BPS Endorsed Curriculum

  • Updates for School Year 2023-2024

    High School (grades 9-12)

    OpenSciEd has been adopted as the district's primary curriculum for biology, chemistry, and physics. We are offering Professional Learning on Unit 1 for each subject. Please contact Joyce Bowen, if you are interested in attending or have any questions.


    Middle Grades (grades 6-8)

    Teachers of grades 6-8 will enter year three of the OpenSciEd implementation. Based on teacher feedback, the 6-8 scopes have been updated to include STE 6-8 OSE Pacing Recommendations. We are offering Professional Learning for all of the units in a hybrid format this year. Please contact Evelyn Larose, if you are interested in attending or have any questions. 


    Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)

    Teachers will continue to follow the same units and schedule as last year, but there are some exciting changes for 4th grade and an update for 3rd grade.

    4th Grade: The FOSS Energy (traditionally taught in the winter) and Smithsonian How Do We Get Energy to People's Homes? (traditionally taught in the spring) have combined into one unit to be taught during the winter. The combining of these two units has opened up the spring cycle for teaching the life science standard as well as the engineering unit, Make Way for Trains.

    We will bring together two teacher-leader groups this fall:

    1. to assemble a "mini life science" unit to address the 4th-grade standard. This mini-unit will serve as a placeholder until we officially adopt something.

    2. to revisit the Make Way for Trains unit to make it more user-friendly for teachers to implement.

    3rd Grade: Teachers now have access to an integrated, more user-friendly teacher guide for the Motion & Design + Magnetism unit. This can be accessed online as a PDF using a BPS email from our Scope and Sequence page. It will also be sent out in hard copy form with the winter kit.

    OpenSciEd Pilot: Our district was selected by DESE to participate in the Elementary OpenSciEd field test, which will take place over the next two years. Sixteen teachers across five schools will be field testing two units this year and two units next year per grade. 

    Please contact Elizabeth Hadly, if you are interested in these opportunities or have any questions. (Please note: The OpenSciEd field test is not accepting new participants.)


    Early Childhood (pK-2 grades)

    Teachers will continue to follow the same units and schedule as last year. Please contact Molly Peters, if you are interested in these opportunities or have any questions. 


    For the SY23-24 schedule of units and access to the most up-to-date Scope & Sequence documents, click here.

    Have a general question? We ask teachers, principals, and families to please refer to our FAQs document first. If you do not see your question answered, email BPSsciencematerials@bostonpublicschools.org and we will gladly take care of you.


  • Massachusetts Standards and Curriculum Guidance

  • BPS Endorsed Curricular Units

  • Elementary Units (K0-2)

  • Elementary Grades (3-5)

  • Middle School Units (6-8)

  • High School Content Courses & Resources