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Stamford Science Education is currently implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. These standards provide the flexibility to design classroom-learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science, along with preparing them for college, careers, and citizenship.

A high-quality science education means that students will develop an in-depth understanding of content and develop key skills—communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving, and flexibility—that will serve them throughout their educational and professional lives.

Science Course Rubrics

2nd and 4th Quarter Assessment

All science courses will be assessed using the 21st Century Learning Expectations Critical Thinking Rubric.  This rating will appear separate from the student’s grade.

Science Department Advanced Courses

The Science Department offers a variety of advanced, for college credit courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), UConn ECE (Early College Experience) and (IB) International Baccalaureate.

Science Department Course Offerings


  • CP Physical Science
  • Sheltered CP Physical Science
  • CP Biology
  • Sheltered CP Biology
  • CP Earth Systems (½ year)
  • CP Space Systems (½ year)
  • CP Chemistry
  • CP Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Biology
  • UConn ECE / AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • UConn ECE / AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Environmental Science
  • UConn ECE / AP Environmental Science


  • Environmental Science (½ year)
  • Forensic Science (½ year)
  • CP Forensic Science
  • Human Physiology
  • Marine Biology (½ year)
  • Science Research
  • Biobotics (½ year) - Students will read a robotic article and answer a series of questions that pertain to the article and how it will impact their future.
  • Biotechnology (½ year)

Science National Honor Society

The SHS Science Department is proud to offer acceptance into the

Science National Honors Society.