The science program offers a number of pathways for students to follow during their high school years. The courses in the middle school are designed to provide an introduction to the formal study of science and an understanding of some basic concepts in the areas of the biological, earth, and physical sciences. One of the immediate goals is to help students develop a better understanding of the environment and their place in it. At the high school level, courses are offered with a number of purposes in mind, beyond meeting graduation requirements. Some of these are general intellectual development, preparation for college-level study in science, preparation for college level study in science, development of personal interests, and pre-vocational pursuits. Some students will want to elect one of the second-year honors or AP courses that are quite demanding and will require a strong commitment of time and effort. All science courses reflect the Massachusetts State Science Frameworks. All courses in this department address Student Learning Expectations 1, 2, 3, and 4.