• Hima Joshi

    Science Dept. Chair and Teacher
    858-569-7900 x 4238
  • Marielle Decker

    858-569-7900 x 4151
  • Natalie deVigne

    ARC Lead Teacher
    858-569-7900 x4160
  • Jennifer Dorsey

    858-569-7900 x 4185
  • Jill Duehr

    858-569-7900 x 4255
  • Amy Eversole

    Upper School Science Lab Assistant
    858-569-7900 x 4172
  • Ryan Griggs

    858-569-7900 x 4410
  • Janessa Gruby

  • Rose Hanscom

    858-569-7900 x 4226
  • Dave Johnson

    858-569-7900 x 4188
  • Binh Ngo

    858-569-7900 x 4184
  • JP Pierce

    858-569-7900 x 4182
  • Jessica Sardo

    858-569-7900 x4238
  • Demetrius Walcott

    858-569-7900 x 4205
  • Kim Wimpey

    858-569-7900 x 4187
  • Jonathan Ziegler

    858-569-7900 x 4186

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  • AP Biology

    AP Biology (11-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisite: Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This course covers facts, biological processes, and laboratory information that is synthesized into the major biological concepts and themes.  One quarter of the time in this course will be devoted to molecules and cells, one quarter to genetics and evolution, and one half to organisms and populations.  Students will be eligible to take the AP exam at the end of the year.  
  • AP Chemistry

    AP Chemistry (10-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisites: Chemistry Advanced, Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors, and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This rigorous course simulates a general inorganic chemistry course at the college level.  Course work includes the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. The laboratory is an important component.  Students will be eligible to take the AP exam at the end of the year.  
  • AP Environmental Science

    AP Environmental Science (11-12) – Weighted
    Prerequisites: A biology course and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This is an interdisciplinary course that includes topics from various areas of study.  Students learn scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.  Students also learn how to identify and analyze environmental problems, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and examine solutions for preventing or resolving them.  The major underlying themes of the course include the scientific method, energy conversions in ecological processes, biogeochemical systems of the Earth, human impacts on the environment, and the influence of environmental problems on a cultural and social level.  The classroom portion of this course will be complemented with firsthand observation experiences both in the laboratory and field.  Students will be prepared to take the AP exam at the end of the year.
  • AP Physics 1

    AP Physics 1 (9-10) - Weighted
    Prerequisites: Completion of Geometry Honors
    This year-long course is equivalent to the first semester of most introductory, algebra-based, college-level physics courses. Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. At the end of this course, students will be eligible to take the AP Physics 1 exam.
  • AP Physics 2

    AP Physics 2 (10-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisites: Physics, Physics Advanced or AP Physics 1 and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This year-long course is equivalent to the second semester of most introductory, algebra-based, college-level physics courses. Students can expect to be well prepared for the AP Physics 2 and SAT Physics exams upon completion of this course. Although the course is primarily algebra-based, students will learn a bit of calculus at the beginning of the year so that concepts in motion, flux-induced currents, and work by forces or expanding gasses may be treated properly. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluid statics and dynamics, oscillations, waves, electricit and magnetism, thermodynamics, atomic/nuclear physics, and wave-particle 21 duality.
  • AP Physics C

    AP Physics C (11-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisites: Physics or Physics Advanced, AP Calculus (can be concurrent), and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This curriculum contains material that ordinarily forms the first part of a college sequence for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, and presumes a proficiency in calculus has been, or is being, obtained.  Methods of calculus are used whenever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical situations.  The course covers mechanics during the first half of the year and electricity & magnetism during the second half and is more intensive and analytic than the Physics B course. Because the topics of thermodynamics, optics, nuclear, and atomic physics are not discussed in Physics C, students who plan to take the SAT II Physics exam may find the Physics B course to be more appropriate.  Students will be prepared to take the AP Physics C exam at the end of the year and will enter college with a solid foundation in the application of advanced mathematics to physical problems.
  • Biology

    Biology (10-12)
    Prerequisites: A physics course and a chemistry course
    This is a basic biology course for the non-science major student. The focus will be human and animal systems, life processes, human disease and illnesses, and well-being for a healthy adult lifestyle.
  • Biology Advanced

    Biology Advanced (10-12)
    Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This rigorous and college-preparatory course is designed to give the student the core knowledge of the scientific method and the three major theories of biology:  the theory of evolution, cell theory, and the gene theory on both the cellular and molecular levels.  Life, from the microscopic scale of cells to the global scale of the biosphere, is studied through lecture, lab, projects, and student presentations. Laboratory exercises demonstrate and enhance learning the principles covered. The course is organized by themes so the students can connect the details to the concepts and the world around them.
  • Chemistry

    Chemistry (10)
    Prerequisite: A physics course
    This course is offered to students who have successfully completed Physics. Chemistry continues to reinforce the scientific, mathematical, and logical foundations in science.  This course will support and promote critical thinking skills, scientific methodologies, and advancement in laboratory techniques. The main focus of chemistry is to deeply investigate the composition, structure, properties and change of matter through problem solving and laboratory investigations.
  • Chemistry Advanced

