Thomas Longnecker - Curriculum Leader
The sixth grade science curriculum is a rich and lively program, focusing on the study of matter and basic physics. The program is designed to appeal to curious young scientists. Through frequent labs and demonstrations, students directly study the content and participate in the process of science. Themes for the year include matter, energy, forces and inquiry.
The seventh grade life science curriculum connects all students to the life around and within them. Students collect, examine, compare, sketch, discuss, and delight in the natural world. Guided exploration in the fall, including project work, is gradually replaced by more independent learning, both in and out of the classroom, over the course of the year.
The 8th Grade Earth Science course focuses on a more conceptual approach to the application and understanding of scientific models, evidence, and experimental data. Students are asked to use the evidence and content they learn to formulate scientific theories about the Earth‟s system. The enduring understanding of the course focuses on how the Earth and Earth system changes over time. This includes long-term changes of over millions of years and short-term changes over hours, days, and years. The course content includes three main units of study: Astronomy, Geology, and the Atmosphere.