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New Science Standards

California formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in September 2013.  A guiding tenet of the NGSS is "All Standards, All Students," meaning all students will have the opportunity to experience learning in all disciplines of science, including:  Life Science (Biology), Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics), Earth-Space Science, and Engineering. The state provided school districts with a variety of course models from which to choose. Helpful parent guides to the NGSS can be found here.

Middle School

San Dieguito Union High School  District (SDUHSD) selected the California Preferred Integrated Model for middle school, meaning students in our 7th and 8th grade science classes will experience all disciplines of science.  Our five elementary feeder districts have also agreed to implement the integrated course model, and SDUHSD will continue its practice of hosting vertical articulation discussions between our districts to support our students' transition from elementary to middle school.  

High School

For high school, SDUHSD selected the California Three Course Model, where Earth-Space Science and Engineering content is embedded within Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses.  In our district transition timeline, all freshmen in the Class of 2024 will enroll in Biology: The Living Earth for the 2020-2021 school year.   As part of our transition plan, the science graduation requirement will likely change from two to three years, with the expectation those three classes are: Biology: The Living Earth, Chemistry: In the Earth System, and Physics: In the Universe. The timeline for implementation of three year science graduation requirement is to be determined and will depend on School Board approval.  The graduating classes of 2021-2024 will not be impacted by this change, and will be required to complete two years of science (one life and one physical) to graduate.


Course Pathways and Transition

Approximately 80% of SDUHSD high school students already take three or more years of science.  SDUHSD is committed to supporting all students in accessing all disciplines of science. The three course pathway is being implemented with the class of 2024 because they were the first class to experience NGSS integrated science beginning in 7th grade. 
Students in the graduating classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will follow the pre-NGSS pathway.
UC Approval

SDUHSD has obtained UC/CSU "D" approval for Biology: The Living Earth, Chemistry: In the Earth System, Honors Chemistry: In the Earth System, and Physics: Of the Universe. The current UC/CSU admission requirement for science is two years of laboratory science; three years recommended.


Parent Communication
We have hosted middle school parent coffees and three sets of high school parent information nights (presentation in English and Spanish).  Additionally, NGSS has prepared Parent Guides to the NGSS.

Have a question about NGSS?  Please complete this brief form.
Jennifer McCluan, Science Instructional Specialist (email)