Science

Welcome to New Canaan High School Science. Visitors have the ability to examine our course offerings, find contact information for the science faculty, and find answers to frequently asked questions. If you require further information, please contact: Christian Dockum (Science Department Chair) at (203) 594-4695 or Christian.Dockum@ncps-k12.org

Program Overview

The Science Department offers courses which introduce students to the concepts, laws, and processes of the life and physical sciences. All courses, regardless of level of instruction, utilize the laboratory extensively with two 105-minute labs within the eight-day cycle. A minimum of two credits (four semesters) of science are required for graduation. While most students follow one of the four suggested sequences (below), individual programs can be designed with department permission. 

Students who want to be considered for any of the honors or Advanced Placement classes listed below must meet the specific pre-requisites delineated within each course description and, through their previous science classes, have effectively demonstrated the following habits of mind:

  • the motivation and discipline to complete all short- and long-term assignments and written laboratory findings in a clear, concise and timely manner
  • an ability to independently collect, manipulate and analyze data
  • a highly-defined ability to problem-solve and work with abstract concepts
  • an ability to acquire and successfully utilize and apply a great amount of discipline-specific content, vocabulary and appropriate mathematical formulae
  • the focus and responsibility to deal with rigorous pacing of instruction and the pressures inherent within an advanced level of study

Once enrolled in an honors or Advanced Placement science course, a student is required to maintain a minimum grade of 70 in order to continue at this level into the second semester.