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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.


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:

  • Appreciate science as a process
  • Collaboratively design and conduct guided inquiry
  • Design and conduct an independent inquiry

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

In this course, students may:

  • Study the Earth’s physical makeup, geological history, and various cycles, as well as the ever-changing field of space exploration
  • Explore basic concepts of chemistry, the biochemical sciences, and sustainability
  • Ask probing questions and develop the observation and communications skills essential to exploratory learning

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