Middle School Science Curriculum
ROOM 304, Science Lab
Science at St. Alphonsus emphasizes inquiry-based learning and hands-on experimentation throughout the curriculum. Students explore topics from the vantage point of scientists and there is an ongoing focus on the scientific method and problem solving. Our young scientists are encouraged to design their own experiments and to investigate scientific phenomena of particular interest to them.
The entire middle school science program is based on a spiral curriculum model. All of the specific disciplines – Earth Science, Life Science, Physics and Chemistry – are taught throughout all grade levels. This approach allows students to revisit subject areas and to continually reinforce their learning.
Our science curriculum is designed to fully prepare all students for the science classes they will encounter in high school. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters from the textbook, take notes from the book and in class, participate in labs/experiments and classroom discussions/projects, study and prepare for quizzes and tests. Students will be encouraged to use the internet to find additional research. Enrichment opportunities are available at all grade levels, and students are encouraged to challenge themselves with advanced individual and group study. In the upcoming school year, our students will also be participating in the Science Fair at the regional level.
The science lab at St. Alphonsus is fully equipped for hands-on experiments. The lab features eight sinks, numerous electrical outlets, and natural gas outlets for Bunsen burners. There is also a vast array of specialized equipment needed for conducting scientific experiments including balance beam scales, oscilloscopes, an abundance of glassware, microscopes, dissection kits, models and natural history collections. The lab has the latest in safety equipment including an emergency eye-wash station and emergency shower. While the room is primarily used by the Middle School, all teachers from Kindergarten on up have access to the room throughout the week.