Integrated Science Curricular Comparisons

Key School has a long tradition of offering an innovative, progressive science curriculum. Twenty years ago, Key was an early adopter of the Physics First curriculum, which provides students with the background they need to understand each scientific discipline in a sophisticated and integrated way.

Taking those principles to their next iteration, in the fall of 2016, the Upper School science curriculum shifted to an Integrated Science Program—a sequence of three integrated courses, one required in each of the first three years of the Upper School. The program allows Key to teach a comprehensive science curriculum, including major topics found in all high quality sequences. The benefit of the integrated program is that those topics are given an applicable context which is impossible in the traditional, segmented curriculum.

Integrated Science—Data, Grade 9

Scientific Topics/Principles Taught Previously covered in...
Laws of motion
Newton's 1st and 2nd laws
Gravity
Problem solving
Gas laws
Cellular reproduction
Patterns of inheritance
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics
Chemistry
Chemistry
Biology
Biology


Integrated Science—Energy, Grade 10

Scientific Topics/Principles Taught Previously covered in...
Impulse and change in momentum
Newton's 3rd law
Work and Energy
Electrical circuits
Problem solving
Electron structure
Periodic table
Specific heat
Moles
Balancing equations
Oxidation-reduction reactions
Working cells: how the parts interact
Cellular respiration
Photosynthesis
Ecology of organisms and populations
Communities and ecosystems
Muscle cell function
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics
Physics
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology

Integrated Science—Systems, Grade 11

Scientific Topics/Principles Taught Previously covered in...
Simple harmonic motion
Bonding
Intermolecular forces
Solubility
Solutions
Acids and bases
Molecules of life
Tour of the cell
Nutrition and the food chain
Structure and function of DNA
How populations evolve
Evolution
Nutrient cycles (C, P, N)
Organ systems
Nerve function
Physics
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology
Biology