Middle School Science

OLW science classes for grades 6-8 have earned the reputation of preparing students exceptionally well for their high school classes.  The curriculum in each grade has the dual goals of expanding students’ science knowledge and, equally importantly, establishing strong conceptual foundations for the classes in grades 9-12.  Rigor and high expectations are hallmarks of the coursework.  Students learn to read expository text for maximum comprehension, gain familiarity with prefixes and suffixes that make up “the language of science”, establish key math skills, and expand their knowledge of interpreting and creating graphs.

Grade 6: Survey of physical sciences

  • Dynamic Earth – trimester 1
  • Forces and motion – trimester 2
  • Sound and light – trimester 3

Grade 7: Cells and Reproduction

  • Cell as unit of life – trimester 1
  • Cell biology and chemistry – trimester 2
  • Cell and organism reproduction – trimester 3

Grade 8: Chemistry

  • Matter and atomic structure – trimester 1
  • Elements and periodic table -trimester 2
  • Solutions, acids, and bases/thermodynamics – trimester 3