Encore currently uses a hybrid curriculum that includes the California Standards and the soon to be standard Next Generation Science Standards.  All science courses are based on differentiated instruction, including labs.  In chemistry, students build candles.  In biology, students dissect a variety of organisms including frogs.  In Anatomy, students learn about the systems that make bodies work.

Courses are approved by the UC board for A – G approval toward admissions to college considerations for students.  Honors courses are offered in most science classes and can only have students enrolled if they had an “A” in the prerequisite courses.  Students wishing to take the AP exam in the spring are encouraged to also take the college skills course at Encore.  This course is designed to create study teams that specifically study for the AP exams.

Encore uses CK12 curriculum for science courses and supplements courses with technology and other resources.

Course description:
Science 8 is organized around the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Some of the units of study we will cover this year are: Motion, Force, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Sound, Earth’s Energy, Evolution, and the Solar System. Students will explore science by participating in a variety of learning activities that require them to explore and utilize the habits of mind and the nature of science. Students will take part in various hands-on labs and activities to better develop their critical thinking skills.

Science video/movies that may be shown throughout the year:

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy videos
  • The Croods
  • Big Hero 6
  • Ice Age movies
  • Cars
  • Planes
  • The Incredibles
  • Turbo
  • Dinosaur

Materials Required for Class:

Please make sure your child comes prepared with all required materials. Students are required to have in their possession on a daily basis:

  • 3 ring binder that is shared with all Core Subjects
  • One spiral notebook (for Science notes ONLY)
  • Notebook filler paper for homework (WE DO NOT allow work turned in from a spiral notebook)
  • Sharpened pencils or mechanical pencils
  • Glue or Glue sticks 


Interactive Spiral Notebook: All notes and work from activities will be written or glued in their spiral notebook. When a notebook is full, students can start a new notebook. However, students should keep their full notebook at home for future reference throughout the school year. There will be given time in class to glue worksheets or other handouts to their notebook. I will do a periodic check to keep track of students’ organization, so it is important to stay organized.

Course Description:  Human Anatomy and Physiology is a rigorous third year science course for those students interested in biology, medicine, and health care professions. This is a lab course that will meet UC Board of Regents criteria for college prep science class. Students will not only gain an understanding of the essentials of how the human body functions, but will also become very practiced in correct laboratory

Semester 1:  Terminology, Biochemistry, Cells, Metabolism, Tissues, Skin & Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Special Senses.

Semester 2:  Endocrine System, Blood, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic & Immune System, Digestion & Nutrition, Respiratory System, Urinary System, Reproductive System, Pregnancy, Growth & Development.

Grading Policy: Based on Homework, class work, labs, notebook, tests and quizzes.

50% HW, Classwork: labs, notes

40% Tests and quizzes

10% Semester Final

Standard 90% A, 80% B, 70% C, 60% D, below 60% =F, Grading scale


Mr. Ramsey Hassen –
8th grade integrated Science teacher Mr. Ramsey Hassen loves the challenge of creating educational lessons that are still captivating and exciting to the learner. He attained his Bachelors of Science in Education and Petroleum Studies and has teaching experience in schools nationally and worldwide. Mr. Hassen loves watching his students grow into scholars and takes great value in each child’s exceptionally unique character. “My students are my passion and my passion is what gives me the drive to teach; to encourage my students to better themselves and grant them the ambition to positively impact our world.” – Mr. Hassen

Ms. Kristine Jareno –
Chemistry teacher Kristine Jareño vows to make learning relevant and fun. Her goal is to make concepts in Chemistry applicable to real-life situations and develop critical thinking skills in students.  She attained BS Chemistry and Education degrees and have experienced working for both fields. She is certified to teach Chemistry in grades K-12 and has been working with Encore for almost 5 years.

Mr. Nguyen –
Mr. Nguyen earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and his Teaching Credential from UCLA. As a teacher, Mr. Nguyen strives to ensure that science learning empowers students and helps them find their voice. His goal in teaching is to deliver high-quality and personalized education that inspires students to become lifelong learners and prepares them for an outstanding and meaningful college experience.

Ms. Christie Scott –
High school biology and anatomy teacher Ms. Christie Scott loves creating lessons and labs that capture students’ interests and tap into their previous knowledge and backgrounds.  She has obtained her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master of Education and has experience teaching both at the junior and high school levels.  Ms. Scott loves to watch students grow into their own and discover their passions while also nurturing their interest in and understanding of science.  It is her goal to not only make her students scientifically literate but to also encourage them to be forces of positive change in the world.

Mrs. Miranda Redona –
Mrs. Miranda Redona is a 7th grade math and science teacher at Encore.  She has been a teacher for six years and has spent four of those years at Encore. She has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and holds a clear Multiple Subject teaching credential.  Mrs. Redona strives to help all students in their quest for success by increasing their love of math and science by making the subjects interactive and relatable to their lives.  “I truly believe that infusing the arts with academics is a productive way in which we can help all students become successful members of society while encouraging them to follow their dreams.  I enjoy teaching at Encore because we have the opportunity to do such a thing on a daily basis and we can continually see our students thrive in pursuit of those dreams.” –Mrs. Redona

Course Description:  Biology is an in-depth study of the life sciences, in particular, organic chemistry, microbiology, cytology, genetics, biogenetics, evolution, comparative anatomy among zoology, botany, and human biology, and ecology and its effect on biodiversity. This is a college preparatory lab class that meets A-G requirement s for college admission.  Emphasis is investigation, analysis, and critical thinking of content through labs, research and media.

The topics and concepts to be presented during the school year will include but will not be limited to the following:

1st Semester
Latin roots, Chemistry,  Biochemistry, Cell structure and Function Cell: homeostasis and transport Cellular respiration, Photosynthesis, Cell Reproduction, Genetics, Human Genetics, Gene expression, Nucleic Acids, Protein synthesis, DNA technology

2nd Semester
Evolution: evidence and theory
Introduction to Ecology Community Ecology
Evolution of populations Speciation Populations
Classification Ecosystems & the Biosphere Human Anatomy

Grading Policy:  Based on Homework, class work, labs, notebook, tests, quizzes & semester final.

10% Semester Final

50% HW, class work, labs, notebook, etc.

40% Tests and quizzes

Standard 90% A, 80% B, 70% C, 60% D, below 60% =F, Grading scale

Course Description: Chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, the transformations of these substances into others by reactions, and the kinds of energy changes that
accompany these reactions. Fundamental concepts on the atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and nuclear processes. This is a college preparatory lab class that meets A-G requirements for college admission.

Emphasis on scientific investigation, analysis, and critical thinking of content through labs, research and media.

The topics and concepts to be presented during the school year will include but will not be limited to the following:

1st Semester
Atomic and Molecular Structure
Gases and their Properties: Celsius and Kelvin scales
Nuclear Processes
Chemical Bonds
Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry: moles definition and molar mass
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

2nd Semester
Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry: balancing  equations, moles and conversion
Chemical Thermodynamics
Reaction Rates
Chemical Equilibrium
Acids and Bases
Gases and their properties