The science curriculum addresses the need for students to learn about their world through scientific exploration and hands-on experiences. The curriculum supports the Next Generation Science Standards through the development of scientific inquiry, thinking skills, and knowledge. The advancement of content and abilities promote scientific literacy. In our annual Science Fair, each student conducts an experiment and researches a complex topic in a rigorous but rewarding experience, engaging in the scientific method. Students in eighth grade present their projects orally to the scientific community. Additionally, the program utilizes the Outdoor Classroom in its scientific endeavors and investigations and has in its course of study age-appropriate lessons on Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
Fifth Grade: Variables, ecosystems/ecology, levers and pulleys, oceans, scientific method, science fair
Sixth Grade: Astronomy, scientific method, science fair, research and note-taking skills, microscopes, microorganisms--bacteria and viruses, Newton's Toy Box, mixtures and solutions
Seventh Grade: Scientific method, science fair, research and note-taking skills, cells, classification, DNA, heredity, human body systems, diseases, ecology
Eighth Grade: Scientific method, science fair, research and note-taking skills, measurements, matter, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, soil erosion, ecology