In grades 6-8, the science curriculum is incorporated as a sequential, college preparatory program. It is the goal of this department to: (1) provide learning experiences that stress the importance of logical, qualitative, and quantitative thinking; (2) emphasize critical observation and analysis; and (3) promote a meaningful awareness of our environment. This program includes laboratory facilities as well as instruction for the application of appropriate equipment and procedures. Laboratory activities and field investigations are designed to apply the scientific method in solving problems.
Life Science (Grade 6) examines the structure and function of living organisms and their ecological relationships. Subjects include the study of simple organisms, plants, animals, human life, heredity, evolution, and the environment. All topics are supplemented by appropriate student laboratories.
Earth Science (Grade 7) is a study of the Earth – its matter, features, processes, and place in the universe. Physical geology, historical geology, meteorology, oceanography, earth history, and astronomy are included. Topics are supplemented by appropriate laboratory activities.
Physical Science Concepts (Grade 8 ) introduces students to the basic relationships between matter and energy. Topics include forces, motion, energy, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, states of matter, atoms, the periodic table, chemical bonds, solutions, and acids and bases. Students will learn the metric system as they practice using basic formulas for distance, speed, acceleration, force and momentum. All topics are supplemented by appropriate student laboratories.