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Science Info

Science Documents/Presentations
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Science Core Curriculum Presentation - 2018 A presentation about the science curriculum at Monta Vista. This includes an overview of FUHSD graduation requirements, UC and CSU admissions requirements, and recommended class sequences. The courses that follow Biology, including Chemistry, Physics, and Physiology, are discussed. The difference between non-honors, honors, and AP is reviewed. Science Presentation
Which Science Class Should I Take Next Year? Prerequisite courses, along with corresponding grade ranges, key events, main ideas, and more are compared in this table. Science Course Selection Guide
Information about Physics Courses A slide presentation comparing the physics options and a diagram showing paths to the different physics courses. Physics Course Comparison

Physics Course recommendation diagram
Textbook List - Science Courses A list of all primary textbooks for Monta Vista science courses. Includes author(s), edition number, publisher, ISBN number, and replacement cost. Science Textbook List
Science Content Standards for California Public Schools Interested in looking at the source for Monta Vista's science curriculum? Take a look at the state standards for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and more. Next Generation Science Standards
SAT II Testing for UC Schools While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency. Check out the following the link to learn more. UC Admission - SAT II Subject Tests
STAR Testing The California Standards Tests are given each spring. If you'd like to learn more about these exams and STAR testing, follow the link. STAR Testing Information
MV Science - Frequently Asked Questions Common questions pop up regarding Monta Vista's science curriculum. Check out the MV Science FAQ to see if your question can be answered here. MV Science FAQ

Science & Math Opportunities for High School students

Science Research, Experiences & Enrichment Programs

Alfred University (NY) Summer Session: a summer academic institute that introduces students to the college experience.

Boston University Summer Challenge Program and High School Honors Program: SCP is a two-week preview of college life and coursework. In the HSHP, students will gain the intellectual challenge of a true undergraduate experience as teh undertake for-credit coursework.

California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS): for Summer 2009: Three UC campuses, Davis, Irvine, and Santa Cruz, will again be welcoming high school students who excel in mathematics and science to a four-week residential summer program. During the program, students have the opportunity to work with renowned university faculty and researchers studying topics not traditionally taught in high schools. Some of this year's courses include: Astronomy, Robotics, Cryptography, and Veterinary Medicine. The class size is relatively small, providing an environment conducive to educating the individual

City of Hope Medical Center: There is a summer program at the City of Hope Medical Center that is open to high school and college students. Students work under a research scientist there and typically have their own research project. Ms. Tsai did this program...ask her about it.

Cornell University Summer College: Offers one-, three-, four-, and six-week programs for academically talented students to experience life at Cornell, and learn about engineering, medicine, and veterinary and biological research.

Earthwatch: Amazing expeditions all over the world. Also has a program specifically for 11th graders - spend two weeks visiting laboratories and field stations throughout the entire US, like Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and Stanford Human Genome Center.

Exploratorium: The Explainer Program is one of the most exciting programs at the Exploratorium. It focuses on bay area youth between the ages of 15-20. The Explainer program involves students directly in the process of learning by making them part of the museum staff and giving them the important responsibility of being our primary point of contact with the general public.

Frontiers: This two week residential program is for soon-to-be juniors and seniors. Frontiers blends academic coursework in topics such as mechanical engineering, physics, robotics, computer science, and biotechnology, with diverse social activities, communication workshops, team-building exercises, and field trips. $1900 tuition.

George Hagan Memorial Summer Science Fellowship Program: This fellowship offers an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to participate in hands-on scientific research at highly regarded laboratories in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students work full time for eight weeks and receive stipends of $1500 to $2000. To receive an application, you need to call the Arthritis Foundation (Northern California Chapter) at 1-800-464-6240 or

Harvard Summer Session: Every summer Harvard Summer School offers current high school juniors and seniors a chance to sample college--to take college classes taught by college instructors, to meet students from around the world, and to take part in many activities.

Johns Hopkins University: Center for Talented Youth: This summer program is designed to support and nurture academic talent by giving motivated, gifted students a chance to study at a pace to match their abilities. Their programs are offered at universities throughout the country. Students range from grades 2-11.

Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Research Experiences: At Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) summer science camps, the mountains, forests, and seashore become exciting places to explore science and nature in ways not possible inside a classroom.

Legacy Heritage Programming LLC: comprehensive summer science research internship, combined with exploration nad elaboration of one's experience with Judaism.

Michigan Technological University: Week long explorations into astronomy, space science, genetics, and robotics. Summer sessions take place in the North Woods of Michigan. Open to all high school students.

MIT: Women's Technology Program: This is a four week summer residential program to introduce high school girls to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Students attend WTP in the summer directly after 11th grade. Applications are due January 15.

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine: intensive 10-day program at various cities throughout the country, including seminars and hands-on experiences.

National Youth Science Camp: Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight expeditions into the National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership. Application deadline is in February.

Santa Clara University SES (Summer Engineering Seminar): Week long sessions at Santa Clara University are designed to motivate young people to enter science and engineering majors in college. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, they attend special classes, visit labs, and do some engineering themselves. Applications are due.

Science Research Training Program (SRTP): 8-week summer science research internship and academic program for motivated, science-oriented students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school.

St George's University Camp Medicine: Two week program with the School of Medicine in July, where High School and College students attend lectures, lab work, and case studies with field trips to local clinics and hospitals.The island of Grenada provides the perfect setting to expose students to coral reefs, the rainforest, and other bio-diverse environments.

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program: This summer educational opportunity is geared towards economically disadvantaged/low-income high school students who are academically oriented, mature and inquisitive about science and medicine.

Stanford Summer Session: This program allows high school students to experience college life by living in dorms and taking real Stanford classes. Students must apply with an essay, reccomendations and test scores.

Summer Oceanography Adventure: the Tall Ship Education Academy and SFSU bring you an environmental field study of the diverse systems that make up the San Francisco Bay.  Girls only.

Summer Science Program (SSP): Talented juniors and seniors from around the world are invited to attend this prestigious program to attend college level lectures in physics, astronomy, math, and computer programming. At night students will have the oppurtunity to determine the orbit of certain asteroids using their own methods. Emphasis is on teamwork and cooperation. No grades given. Located in California's Ojai valley.

UC Davis Young Scholars Program: Offers High-Achieving and High-Potential Juniors and Sophomores an opportunity to do mentored research in University laboratories. Program information and application can be found at:

UCSD Summer Academic Connections: Academic Connections is an opportunity for young students (grades 9 -12) to explore the best the University of California, San Diego has to offer. Their goal is to help young people touch the future by exposing them to some of the most exciting fields of research.

UCSD Summer Session: This is an opportunity for young students to explore the best the University of California, San Diego has to offer. It is only for 11th and 12th graders.

University of Pennsylvania's Summer Science Academies: an academic experience to help prepare for success in the university and admissions process, and a foundation for a flourishing college career, focussing on physics, biomedical research, or forensic science.

University of Pennsylvania Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST): Run by the Univ. of Pennsylvania Engineering Department, SAAST offers six intensive, rigorous, three-week courses that combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies.

Wildlife Biology Research Camp: a one-week UC-Berkeley program to participate in wildlife investigations near Lake Tahoe

YSI (Youth Science Institute): local science camps afterschool and over the summer, of various lengths and for various age groups.  

Math Programs

MathCamp: For Mathematically Talented High School Students from around the World. Held at a different university on the North American Continent every year. Camp conducted by the Mathematics Foundation of America

PROMYS: Six weeks of rigorous mathematics activity! Does this sound like a good time to you? Then you should look at the PROMYS websites

SUMaC: The Stanford University Math Camp; Application information available on-line.

SWT Honors Math Camp: The SWT Honors Summer Math Camp is an intensive summer program for outstanding high school students who are excited about doing mathematics   

Job Experiences

Breakthrough: High school and college-age students work with underserved middle school students to teach them the academic skills they will need to enter into and succeed in college-preparatory high schools. You will have an opportunity to serve as a summer school teacher.

Youth at Work: A free, online service that links job seeking youth with hiring employers throughout Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.