The goal of the science program at Brookfield High School is to engage all students in the development and application of critical reasoning and problem solving skills. All students are encouraged to be aware and involved in the natural world. As independent thinkers, students are prepared to participate as active members of the ever expanding global community, which is driven by advancements in science and technology.All Brookfield High School students are required to successfully complete four credits in science before graduation. Students preparing for college should plan on enrolling in a program beginning in the ninth grade with Topics in Science followed by biology in the tenth grade. These courses are necessary to prepare students for the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)* on which students must receive a minimum score of goal to comply with the science graduation requirement.
After successful completion of the first two years of science, students have the opportunity to continue their science experience with challenging advanced placement courses and/or science electives to pursue special interests. Students applying to college should verify each institution’s prerequisites for high school science coursework to inform course selection.
NEW! CT is the 15th state (according to National Science Teachers Associate) to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The science department is engaging in ongoing professional development in order to build awareness of essential scientific and engineering practices and their impact on student learning, and to create necessary curriculum and instructional shifts to support the NGSS. Please see the side-menu for more information, including an NSTA Parent Q&A blog regarding the NGSS.
*The CAPT assessment is expected to remain until 2018 with an anticipated new state assessment 2020. The CAPT is not an efficient measure of the principles and foundations within NGSS, where depth of understanding and students engaged in the practice of science and engineering is emphasize over content coverage.