Science MCAS - General Information

Requirements

It is a graduation requirement in Massachusetts that all high school students pass a Science or Technology MCAS, starting with the class of 2010. Students must earn a scaled score of at least 220 on one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering. Most ARHS students will take the Biology MCAS in 10th grade.*

The following courses are designed to prepare students for the Science MCAS:

For Biology:

  • 9th Grade: Ecology & Environmental Science, or Ecology/Honors & Environmental Science/Honors, followed by
  • 10th Grade: Biology or Biology/Honors

For Chemistry:

  • 9th Grade: Ecology & Environmental Science, or Ecology/Honors & Environmental Science/Honors, followed by
  • 10th Grade: Chemistry/Honors

*Note: Students who plan to take the 3-trimester AP Biology course in 11th grade will take Honors Chemistry in 10th grade. As a result, these students will take the Chemistry MCAS.
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