CULTIVATING AWE · DEVELOPING EMPATHY · STAKING CLAIMS
COLLECTING EVIDENCE · BUILDING REASONING
The science department has two primary goals. One is to cultivate a sense of awe, connection to and empathy for the amazing universe we find ourselves in. We strive to enhance our students’ feelings of awe and connection through the philosophical process of exploration, aimed towards discovering how this wondrous world works. The other goal is to graduate generations of scientifically literate students who can make informed decisions and intellectually engage with any scientific concepts that relate to social, ethical, and political issues.
We strive to make the curriculum relevant and current, applying skills developed in class to analyze and address the pressing issues of our time such as climate change, environmental justice, and health inequities. Through all of our courses we emphasize crafting scientific explanations that involve staking claims, collecting evidence, and building reasoning that ties claims and evidence together.