Science

The goals for the middle school are to gain informational literacy through the effective use of text and online resources. Secondly, students will use an inquiry approach to science, engaging in hands-on learning activities. Students at all grade levels participate in the middle school science fair. Each student chooses a topic, and conducts research and experimentation independently. Winners at the school science fair participate in the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF) in the spring.

  • Sixth Grade

The general science curriculum for sixth grade includes the study of matter, motion, and energy through an introduction to physical science. Students develop an understanding of the characteristics and interrelations of matter and energy through specific topics including waves, sound, light, and electricity. Emphasis is placed on discovery learning with hands-on activities.

  • Seventh Grade

The life science curriculum for seventh grade includes the study of life processes, cell structure, and fungi, monerans, protists, nonvascular and vascular plants, invertebrate and vertebrate animals, human body systems, genetics, and ecology. Students are involved in an inquiry approach to life science in order to develop an understanding of the characteristics, life cycles, and interrelationships of organisms in the environment.

  • Eighth Grade

The eighth grade curriculum includes laboratory skills, states and properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, minerals and rocks, Earth’s processes, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, energy sources and earth’s future. Hands on activities are emphasized throughout the curriculum in the study of the natural environment and the properties and processes of earth.