Hempfield High School Science Department

Science Department Requirements

  • 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. 

Experimental Research and Design

  • In addition to the core science courses, students  interested in independent science research may elect to take experiemental research and design as an elective

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 on 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:


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