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Science is the study of the interaction between people and their universe: the cycles, the systems, the relationships and the interdependencies. Science learning incorporates doing and knowing. Science education, at its best, extends from personal applications to professional aspirations and develops a sense of stewardship and an ability to interact responsibly with the world's natural resources. The best science instruction helps learners generate ongoing inquiry.

Science Curriculum Areas


Science Curriculum

Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades K-9Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades 9-12Course Textbooks Lists

Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades K-9

Science K-9

Links to Curriculum/Course Content Descriptions:

Science Grades K-5Science Grades 6-8Biology
Life Science - no longer offered

Course descriptions (content standards) are mirrored in the Oregon State Content & Benchmark Standards. The content standards are measured in the Oregon Statewide Assessments.

Related Document:  West Linn-Wilsonville Social/Scientific Studies Educational Program Grades K-8

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Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades 9-12


Science 9-12


Links to High School Course Content Descriptions:

BiologyAP BiologyGeology
ChemistryAP ChemistryGeology of the Pacific Northwest
PhysicsAP Physics BAstronomy
Chemistry in the CommunityAP Environmental ScienceOceanography
Conceptual PhysicsAnatomy & Physiology IMarine Biology
Anatomy & Physiology IIEcology Field Study/Environ Sci
Life Science - no longer offeredOrganic & Bio ChemistryEthnobotany
Physical Science - no longer offeredForensic Science

Documents reflect the approved district course descriptions; however, actual course content and timeline may vary based on teacher and class needs. Course selection and sequencing may vary based on teacher recommendation and student interest. Not all courses may be offered every year.

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Science Instruction

Guiding Principles

Instruction Related DocumentsInternet Resources

Guiding Principles

The principles underlying the National Science Education Standards are challenging and guiding the state of Oregon and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District to help students move toward higher levels of science understanding and demonstrated proficiency. They are:

  • Science is for all students.

  • Learning science is an active process.

  • School science reflects the intellectual and cultural traditions that characterize the practice of contemporary science.

  • Improving science education is part of systemic reform.

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Instruction Related Documents

Internet Resources

  • Oregon Department of Education - Science
    Includes information regarding and/or links to: standards, curriculum and instruction, assessment, professional organizations.

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    Founded in 1944, NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

  • National Science Resources Center (NSRC)
    Provides leadership, services and products for improving the learning and teaching of science.

  • Project 2061
    Founded in 1985, Project 2061 is a long-term AAAS initiative to advance literacy in science, mathematics and technology.

  • National Research Council (NRC)
    The National Research Council is part of the National Academies - private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter.

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