Elementary science instruction introduces students to inquiry and exploration as they investigate to find the answer to questions about the world around them. Students are asked to follow the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) to develop an understanding of the topics. Throughout a student’s elementary years they will gain exposure to the areas of life science, earth and space science, physical science, engineering, and technology.
Elementary STEM instruction occurs every other week and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards related to Engineering Design. Students follow the engineering process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve). Working collaboratively with others, students will seek to engineer solutions to problems, test out their ideas, and seek to improve their designs.
Middle school science instruction engages students in order to further develop their investigation and inquiry skills. Students will encounter more rigorous phenomenon as they develop skills in the areas of life science, earth and space science, physical science, engineering, and technology. Through experiences linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, activities focus on explaining phenomenon and designing solutions to problems.
High school science instruction continues to build upon the foundations of scientific phenomenon explored in middle school grades and enhance the scientific knowledge and inquiry leading them toward potential careers. Students matriculate through the core science courses of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as engage in a variety of science electives of their choosing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of advanced placement science courses. Through active engagement in science experiences, all students utilize evidence and engineering practices to design and defend conclusions based on experiences from the world around them.
Director of Science