We offer a comprehensive science program at Hauppauge that prepares students to be scientifically literate and college and career -ready. We have an accelerated science program which begins in the 7th grade. Students have the opportunity to be placed into the accelerated program from 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The recommended criteria for entrance into the Middle School Accelerated Science Program are as follows:
• Students should maintain an average grade of a 95 or above in science throughout the school year
• Students should maintain an average grade of a 90 or above in math or an average grade of an 85 or above in accelerated math throughout the school year
The science department offers students a strong foundation in the life, physical, and Earth and space sciences . Students have hands-on lab experiences working with scientific equipment. Students are well-prepared for state wide exams such as the Grade 4 Elementary Level Science Exam, the Grade 8 Intermediate Level Science Exam and the New York State Regents Exams. Students also are well-prepared for the Advanced Placement exams as well as the International Baccalaureate Papers.
Students have the opportunity to accelerate in science by taking Regents Earth Science as eighth graders. At the high school, we offer Advanced Placement science courses offered by the College Board including biology, chemistry, physics 1 and physics C. We also offer International Baccalaureate standard level courses in biology ,chemistry, and environmental systems and societies, and higher level courses in biology and physics. Students have the opportunity to "double -up" in science by taking a combination of standard level and higher level courses. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take half-year elective courses on topics such as astronomy, oceanography, forensic science, and environmental studies.
Students are also encouraged to participate in Science Research. At the elementary and middle school level, students are encouraged to participate in their school's science fair. The winners in grades K-6 have the opportunity to enter Brookhaven National Laboratory's Elementary Science Fair. At the middle school level, students that win at their grade level have the opportunity to present their research at regional competitions such as the Long Island Science Congress and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair- Society for Science and the Public Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Fair.
At the high school level, there is a tenth through twelve grade research program, where students can earn college credit through the University at Albany. Students learn how to conduct their own research, write a scientific paper, and share their findings using display boards and PowerPoint Presentations. Students participate in regional competitions such as the Long Island Science Congress, the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Students are also encouraged to conduct their own original research projects and to submit their work to national competitions such as the Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search. To learn more about the high school science research program, please visit the website, http://hauppauge-research.weebly.com/
Aside from the rigorous course offerings and in-class learning, students interested in enriching their knowledge of science are able to participate in the Science Olympiads. There are clubs at both the middle school and the high schools. Students on the team get to participate in the Eastern Long Island Regional Competition.
There are many wonderful opportunities in science for the students in Hauppauge Public Schools. We encourage all students to challenge themselves and take the most rigorous course work that they can handle. With the addition of 4 new science classrooms at the middle school, 13 newly renovated science labs at the high school, and our strong science curriculum, Hauppauge students will graduate as scientifically literate citizens prepared for the future regardless of whether they plan to study science in college, pursue a career in the sciences, or choose to follow an entirely different pathway.