The Science Department at Ketterer Charter School is committed to providing an educational experience that is rigorous, individualized, and that maximizes educational opportunity for each and every student enrolled in the Charter School. Curriculum is aligned to the PA core and each student who attends Ketterer Charter is provided with differentiated, individualized attention to meet their needs.

Science Department Curriculum Team Leader- Michele Pfeifer
Ken Patrick
Jen Schimizzi
Shelby Mostoller

The Science Department Will:

  • Promote scientific inquiry by teaching students to draw conclusions and think critically and logically to create explanations based on evidence
  • Encourage students to interact with their environment, ask questions, and seek ways to answer those questions
  • Provide a structured environment to help students succeed in science
  • Deliver inquiry-based instruction to help facilitate the student’s learning of science
  • Provide students with an understanding of biology that will enable them to make informed decisions concerning their health and environment
  • Help students develop problem solving skills that may be applied to all areas of life


Holt TextbookTeacher EditionStudent Edition
Biology 2012 McDougal LittellISBN-13: 978-0-547-63633-7 ISBN-10: 0-547-63633-4ISBN-13: 978-0-547-58666-3 ISBN-10: 0-547-58666-3
Integrated Science – Level Green 2008 Holt, Rinehart and WinstonISBN-13: 978-0-03-095883-0 ISBN-10: 0-03-095883-0ISBN-13: 978-0-03-095870-0 ISBN-10: 0-03-095870-9
Integrated Science – Level Red 2008 Holt, Rinehart and WinstonISBN-13: 978-0-03-095884-7 ISBN-10: 0-03-095884-9ISBN-13: 978-0-03-095871-7 ISBN-10: 0-03-095871-7
Investigating Astronomy 2014 W. H. Freeman and CompanyISBN-13: 978-1-4641-4085-3 ISBN-10: 1-4641-4085-5
Environmental and Ecology For Pennsylvania Globe Fearon 2003ISBN 0-13-024188-1ISBN 0-13-024187
Earth Science Holt 2006ISBN 0-03-073544-0ISBN  0-03-073543-2

Course Descriptions:

Life Science

  • ID: 1414

An introductory level course designed to enable students to explore basic biological concepts. Students focus on concepts that are shared…

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  • ID: 1411

The structures and properties of the four major classes of biological molecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids will be…

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Biology Interactions

  • ID: 1408

Biology Interactions utilizes a standards aligned curriculum framework to encompass the essential concepts of biological science. The biology curriculum focuses…

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General Biology

  • ID: 1405

General Biology introduces students to the living world and to the fundamental processes that control all living things. This class…

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SAT Prep

  • ID: 1378

The SAT Prep course is a semester course divided into two quarters. One quarter consists of instruction pertaining to the…

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Science Interactions

  • ID: 966

This course introduces major concepts in and relationships among the four science disciplines—chemistry, physics, life science, and earth/space science. Introductory…

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Environmental Science

  • ID: 964

Environmental Science is designed to help students understand and learn to protect the environment. Students will study populations and communities,…

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