Students in Pre-K through 6th grade are introduced to science topics during morning meetings, listening and learning domains of EngageNY and informational writing during Writer's Workshop. Students explore these concepts by using activities planned by classroom teachers, RISE kits and a partnership with Xerox Science Consultants that come in from October to June. Students in the 4th through 6th grade are able to participate in Xerox’s Science Consulatant Program.
After projects are completed, Xerox invites the winning teams from each class at the school to attend their annual Science Challenge Day in May, to compete against other schools throughout the greater Rochester area.Invention Convention Challenge day.
The 7th and 8th grade science course is based on the Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum (5-8). These courses help to prepare students for the Intermediate Level Science Test that is administered at the end of 8th grade. These courses are designed to be a rigorous, hands-on, science course that will prepare students for Regent level courses.
Seventh grade science emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. Key topics covered include: Animal Diversity, Human Body Systems, Homeostasis and Equilibrium, Rocks, Weathering / Erosion, Volcanoes / Earthquakes, Sources and Forms of Energy, Simple Machines Heating and Cooling, and Conservation of Energy. The course is designed to be a rigorous, hands-on, science course that will prepare students for Regent level courses.
Eighth grade science also emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. Key topics covered include: Cells and Cell Processes, Genetics & Heredity, Evolution and Extinction, Ecology and the Environment, The Atmosphere, The Water Cycle, Physical/Chemical Properties of Matter, Density, Physical/Chemical Changes of Matter, Law of Conservation of Mass, and Atoms & the Periodic Table.