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Students accelerate in various science fields beyond the usual curriculum.


Grade 6: Biology


This course is an introduction into the study of biology-the study of living things. The course will examine single-celled organisms, simple multicellular organisms, and humans. The life functions and systems of the organisms will be discussed and compared. The goal of the course is to give the students a basic understanding of biology and to build scientific literacy.


Grade 7: Environmental Science


Grade 8: Earth Science


The Earth Science Magnet class prepares students to take the New York State Earth Science Regents in June.  Students will take a lab practical prior to their exam which accounts for 15% of their test grade.  The class will follow the Earth Science Core Curriculum to prepare for the Regents exam. They will be studying Astronomy, Meteorology, Weather, and Geology.

Mark Twain D21 Testing


The test is 50 questions long, all multiple choice. Answers are recorded on a Scantron Form so please bring in #2 (or HB) pencils and good quality erasers.


Here are some of the specific types of questions we are incorporating into the test:

  • Reading Comprehension of a technical nature
  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Sequences & Patterns
  • Puzzles
  • Analysis of Charts and Graphs
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to minute details
  • Logical thinking (AND, OR, IF THEN, etc.)
  • Sequential thinking
  • Concept Maps / Outlines / Flowcharts
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Empirical questions (experiment vs. experience/observation)
  • Simulations/system modeling
  • Scientific theory
  • Comfort level with the internet and technology
  • Ability to see and think in 2D and 3D
  • Inherent ability to approximate/estimate
  • Basic online research skills
  • Basic arithmetic, geometry and early (they are in grade 5) algebra skills
  • Basic computer application skills
  • Awareness of social problems relating to technology
  • Comfort with the use of symbols