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    Science Adoption for Grades 9-12

    In September 2018, Seattle Public Schools initiated an adoption process for instructional materials to support science in grades 9 through 12. An Adoption Committee, which will include teachers, parents, and community members, is being formed to begin the process of reviewing instructional materials.

    The instructional materials process will follow the Seattle Public Schools Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials, Policy No. 2015PDF icon.

    When approved by the Seattle School Board, the new instructional materials will be ready for implementation by the 2019-20 school year.

    Instructional Materials Open Houses

    Please note: The Open House originally scheduled for February 9th, canceled due to weather conditions, has been rescheduled:

    Saturday, March 2nd
    Rainier Beach High School

    8815 Seward Park Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98118
    9:00am - 11:00am  Elementary Science
    11:00am - 1:00pm  Middle School Science
    1:00pm - 3:00pm  High School Science

    We are hosting two Science Instructional Materials Open Houses in February, where we will provide information about the new standards and how science will look different for students, answer your questions, and allow you time to review the candidates being considered for adoption by the district.

    Saturday, February 2nd
    Nathan Hale High School

    10750 30th Avenue NE
    9:00am - 11:00am  Elementary Science
    11:00am - 1:00pm  Middle School Science
    1:00pm - 3:00pm  High School Science

    Saturday, February 9th
    Rainier Beach Community Center

    825 Rainier Avenue S
    9:00am - 11:00am  Elementary Science
    11:00am - 1:00pm  Middle School Science
    1:00pm - 3:00pm  High School Science

    Adoption Committee Information

    Roster of 9-12 Adoption Committee Membership

    Applicants for the Adoption Committee were reviewed by the Instructional Materials Committee and the full membership was approved in October, 2018.

    The Adoption Committee includes principals, teachers, families, and community members who will provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the instructional materials provided for review. The parents and community members on the committee are asked to bring an open mind and a passion about innovative student learning in science. They will also be willing to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the adoption process. 

    Review Criteria used by the 9-12 Adoption CommitteePDF icon

    New High School Science Requirements

    Standard Course Sequence (alternative pathway for HC):

    Current Requirements:
    • 9th Grade: Physical Science
    • 10th Grade: Biology
    • 11th Grade: None
    New Science Requirements for Class of 2021 and Beyond:
    • 9th Grade: Physics A and Chemistry A
    • 10th Grade: Biology A and Biology B
    • 11th Grade: Physics B and Chemistry B
    • 11th Grade: Advanced Path: HC, AP, or IB Science
    • 11th Grade Alternative Path: AP, IB, aligned Career and Technical Education, or other aligned electives

    Because high school students will now have to take three years of science instead of two, the High School Alignment Team has already begun re-arranging standards taught in 9th and 10th grade to help prepare students to successfully take the third year of science and pass the state science exam.

    The Alignment Team bundled the standards into six one-semester courses. Each course includes content in either biology, chemistry or physics (Biology A, Biology B, Chemistry A, Chemistry B, Physics A and Physics B). Embedded in each course are the new earth and space science standards as well as engineering, technology and application skills that are a part of the new state standards.

    Physics A and Chemistry A are conceptual in content, and the math covered in each would be what students had taken to that point in ninth grade. According to School Board Policy 2026PDF icon and Superintendent Procedure 2026SPPDF icon, the A and B courses are not new, but rather a re-alignment of current chemistry, physics, and biology course content to align to the new standards and therefore do not go through a review process.

    Needs Assessment Survey

    To help inform the work of the adoption committee, SPS families and teachers are invited to complete a Needs Assessment Survey, sharing what is important in science instruction to their families and communities. This survey will be vital to ensuring that all stakeholders have a voice in the adoption process.

    The survey will remain available through December 30.


    Needs Assessment Survey for Family, Students, and Community


    Needs Assessment Survey for SPS Staff and Teachers


    Contact Us

    Adoption Coordinator
    MaryMargaret Welch
    Science Program Manager