The faculty of Elmwood Park High School's Science Department recognizes and embraces the responsibility of developing students who think critically, act responsibly and seek leadership roles to become successful members of society.
Because of this, we believe it is imperative that EPHS science students, through laboratory experimentation and simulation, improve their reading, writing and math analytical skills over the course of their high school experience.
A Formula for Student Success
To achieve these goals, our faculty members have created a formula for success, AE3, which students and teachers alike are expected to follow:
Come in with a positive attitude and open mind. What you give is what you get — give nothing, get nothing. The Science Department works hard to make your classes fun and interesting, but we need your help and dedication, too!
This is a safe place to share ideas. Please show respect for your peers, your teachers and yourself.
We know you can achieve; you should too. Failure is OK as long as you're giving 100 percent effort. We like to say, "If you’re going to fail, fail forward!" Sometimes failure can be the best learning experience a person can have. Never give up!
By definition, energy is the ability to do work. So, work hard and be a valuable member of your lab group. Science is fun — bring some positive energy to class. We promise to do the same!
We put this formula to work every day in our state-of-the-art classrooms, where students build and refine their scientific proficiency in a laboratory setting.
Our standards-aligned curriculum is designed to help students gain a deep understanding of core science concepts. We do this by offering a variety of courses in biology, chemistry and physics, including four of the College Board's yearlong Advanced Placement classes in science:
► AP BIOLOGY
This course, for 11th and 12th graders, is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.
► AP CHEMISTRY
This course, for fourth-year-level science students, provides a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Course topics include atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium.
► AP PHYSICS 1
This course, for 11th graders, is the equivalent of a first-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics. Course topics include Newtonian mechanics as well as work, energy and power, mechanical waves and sound, and introduction to electric circuits.
► AP PHYSICS 2
This course, for 12th graders, is the equivalent of a second-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics. Course topics include principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and topics in modern physics.
Illinois Science Assessment
In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois administers a science assessment to students enrolled in public school districts in grades 5, 8 and once at the high school level.
The high school assessment uses a course-based model with content aligned to Biology I. The assessment is administered during the spring in an online format.
To Learn More
Descriptions of our courses as well as a directory of our faculty can be found here: