At Trinity-Pawling, our Science Department strives to immerse our students in authentic scientific work and engage them to think and communicate as scientists. Beyond the classroom, our students enjoy Science Department Research Talks offered throughout the year. Additionally, students with an affinity for scientific work can further their interest in clubs such as the Environmental Club or Vital Signs, our student-produced science magazine. Students are supported in their scientific coursework and endeavors by a vibrant and committed Science Department faculty who bring a breadth of experience and passion to their subject areas.

Graduation Requirements

18 credits of science are required, which equates to 3 full years of science courses.

Course Selection

Foundational courses are offered in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and each course engages our boys through an active curricular approach. Honors-level courses are offered in each subject area, and students can further their interest in several elective courses including Ecology, Astronomy, Meteorology, and more. Advanced Placement (AP) courses include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, and AP Environmental Science.

Course Sequences

Regular: Physics First → Chemistry → Biology → Optional Electives

Honors/Advanced Placement: Physics First → Honors Chemistry → Honors Biology → any AP options, depending on teacher recommendation.

Science Courses

Two students conduct a science experiment in the chemistry lab on campus
Science Research Program

In partnership with SUNY Albany, Trinity-Pawling is part of the University in the High School Science Research Program (UHS). As part of UHS, Trinity-Pawling students can enroll in our Science Research class, a three-year program where they conduct and present novel research under the direction of one of our faculty members and a mentor.

Students receive college credit upon completion of this program. Leveraging our close proximity to New York City, several of our students are also able to participate in the Columbia University Science Honors Program. 

Active and Applied

View all academic departments and class offerings at Trinity-Pawling in our online Course Guide!

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I teach very matter-of-factly. I believe boys want to be able to ask a question and get a truthful answer. My goal is to have a classroom setting in which every student is comfortable to speak his mind.

Emily Tucci,
Science Teacher

Meet the Science Department

Katie Berlandi

Dean of Counseling, Psychology Teacher

Josh Collins

Dean of Students, Science Teacher

Carolina Elosua-Portugal

Science Teacher

Annie Keel

Science Teacher

Dutch Keel

Dean of Residential Life, Science Teacher

Jay Kellogg

Athletic Trainer, Science Teacher

Suzanne Najman

Science Department Chair, Chemistry Teacher

Gretchen Sancher

Science Teacher

Emily Tucci

Athletic Trainer, Science Teacher

Mike Webber

Science Teacher

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