Middle School Science


MS science teacher Michelle Wildes discusses the student-teacher relationship at Beaver.

In Middle School Science, students are introduced to scientific skill building and methods of practicing and thinking in the sciences. In Upper School Science, three years of science are required. The core science curriculum emphasizes student learning in the three basic sciences – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The typical three-year core course sequence is: 9th grade Physics, 10th grade Chemistry, and 11th grade Biology, although flexibility exists for exceptional students. In the Core Science courses, the department offers sections at the Honors (H) and Standard (S1 and/or S2) levels. Students are encouraged to pursue Advanced and Elective Science courses and these courses are offered to qualified 11th and 12th grade students based on interest and ability in the science discipline.

Science - Marine Sciences

The ocean is a big deal! It is responsible for regulating our climate and providing at least half of the oxygen we breathe. The sea supports life as a habitat for a diversity of organisms, and it provides us with food, transportation routes, and fun! In Marine Science, we will set out to understand the ocean, its impact on our lives, and the impact humans have on it. This course will dive into the interdisciplinary global world of ocean, looking at it through the lenses of chemistry, physics, geology, biology, ecology, environmental science, history, and social justice. Students will practice research, lab and presentation skills, experimental design, collaboration and ecological literacy.

Science: Water--Inquiry, Skills, and Application

Through the lens of WATER, students will explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science concepts. We begin with the water cycle as a foundation to water infrastructure and wastewater treatment. We investigate personal water use and compare it to water use around the globe, sparking discussions and research into current and historic water issues. We take a look at the H2O molecule to understand water’s unique characteristics, studying the chemical properties that allows water to sustain life on Earth. We then explore how water is connected to other systems such as land and air, investigating weather systems, ecosystems, and land formation. Concurrently, students are learning important research, reading, note-taking and studying skills.

Science: Skills of a Scientist

The emphasis in 6th grade science is on learning scientific skills; these skills will prepare them for future science classes, and prompt students to think beyond the observable and question WHY and HOW. We learn about and implement the engineering design process to think critically and create solutions to engineering problems. In addition, we explore the scientific design process as we investigate natural phenomena. Students also experience how scientists collaborate in teams to reach their goals. We end the year with student-led investigations that incorporate the engineering and scientific design processes. The goal is provide learning experiences to students that are engaging and stimulating while also honing transferable science skills.