The Science Department strives for all students to attain scientific literacy - a basic understanding of the natural sciences, mathematics, technology, and their interactions. To graduate from Newton North High School a student must successfully earn 5 credits through physical science courses and 5 credits through biological science courses. While the graduation requirement is two years, most colleges require at least three years of high school science. We recommend that all students take Introductory Physics in the 9th grade, Chemistry in the 10th grade, and Biology in the 11th grade. The department head must approve deviations from this sequence.
Students must earn a competency determination in Science and Technology/Engineering via the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). To earn a competency determination in Science and Technology/Engineering a student must meet or exceed the Needs Improvement threshold scaled score of 220 on one discipline specific high school Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS test (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics or Technology/Engineering). Most students at Newton North High School take the Introductory Physics test in June of their freshman year.