Sciences

The approach to the sciences in the high school is deeply and enthusiastically brought to the students through phenomena-based teaching. Faculty introduce students to experiences that allow them to develop their understanding, and afterward attach concepts, practical applications, and vocabulary. Every year, each student takes one four-week main lesson block in each of the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, so that by twelfth grade, our students have completed three full years of laboratory science.

As a student goes from ninth to twelfth grade, the science curriculum moves from concrete ideas into the world of abstract thought. Ninth grade main lessons examine the chemistry of life and hydrocarbons, the physics of heat, and the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The tenth grade student works with the qualities of mechanics, observes life at the level of the cell, and begins to look closely at chemical reactions through the interactions of acids and bases. Modern ideas of genetics and embryology are wrestled with in grade eleven, along with a study of the development of the periodic table and, in physics, electromagnetic phenomena. By twelfth grade, students engage in learning about optics, evolution, and radioactivity — topics that require more flexible thinking and comfort with abstract connections.

Ninth GradeTenth GradeEleventh GradeTwelfth Grade
Anatomy & PhysiologyCellular BiologyGenetics, Botany & EcologyZoology & Evolution
Organic ChemistrySalts, Acids & BasesPeriodic Table & Atomic TheoryBiochemistry
ThermodynamicsMechanics & MotionElectricity
& Magnetism
Light, Color
& Optics