School-­‐Wide	  Science	  Curriculum	  Development	  Group	                                                               ...
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2. Students	  take	  one	  of	  two	  paths:	         	                                Semester	  1	                      ...
3. Students	  choose	  from	  our	  current	  course	  offerings:	  	                                                     ...
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Sw science curriculum hs proposals 10 09-12

  1. 1. School-­‐Wide  Science  Curriculum  Development  Group     HS  Grade  9  &  10  Curriculum  Proposals    After  reviewing  the  current  Science  curriculum  in  Grades  9  and  10,  the  following  proposals  have  been  recommended.  These  appear  in  order  of  preference  of  adoption.     1. All  students  take  only  IGCSE  Coordinated  Sciences     Grade  9   IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences   â   Grade  10   IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences     Proposal  advantages   Proposal  disadvantages   • Well-­‐rounded  course  that  models   • Less  depth  of  coverage  compared   the  holistic  ideals  set  forth  by  IB   to  Physics  II   • All  students  have  a  common   • Challenge  of  assigning  credits  to  a   background  when  they  enter  IB   student  who  transfers  out  of  SFS  to   Sciences   the  USA   • Quantity  and  quality  of  labs   • Challenge  of  placing  new  10th   covered  prepares  students  for  IB   grade  students  (especially  from  the   internal  assessments   USA)   • Students  do  not  have  to  make  a   • More  staffing  will  be  needed   choice  of  their  IB  Science  pathway   • Would  need  to  be  phased  in   until  mid-­‐10th  grade  when  they   have  already  covered  a  good   portion  of  all  three  sciences   • Improved  validity  of  grades   awarded  to  students     • Good  flow  and  continuity  of  all   topics  leading  to  IB  Sciences     • Collaborative  teaching,  planning   and  resources  across  Grades  9  &   10;  sharing  of  expertise   • Common  assessments   • Externally  examined  course   • Teacher-­‐training  streamlined   • Preferred  option  by  majority  of  HS   Science  teachers     Proposal  action  points  for  implementation   • Effect  on  staffing  and  how  much  additional  FTE  needs  calculating  and  financing   • Check  that  HS  schedule  allows  for  this  –  with  current  6-­‐day/30  period  schedule   only  total  number  of  study  halls  will  be  affected   • Credit  allocation  needs  to  be  determined  for  leaving  students   • Pathways  for  new  SFS  students  need  to  be  mapped  out     Page 1 of 4  
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  3. 3. 2. Students  take  one  of  two  paths:     Semester  1   Semester  1   Grade  9     Grade  9   Physical  Science  (Physics  I)   IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences   â     â   Semester  2   Semester  2   Grade  9     Grade  9   Physical  Science  (Chemistry  I)   IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences   â     â   Semester  1   Semester  1   Grade  10     Grade  10   Biology  I   IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences   â  (HL  Science  mandatory  but     â   optional  for  SL  Science)  â   Semester  2   Semester  2   Grade  10     Grade  10   Integrated  Science     IGCSE  Coord.  Sciences     Proposal  advantages   Proposal  disadvantages   • Current  staffing  can  (probably)  be   • Less  depth  of  coverage  compared   maintained   to  Physics  II   • Students  have  a  similar   • Non-­‐IGCSE  courses  have  no   background  on  key  topics  when   external  examination   they  enter  IB  Sciences   • Students  may  need  to  choose  their   • Collaborative  teaching,  planning   IB  Science  options   and  resources  in  new  course   • Would  need  to  be  phased  in   Proposal  action  points  for  implementation   • New  course  needs  to  be  planned,  resourced  and  staffed   • Pathways  for  new  SFS  students  need  to  be  mapped  out         Page 3 of 4  
  4. 4. 3. Students  choose  from  our  current  course  offerings:     Semester  1   Semester  1   Grade  9   Grade  9     IGCSE  Coord.   Physical  Science  (Physics  I)   Sciences   â     â   Semester  2   Semester  2   Grade  9   Grade  9     IGCSE  Coord.   Physical  Science  (Chemistry  I)   Sciences   â     â   Semester  1   Semester  1   Grade  10   Grade  10     IGCSE  Coord.   Biology  I   Sciences   â  Students  choose  one  (or  none)  of  the  following  â     â   S2   S2   S2   Semester  2   S2   S2   S2   Gr10   Gr10   Gr10   Grade  10  Gr10   Gr10   Gr10     Bio  II   Bio  II   Chem  II   IGCSE  Coord.  Bio  II   Chem  II   Phy  II   Chem  II   Phy  II   Phy  II   Sciences       Proposal  advantages   Proposal  disadvantages   • Non-­‐IGCSE  courses  easy  for   • Creates  too  many  differences   assigning  credits  to  a  student  who   amongst  students  in  terms  of  their   transfers  out  of  SFS  to  the  USA   foundation  in  IB  Sciences     • Students  are  doing  OK  on  IB  exams   • Students  may  not  really  know   with  these  choices   which  IB  Science  they  want  to  take   • New  10th  grade  students  have   but  have  to  choose  their  path  early   options  available   • Wide  variation  of  grade  allocation   • Current  staffing  can  be  maintained     (validity)   • No  phasing  in  required   • No  practice  of  an  external   examination  with  non-­‐IGCSE   courses   • Teacher  training  complex   • Current  HS  teachers  have   identified  a  need  to  make  changes   from  this  model,  based  on   progression  to  IB  Sciences   Proposal  action  points  for  implementation   • IB  Science  courses  need  better  ‘gate-­‐keeping’  for  the  optimal  prior  requirements,   particularly  HL   • Allocation  of  training  and  resources  for  each  pathway  above  –  approval  of   expenses     Page 4 of 4  

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