Throughout the middle school science program, students learn to communicate, collaborate and explore as scientists and engineers through an integrated approach to scientific understanding.

The science program aims to instill an awareness and understanding of the natural world and a love for scientific inquiry. Based on real-world phenomena, students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to work towards becoming a courageous global citizen. 

Grounded in students making sense of phenomena and solving problems, The Next Generation Science Standards set the expectations for what students should know, do and understand:

Disciplinary ideas:

  • Molecules to organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Heredity
  • Biological evolution
  • Earth’s place in the universe
  • Earth’s systems
  • Earth and human activity
  • Matter and its interactions
  • Forces and interactions
  • Energy
  • Waves 

Science and engineering practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change