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.

For more information about the Science Department, please contact Dr. Maureen Courtney, the Henry J. Colbath Science Department Chair, at

Science Courses:

  • Integrated Science 1 (Honors)
  • Integrated Science 2 (Honors)
  • Chemistry AP
  • Chemistry 1 (Honors)
  • Environmental Science
  • Advanced Environmental Science Seminar (College Level)
  • Environmental Science AP (not offered 2021-22)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Honors)
  • Biology 1
  • Biology AP (College Level)
  • Physics 1 (Honors)
  • Physics 1 AP
  • Physics C AP Mechanics
  • Physics C AP E & M
  • Psychology AP

View descriptions of Science courses (and the required prerequisites) in the Course Offerings catalog.