Three credits of science are required for the high school diploma. Students may earn their credits in science for high school graduation during grades 9-12 by: (a) three science courses listed below, (b) three courses from other program areas that have been identified as science equivalents, (c) any combination of the above. At Kailua High School, a

student may take Integrated Science-JROTC, which is taught by the Career and Technical Education Department for a science credit. Courses taught by the Science Department are recommended, especially for the college bound.



SAH2003  |  1 CREDIT

Special Notation: This is an entry level course with no prerequisites.
Description: Grades 9-12. Integrated Science curriculum provides instruction in Astronomy and Earth Science related to our place in the universe. Detailed studies include Earth's characteristics and the processes which created and drive our planet and the analysis and application of those processes to other solar system objects.  In addition, students are introduced to the concepts and benefits of leadership, self-discipline, teamwork and the development of strong interpersonal characteristics through the Air Force JROTC program to stimulate student interest for careers in aviation and space-related fields.  This course provides science credit for graduation.


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Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 or 8th grade teacher recommendation.

Description: Grade 9. This course covers similar topics as Physical Science but at a more rigorous pace for students interested in Career Pathways related to science. This course emphasizes an inquiry-based curriculum covering the breadth of physics.


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Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 or higher.

Description: Grade 10. This is a laboratory course for science-related Career Pathways. Students will learn basic biological concepts and principles; and critical thinking and reasoned decision making processes and skills. The Biology 1 End of Course (EOC) Exam is a requirement for the course and will count as a portion of their final grade.


SPH3503(H)  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Prior enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher is recommended.

Description: Grade 11. This course is for students interested in science-related Career Pathways. This is an inquirybased laboratory course investigating similar concepts as Chemistry but at a more rigorous pace. Topics include the Nature of Matter; atomic theory and periodicity; bonding, chemical reactions/equilibrium; and thermodynamics.



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Prerequisite: C or better in Biology.

Description: Grades11-12. This is an advanced course in Biology. The course emphasizes laboratory experiments, projects and fieldwork in the school’s Aquaculture facility. Some of the topics covered are freshwater aquaculture, including invertebrates and vertebrates; water chemistry/testing; aquaponics; horticulture; ecology; and sustainability.


SAH4503  |  1 CREDIT

Description: Grade 11-12. Instructor approval recommended. This course enables the student to work on the scientific investigations and share results through reports and presentations, culminating in the State Science and Engineering Fair and/or the Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability. Professional mentors will guide students’ projects from the particular field of inquiry. No projects involving human subjects will be allowed. One (1) elective credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Credit may be awarded for Senior Project.


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Description: Grade 12. AP Biology is a college level course based on the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Emphasis is on extensive laboratory experience and further development of underlying principles of biology. In depth conceptual developments include diversity among organisms, relations between form and function, evolutionary change, energy essential for life, biochemistry, continuity of living things, and ecological relationships. Students are expected to take the AP Biology exam in May at the cost of approximately $87.00.


SPH2603  |  1 CREDIT

Description: Grade 9. This is an introductory laboratory course. Emphasis is on the introduction and development of basic science skills; use of physics terminology and concepts to explain everyday phenomena; electricity and magnetism; Newtonian mechanics; atomic nature of matter; and wave theory.


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Description: Grade 10. This is a laboratory course that emphasizes biological themes; and concentrates on the

development of science process and inquiry skills. The Biology 1 End of Course (EOC) Exam is a requirement for the

course and will count as a portion of their final grade.


SPH3503  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1.

Description: Grade 11. This is an inquiry-based laboratory course that emphasizes the practical applications of chemistry; descriptive chemistry with current theories and ideas; and critical thinking skills and inquiry methods.


SEH2503M  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology 1.

Description: Grades 11-12. This is a practical laboratory course in which students will study the biological, chemical, geological and physical aspects of the ocean. Students also will help maintain and use our aquaculture facility on campus. Topics include the study of ocean basins, oceans, water, currents, waves, beaches, and tides; marine mammals and sharks; plankton, algae, fish, and coral reef ecology; and water chemistry and aquaculture.


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Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology 1. Chemistry course desirable. C or better in a previous science course.

Description: Grade 11-12. This is a laboratory course for students interested in Career Pathways related to Health. Topics include basic biological and chemical foundations of the human body; and structure, function andinterrelationships of 12 major body systems used to maintain balance within the environment.


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Description: Grade 12. Microbiology is an elective course open to students interested in lab sciences. Laboratory investigations are used to strengthen inquiry skills and develop an understanding of basic microbiological concepts. Topics covered include Basic Lab Skills, History, Taxonomy, Growth, Identification, Immunology, Epidemiology,

Environmental and Industrial Applications. Course offering is contingent on completion of the Natural Resource and Life Science Building.


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Description: Grade 11-12. AP Environmental Science is a college level course based on the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Emphasis is on collaborative laboratory and field investigations leading toward understanding of principles of environmental studies and appropriate actions to resolve environmental

issues. Topics include ecology, population dynamics, water, air and land resources, biodiversity, energy, environmental law and economics, and global concerns. Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science exam in May at the cost of approximately $87.00.