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Welcome Norwalk-La Mirada families and community to the 2022-23 school year! ¡Bienvenidos familias y comunidad de Norwalk-La Mirada al año escolar 2022-23!
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Secondary Education, Research and Evaluation » Science - High School Course Sequence

Science - High School Course Sequence

Beginning in school year 2019-20, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will begin implementation of California’s Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) in our high school science courses. In preparation for this implementation, science teachers have engaged in over two years of professional learning, collaboration, and decision-making to create the new CA NGSS high school science courses in our high schools.

In order for students to become college and career ready, scientifically literate, and informed citizens, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will now require three years of lab science as part of the high school graduation requirements, beginning with the class of 2023. We are also shifting the order of high school science in the following order to maintain coherence in building practices and concepts in alignment with the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and the State Science Framework California High School Three Course Model for Science:

  • Physics in the Universe (9th grade)
  • Chemistry in the Earth’s System (10th grade)
  • The Living Earth (11th grade)

Students will have the opportunity to accelerate beginning in the summer following their freshman year. They have the option to take an Accelerated Chemistry in Earth’s System course over the summer and then enroll in either Living Earth during their sophomore year or Advanced Placement (AP) Biology.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s requirements are in line with the State and Next Generation Science Standards recommendation of “All Standards, All Students,” in which all 9-12 grade science standards will be taught over the course of the three year science sequence (CA NGSS High School Three Course Model: Earth and Space Science embedded into Physics, Chemistry, and Biology).

We look forward to working with you to support your child in the transition to high school so that we can ensure that every student is future ready!