Students are required to earn three units of credit in mathematics to graduate from Prospect High School. One credit must be in algebra and one in geometry. All students progress through the sequence of algebra, geometry, and algebra II. Honors students start with geometry or algebra II and general education students start with algebra as freshmen. As juniors, students either take an additional course in one of these areas or move on to pre-calculus before senior year, when most students have a chance to choose an elective. Electives are separated by level with data modeling, pre-calculus, and dual credit courses available at the general education level, honors or accelerated pre-calculus available for honors students, and calculus or statistics available at the advanced placement level.
Students must earn at least two units of credit in science to qualify for graduation. Freshmen start with biology and then move on to chemistry as sophomores before taking physics as juniors. Senior year is open for students to choose from a range of electives, including zoology, medical terminology, human physiology, oceanography, and environmental science, as well as Advanced Placement biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.
Illinois has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). District 214 teachers are developing and implementing instructional strategies that prepare students to be scientifically-informed citizens. Information on NGSS can be found at www.nextgenscience.org/. For a quick glance at the implications for science classes, please see the New Vision for Science Education chart.