In each core science course and science-based elective offered at the AAE, our capable staff of science instructors endeavor to provide each student with...
A stimulating rigorous and thought provoking curriculum.
A laboratory experience that emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific method.
Experiences that encourage them to become life-long science learners.
A scientific knowledge base that will lead to successful career choices.
Reasons to respect the balance between humanity and the natural environment.
Opportunities to use a variety of technologies related to science.
At the AAE, we believe that science is an important part of education in the life of each of our students. We encourage parents and students to keep in mind that studying science is not merely an excellent way to prepare for a career, but also represents an opportunity to gain a better understanding and a fuller appreciation of the world in which we live. Such knowledge protects us from being misled and allows us to make informed decisions. Informed decision making must surely be one of the most vital responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.
AAE's Expected School-Wide Learning Results
Science Instructors at the AAE will endeavor to build into their daily lessons, activities and personal example, opportunities that help their students grow toward experiencing the following Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLER's) in their daily lives, work and outlook. Students who graduate from the AAE will:
Use acquired knowledge and skills to connect school to life by being able to prioritize goals, access information, and use time effectively.
Demonstrate academic excellence by achieving and exceeding California Content Standards.
Identify academic strengths and career interests.
Demonstrate problem solving skills and critical thinking.
Logically evaluate, synthesize, and apply new information.
Use acquired skills to be a responsible citizen at the school and in the community.
Articulate ideas, opinions, and information clearly.
Use verbal, written, technical, and creative expression.
Develop individual and collaborative working skill.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
What we all need to start learning how to use by 2015...
Well, they are here, the next generation of science standards (NGSS). This new set of standards are available for states to adopt. At the present time California will be adopting (current adoption and review timeline) them but have the option to add or delete components. As administrators, teachers, parents and students, it would be a good idea to get to know these as soon as possible so that current curriculum maps can be overhauled, curriculum developed, materials and textbook purchased, and crucial staff development offered before students will be asked to master proficiency expectations (PE's) on state-wide standardized tests. With that in mind, here are some materials that you will find helpful when attempting to navigate through the "tangle" of new terms, acronyms, constructs, goals and objectives behind the NGSS.
[Note: The sequence of readings, articles and links that have been provided below may change as new materials are found and final drafts released.]
California Academic Contents Standards for Science... "are a bold initiative.. they describe what to teach, not how to teach it... they are an enduring commitment, not a passing fancy... they are our commitment to excellence." [From a message from the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction concerning Science Academic Content Standards.]
K-12 Science Content Standards for California Public Schools [PDF]