The science curriculum offers students in every grade challenging and exciting learning experiences that help them develop the skills of scientific inquiry and an understanding of the laws, systems, and structures that define our natural world. Classes provide students with opportunities to use the most up-to-date equipment and technologies as they ask questions, design experiments, explore, collaborate, and become efficient and effective problem solvers. Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates engineering principles in meaningful and relevant ways and asks students to quantify their work using appropriate mathematical and statistical tools and to use the arts and new media to model their work or creatively and richly display what they have synthesized.
Many of the course materials and activities are designed and/or assembled by the SCH Science Department to enhance and supplement available materials. Teachers are guided by the Next Generation Science Standards, PA Science Standards, the National Science Teachers’ Association, and local curricular materials. In addition, all divisions make extensive use of the surrounding Wissahickon ecosystem, as well as the school’s “green structures,” as part of our dynamic, real-world-based curriculum.
Science in Upper School offers a rigorous and exciting set of core courses as well as an exciting selection of electives, from forensics and oceanography to pharmacology and astrophysics. We also offer Advanced Placement courses for students in 11th and 12th grade. Our Upper School curriculum is designed to engage every student, from the future doctor or researcher to the future artist or historian. Almost all of our students take four years of science, and up to a third often take a fifth course. Opportunities to gain greater exposure for their individually researched and designed class projects are provided through participation in outside competitions such as the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences, George Washington Carver Science Fair, the Delaware Valley Science Fair, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalists Awards. In a world where knowledge of science and technology is increasingly critical, the science curriculum at SCH helps students develop into creative and confident problem solvers who are well prepared to meet the challenges of college and beyond.