In kindergarten and preschool, children learn the seasons, become familiar with animals and their homes, and discuss current events. Hands on learning doing simple group experiments are conducted in first and second grades. Third grade students are encouraged to make observations, test their hypotheses, and explain their findings.
|Students in preschool learn about the butterfly life cycle and conclude with watching an actual caterpillar transform into a crysalis and then a painted lady butterfly.|
The fourth, fifth and sixth grade science programs have a strong emphasis on hands on activities. Students work individually and in small groups. The fourth graders take a trip of a lifetime through the solar system, volcanoes, earthquakes, rain forests and learning how to become weather forecasters. Earth, physical and life sciences and some chemistry concepts are taught in fifth and sixth grades. The fifth grade program includes the human reproductive system (Family Life). Some critical thinking and application of skills are expected at the sixth grade level. The science lab is utilized frequently and the program is in accordance with the N.J. science standards.
|Grade 8 Students compete to determine which team could make the most effective solar cooker using simple materials such as foil and pizza boxes.|
The grade seven curriculum explores life science. The program investigates the characteristics of living things, monerans, protists, fungi and plants, animals, human biology, heredity and adaptation and ecology. Concepts are reinforced with hands-on demonstrations, such as the making of plant/animal cells, a step-by-step scientific method experiment, making and dissecting of a synthetic frog, and drug and alcohol related activities. We also have a "Food Pyramid Day" held in the Winter. The eighth grade curriculum explores physical science. The program investigates matter, chemistry, forces, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound and light. Hands-on lab activities are used for reinforcement. These activities include: making atoms, experimenting with chemical reactions using a variety of materials, testing fat content of foods using iodine, and many other subject based experiments. This course is an excellent preparation for high school biology, chemistry and physics.