Science

The goal of the Science Department Curriculum at The Hill School is, first and foremost, to expose our students to the breadth of the subject matter. We firmly believe in having our students study the three traditional disciplines of science: biology, chemistry, and physics, before pursuing these subjects at the AP level.
AP level courses are offered in the three main scientific disciplines as well as environmental science. Through this foundational philosophy, we feel that we best serve both our science-oriented students, as well as our students whose interests expand beyond the sciences. 

The Science Department offers AP courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental ccience. Now in it's third year, highly-motivated students who apply for -- and are accepted by the Department -- may enroll in Integrated Science. This course aims to cover the fundamentals of the three sciences in two years, allowing successful students to then move on to an AP course or elective with the approval of the Department.
 
In addition to work in the classroom, students take their knowledge into the lab one day per week for practical learning experience. Hill students not only learn science; they “do” science. Pasco Probeware and technology is used extensively in both the classrooms and the labs to enhance active learning. Finally, the Department continues to embrace and integrate technology with many teachers using iPads as their primary text format, grading platform, and assignment interface.

Science Courses:

  • Integrated Science 1 (Honors)
  • Biology 1
  • Integrated Science 2 (Honors)
  • Chemistry 1 (Honors)
  • Environmental Science AP (College Level)
  • Physics 1 (Honors)
  • Biology AP (College Level)
  • Physics 1 AP (College Level) 
  • Chemistry AP (College Level)
  • Physics C AP Mechanics (College Level)
  • Physics C AP E & M (College Level)
View descriptions of Science courses (and the required prerequisites) in the Course Offerings catalog.

Placed-Based Education in Science

During the fall of the 2018-19 academic year, Mr. Brett Diogruardi partnered with Schuylkill River Greenways and Stroud Water Research Center to implement a four-week water program into his environmental science class.

Students stepped outside of the classroom and into the Schulykill River for practical field work. Projects included:

  • Installing water quality sensors; 
  • Learning about the work Schuylkill River Watershed and their initiatives for clean water;
  • Collecting water quality information from the sensors; and
  • Mapping the watershed and learning how the data is interpreted

Slade Award Honors Excellence in Teaching

2018 recipients: Jenn Kokoska, Erin Ruane, and Jason Coady

In 2017, alumnus Jarvis Slade ’43 established the L. George Slade ’42 Faculty Awards in memory of his late brother.  Each spring, three Hill School faculty members with “outstanding annual performance in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and electronic media” are recognized with a Slade Award and receive a cash prize.

The inaugural winners of this award were Jennifer Kokoska, instructor of mathematics; Erin Ruane, instructor of science; and Jason Coady, Athey Family Master of Mathematics, director of learning, research, and development, and student leadership program coordinator.