The Middle School curriculum introduces students to three major fields of science: life, earth, and physical sciences. In the study of each of these disciplines, scientific inquiry and writing are emphasized. Students gain experience using scientific techniques that include making accurate observations, planning investigations, taking precise measurements, recording data neatly, creating meaningful charts and graphs, and communicating their findings clearly. All courses are activities-based and stress the value of creative problem solving and working cooperatively with peers.
Sixth grade science is a life science course that introduces students to basic laboratory skills and scientific writing. In this course, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the living world around them and of the complex relationships and processes that exist in nature and within individual organisms. Topics include pond ecology, microscopy, cell structure and function, animal behavior, some human anatomy, and plants and plant reproduction. Students perform many activities, laboratory experiments, and research projects throughout the year.
Seventh grade science is an earth science course in which students explore Earth’s dynamic structure. This course emphasizes science as a process and continues to expand students’ experimental skills and report writing. Students work collaboratively on many labs and research projects throughout the year. Topics include mapping the Earth’s surface, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
Eighth grade science is designed to give students a foundation in physical science and to fine-tune their lab and writing skills. Through inquiry labs, problem-solving projects, and creative experimentation, students learn the basics of chemistry and Newtonian physics. Topics include measurement, matter, the atom, motion, forces, momentum, and energy.