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Science

Students become immersed in science in the Lower School via investigative and exploratory units of study.
In Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, students have ample discovery-oriented space in which to become scientists right in their own classrooms, and through our discovery-oriented science program.  In grades one through four, the more formal Lower School science room provides an environment in which students experience a distinct program where they can delve into more extensive and long-term projects.  Highlights of the science classroom include the saltwater touch tank and the interactive sand table. Additionally, the extensive school grounds allow for meaningful scientific observations and explorations through outdoor activities, including the study of campus trees.  The trails and woods on our outer campus allow students to further experience and appreciate the natural world.

Essential Questions:
What are the different categories and systems of study within the world of science?
How am I connected to the world of science?
How can I identify and solve local and global science questions and challenges?

Skills and Enduring Understandings:
The Lower School science program effectively begins with integrations, investigations, and units in the homeroom classrooms.  From there, science is also a distinct Explorations subject area, taught via two class periods per week in grades kindergarten through four and one period per week in pre-kindergarten.

With ample discovery-oriented space in the homeroom classrooms and with a dedicated Lower School science classroom housed within the building, science is literally and figuratively a high-interest, hands-on experience in our Division.  In all grades, an emphasis is made to incorporate a wide range of science topics—from the physical world to the natural world with many exciting stops in between. An important goal is to help students think of themselves as active and involved young scientists.  Ultimately, students learn of the important goals that science is ever-present and that it is an exciting and important topic of study in which they can play a significant role.
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Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.