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Middle School Academic Departments

Science

The Middle School science program equips students with sufficient content, skills, confidence, and enthusiasm required for success in a challenging curriculum at the Upper School level. Class work, laboratory experiments, and fieldwork are designed to stimulate critical thinking and independent investigation. The program offers a broad-based and integrated curriculum that includes introductions to earth science, biology, chemistry, physical sciences, and related topics, instilling an appreciation for science that extends beyond the classroom. Research has indicated that students' confidence and achievement in science during the middle school years are enhanced in single-gender classes. To address the specific needs of each gender, our science classes are single-sex.
  • General Science 6 Boys

    Five Times a Week
    Single Gender Classes

    The sixth grade curriculum explores topics in the following fields: water, earth's interior, geology, plate tectonics, volcanoes, weather, and astronomy. A hands-on approach is used to stimulate student interest and to teach scientific skills. Skills primarily emphasized include basic measurement, use of the metric system, note taking, scientific illustrations, and the basics of experimentation within the scientific method. The students participate in a science fair that requires the basics of research, procedure writing, data collection, data organization, and graphing. Students also investigate alternative forms of energy through a series of labs and STEM projects that will guide discourse on current and future global energy use.
  • General Science 6 Girls

    Five Times a Week
    Single Gender Classes

    The sixth grade curriculum explores topics in the following fields: water, earth's interior, geology, plate tectonics, volcanoes, weather, and astronomy. A hands-on approach is used to stimulate student interest and to teach scientific skills. Skills primarily emphasized include basic measurement, use of the metric system, note taking, scientific illustrations, and the basics of experimentation within the scientific method. The students participate in a science fair that requires the basics of research, procedure writing, data collection, data organization, and graphing. Students also investigate alternative forms of energy through a series of labs and STEM projects that will guide discourse on current and future global energy use.
  • Life Science 7 Boys

    Grade 7: Four Times a Cycle
    Single Gender Classes
    The seventh grade curriculum investigates how organisms interact with and live successfully in their environment. As students study major human body systems and the key principles of ecology, they will explore what it means to classify an individual, a population, a community, and an ecosystem as healthy. In this lab-based introduction to life science, students will generate, plot, and analyze data as they examine themes such as human impacts on global ecosystems, common medical ailments, and the organization of systems (both within the human body and within an entire ecosystem).
  • Life Science 7 Girls

    Grade 7: Four Times a Cycle
    Single Gender Classes
    The seventh grade curriculum investigates how organisms interact with and live successfully in their environment. As students study major human body systems and the key principles of ecology, they will explore what it means to classify an individual, a population, a community, and an ecosystem as healthy. In this lab-based introduction to life science, students will generate, plot, and analyze data as they examine themes such as human impacts on global ecosystems, common medical ailments, and the organization of systems (both within the human body and within an entire ecosystem).
  • Principles of Science 8 Boys

    Five Times a Week
    Single Gender Classes

    The eighth grade curriculum builds on the material taught in the sixth and seventh grade classes while introducing new content and skills to prepare students for the rigor of Upper School science. Heavily hands-on and minds-on and utilizing a problem-solving format, the class investigates abstract relationships related to experiment design, buoyancy, chemical reactions, energy, sustainability, Chesapeake Bay ecology, and physics. Skills taught concomitant with the content material include precision measurement, metric dimensional analysis, lab work, data table design, data analysis, graphing, research, technology, and scientific illustrations.
  • Principles of Science 8 Girls

    Five Times a Week
    Single Gender Classes

    The eighth grade curriculum builds on the material taught in the sixth and seventh grade classes while introducing new content and skills to prepare students for the rigor of Upper School science. Heavily hands-on and minds-on and utilizing a problem-solving format, the class investigates abstract relationships related to experiment design, buoyancy, chemical reactions, energy, sustainability, Chesapeake Bay ecology, and physics. Skills taught concomitant with the content material include precision measurement, metric dimensional analysis, lab work, data table design, data analysis, graphing, research, technology, and scientific illustrations.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Robert Davis

    Robert Davis

    Middle School Science Teacher
    (703) 212-2898
    Shimer College, Chicago, IL - B.A.
  • Photo of Kelley Gorman

    Kelley Gorman

    Middle School Science Teacher
    (703) 212-2918
    College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA - B.A.
  • Photo of Alexandra Mooskin

    Alexandra Mooskin

    Middle School Science Teacher
    703-212-2885
    University of Mary Washington - Bachelor of Science
  • Photo of Lucia Simpson

    Lucia Simpson

    Middle School Science Teacher
    703-212-2883
  • Photo of April Walker

    April Walker

    Science Teacher, Middle School
    703-212-2743
    James Madison University - Bachelor of Arts
    James Madison University - Masters
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

List of 3 items.

  • 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