9th Grade Biology
All 9th grade students at Beacon embark on an in-depth exploration of the various biological science disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology, botany, ecology, zoology, and physiology.
Along with our intensive study of an array of biological concepts, students are engaged in laboratory work, research, hands-on activities, and projects. Many topics are taught with an emphasis on their real-life application with the hope of educating students on how science, and particularly biology, impacts the world we live in today and the possibilities for tomorrow. In each unit of study, students develop scientific skills by using evidence, making connections, seeking significance, asking questions, and considering alternative viewpoints. They learn to conduct scientific investigations and the importance of science in their lives. Scientific literacy is reinforced as students read, write, and speak proficiently on various topics that are biological in nature. Biology 9 culminates with a final, round-table, performance-based assessment (PBA). Biology is a prerequisite course required of all 9th grade students at Beacon.