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The High School Science Department at Tierra Adentro aims to create an inclusive and safe learning environment where students from all cultural and educational backgrounds can find personal connections and academic success in their scientific studies. Students begin as freshmen studying biology and will study chemistry, physics and Earth and Space science by the time they graduate. All students will participate in hands on, safe laboratory experiments during every semester. The science lab at TANM has the same technology and equipment offered at a traditional public school, but with class sizes that allow more interaction with chemicals, technology and hands-on learning. Throughout their science classes, students will find projects tailored to their love of the arts and their personal heritage; from sketching renderings of life in biology to studying Hispanic influences in the sciences and studying how ethnicity affects healthcare, or learning about the mechanics of dance in the Physics of Flamenco capstone project. Tierra Adentro has been following the Next Gen Science Standards since they were developed 8 years ago, thereby remaining nationally competitive. Many students find themselves taking a dual credit science course in the 12th grade and all students report feeling comfortable and prepared when they do take a college level science course.  

This science class is the study of systems on Earth and in space. Students will study the flow of energy and cycling of matter between Earth’s systems. Students will examine the use of natural resources and humanity’s reliance and impact on Earth. Students will examine the Earth, Moon and Sun system as well as the solar system and beyond. This course will include multimodal instruction, hands-on activities, and labs to encourage students’ academic curiosity and growth.
This science class is a study of two main themes: Anatomy and Ecology.  These topics are designed to aid students in understanding themselves and the world in which they live. This course will include many hands-on activities and labs designed to increase student’s understanding and knowledge
This science class is the study of basics concepts within the disciplines of Physics and Chemistry.   Students will examine the motion of objects and the transfer of energy that allows for motion.  Students will gain a basic knowledge of fundamental forces that act between objects resulting in both motion and stability. Students will describe different types of waves and will explore their technological applications. Students will define, identify, and characterize the elemental building block of the universe and explore the physical and chemical changes that occur within matter on a molecular level. This course will include multimodal instruction, hands-on activities, and labs to encourage students’ academic curiosity and growth.
  • Diversity and organization of the living world 
  • Cell Structure and Function 
  • Growth and Development
  • Modern Genetics 
  • Evolution 
  • Ecology and Environmental Science 
  • Atomic Structure, elements and matter
  • Chemical Bonding and Nomenclature
  • Chemical Reactions 
  • Quantitative Reactions
  • Chemistry in the Modern World
  • Plate Tectonics and their effects 
  • Energy from the Earth 
  • Our Place in the Universe
  • Classical Mechanics (in the lens of Flamenco dancing) 
  • Light and Sound waves 
  • Nuclear Physics