Academics

Science

Our science curriculum is an exciting, diverse exploration of concepts that ignites curiosity and enthusiasm and builds on prior knowledge. Students learn through experimentation and hands-on exploration. From PreK through Grade 8, students observe carefully, collect data, formulate conclusions, and above all, ask questions and figure out how to discover the answers to those questions. Topics and concepts grow in complexity, and support the grade level themes in meaningful ways.

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  • PreK - Second Grade


    The early childhood science curriculum is firmly planted in the theme. In PreK, discussions of light, water, and reflection pique students’ interest in the natural world and what they see around them every day. Kindergarten students explore food and its relationship to the environment. First graders collect and experiment with natural materials to see what might have been used for paints and dyes in the middle ages. Second graders pay special attention to the relationship between Native peoples of North America and their relationship to nature. All of the themes in PreK through Grade 2 are united under the overarching theme Children are Explorers and Protectors of the Natural World.
  • Third - Fifth Grade


    In the elementary grades, science is taught outside of the classroom by a science specialist. The natural world remains an important part of the science curriculum in grades 3-5, and topics such as our solar system, electricity, and simple machines are also explored. Students build models, conduct experiments, and carry out dissections to create knowledge and show understanding.
  • Sixth - Eighth Grade


    While the hands-on nature of scientific learning at CRS remains a constant, students in middle school study more complex concepts and plan and conduct more sophisticated experiments. For example, students complete chemical analyses on multiple water samples, design labs to measure the physical properties of matter, study the periodic table, and program robots to complete specific tasks. Sixth to eighth graders also share their knowledge in increasingly formal ways, including lab reports and structured oral presentations.

Meet the Science Team

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  • Becca Hurd 

    7/8 Science Teacher & PreK-8 Science Program Leader
    Bio
  • Annie Kenney 

    3/4/5 Science Teacher & Admissions Associate
    Bio

GLOBE Program

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide science and education organization that promotes and supports collaboration among students, teachers, and scientists on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the earth system. At CRS, studies of weather in third and seventh grade will include taking and recording atmospheric measurements; eighth graders will be testing and recording pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium levels in soil as part of a chemistry unit; the water quality unit in sixth grade will be enhanced by additional hydrology activities and data collection; and fifth graders will conduct an on-going study of the canopy in the CRS wetlands.