Highland Prep’s curriculum for Science is aligned with Arizona’s State Science Standards, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS were designed to reflect the increasing need for scientific acumen in a complex, technological world, and the emphasis is on demonstrating the scientific process. Highland Prep’s science program utilizes backward planning to bring students from whatever level that they arrive to the school, to AP readiness within two years of entry to the academic program. HP accomplishes this through discovery and experiential based learning, the development of background knowledge and skills, and a deep understanding of physical science. HP Students also use discovery and experiential based learning to discover the rules and principles that guide physical sciences. Highland Prep students take Chemistry during their freshman year, Biology during their sophomore year, and Physics in their junior year. Students are also able to take AP Chemistry in their junior year and AP Biology in their senior year. HP ensures that the lab component of its science curriculum supports a seamless transition to any college or university program.