News from the Science Department
The science and technology program is designed to educate scientifically literate students who will understand the scientific method and the tentative nature of scientific truth. They will learn some of the major concepts, laws, and theories of the various sciences. The majority of students follow the sequence: Introductory Physics, Biology, Chemistry, electives or AP electives. For students who are ready for greater rigor, the department offers honors courses each year. Students who excel in any science class will be invited to take an honors course the following year. Eighth grade students are recommended for either CP Physics or Honors Physics in the ninth grade based on four factors: 1) science grades earned in the 8th grade; 2) results of AMC-8 math testing; 3) results of a test of abstract reasoning administered in the spring (GALT test); and 4) specific recommendation from the 8th grade teacher based on the student’s performance in class throughout the year.
For a full list download the High School Program of Studies
Meet the Department Head
Dr. Stephen Ribisi is the Science Department Head for grades 6-12 in Weston. Dr. Ribisi has served as Chemistry Teacher at Braintree High School since 2012. Prior to that, he was a Science Teacher at Saugus High School (2010-2012), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Ribisi earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has had Postdoctoral Training in Developmental Biology and in a Science and Health Education Partnership at the University of California, San Francisco and at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.