPods, digital cameras, and cell phones

 

Courses:
6th Integrated Science I
7th Integrated Science II
8th Integrated Science III
9th Physics
9th Health
10th Chemistry
11th Biology
12th Environmental Science

Electives:
Technology and Engineering
Access the class web page here.
History and Philosophy of Science
 

By the time students graduate from Chinquapin, they have a true understanding and appreciation of the natural world and how it works, they are well practiced with science research skills, they are up to date with current science events and discoveries, and they are prepared to take any freshman college science course they desire.

2008 Environmental Science Class Website
2007 Environmental Science Class Website
2006 Environmental Science Class Website
2005 Environmental Science Class Website
Bio-Diesel Website

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