Grade 7 Science
This course is an introduction to human biology and health. The class was developed to give young students a "jump start" before entering the upper school full year biology course. The class focuses on the understanding of all eleven systems and the role that each plays in the maintenance of a homeostatic environment. Students "learn by doing" in this class and each boy is given a great deal of flexibility to express creatively through the development of projects, such as prosthetic hands, a 3D model of the digestive system, PowerPoint presentations on the path of a red blood cell, etc. Students also write creative stories to discuss immune system function and design ad campaigns to wage war against tobacco use. The spring term concludes with a science fair project that is developed entirely within the classroom.
Grade 8 Earth Science
This course is designed as an honors course to give students a basic understanding of the Earth's processes, as well as the laboratory skills to understand the foundations of Physical Science. Lectures, discussions, research, and laboratory activities focusing on the five disciplines of Earth Science (Geology, Oceanography, Astronomy, Meteorology, Earth History) and the foundations of Physical Science, allow students to think critically and make intelligent decisions about scientific and environmental problems in the future.