The Middle School science curriculum is a guided-discovery, hands-on approach to learning. Students collect and analyze data to develop an understanding of the nature and processes of scientific inquiry. This also leads them to appreciate both the power and the limitations of science. Content is selected to lead students to a foundational knowledge of science concepts and to an understanding of real issues of interest to them and their community.
Approximately 60 to 80 percent of class time is spent on laboratory, field studies or individual projects. With all labs, time is devoted to analysis of data and small group and class discussion. Numerical relationships within data are studied extensively using graphs and analytical writing.