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Southview High School



Department Chair: Neal Ellis
(419) 824-8580 ext. 6189
The Southview Science Department is currently made up of ten highly qualified faculty members. Within this group, there are Sylvania teacher of the year nominees, a 2017 Eco-Educator Award winner, two Science Olympiad coaches, one AP Capstone advisor, one Physics Day coordinator, Ohio State Test extra help specialists, one ACT prep coach, one CCP Life Science instructor, two co-teachers, and ten caring individuals that focus on student success and engaging students in science-based critical thinking and data analysis. Click on the video links below for more information about specific offerings

Biology Video

Chemistry Video

Forensic Science Video

Parents frequently ask these questions:


How many science credits are required for graduation?

The state of Ohio requires three science credits, including Biology, for graduation. Students that plan to graduate with an Honors Diploma must complete four science credits.

How many AP courses does the science department offer?

The department offers six AP courses: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Seminar, and AP Research.

What electives are available to a student who plans to go on and major in a science-related field?

The science department offers a number of fantastic elective science courses at each of the grade levels, and many of our students enjoy taking more than one science course at a time. The electives offered through the science department include: Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Applications in Biology, AP Capstone Program, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science.

Does the science department have any clubs associated with it?

The science department offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities for your student. Southview’s Science Olympiad team is very active and currently has 45 members. This year, the team is traveling to the University of Michigan and around the state to compete at invitationals. Southview also hosts its own invitational. Students enjoy Friday meetings throughout the year, with social activities including a picnic at Olander at the end of the season. The Envirothon team begins practice in February and competes annually in the Spring at the District Envirothon contest. Students have placed competitively at this Area 1 competition and at states in many recent years.

What is a typical pathway an incoming 9th grader would follow for earning science credits?

Typically, students follow this progression:
  • 9th grade- Physical Science or Honors Physical Science
  • 10th grade- Biology or Honors Biology
  • 11th grade- Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
  • 12th grade- Physics, Honors Physics, or AP Physics
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