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Middle School Science

We believe that the best way to learn science is to become a scientist. Through laboratory experiments and fieldwork discovery trips, our students learn to understand and enjoy the world around them.

Laying Scientific Foundations

In Middle School, our science curriculum guides students through the three main branches of life, earth, and physical science. They start by exploring the interactions and interconnections among living organisms, working to understand their place in the world and their relationships with others. They then study the science of the universe itself. Finally, by investigating questions about chemistry, physics, and the natural world, students delve into the body of knowledge acquired through the scientific process, while engaging meaningfully in the process of science itself.

Accordion

Here students explore life on many levels, from the microscopic world of the cell to our vast and diverse biosphere.

In this course, students may:

  • Learn about science as a process and evidence-based thinking
  • Design and conduct a controlled experiment related to birds
  • Study genetics, body, systems, ecology, plants, animals, and microorganisms

For seventh grade, the emphasis shifts from the living world to our planet and solar system.

In this course, students may:

  • Make models, pose questions, design and conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and share their findings
  • Learn the history of the earth, how the systems of the earth interact with each other, and how humans impact our environment
  • Gain a broader perspective of the role of science across many disciplines 

In these courses, students may:

  • Use lab-based experiments as they are introduced to chemistry and physics
  • Formulate testable questions about the natural world
  • Investigate problems in the lab using careful measurement and developing models supported by data