SCIENCE

Science and the scientific method are essential for understanding our world and human’s place in it. The middle school science program is based upon Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. These sciences are the basic foundation for all other scientific fields of study. They form a continuity of understanding in which knowledge from one supports and extends the conceptual framework of the others. In addition to standard textbook course work, studies in the science program involve laboratory work, data analysis, proof of basic laws and principles (analytically and/or experimentally), problem solving, and scientific reasoning. Awareness of science’s relationship to and dependence on other academic disciplines is introduced. A strong understanding and practical application of the scientific method is the resulting outcome of the three year program.

6th grade

  • Scientific Method and Measurement
  • Earth Science: Earth’s systems and cycles, rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes.
  • Earth Science: erosion, deposition, water resources, soil formation, atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Physics: matter, sound, light, electricity.
  • Earth Science: Renewables vs nonrenewables
  • Biology / Human Body: Circulatory, Respiration, Skeletal, Muscular, and Integumentary System

7th grade

  • Scientific Method and Measurement
  • Physics / Astronomy: Relative positions and motions of Earth, Moon, and Sun, solar system, stars, galaxies, and the Universe.
  • Chemistry: properties, states and structures of matter; compounds, mixtures and elements; atomic structure; the periodic table’ chemical bonds, reactions and compounds; and atomic energy.
  • Biology / Life Processes: cells and their processes as well as photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Biology / Heredity: heredity, genes, chromosomes and DNA, the evolution of living things and the history of life on Earth.
  • Biology / Human Body: Digestive, Nervous, and Excretory System

8th grade

  • Scientific Method and Measurement
  • Earth Science: Natural Selection, Evolution, and Geological Time
  • Earth Science: Oceanography
  • Physics: motion, forces, work, machines and energy.
  • Biology / Human Body: Lymphatic, Immune, Endocrine, and Reproduction