Science is everywhere and in everything! Our department philosophy is to help students to recognize the relationships between science disciplines and to appreciate the relevance of science in their everyday lives.
Facilitating the process for students to become effective thinkers and problem solvers guides our coursework. Learning to ask questions, make observations, set up control experiments, and document and interpret data all contribute to helping our students use the tools of science to draw appropriate conclusions for themselves. The collaborative nature of scientific work is strongly reinforced through frequent group activities in the classroom. Effective written and oral communication skills are emphasized as well as research skills and the use of appropriate technology.
While two years of laboratory sciences are required in the Upper School, it is recommended that students experience all three of the major disciplines – physics, chemistry, and biology. Students are encouraged to continue their science learning experience and complete four years of science instruction by taking any of the department’s numerous electives.
For students interested in health science careers, we have an outstanding partnership opportunity with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) that guarantees admission to MCPHS for qualified students.