Four Program Progressions
For over a decade, we have been building coherent, spiraled learning progressions. There are 4 possible progressions for Integrated Science Implementation, and we’ve carefully designed each progression with transitions from traditional programs in mind! We do not recommend starting any progression earlier than Grade 8, for developmental reasons. (See Content and Skills Spiraling for traditional topic alignments)
Project-Based Learning and Integrated Science share nearly all of the same learning premises. It is possible to incorporate projects along these progressions. If you run projects or Maker Space or STEAM programs in parallel to core subjects, our program gives students amazing ideas, and they learn the competencies to make them actionable!
The 3-Year or 4-Year Implementation of Integrated Science includes all 5 Strands spanning both levels, and meets the equivalence of these lab-based courses:
Biology I College Prep, Chemistry I College Prep, Conceptual Physics (1.5 semesters) and Environmental Science (1.5 semesters).
This progression is best started in 8th grade, 9th grade or 10th grade. The 4th year provides an option for students not pursuing IB/DP, AP, or other exam-based science courses OR for students pursuing independent STEAM projects outside “science class” time.
The Level I Implementation of Integrated Science includes all 5 Strands in Level I and meets the course equivalence of Biology I College Prep, with the added benefit of substantial Chemistry, Conceptual Physics and Environmental Science content (~1 semester of each).
This 2-year progression is best started in 8th grade, 9th grade or 10th grade.
The Accelerated Implementation of Integrated Science includes 4 Strands spanning both levels and is completed in 2 years.
This progression is useful when trying to replace a traditional Biology I College Prep – Chemistry I College Prep sequence from 9th to 10th grade.
Conceptual Physics is not emphasized in this model. This 2-year progression is best suited to 9th grade and up.
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