Beginners (ages 2-4)
The outdoor environment introduces children to the world of nature. We seek to encourage a sense of wonder as children observe their environment, from the tiniest flowers to an emerging butterfly. The children are introduced to caring for their class plants and pets as an initial exposure to the needs of living things. The Beginners class plants a garden each year where the children come into direct personal contact with the growing world. The children care for the garden while learning topics such as parts of the plants and flowers, uses of beneficial insects, and the role that healthy soil and plants play in their lives. The children explore culinary uses for herbs found in the garden; tying together the importance of green spaces in their everday lives.
Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-6)
Children’s natural curiosity is encouraged as they question, observe, analyze, and communicate about the world. Exploration of the world and the continents is done through the use of materials such as geography maps, globes, and land and water forms.
Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)
The elementary cultural curriculum is centered on the Five Great Lessons. These “Great Lessons” are designed to capture the spirit and imagination of the students, impressing upon them the vastness and wonder of our universe. The Great Lessons also begin our initial studies into sciences; from chemistry and electricity to botany and zoology. The students learn to classify, research, paraphrase, write science reports, and enjoy the discoveries they make as scientists. Experiments help round out the skill sets of students as they hypothesize and challenge themselves to find answers.
Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)
Fourth and fifth graders approach science through an interactive program that includes hands-on labs and learning by discovery. Science class is presented in grade-level groups and meets three days per week.
Middle School (ages 12-14)
This course uses Pearson’s Interactive Science Series, an inquiry-based curriculum that encourages students to use a variety of hands-on and minds-on inquiry options to engage all learning modalities. Lessons are structured to build on “big idea” connections that are posed as the “Big Q” at the beginning of each chapter. Understanding is reinforced through a series of “Assessing Your Understanding” questions at the end of each section and “Apply It” tasks at the end of each chapter. Lessons also include virtual and hands-on labs, projects, scenario-based investigations, STEM activities, online resources, quizzes, and assessments. The science curriculum aligns to state and nationally approved educational standards.
6th Grade: Earth Science (1st Semester) & Space (2nd Semester)
7th/8th Grade - Year A: Physical Science (1st Semester) & Chemistry (2nd Semester)
7th/8th Grade - Year B: Human Biology (1st Semester) & Ecology (2nd Semester)