Hempfield High School Science Department

  • To fulfill graduation requirements, students must complete three core science credits from the courses listed below. Students considering attending a 4-year college should consult with institutions which they are interested in attending regarding science requirements for admission. 

    Common course sequences are below. With a teacher's recommendation, students may change levels to find the appropriate level of challenge. 

    course sequence

Science Electives

  • After students have fulfilled the three required science credits, they may elect any of the following courses to broaden their science background, provided course re-requisites are met:

    • Physics (Principles, CP, Honors)
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Chemistry AP
    • Biology AP
    • Physics AP
    • Biology II Honors
    • Chemistry II Honors

AP Courses

  • AP courses are aligned to the College Board course requirements and provide students with the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the course to earn college credits through many universities.  For more information go to  http://apstudents.collegeboard.org

PA Department of Education Information

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires one standardized assessment related to the high school department. At the end of biology, students take the Keystone biology exam. Curriculum is aligned to eligible content for these exams and to the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards and Keystone eligible content. 

    Students who do not score proficient or advanced in the first administration will re-take the assessment near the end of their Algebra II course. Demonstrating proficiency is a graduation requirement. More information is available here: https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Assessment%20and%20Accountability/GraduationRequirements/Pages/default.aspx

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