The Clarkstown K-12 science curriculum prepares students to become scientifically literate in a 21st century world. We strive to instill a fundamental understanding of science through the ability to apply, analyze, describe and understand scientific phenomena. In addition, students will focus on solving both qualitative and quantitative real world problems. The eight practices of science and engineering that the Next Generation Science Standards Framework (© 2013) identifies as essential for all students to learn are listed below:
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
The framework for the district's science curriculum is the New York State standards-based Science 21 program. Science 21, a locally developed program, is an inquiry based approach to learning science skills and concepts based on a spiral construction of knowledge. Experiential learning is emphasized for K-5 students.
The middle school curriculum is based on state standards and has a defined curriculum. The core curriculum guides provided by New York State outline the key ideas, performance indicators, and major understandings in the physical, life and earth sciences.
The Clarkstown Science Departments (North and South) are committed to helping students develop a life-long interest in science. The standards-based program of studies includes posing of questions, performing data analyses and drawing conclusions all of which help students understand the complex natural world around them. Students take NYS assessments at the end of 8th grade and at the conclusion of each Regents course (Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry and Physics). Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams are also administered, but not required by the State.