Science Department



MISSION STATEMENT

The middle school science department is designed to help students think critically about the world around them and to learn through exploration and experimentation. During the three-year course of study students have the opportunity to explore topics in environmental (sixth grade), life (seventh grade), and physical science (eighth grade). Students will also learn about historical perspectives of science and about the diverse groups of people who have built society's collective body of knowledge. The program is housed in a LEED-certified building that has a green roof serving as an outdoor classroom. Science classes also take place in the school’s spacious laboratories and throughout its expansive campus. The different learning environments provide students with a variety of unique educational opportunities in which they can engage in fieldwork, research, and inquiry.

We are committed to developing students who will independently:

  • understand the pillars of scientific inquiry: observation, inference, measurement, and collection and analysis of data
  • possess increasingly sophisticated critical thinking skills
  • 17-Middle-9211.jpg question data presented to them
  • establish their own conclusions based on supporting evidence
  • recognize their own interconnectedness to the world around them
  • possess verbal and written communication skills to describe their the class experiences and discoveries
  • understand abstract concepts
  • analyze problems and propose creative solutions in an ever-changing world
  • discuss current issues in the field of science
  • engage with the larger scientific community

Because we are committed to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning, our instructional methods include:

  • classes that are student-centered and focus on helping students master science concepts and skills in a variety of ways
  • engagement in lab experiments, project-based learning, collaboration, individual and group activities, research projects, scientific writing, journaling, written reflection, and discussions
  • TAG_7236.jpg learning by doing, exploring their interests, as well as constructing and creating models and testable questions
  • encouragement to be curious and think critically
  • emphasis on the presentation of ideas, as well as scientific literacy and writing, with the understanding that communication is a fundamental skill
  • engagement in interdisciplinary activities that connect students’ science studies to mathematics as well as other coursework