Living Environment, formerly known as Biology, is a Regents course that meets the new Learning Standards for New York State . It is the study of plants and animals and their interactions with the living and the nonliving environment. Students will explore the basic problems that all organisms must solve to stay alive such as maintaining homeostasis, reproducing and transmitting traits, obtaining energy from food and adapting through evolution. There is one required laboratory period per week and the course terminates in a Regents exam.
This one semester course will prepare students for the Living Environment Regents Exam. Activities designed to develop reading comprehension, test taking, and writing skills and a review of major topics in biology will be included. Programming Guidelines: Students who have scored below a 65 on the Living Environment Regents Exam, but who passed the course, may be programmed for this course, which will culminate in the January or June Regents Exam.
Earth Science is a Regents course that explores the physical nature of the earth, its rocks and oceans. It examines the forces that have shaped our earth such as weather, the heat and light of the sun, wind and earthquakes. Modern theories of plate tectonics that explain the shape of the present world are included. Students will develop skills in graphic analysis, contour mapping, and the interpretation of scientific evidence. There is one required laboratory period per week.
CHEMISTRY - Physical Setting
Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. Chemistry is important for careers in nursing, medicine, dentistry, engineering and other technological areas. Successful Chemistry students will need to be competent in arithmetic computations and in solving basic algebraic formulas. There are two required laboratory periods per week.
This course, formerly known as zoology, studies the development of animal life on earth as well as their relationship with humans. Students explore the evolutionary part taken by the animal kingdom beginning with sponges and concluding with mammals. Current issues and topic, such as animal rights and preservations of species on endangered species lists, are also addressed. It is offered each term and is annualized with the Horticulture class.
Astronomy is the science that investigates the study of the universe as well as the celestial bodies of the sky. Integral to the course is the study of the Earth. With Earth and Moon as our initial planetary models, students move through the Solar System, the Milky Way, and beyond. This course is offered in the Fall term only and is annualized with Meteorology in the Spring term.
This is a course designed to raise student awareness about the interactions between living organisms and the physical world which surrounds them. Students are involved in the “Green Club”, an environmental club organized to recycle materials from throughout the school and community. The course is offered each term.
This one term course is designed for the student interested in the science of criminology. The course includes such areas as DNA, fingerprinting and hair analysis, tool-marks, and crime-scene evaluation. Guest speakers from the Medical Examiners Office are often invited to present to the class. The course is offered each term.
FRESHMEN LIVING ENVIRONMENT
This is a year-long course designed to expose selected incoming freshmen students to the wonders of the biological world through Balanced Literacy strategies and differentiated instructional techniques. It is designed to increase and enhance student performance and uses the Scientific Method to design simple experiments, identify scientific problems, and to read and then write about current scientific articles. Bilingual Spanish and English Language Learner classes are also offered for this course.
Formerly known as botany, this course investigates the plant kingdom and the interactions between all plant life and the world they live in. Students explore the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for a true “hands-on” approach to studying about the life of plants in various environments. It is offered each term and is annualized with the Animal Life class.
In this course students study weather, the atmosphere on earth, and the effects that climate has on the earth. It is our hope that knowledge gained in this course will stimulate student understanding of the atmosphere and raise awareness about the effects humans have on it. The course is offered in the Spring term only and is annualized with Astronomy.
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CAREERS
Students accepted into the Academy of Medicine and Sports Professions explore various health professions that could lead to careers in those fields. Students are exposed to many of the medical careers that lead to occupations such as nursing, pharmacy, radiology, as well as many others. Student’s visit “Pharaoh’s Pharmacy” at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens where they explore how substances used in the ancient world are still used today. Special emphasis is placed on physical and occupational therapy and is addressed in greater depth later during the programmed courses of study. These courses can be taken in the freshman year along with Regents Living Environment.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
This sequence of courses investigates the study of the human body as it relates to physical and occupational therapy. Students investigate how the human body is built and how it all works together to form a wonderful “machine” that can perform fabulous feats but can also malfunction if not properly maintained. These courses can be taken along with the course in Regents Living Environment in the sophomore year or after the course has been successfully completed by the student.
This sequence of courses is designed to explore the many medical disorders that affect the human body systems. Students will probe into the causes and cures for many of the more common afflictions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Discussions will follow as to the reasons why these conditions, as well as many other medical disorders, occur in humans, as well as their ways to prevent them. These courses are generally taken along with Regents Chemistry in the junior year.
The course of study is offered in the senior year and is given in conjunction with an internship at one of the local area hospitals or health care facilities that offer physical and occupational therapy. Students enrolled in this class are also expected to attend school sporting functions to observe and/or participate in actual courtside conditions experienced by first aid responders. These courses are generally taken along with Regents Physics in the senior year.