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Tuesday June 27, 2017

Harrison High School Students Find Friends An Ocean Away

    Maria Battipaglia and Dana Jakubowski's Italian classes at Harrison High School have “electronically" paired…

It’s A Great Day For Harrison’s Husky Day

    In an annual event, Harrison fifth graders across the District converge on Harrison…

HHS Debate Team Finishes with 14 Victories

    Congratulations to the Harrison High School Debate Team on an outstanding 2016-2017 season. …

Harrison High School Honors Writers Among Us

    At the annual Writers Among Us breakfast, students who had contributed to the…

HHS Students of French Are Le Grand Concours Medal Winners

    At Harrison High School, 71 students who study French sat for the Grand…

HHS Footlight Players Production of The Addams Family Nets Four Metros

    The Harrison High School Footlight Players production of The Addams Family was the…

Harrison Huskies Compete at State Championships this Spring Season

    Congratulations to Ian Santiago, Robert Blue, Luke Steinthal, and Brian Aslanian who represented…

SJ Preston Students Find They Have Much In Common Where It Really Counts

    The 2nd graders of S.J. Preston Elementary School learned that although each individual…

HHS Announces 2017 Spring Varsity Scholar Athletes and Teams

    Harrison High School is excited to announce that seven of our nine Spring…


Previously Unscheduled Board of Education Meeting June 28th

Please note: A Previously unscheduled regular business meeting of the Harrison Central School District Board of Education will be held...


Harrison High School Graduation to Stream On YouTube

We are excited to announce that for the first time Harrison High School will be streaming the Class of 2017...




The Harrison Central School District's K-12 Science Department is focused on creating a rigorous and differentiated learning environment for all students that encourages them to explore science as risk-takers and active, independent learners leading to the development of passionate life-long science learners.

Students explore and experience science in the classroom through:

  • A cooperative, safe and hands-on approach which simulates the work of real scientists
  • Research and the reading and analysis of non-fiction text
  • Writing for the purpose of persuasion and explanation through research papers and laboratory reports
  • Problem-based learning
  • Higher order thinking such as inquiry, analysis and application
  • A technology-rich program
  • The application of mathematics
  • Ethical analysis of past and present-day scientific work
  • Consideration of the impact humans have on the environment
  • Opportunities for community outreach

Our program supports the New York State Math, Science and Technology Standards (MST), The Common Core Reading and Writing Standards (CCRWS) and the IB Curriculum. Science standards are specifically assessed using the 4th and 8th grade science assessments, Regents' assessments, some AP assessments in grade 10 and IB assessments in grades 11 and 12.


The K-5 Science Program uses an inquiry-based approach that allows our young students to wonder about the world around them using their senses and natural curiosity.

Grade K: Weather and Clmate, Forces and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems:  Plants and Animals and Ecosystems

Grade 1: Solids and Liquids, Changes in Balance and Motion, Changes in Plants, and Changes in Animals

Grade 2: Similarities and Differences Among Plants and Animals, Balancing and Weighing, Air and Weather, and Pebbles, Sand and Silt
Grade 3: Human Body, Structure of Life, Forces in Motion, and Buoyancy
Grade 4: Magnetism and Electricity, Measurement, Plants, Rocks and Minerals, and Astronomy
Grade 5: The Microscopic World, The Scientific Method, and Classification

Required Assessments:

At the end of grade 4, students are assessed on the Elementary (K-4) New York State Science Core Curriculum through the Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test which contains both written and performance-based tasks.


The Harrison Central School District 6-8 Science Program provides students with a comprehensive study of the life and physical sciences. Students begin to study for deeper understanding of concepts and hone their skills in the laboratory in an effort to spark a love for science and to prepare them for the more rigorous high school science program.

Grade 6: Introduction to Physical Science: Observations, The Scientific Method, Matter and Energy, Weather and Climate and Introduction to Ecology
Grade 7: Life Science: The Scientific Method, The Metric System and Measurement, Life Characteristics, Microscopes and Cells, Cell Transport, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis, Cell Division and Reproduction, Genetics, Classification, Evolution and The Body Systems
Grade 8: Physical Science: Chemistry: Advanced Study of Matter, The Periodic Table of Elements and Chemical Reactions, Advanced Study of Energy, Earth Science: Rocks and Minerals, Crustal Movement, Weather and Climate and Astronomy, Physics: Forces and Motion

Required Assessments:

At the end of grade 8, students are assessed on the Intermediate (5-8) New York State Science Core Curriculum through the Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test which contains both written and performance-based tasks.

The Harrison Central School District 9-12 Science Program provides students with a variety of science course offerings in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Students are both challenged and intrigued through an in-depth study of these subjects helping to prepare them for their entry into the adult world and/or future studies in the science field.

Grade 9: Biology
Grade 10: Earth Science, Chemistry and AP Chemistry
Grade 11: Chemistry,  Earth Science, IB Biology HL Year 1, IB Biology SL, IB Physics SL and HL Year 1, Conceptual Chemistry and Astronomy
Grade 12: IB Biology SL, IB Biology HL Year 2, IB Physics SL and HL Year 2, IB Physics SL Year 1, Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology and Forensics
Grade 10, 11 and 12: Harrison Science Research

Required Assessments:

The following curricula are assessed through Regents' assessments:
     - Living Environment (Biology), Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics.
AP Chemistry is assessed through an Advanced Placement exam and a Regents' assessment
IB Physics and IB Biology are assessed through International Baccalaureate exams.



Ms. Joan O'Keeffe
Director of K-12 Science


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