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Change in science curriculum

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Luke O’Heidhin, Reporter

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Freshman now enroll in the new Tamalpais District science curriculum, intended to replace Integrated Science, that’s aligned with the new Next Generation Science Standards.

“Integrated Science was 20 years old. It was created to deal with the previous version of science standards,” said Alan Neally, who teaches the new Physics and the Universe course for freshman.
Students now have three years of required science. Sophomore year is a biology course, and junior year is chemistry.

The decision is district-wide and the science departments came to consensus about changing the science curriculum to the new national standards.

“Next-Gen is geared away from just memorizing. It is more about applying the science which I think is much better for students. It focuses on process and large concepts, not just taking notes and memorizing.” Neally said.

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