Our research-based, NJSSLS-S aligned Science curriculum prepares all students for their individual lives and for their roles as citizens in this technology-rich and scientifically complex world. Life, Physical, Earth and Space, and Engineering Science content knowledge is developed throughout our students’ K-12 experience as they investigate the natural and designed world.
The Science Department strives to provide all students with an engaging program that:
- captures their imagination and curiosity, producing scientifically literate, life-long learners;
- develops critical thinking skills, positive science attitudes, and problem-solving skills through collaborative, inquiry-centered investigation;
- provides context and connections to deepen their proficiency in literacy, mathematics, and use of technology; and
- continuously improves through professional learning experiences that ensure equity and excellence in on-going, research-based educator development.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade begin to develop an understanding of the disciplinary core ideas in life, physical, earth and space, and engineering sciences. They experience a comprehensive program aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science using the methods of inquiry to advance science knowledge. In the earliest grades, students begin by recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about the world around them. By the end of fifth grade, students have developed their ability to communicate complex science and engineering ideas based on significant opportunities to investigate both the natural and designed world.
Middle School Science
Science at the middle school is a three-year program aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science with all students assigned to five periods each week. The curriculum for each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades are composed of an intense unit of study in each of the three strands of science: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. All units use inquiry-based investigations and stress proficiency in the three dimensions of science learning, engineering design, and use of technology.
High School Science
Three years of science (15 credits) are required to graduate from Linden High School. This requirement is usually met by taking science in grades nine, ten, and eleven with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics respectively. The Science Department offers laboratory, inquiry-based science courses aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science. All courses are designed to develop students’ content and practical knowledge in the life, physical, earth and space, and engineering sciences.