Middle School Science

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Middle School science classes at R-MA include General Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. All classes are as hands-on as possible.

 

General Science

Sixth graders focus on basic principles and prepare for the complexity of future scientific study.  Students are exposed to elements of the earth, physical, and life sciences. A major goal of this course is to encourage students to be aware of science in the world around them and of current events that deal with scientific issues.

Life Science

This seventh grade course introduces students to aspects of the living world. It emphasizes an understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world.  Students are exposed to genetics, classifications, and plant identification.  Research projects and links to current events in the field of science complement the course of study.

Physical Science

This eighth grade course offers an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics.  As the first level of laboratory science, the course aims to provide the student with a foundation in the physical sciences and an understanding as to how they apply to the world around us. Hands-on exploration through laboratory experiments and projects is emphasized and students also learn the elements of lab safety and protocol.  

Investigative Laboratory Science

This ninth-grade-level science course will introduce the students to the required scientific and engineering practices needed to be successful in biology, chemistry and physics courses.  The students will engage in hands-on laboratory activities while learning biology, chemistry and physics concepts.  Major scientific projects will be required of the students for each quarter. This class is offered at the Upper School campus, but is available to advanced eighth grade students.