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HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE 

Ann Arbor high school students earn the minimum of three science credits required for graduation: (1) one full year of Biology for one credit, (2) one full year of Chemistry or Physics for one credit, (3) one full year of a Science elective for one credit. These courses support students in meeting the full spectrum of the Michigan High School Content Expectations. Students may earn a fourth credit in Science by electing a fourth year of Science.
 
All high school Science courses engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices essential to career and college readiness. These practices include the following.
  • 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
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
Course Selection
Decisions about which specific science courses to select must be made in the context of a four-year plan. This planning process defines which courses meet the requirements outlined above and support a student’s pursuit of career and college goals. Four year planning is essential to ensure that students have the necessary skills for the courses they hope to take in their junior and senior years. The four-year plan must take into account planning for Mathematics courses necessary for specific Science courses.

For additional information about course selection and possible science course sequences, see the Ann Arbor Public School Student Services Guide

Typical Science Sequences (Huron, Pioneer & Pathways to Success)
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Biology

Earth Science

Geophysical Science AC*

Chemistry, AP*

Chemistry

Physics, Conceptual
Physics C: Mechanics, AP*
Biology, AP* 
Environmental Science, AP*
Physics*
Physics, Conceptual
Science Elective

* Courses with mathematics or science prerequisites 

Typical Science Sequences (Skyline)

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
ACIS I
or Biology 
Chemistry:
Sustainable Green 

ACIS II or 

Earth Science
Chemistry:
Sustainable Green
Chemistry, AP* 
Chemistry: Sustainable Green
Chemistry II: Sustainable Green
Science elective
Physics C: Mechanics, AP*
Biology, AP*
Environmental Science, AP*
Physics*
Science elective
 * Courses with mathematics or science prerequisites 
Contact:
Amy Deller
District Science Department Chair
deller@aaps.k12.mi.us 
 
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