The science department offers courses designed to acquaint students with
the means of inquiry used by scientists, to acquire knowledge that
comprises the essential structure of each of the sciences, and to
develop a respect for and an enduring curiosity about the natural world
and the mysteries of the universe. A student may choose to be
the content and methods of several of the sciences or may wish to
concentrate on one or more of the sciences by doing advanced work.
Laboratory work is integrated into the curriculum of the courses.
Additionally, for those students desiring a greater depth to their
laboratory experience, some courses include a 5-credit option which
meets an additional period every 4 days. The 5, 6, and 8 credit courses
require the student to commit extra periods to science within their
seven period schedule.
All students must pass one of the four approved MCAS science tests
(Technology/Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) to qualify for a
diploma. In addition, students must complete one of the tests by the
end of their sophomore year by either taking Engineering the Future as a
freshman or Biology as a sophomore.
Nashoba does not explicitly recommend either course of action. See the
Massachusetts Department of Education website for more specific
See our Program of Studies and our Staff Directory/Websites to learn more.
MA DESE http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/
Science and technology/engineering Grades 9-12: Energy-Physics
Massachusetts STEM Initiative
The University of Massachusetts seeks to be the Commonwealth's resource
for improving K-16 STEM education by providing leadership, curriculum
development (both K-12 and public higher education), higher education
and K-12 teacher preparation, research, and STEM policy development and
To see the University of Massachusetts STEM initiative go to: http://www.massachusetts.edu/umassstem/index.html