Science, Health, Technology and Engineering

All science courses are designed to meet the National Science Education Standards and the Massachusetts Frameworks for Science and Technology Education. There is a four year science requirement for graduation. All science courses are full year and carry six credits. It is recommended that students take courses in life and physical sciences. In order for all students to be prepared for the rigorous MCAS exams and to meet the requirements for admission to higher education there are several recommended pathways of study. Some students choose to take more than one science course in their junior and senior years.

Department Contact

Phone: (617) 993-5970 

Email Elizabeth Baker, Director 

Faculty Listing is here.

Curriculum Overview

Students entering Belmont High School as freshmen are required to take four years of science.  The four years of coursework include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, in that order. Courses are intended to develop skills in content knowledge, critical analysis, problem solving, inquiry/research, effective communication of scientific ideas, and responsible citizenship.  Students may take more than one science course in grades 10, 11 and/or 12, as space allows.

Students take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) science test near the end of their grade 9 science course. Passing is required for graduation competency. A detailed overview of each course offering can be found by clicking on the linked course descriptions below. 

More information about all BHS courses and the course selection process can be found here: Course Selection Process

Belmont High School Program of Studies

Science Philosophy

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