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The 2024 USA Biology Olympiad student registration is now open!

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a three-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The first tier consists of two rounds of challenging exams. The exams are rigorous and it is recommended that students have completed Honors Biology and are currently enrolled in AP Biology. For further information about USABO, please visit the USABO’s website at  https://www.usabo-trc.org/

The first exam will be given at John P. Stevens High School for all students who attend Edison High School or J.P. Stevens High School:

 Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 4 PM ET

The exam length is 50 minutes and students will need to arrive earlier for instructions at 3:30 pm. 


Please note: Students participating from Edison High School are responsible for their own transportation to John P. Stevens High School for the 3:30 pm arrival time. After the exam students will be responsible for their own transportation from school to home.  

There is NO bussing available prior to or at the conclusion of the exam.


Students interested in participating must register with USABO by

November 10, 2023:

  1. Go to the USABO website at https://www.usabo-trc.org/

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find Student Registration on the bottom right. 

  3. Under Registration is open, you will see “New and returning students register ONLY if your school is participating in 2024 USABO. My school is registered for the 2024. Click here.” Click on the word here 

  4. Complete the form and select John P Stevens High School - Edison, NJ as your high school (regardless if the student attends JP Stevens or Edison High School).


Students eligible to participate:

  • High school seniors are eligible provided that they have not enrolled formally in an undergraduate program at a college or university.

  • All interested students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to participate in the USABO.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (green cards) of the United States.


Remember, to participate every student must register on the USABO's website by November 10, 2023.  Note: The Student Resource Center will not be available until USABO receives our school's registration payment (approximately end of September 2023)


Note: If a student registered under Edison High School, please contact sheryl.schwartz@edison.k12.nj.us to have your registration corrected.




The philosophy of the Edison High School Science Department is to provide a balanced, inquiry-based, interactive, ‘hands-on/minds-on’ science education that implements the national and state science standards and promotes scientific literacy. These standards rest on the premise that science is an active process with inquiry central to learning science.  Therefore, it is the goal of the Edison Public Schools to provide a foundation in science that will serve the learner throughout his/her lifetime. Through participation in performance-based science activities, students develop the skills of observing, questioning, inferring, experimenting, calculating, analyzing and evaluating. These processes expand and enhance a student’s natural curiosity about the world in which they live and enable them to gain knowledge needed to be successful.

When engaging in inquiry, students describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. They identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations. In this way, students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skill’.

(National Science Education Standards, page 2)


 Click here to access the Next Generation Science Standards.


Laurie Maier


Email: laurie.maier@edison.k12.nj.us 

Phone: (732) 650-5200 Ext. 5246