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Lower School Academic Departments

Science

The mission of the JK-12 science program is to excite students' curiosity about the world around them and to equip students with the skills necessary to answer their own questions about the world in a scientific manner. Students perfom hands-on experimentation and open-ended investigation through data collection, analysis, and problem solving. They acquire scientific literary through exposure to scientific concepts and topics, in all the sciences, in all grades. The program emphasizes the scidentific method, working with lab equipment, recording data, and developing vocabulary and concepts. The students are regarded and come to see themselves as scientists.
  • Science JK

    Meets Two Times a Week
    The junior kindergarten program uses an experiential and discovery approach to study the natural world. Using their five senses, students employ scientific observation skills, tools, and hands-on experiences to develop an awareness and understanding of their environment. Students learn to observe, compare, measure, and sort - finding similarities, differences, and patterns in nature, and they develop an appreciation of the vast diversity in the plant and animals kingdoms. The program also includes physical science investigations of bubbles, gravity, and magnification.
  • Science K

    Meets Two Times a Week
    The kindergarten program uses an experiential and discovery approach to study the natural world. Using their five senses, students employ scientific observation skills, tools, and hands-on experiences to develop an awareness and understanding of their environment. Students learn to observe, compare, measure, and sort - finding similarities, differences, and patterns in nature, and they develop an appreciation of the vast diversity in the plant and animals kingdoms. The program also includes physical science investigations into color, light, shadows, and magnets and magnetism.

  • Science 1

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students become active participants in the hands-on process of investigating their world. Activities integrate mathematics and science concepts and skills through studies of life, earth, and physical sciences. Students work as scientists through observing, predicting, collecting, and interpreting data. Students also communicate and engage in the higher-order thinking processes of hypothesizing, inferring, and generalizing.
  • Science 2

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students become active participants in the hands-on process of investigating their world. Activities integrate mathematics and science concepts and skills through studies of life, earth, and physical sciences. Students work as scientists through observing, predicting, collecting, and interpreting data. Students also communicate and engage in the higher-order thinking processes of hypothesizing, inferring, and generalizing.
  • Science 3

    Meets Two Times a Week
    This program builds on students' previous knowledge and their innate curiosity by employing more detailed inquiry into scientific subjects. As students acquire new information about the world, they learn that the scientific community is constantly re-examining questions and answers. Through hands-on investigations, discussions, experiments, projects, films, field trips, and visiting scientists, students gain a greater understanding of concepts. Using the scientific method, students learn skills such as questioning, hypothesizing, collecting and recording data, and forming conclusions. The curriculum covers natural and physical science concepts, including earth science, matter, energy, forces and motion, magnetism, and electricity.
  • Science 4

    Meets Two Times a Week
    This program builds on students' previous knowledge and their innate curiosity by employing more detailed inquiry into scientific subjects. As students acquire new information about the world, they learn that the scientific community is constantly re-examining questions and answers. Through hands-on investigations, discussions, experiments, projects, films, field trips, and visiting scientists, students gain a greater understanding of concepts. Using the scientific method, students learn skills such as questioning, hypothesizing, collecting and recording data, and forming conclusions. The curriculum covers natural and physical science concepts, including earth science, matter, energy, forces and motion, magnetism, and electricity.
  • Science 5

    Meets Two Times a Week
    This program builds on students' previous knowledge and their innate curiosity by employing more detailed inquiry into scientific subjects. As students acquire new information about the world, they learn that the scientific community is constantly re-examining questions and answers. Through hands-on investigations, discussions, experiments, projects, films, field trips, and visiting scientists, students gain a greater understanding of concepts. Using the scientific method, students learn skills such as questioning, hypothesizing, collecting and recording data, and forming conclusions. The curriculum covers natural and physical science concepts, including earth science, matter, energy, forces and motion, magnetism, and electricity.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Mackie Berro
    Mackie Berro
    Lower School Science Teacher, Grades 3-5
    703-212-2765
    Calcutta University - B.Ed
    Himachal Pradesh University - B.A.
  • Photo of Nicole Johnson
    Nicole Johnson
    Lower School Science Teacher
    703-212-2815
    The University of Otago - Dip.Grad.
    Johns Hopkins School of Public Health/NHGRI - Sc.M.
    The College of William and Mary - B.S.
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304