Science Tips for High School Parents

High school gives students the opportunity to begin utilizing their college-ready skills. The Science curriculum is based on the Iowa Core standards and focuses on many major scientific concepts as outlined on the high school science learning objectives page. 

As a parent, the best thing you can do for your child is to stay engaged in their learning. Each day, take time to ask your child about their school day. Ask open-ended questions to encourage interaction. Then, you can build on their daily learning with some of the activities suggested on this webpage. Here are specific areas to focus on when working with your child.

You can also view suggested learning resources for students. These learning resources offer both digital activities and printable practice materials.

How to Help Your Child at Home

  • Encourage participation in science summer camps and post-secondary options.

  • If your child expresses an interest in a specific science area, encourage them to talk to their teachers and counselors about internships, college, and career opportunities available to them during high school.

  • Encourage participation in their school’s science organizations and STEM-related competitions.

  • Share and critically discuss current science events, articles, and news reports.

Source: Iowa Core Parent Guides from the Iowa Department of Education.
Read the Iowa Core Parent Guide (English) and Iowa Core Parent Guide (Spanish).
Read the complete standards on the Iowa Core website.