Office of Curriculum and Instruction
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
High School Science, 9-12
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.