The Department of Chemistry prepares students for an increasingly complex health, energy, and environmental problems in a changing world. Through collegial and cooperative teaching, we aspire not only to educate students on the basic concepts of chemistry, but to help them link the knowledge acquired to human health and the environment in general. Our vision is to build strong cross-disciplinary partnerships that will promote knowledge sharing and lay the foundation for sustained program development. By leveraging our multi-disciplinary vision, the Department of Chemistry at SHS will be opening new frontiers in teaching methods and research, in an aim to inspire students to choose chemistry as their major of interest after graduation.
The Department of Chemistry at SHS is committed to prepare knowledgeable and competitive students within an innovative and intellectually stimulating environment. We are dedicated to rigorous standards of knowledge, communication skills, and professional development. We are keen to demonstrating science as a human endeavor and as a way to understand the natural world.
In support of our mission, the Department members strive to provide novel, and effective teaching methods using the power of computers and other equipment in application across classrooms, laboratory work, and research. The Department is committed to provide quality education tailored for a diverse range of students across all grade levels encompassing the three programs (Lebanese Program, American Program, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program). We are devoted to serve as good role models, and to communicate the excitement of chemistry to students, other departments, and to the school at large.
Intermediate Division: [Grade 8-9 AP/LP]
The chemistry course at the Intermediate level provides an in-depth introduction to the fundamental concepts of general chemistry, emphasizing on the theories and practice required for an understanding of the chemical phenomena. This course is offered in a traditional onsite format with two or three sessions per week including laboratory work. Focus areas include introduction to Elements and the Periodic Table, Atoms and Chemical Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Acids-Bases and Solutions, Electrochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry.
Secondary Division: [Grade 10-11-12 AP/LP-IB1-IB2]
This course is a continuation to the topics learned at the Intermediate level. It is designed to provide a more rigorous and advanced interpretation of the principles of chemistry and their application, and the development of laboratory skills, that will prepare students for further studies in chemistry in college. It is offered in an onsite format with two to five sessions per week including laboratory work. Focus areas consist of Measurement, Data Processing and Analysis, Molecules and Compounds, Chemical Composition, Stoichiometry, Electrons in Atoms and the Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Gases, Liquids, Solids and Intermolecular Forces, Acids-Bases and Solutions, Matter and Energy, Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, and Organic Chemistry. The laboratory work reinforces acquired concepts and provides a direct review to the theories and methods learnt. The laboratory activities include quantitative measurements of solutions, characterization of chemicals by physical and spectroscopic methods, molecular modeling, and student-assigned projects concentrating on quantitative measurements of solutions, kinetics and thermodynamics of various types of chemical reactions.