The mission of Hampton City Schools Science Department is to prepare all students to be scientifically literate citizens and leaders in a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology. The goal of our science programs is to actively engage our students to develop an understanding of and an enthusiasm for scientific discovery. We will encourage our students to generate and evaluate scientific explanations of the natural world and to productively contribute to scientific practices and discourse. This year emphasis will be placed on the successful preparation of our science students as we increase reading passages with science rigor, interactive science journals, technological platforms to enhance science learning, an increased focus on vocabulary, quarterly study guides, testing strategies to increase academic success and exposure to scientific careers. Our goal is to ensure that every student from K-12 has the necessary tools to excel in science utilizing the scientific engineering method.
Grades K-5 – General Science
Grade 6 – General Science
Grade 7 – Life Science
Grade 8 – Physical Science
High School – Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Advance Placement(AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment (DE) Science
Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2018 Elementary
The elementary science program focuses on providing student-centered and inquiry-based learning experiences for students. The instruction will emphasize building both student observational skills and knowledge of scientific inquiry as well as developing scientific habits of mind.
Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2018
The secondary science program focuses on providing student-centered and inquiry-based learning experiences for students. The instruction will emphasize building and developing a conceptual understanding of scientific practice, scientific habits of mind and scientific skills beyond observation. The other emphasis of scientific instruction will be providing students with authentic laboratory and field investigations giving students the opportunity to generate and evaluate scientific explanations of the natural world.
The Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework comprise the science content that teachers in Virginia are expected to teach and students are expected to learn.
Additional High School Science Courses Offered:
Forensic Science (Bethel High School only)
IB Physics (HHS)
IB Biology (HHS)
IB Chemistry (HHS)
IB Environmental Science (HHS)
Dual Enrollment courses: Biology, Oceanography, Anatomy and Physiology, and Geology
Virginia Air and Space Center
Located in downtown Hampton, the Virginia Air and Space Center has much to offer to Hampton teachers as well as their students. Every year the Center offers teacher workshops designed to reinforce Virginia and National SOL skills. The Center is also the home of the NASA Educational Resource Center, where teachers can obtain countless top-quality pictures, posters, videos and more.
Programs and partnerships that are utilized by the HCS Science Department include the following:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Hampton University Proton Therapy Center
James River Association
Kids in Kayaks
Minister’s Police Academy Alumni, Hampton Chapter
Norfolk Botanical Garden
National Park Service
Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Oyster Reef Keepers
Sandy Bottom Nature Park
The Links, Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
University of Virginia/National Science Foundation
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia Mariners Museum