Pathfinder Tech

Science

COURSES AVAILABLE AT EACH GRADE LEVEL

Grade 9

  • Biology 1 with Lab (college prep)
    Biology 1 with Lab (honors)

Grade 10

  • Biology 2 with Lab (college prep)
  • Biology 2 with Lab (honors)
  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Project Lead the Way – Digital Electronics

Grade 11

  • Chemistry with Lab
  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Project Lead the Way – Principles of Engineering
  • Project Lead the Way – Principles of Biomedical Science

Grade 12

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • Chemistry with Lab (Honors)
  • Earth Science
  • Project Lead the Way – Engineering Design & Development

Science Department

The Science Department uses phenomenon based learning to engage students in real-world, hands-on science applications. With a focus on the science practices, our highly-qualified team ensures students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to be a successful member of the workforce through laboratory experiences. Teachers encourage students to be curious while maintaining professional standards typical in science, technology, and engineering fields. In preparation for various standardized tests (MCAS, AP, etc.), the science department is committed to teaching test skills with an emphasis on text-based questioning and evidence based arguments.

NOTEWORTHY Projects
  • Trout Rearing integration project with HVAC and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Management
  • Model Skyscraper Construction Project
  • Cell Storybook project with Old Mill Pond Elementary
  • Pathfinder Pond Restoration Project
  • National Chemistry Olympiad Competition at the  University of Massachusetts
GRADUATION & MCAS REQUIREMENTS
  • Qualifying score on the STE MCAS (subject area offered: biology)
  • 3 years successful completion of science with lab courses
THIS PROGRAM RELIES HEAVILY ON THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC SKILLS and/or DISCIPLINES
  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solution
  • Engaging in arguments from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating data

BENEFITS IN CAREER PLACEMENTS THAT RELY ON SKILLS IN THE SUBJECT AREA

  • Engineering (from Aerospace and Chemical to Mechanical and Robotics and many more)
  • Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
  • Bioinformatics Scientists
  • Climate Change Policy Analysts
  • Environmental Restoration Planners
  • Automotive Ergonomic Design Technologists 
  • Biomedical Technologists and Health Assisting Fields
  • Park Naturalists 
  • Veterinary and Animal Science
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist

 

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

To schedule a tour please contact our Guidance Department:
413-283-9701 Ext. 247
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