“It's important for students to apply science in a hands on way, solve real life problems, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork in the process" – Patrick Marti, PhD, Middle School Science Teacher
The goal for Middle School Science is both simple and profound: we want students to think like scientists. A central component of our program are the internationally benchmarked Next Generation Science Standards which focus on cognitive skills rather than memorizing facts. Students apply what they do in class to real life, which makes learning personal and is a powerful tool for investment.
With our emphasis on Outdoor Learning, our campus is a learning lab that brings science to life for students in a real-world way.
Metric System, Human Body, Motion and Forces, Light and Sound, Environmental Science
Geology, Landforms, Atmosphere and Weather, Astronomy, Environmental Science
Learning also goes beyond the campus with field study at North Cascades Institute, Salish Sea Expeditions, and Geology Field Study in Eastern Washington. These trips away from school foster:
We challenge students to observe, inquire, apply knowledge, make connections, and extend learning beyond classroom and aspects not found on our campus.
Shared experiences away from regular school life help build and strengthen interpersonal relationships within our community through joint exploration, problem solving, courage, trust, and interdependence.
We encourage students to reach beyond their comfort zones and build awareness of the effects of our actions in order to become culturally competent people of integrity and compassionate stewards of the natural world