The Upper School science curriculum is designed to allow students to discover how the world around them works. This is done by giving students the opportunity to learn by doing experiments just as scientists would. They are then asked to make sense of the data gathered in their experiments to formulate the patterns in nature that form the basis of the laws of nature. Emphasis is placed on principles, concepts and ideas. To demonstrate their understanding, students are asked to complete projects, solve problems, or design and conduct an experiment to answer a specific question.
Upper Schoolers learn to use scientific thinking to differentiate between pseudoscience and science in everyday life, and they also learn the language of science – first reading and understanding the writing of others, and then learning how to use the language themselves to effectively communicate their findings to others.
Sample Science Courses:
- Forensic Science
- The Science of Food
- Uses & Misuses of Scientific Evidence in Policy
- The Universe & Our Place In It
- Experimental Design
- Advanced Chemistry
- Environmental Science
- Advanced Biology