• Science

    The studies of physical, life, and earth science are taught in the K-8 science program through FOSS Science, which provides hands-on experiences to foster understanding of the scientific process and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Science teachers are experienced and certificated in the teaching of science.  A teacher aide dedicated to science manages materials preparation to ensure all classes have substantive hands-on lab experiences. Students in kindergarten learn to document their thinking (pictures) and each successive grade learns to take notes, collect and analyze data, and form (and refute, reform, revise or verify) hypotheses about their findings.

    The annual science fair project for students in grades 6-8 (and the project collaborative in grade 5) provides substantive opportunities for project-based learning and integrated skill development in inquiry, research, speaking, and writing. Students engage in the pursuit of a question through the scientific process. Community members (school parents, parishioners, local scientists) serve as real-life mentors who discuss project findings, data trials, and probable theories on the outcomes of the student work.  This integrated and collaborative experience is rich with cross-curricular and real-life experiences.

    Outdoor Education in the Marin Headlands for grade 6, and the Marine Science Lab on the San Francisco Bay with grade 7 take students into the outdoor environment for first-hand exploration of science in the real worlrd.