    Chemistry Advanced (10)
    Prerequisite: A physics course and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    This rigorous course is designed for students who have excelled in Physics. Topics include atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, molecular shapes, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, intermolecular forces, phases of matter, acid-base theory, and equilibrium. Students expand their knowledge of the scientific method by designing and carrying out experiments in the laboratory. The depth and rigor of this course are designed to prepare students for AP Chemistry.
  • Chemistry Honors

    Chemistry Honors (10-11) - weighted Prerequisites: Departmental approval This is a rigorous introductory course in inorganic chemistry, covering such topics as atomic and kinetic theory, solutions, qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemical reactions, molecular and atomic structure, equilibrium and reaction rates, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Extensive instruction will be supported by performing experiments and writing laboratory reports.
  • Engineering Honors

    Engineering Honors (10-12) - weighted
    Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    Students will walk through the design and build of a mobile robot to play a sport-like game.  During this process they will learn key STEM principles, and robotics concepts.  At the culmination of this class, they will compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom using the VEX Robotics Platform. This modular and project-based course teaches the design process in an engaging, hands-on manner that challenges, motivates, and inspires students.  By moving students through an actual engineering project, students quickly understand the relevance of what they are learning. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with CAD software, to the extent that they will be prepared to attempt Solidworks certification at the end of their year in the course.
  • Environmental Science

    Environmental Science (10-12) One trimester Prerequisite: a Biology course (may be concurrent) Offered winter and spring trimesters only This course is designed to provide an avenue for students who have an interest in Environmental Science but are not interested in an AP level course, a full year course in one subject, or who have an interest in Environmental Science and were not approved for the AP level course. The course emphasizes environmental sustainability and man?s impact on the environment. Topics covered include interspecies interactions, human population changes, fossil fuels, nuclear power, renewable energy sources, and water and soil conservation and management.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition

    FIRST Robotics Competition (9-12) FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 with the mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. This Credit/No-Credit trimester-long course will allow students to better meet the mission of FIRST, providing technical training and practice, organizational time for orchestration and implementation of FIRST projects, and giving students opportunities to practice leadership skills. All enrolled students involved in the class are expected to participate actively on the Francis Parker FRC team, the W.A.R. Lords.
  • Honors Organic Chemistry

    Honors Organic Chemistry (11-12)weighted
    Prerequisite: Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    Organic Chemistry! Mention it to the doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinarians and chemical engineers in your life, and you are likely to hear comments like “that was my hardest course in college” or “they teach that class to weed out students!” Well, never fear! Your local organic chemistry class is here! This course is designed and taught by Dr. Joshi, who was a professor of organic chemistry for several years before coming to Francis Parker. The course will cover fundamental concepts in organic chemistry with a particular focus on preparing for a college-level course. You can look forward to making fascinating connections between organic chemistry, medicine and biology. 
  • Marine Science

    Marine Science (10-12)                                                                                                                                                                             
    Prerequisites: A biology course
    Students will explore the marine environment by studying the organisms found in marine communities and the physical and chemical factors of the marine environment. The course is designed to train students in using the scientific method and in using proper scientific methodology for collecting, recording, analyzing and presenting data.
  • Physics

    Physics (9)
    This is an introductory course in physics for ninth grade students. It covers the laws of classical physics, which govern mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism. Physics principles are taught via several methods, and a major component of the course involves the students demonstrating their understanding by preparing projects related to the curriculum material. Students gain a foundation in those principles, which are reinforced and expanded in all upper level science courses.  
  • Physics Advanced

    Physics Advanced (9-10)
    Prerequisite:  Algebra 1
    This more advanced course for ninth grade students meets the graduation requirement and introduces students to the laws of classical physics, which govern mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism with an emphasis on applied concepts quantified by basic mathematics. This course is required for enrollment in AP Physics.
  • Physics Honors

    Physics Honors (9-12) - weighted Prerequisites: Geometry and Departmental approval This course for juniors and seniors is designed to fill a niche between the regular, algebra-based physics course and the calculus-based Advanced Placement Physics courses. It covers such topics as Newton?s Laws, static electric charges and fields, electric circuits, accelerated motion, optics, basic thermodynamics, work and energy, and momentum. After completing the course, all students will be encouraged to take the SAT II exam in physics.
  • Physiology Honors

    Physiology Honors (11-12) - weighted
    Prerequisites: A biology course and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria
    The prospective student must be comfortable with animal dissections as dissection techniques are a key and required component of this rigorous, introductory course in physiology for students who have a strong interest in a career in the health sciences, covering such topics as function and structure of human organs, their integration into organ systems, homeostasis, health effects of nutrition, carcinogens and drugs.
  • Psychology

    Psychology (10-12) Prerequisite: A biology course This is a survey course that covers the science of the mind and behavior. Topics will include the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, memory, and psychological disorders. Other topics covered will be determined by student interest during the course.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900