Signature Programs

Science Academy

The purpose of the Science Academy is to enlighten students with science courses that are not part of the regular science curriculum. These courses are P/NP only and they are for knowledge only. Most courses will meet after school from 3:30-4:30pm during one of the trimesters. Robotics meets from 3:30-5:30pm and the lunchtime fun meets during lunch times.

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Yolanda Hovsepian
Director, Science Academy


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  • Forensic Science

    This course combines aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science to help learn the techniques used in Forensic Science. This lab-based course will cover topics such as gel electrophoresis, bullet trajectory, and appropriate collection, documentation procedures from crime scene samples, analysis of footwear impressions, comparative human bones, blood, hair and fibers, and fingerprint identification. Historical forensic science cases will be discussed that relate to coursework.
  • Marine Biology

    This course introduces students to the diverse field of Marine Biology through demonstrations, dissections, and hands-on and interactive activities. Classes are dedicated to topics covering marine microorganisms, invertebrates, vertebrates, adaptations, behavior, ecological principles, and human impact on marine environments. The class includes two field trips; a day to the Malibu intertidal zone, and an optional three-day trip to Monterey Bay. (There is a fee for the optional Monterey field trip.
  • Robotics

    Students will have the opportunity to build and program robots, working with advanced equipment and computer software. The program will cover the basics in computer programming, utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms software. Robotics will provide a hands-on learning experience, enhancing teamwork, project management, and creativity. The program will culminate with a robotics competition where students will be challenged to build a robot with advanced function, movement, and processing skills.
    Prerequisite: Science and Math departments’ approval required.
  • Spirulina

    Students will learn about the health benefits of spirulina. Spirulina is a “super-food” that grows in alkaline conditions. Students will work in the greenhouse to grow and harvest spirulina. The goal of the program is to visit underprivileged areas of the world to teach students how to grow this “super-food” and put an end to hunger and malnutrition.
  • Science Competitions

    Students will prepare for different science competitions by doing practice sessions and reviewing the main topics of the competition. The competitions include Biology Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad and Physics Bowl. This will be both at lunch and/or after school.
  • Lunch Time Science Academy

    Offered: October Wednesdays, November Tuesdays, January Thursdays, February Mondays, March Tuesdays

    Dates: October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 6, 13, 20, 27; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 4, 11, 25; March 5, 12, 19, 26

    Each month will have a different theme to pick from. Attending two sessions of this will count as one colloquium credit. October will be the Science in the movies month. Students will watch clips of movies and discuss the science behind it. November will be nutrition and stress. Discussions will be based on ways of dealing with stress and how to keep the body healthy. January will be a month of dissection. Different dissections will take place. February is the month of engineering. Hands-on engineering competitions will take place. March will be the month of Earth and environment. Discussions will include ways of going green.
  • 2018-2019 Science Academy Speakers

    Science Academy Speakers
    3:25pm – 4:25 pm
    Room 276

    February 7 Wednesday | “Mental Health”
    Dr. Lise Spiegel
    Teacher/Lecturer Clinical Psychologist

    February 12 Tuesday | “Geology and Geochemistry”
    Dr. Paul Asimow
    California Institute of Technology
    Professor of Geology and Geochemistry

    March (Day TBA) | “Live Animals” (will be in the auditorium)
    Wildlife Learning Center Live Animals!

    March 17 Sunday (3pm-6pm) | “STEAM Academy Showcase”

Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.