Our Science curriculum is based on award winning units from William & Mary College for Gifted Education. Through an investigative approach and a cooperative learning structure, students explore various scientific topics by designing and conducting lab experiments, sourcing and examining research, analyzing data, evaluating results and meaningfully presenting their findings.
Lower Elementary, K-2nd
Students in lower elementary are encouraged to explore their natural curiosities and learn about the world around them. They investigate various topics that span life, earth and physical sciences. Students are transformed into scientists as they learn to more critically notice, react to, reflect on, and discover the various topics they explore.
As students prepare to transition to upper elementary, content is introduced through real-world scenarios and project, problem-based learning. To gain a wider perspective, students take on the roles such as an archaeologist, botanist and other science specialists. Through investigation, problem solving and application, students work to uncover solutions to long-term, complex and layered science related problems.
Upper Elementary, 3rd-5th
Students in upper elementary begin to delve into more complex problem based units. The goal of these units are to allow students to analyze several real-world problems, understand the concept of systems, and design and conduct scientific experiments.
Students explore various scientific topics such as simple machines, electricity, chemistry, and identify real-world scientific problems for investigation. They experience the world of science by applying data-handling skills, analyzing information, evaluating results, and learning to effectively communicate their findings to others.
Middle School, 6th-8th
Middle school students are immersed in problem based learning to tackle and grasp sophisticated science topics.
Tackling real-world problems requires students to use their skills to analyze the presenting problem, determine what type of research is needed, conduct experiments, and evaluate solutions.
Through interdisciplinary study, students explore sophisticated topics such as nuclear energy, cell and tuberculosis biology, and aquatic ecosystems. Students leave the middle school program with a solid science background and just as importantly the ability to apply their critical thinking skills to solve real world problems.