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MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS

How We Do Science

At Villa, science is based on the idea that Information + Application = CRITICAL THINKING.

At each middle school grade level, our science program:

  • is engaging and inquiry based
  • emphasizes student responsibility
  • encourages student collaboration
  • focuses on hands-on, project-based learning

Science projects at Villa are active hubs of hands-on investigations. Common activities include creating models, conducting demonstrations, researching, discussing, and establishing or continuing projects that lead to lasting positive changes for the Villa community. Whenever possible, we use the 31-acre Villa campus and its natural features as an outdoor classroom.

Additionally, middle schoolers travel to The Museum of Flight to participate in the Space Shuttle Simulation, to the North Cascades Institute to conduct a Carnivore Field Research study, and to Eastern Washington to study the geologic features of Washington State.

6th Grade Science
Metric System, Human Body, Motion and Forces, Light and Sound, Environmental Science (with hands-on, field study project at North Cascades Institute)

7th Grade Science
Geology, Landforms, Atmosphere and Weather, Astronomy, Environmental Science (with hands-on, field study project in Eastern Washington)

8th Grade Science
Biology – Ecology, Characteristics of Life, Cell Theory, Structure and Function, Genetics, Evolution, Classification-Taxonomy - Also an interdisciplinary culminating research project regarding environmental science, social justice, and spiritual connection.

The "S" in STEAM

Key science concepts are the vehicles for students to develop inquiry skills—ask, research, and answer their own questions.

At Villa, opportunities abound for middle schoolers to:

  • observe
  • question
  • infer
  • predict
  • collect data
  • communicate
  • collaborate

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