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The Science Department provides students with a rich, challenging, and diverse understanding of science and its functional role in contemporary issues. Science allows individuals to understand the natural world and acquire important inquiry and analysis skills.

The program empowers students to participate directly in the process of science by learning to frame scientific questions, analyze data, and discuss and interpret results. Structured to encourage growth, the courses meet students where they are, providing them the space and structure to mature academically and find their own meaning in scientific discovery.  Experiences as emerging scientists challenge students to become responsible, active, and positive voices. The program provides students with the tools to creatively and intelligently shape a healthier and more sustainable world.

The High School program provides in-depth experiences in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. These courses set the stage for an array of electives designed to allow students to further explore their interests and develop their abilities in the physical, biological and health sciences. In their course of study, students will learn:

  • The nature of science - the scientific process, science professional activity, habits of good science, and the strengths and limitations of science.
  • Inquiry and lab skills—making careful measurements and observations, fostering intellectual curiosity, designing and setting up controlled experiments, and developing the ability to critically evaluate their own results and those of others.
  • Analysis—recording and organizing data, creating visual and conceptual models of data; generating mathematical models from inquiry results; and learning to choose appropriate modes of analysis from statistical and other mathematical methods.
  • Application—recognizing the role that science plays in creating and solving problems; applying organizational and technical strategies to solving problems across academic disciplines.

Science Course Descriptions

Courses by Year

Below are the science courses available to students, listed by grade.