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Science Instruction

Office of Curriculum and Instruction
1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 475-6060

 

Science in our schools

The City School District of Albany's science curriculum provides a combination of hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning that supports both literacy and critical-thinking skills for all students beginning in prekindergarten.

 

Students in elementary and middle school have the opportunity to participate in annual science fairs, including the city-wide Joseph Henry Science Fair at The College of Saint Rose. Students from elementary school through Albany High School also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of science- and technology-themed clubs and after-school activities, including award-winning robotics clubs.

 

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, also is the theme of one of the district's three elementary magnet schools -- Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).

 

At Albany High, one of the school's four themed academies, Innovation Academy, focuses on STEM concepts across all disciplines. The curriculum for all students is rich in STEM-related opportunities, including numerous Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, the Project Lead the Way engineering pathway, and the school's groundbreaking "NanoHigh" partnership with the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

 

Science curriculum

Below are links to download the City School District of Albany's science curriculum pacing maps, which are designed to ensure that all students are instructed in the required curriculum to best prepare them for the New York State Science exams.
 

Elementary Science, K-4

Intermediate Science, 5-8
 

The Grade 5-8 Science curriculum pacing maps for the City School District of Albany are presented in a monthly format by grade level. You will find them at the links below in .pdf format. They align with the New York State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Guide from the State Education Department.

 

Each year students are instructed in the four main branches of science: Life Science, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. For grades 5-6, the program consists of a reading/writing component using the Harcourt Science text, and a hands-on lab component using science kits. For grades 7-8, the program consists of a reading/writing component using the Prentice Hall Science Explorer text, and a hands-on component via laboratory experiments.

 

The maps are designed to ensure that all students are instructed in the required curriculum to best prepare them for the NYS Grade 8 Intermediate Level Science Test. They are reviewed annually and subject to change.

 

As parents, we encourage you to use these maps to keep informed of the science topics your son or daughter will be learning each year. This also affords an opportunity to participate in and enhance their learning at home. Should you have any questions please call K-12 Science Supervisor Daniel Stilson in the Office of Math and Science at 454-3987, extension 997.

High School Science, 9-12

NanoHigh

 

NanoHigh is a groundbreaking partnership between the City School District of Albany and the University at Albany's world-renowned College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Thanks to the great expertise and resources of both partners, Albany High School became the first American public school to offer on-campus nanoscience instruction during the 2007-08 school year.

 

Albany High since has expand its nanoscience offerings and infused nanoscience into the middle school curriculum beginning in sixth grade. New at Albany High and part of Innovation Academy are a mock cleanroom (pictured above) and a biotech lab.

 

Follow the links below for pacing maps for Albany High's introduction and advanced nano courses.

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