Science Department
The mission of the West Essex Science Department is to:
  • Inspire a love of science and motivate more students to pursue a science-related career
  • Provide student-centered lessons and hands-on activities that demonstrate and reinforce the concepts
  • Offer a wide selection of challenging courses that require students to think critically, problem solve, and apply scientific content and knowledge
  • Create opportunities for students to engage in real-world science exploration and application through activities such as projects, field trips, and competitions
  • Promote the use of technology and infuse it throughout the curriculum
  • Reinforce the connection between various Science disciplines
  • Increase student achievement on standardized tests including the NJASK8, Advanced Placement exams, and the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)
  • Improve Math and Writing skills through interdisciplinary assessments

    New Jersey Student Learning Standards - Science

    Parent Guide to the Standards:
    Department Grading Policy 
    90% Labs, Projects, Quizzes, Tests; 10% Homework
    Science Faculty Contact: 
    AP Physics Re-design 
    The College Board has changed the AP Physics B program and replaced it with 2 course; AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 each with its own test at the end of each course.  AP Physics 1 is designed to be a first year Physics course.  For more information please review the following: AP Physics FAQAP Physics 1 OverviewAP Physics 2 Overview.   

    Contact Information:
    Elizabeth Ricafort
    Instructional Supervisor of Science and Environmental Safety
    65 West Greenbrook Road
    North Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
    Phone: (973) 228-1200, ext. 366