The science curriculum cultivates a love of science and curiosity about the world through dynamic, engaging experiments and scientific inquiry. At the core of the curriculum are multi-sensory, hands-on activities that make it possible for many students with learning disabilities to grasp abstract scientific concepts. Classes consist of two teachers and twelve students.
The sixth grade studies earth science with a focus on environmental sustainability. Sixth graders are introduced to the scientific method and to writing lab reports. The seventh grade explores life science from the simplest organisms to the most complex. Units include heredity and genetics, and natural selection and evolution. The eighth grade studies physics in the fall term, with an in-depth investigation of forces and their application in the real world, and chemistry in the spring term with experiment-based inquiries into various states of matter.
The middle school holds a science fair every spring. Sixth graders collaborate in small groups to conduct experiments and present their results. Seventh and eighth grade students complete independent research projects and experiments that they present. The science fair is an exciting and impressive event shared with families, peers, and teachers.
Technology is integrated throughout the science curriculum to make scientific phenomena tangible through virtual, experiential activities. Experiments facilitated by interactive software enable students to grasp concepts, such as gravity, energy, friction, waves, and electricity, that are otherwise invisible. Middle school science labs are equipped with laptops for every student and SMART boards linked to microscopes and computers. These tools allow scientific investigation to be directed by students, empowering them to present their findings in the modality they find most comfortable.