Science standards are changing

Our schools will use the 2005 SC Science Standards through the 2015–2016 school year for tested grade levels (G4–G10). We will transition to the 2014 SC Science Standards in the 2016–2017 school year.

At the elementary level, students are introduced to science topics through an inquiry approach that includes hands-on activities and integration with other subject areas. Elementary students also engage in two extensive STEM units during each grade level. The SC PASS science test is given to all 4th and 5th grade students.

At the middle school level, students learn about many science topics in the areas of earth, physical and life science. South Carolina Science Standards are addressed in all grade levels as students are prepared for high school science. The SC PASS science test is given to all students each year of middle school.

At the high school level, Lexington One offers a comprehensive and rigorous science curriculum that allows students a variety of paths to meet individual needs and interests. Advanced Placement science courses are available at all district high schools. Biology 1 has a state-mandated end-of-course test that counts for 20% of the course grade. All available high school science courses are listed in the district course guide.

If you have any questions or comments about the science curriculum in Lexington County School District One, please contact:

Holly Sullivan, Ed.D., NBCT

Coordinator of Science, Health and PE