The science department provides coursework for all six grades at the junior-senior high levels. Junior high students explore a variety of topics including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and the scientific method. Central to the high school curriculum is the college prep sequence which includes biology and physics at the freshman/sophomore level, chemistry for juniors, and a second semester of physics for seniors. Although all students are required to complete three years of science for graduation and are encouraged to complete the college prep curriculum, there are many electives available. Faculty members provide the coursework, supervise laboratories, and offer help outside the classroom.
Mr. Jim Balthazor earned his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1977 and subsequently pursued a master’s degree in elementary education. His teaching career spans thirty-five years and all grade levels. Currently, Mr. Balthazor teaches seventh and eighth grade science and art. He sponsors the Science Olympiad program and coordinates the liturgical music provided by the Monarch Music students. Outside of school, Mr. Balthazor spends time with family, enjoys boating and swimming, and gardens extensively.