HS Science

ISP’s secondary school implements Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades 9 and 10 in order to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the following Group 4 Science subjects of the IB Diploma Programme: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. These subjects are all offered at Higher and Standard Levels. In addition, the Science Department runs Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) SL, a transdisciplinary subject that spans both the Sciences (Group 4) and Individuals and Societies (Group 3). We also offer a one-year course in Forensic Science.

Science is an inquiry-driven subject. All students inquire using experimental work, modeling, phenomenon based questioning, and constructing explanations based on evidence. The Diploma Programme subjects also include an extended independent research project as the required Internal Assessment component in addition to the exams taken at the culmination of the two-year courses.

9th Grade Biology

Structure and function
Inheritance and variation of traits
Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
Natural selection and evolution

10th Grade Chemistry

The periodic table
Atomic structure
Chemical and physical properties
Bonding
Reactions
Stoichiometry
Reaction rates
Equilibrium and thermodynamics

11th Grade Physics

Qualitative and quantitative data collection, processing and presentation
Kinematics
Forces
Work, power and energy
Thermal physics
Circuits and electricity
Waves and optics

Forensic Science

Intro/Physical Evidence
Eyewitness basic
Fingerprints
Hair and fibers
Chromatography
Criminal behavior
Lie Detection
Blood splatters
DNA evidence
Poisons and toxicology

IB Biology

Cell biology
Molecular biology
Genetics
Ecology
Evolution and biodiversity
Human psychology
Nucleic acids
Metabolism, cell respiration and photosynthesis
Plant biology
Genetics and evolution
Animal psychology

IB Chemistry

Stoichiometry
Atomic structure
Periodicity
Bonding
Energetics
Kinetics
Equilibrium
Acids and bases
Redox processes 
Organic chemistry
Spectroscopy

IB Physics

Measurements and uncertainties
Mechanics
Thermal physics
Waves
Electricity and magnetism
Circular motion and gravitation
Atomic, nuclear and particle physics
Energy production 
Water phenomena (HL)
Fields (HL)
Electromagnetic induction (HL)
Quantum and nuclear physics (HL)