Like science itself, the development of an effective program of science instruction at Jonathan Dayton High School is an ongoing and dynamic process. From elementary school on through graduation from high school, our students and teachers work together to develop an understanding of what science is, and what it has to offer in a rapidly developing, modern society. Students use critical-thinking skills and develop an appreciation for the process of science, with the overall goal of developing a high level of scientific literacy.
Our core high school science courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are designed around the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science (NJSLS-S). By 11th grade, students are prepared to take the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment in Science, which tests the students on their ability to apply concepts learned from the NJSLS-S. The majority of our students take four years of science in high school, including elective courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Forensics, Oceanography, and Project Lead the Way Engineering. The department also offers three Advanced Placement science courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students who enroll in AP Biology are eligible to receive college credit through Seton Hall University’s “Project Acceleration.” The department also offers students the opportunity to supplement their interest in science with such activities as the Medical Careers Club, the Environmental Club, the STEM Club, and opportunities to compete in the NJ Interscholastic STEM League against other schools.