The Science Department offers a wide variety of courses to meet students’ interests, abilities and needs. The department focuses instruction on rich content and fundamental knowledge as well as on 21st century skills including problem solving, communication, collaboration, data analysis and critical thinking. Advanced Placement, honors, level 2 and Virtual High School courses prepare students to further their studies beyond high school while providing a practical knowledge of science concepts.
In Advanced Placement and Honors Biology classes, students are given the opportunity to participate in a series of biotechnology labs supported by a grant from the Amgen Biotech Experience and Harvard University. This program provides a variety of resources including research-grade equipment and supplies. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum that immerses students in the excitement of scientific discovery.
For graduation from high school, students are required to successfully complete three years of science. The Massachusetts state college and university system requires three years of high school science for admission. Students who plan on majoring in science or engineering should plan on enrolling in as many demanding science and mathematics courses as possible. All science courses, regardless of subject or level, require critical thinking, problem solving, observation, and experimentation that necessitate active student involvement. Laboratory activities are an essential part of our science courses.
A STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program is offered to 8-10 grade students to learn more about the applications of science and math to engineering and technology. One STEM program, conducted under the umbrella of Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC), provides students a unique opportunity to collaborate with schools in other countries on engineering projects. Currently, DY students work with 6 schools in 4 different countries on such projects as availability of clean water around the world, NASA’s space exploration, climate study from space, International Ice Patrol, and digital data visualization. Several courses are centered on engineering design projects including one course culminating with participation in the Future City national competition. Another course focuses on experimental design, with students designing and performing their own experiments.
Many exciting opportunities for students are created and presented by a knowledgeable science faculty.