Science Department

The Paint Branch High School Science Department is committed to providing science instruction for all students. Our program addresses what students should know and be able to do in science, preparing them for further scientific study, as well as for their role as young citizens, in a world where science literacy is a basic need. 

Staff Office Hours

7:20 a.m. – 7:35 a.m.
LAP – 10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Typical Science Experience

If the 8th Grade Science Grade is an A or B:  

  • Students may enroll in: Honors Physics 9 OR Honors Biology. Students enrolling in Honors Physics 9 ALSO need to have completed Algebra I by the end of 8th Grade with a final grade of an A or B AND concurrent enrollment in at least Honors Geometry.

If the 8th Grade Science Grade is a C or below:  

  • Students can enroll in: Biology

Science Teachers


Brielle Wertz, Resource Teacher






Students at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC!


Students at the Chemathon!


Students getting ready for the science expo!

Tri-Science Medal

  • Students must successfl\ully complete (C or better) and sit for the AP exam in any 3 AP science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics C) to receive a Tri-Science Medal at graduation.

Science Clubs

Astronomy News: Space Telescope Science Institute 

Academy of Health Professions

In the double period (2 credit) Certified Nursing Assistant with Clinical Applications class, first semester, students learn patient care, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, diseases and disorders, and infection control and they earn CPR and First Aid certification from a registered nurse and certified teacher. Second semester they intern four days a week for 90 minutes each day at Holy Cross Hospital, where they rotate through at least ten departments for two weeks each. The departments include emergency, pediatrics, cardiology, radiology, physical therapy, and post-natal care. 

In the double period (1 credit) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant class, students will gain a specialized skillset related to facilitating the high demands of a healthcare facility. Students learn to administer medications, assist with minor procedures, obtain laboratory specimens, perform electrocardiograms, provide patient education, and much more.  Students take the CCMA exam in June and, upon passing, receive credentials as a certified medical assistant. 


Exploring Science in the Community!

Students had an exciting day at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC!


Ninth grade students attended the Maryland Science Center. It was a fun, interactive and exciting day for all!

Students at the MD Science Center  

Biology students attended the National Aquarium in Baltimore. They had the amazing opportunity to dissect a squid and explore one of the best aquariums in the country!

Students dissecting a squid at the National Aqurium in Baltimore