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Overview: Science

Science in the lower school encourages and empowers students to pursue their innate curiosity while building a solid foundation of scientific skills, knowledge, and experience.

Highly engaging and rigorous, the program is developmentally appropriate and provides an enriching experience for all young scientists. The processes and skills of science are emphasized using labs, suitable technology, and hands-on materials. The curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The FOSS (Full Option Science System) science program serves as the core resource. Articulated units of study in the physical, earth, and life sciences are addressed at each grade level.

The processes and skills of science are emphasized within the context of “doing” science in real life situations. The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum has been recently enhanced with the introduction of new hands-on projects in engineering. The projects, which connect directly to existing science units, are called Engineering is Elementary and were developed by the Museum of Science in Boston.

Lower School Science Units of Study
Kindergarten

Trees, Wood, and Paper

Animals Two by Two

Grade1

Solids and Liquids

Air and Weather

Plants and Animals

Grade2

Insects

Balance and Motion

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

Grade3

Structures of Life

Sun

Matter and Energy

Grade4

Solid Earth

Electricity and Magnetism

Environments

Grade5

Mixtures and Solutions

Living Systems

Water Planet