The curriculum for 6-12 science is designed to integrate our school mission with courses that both reinforce and challenge, taught in a structured environment designed to encourage success. The scope and sequence of 6-8 emphasizes understanding and mastery of foundation skills for the smoothest possible transition to upper school curriculum. Our high school science offers all state required courses for graduation and college admission.
General Science- 6
The 6th grade science curriculum covers a broad range of sciences as they relate to Earth science, Life science, and Physical science. Earth sciences include observing the sky and the restless Earth. Life sciences will include organisms and environments, and the organization of living things. Physical sciences include matter, energy, motion, work and machines. Students will also learn about the nature of science, which includes inquiry skills and the scientific method. Lectures, discussions, explore activities, inquiry skill builders, videos, and labs will be methods of instruction. Content taught in this class align with National and State Science Content Standards
Life Science – 7
Students learn various components in life science. During the course of the year students learn different topics such as: how to classify plants and animals, cellular make up of organisms, evolution, cell division, human biology, heredity, and ecology. Students also perform experiments. Some experiments include; osmosis, checking heart rates, creating fossils, creating cells, dissecting flowers and worms. Students also learn how to use and read different types of scales, view different types of cells, bacteria, and viruses using microscopes. Life science is a good prerequisite for high school biology.
Physical Science – 8
Physical science is an eighth grade course designed to help students understand and explain aspects of nature through physics and chemistry principles. The topics covered are energy and motion, electricity, magnetism, energy resources, waves, mirrors and lenses, classification of matter, the Periodic Table and the elements, chemical bonds, solutions, chemical reactions, acids, bases, and salts. Students conduct investigative labs and activities throughout the course.