shah hudak
Manisha Shah Patricia Hudak
Supervisor Science (6-12) Supervisor Science K-8
201-915-6099 201-369-3767

The Jersey City Public Schools science curriculum is NJSLS-Science aligned and provides an explanatory learning approach to science education that prepares students to imagine, invent and inspire. The curriculum supports students so they can engage in examining multiple investigations driven by student questions with a range of possible outcomes.


Curiosity leads to learning, therefore, the curricula fosters a climate in which investigation, problem solving and discourse are nurtured. This results in a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and the engagement of all types of learners. 


The science curriculum empowers inquiry, cultivates imagination, provides a context for inventing and sparks creativity in all students through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The curriculum provides opportunities for exploration through real word experiences that prepare students to powerfully contribute to the world around them and become well-informed global citizens.

K-5 Overview


Students in grades K-5 explore the three branches of science: Earth, Life and Physical. Students begin by observing, describing, and critically thinking about the world around them. Students are then expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in planning and carrying out investigations and analyzing and interpreting data. Students are also expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas(content).

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Grades 6-8 Overview


Students in grades 6-8 explore the three branches of science: Earth, Life and Physical. The goal of middle science curriculum is to produce students who have gained sufficient knowledge of the practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on science-related issues, to be critical consumers of scientific information related to their everyday lives, and to continue to learn about science throughout their lives. Students will come to appreciate that science and the current scientific understanding of the world are the result of many hundreds of years of creative human endeavor. 


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High School Overview


Students in grades 9-12 will employ curricula that is NJSLS-S aligned and actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields. Students will have the opportunity to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to the disciplinary core ideas. As a result students will be able to engage with the major public policy issues of today as well as to make informed everyday decisions, such as selecting among alternative medical treatments, alternative energy sources, or determining how to invest public funds for water supply options. Understanding science and the extraordinary insights it has produced can be meaningful and relevant on a personal level, opening new worlds to explore and offering lifelong opportunities for enriching people's lives.


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Course Offerings
Science Core Courses Science Electives Advanced Placement Courses
Biology / Biology Honors
Anatomy and Physiology
AP Biology
Chemistry/ Chemistry Honors
Forensic Science
AP Chemistry
Physics/ Physics Honors 
AP Physics 1
Environmental Science/Environmental Science Honors
AP Physics C -- Electricity and Magnetism
Physical Science
Science and Sustainability
AP Environmental Science


District Programs


Grades K-5

Mystery Science


Mystery Science is aligned to the New Jersey Learning Standards-Science. Each Mystery is aligned to a topic, performance expectations, science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.

District Wide Science Fair (Grade 5 only)

The Science Fair incorporates inquiry-based learning that infuses science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students investigate a topic of their choice and apply the scientific process to prove/disprove their hypothesis.


Grades 6-8

McGraw Hill

iScience is a program that meets students where they are through engaging features and thought-provoking questions that encourage them to relate the science concepts to the world around them.  The inquiry-based “5E” lesson cycle provides active, hands-on explorations of the concepts. Textbook is available in print and digital form for student use.


District Wide Science Fair

The Science Fair incorporates inquiry-based learning that infuses science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students investigate a topic of their choice and apply the scientific process to prove/disprove their hypothesis.

District Programs High School


Glencoe Physics: Principles and Problems

  • This program is an engaging interactive experience for students.  Glencoe Physics presents scientific concepts in a real-world, accessible manner.  Readable text, engaging labs and Science Notebook work together to help students experience program content by reading explanations, conducting experiments and transforming concepts in their mind through writing.

Glencoe Physical Science

  • This program integrates accurate and comprehensive coverage of physics and chemistry with mathematics through accessible text, engaging features and a variety of hands-on experiences.  The critical-thinking opportunities, real-world applications and technology resources lead students to deeper understanding of physical science while building science process skills.


Glencoe Biology

  • This program is organized around major themes, big ideas and the main ideas of biology.  It offers strong support for reading comprehension. The program’s comprehensive content is made relevant to students through engaging real-world contexts.  It provides vast array of laboratory experiences to build strong inquiry skills. 

Chemistry: Matter and Change

  • This program motivates students to “bond” with chemistry at every level by providing a research-based method of organizing information for effective study and retention of content by employing Dinah Zike Foldables. It incorporates interactive chemistry labs with virtual investigations.