The Upper School science program gives students a solid foundation in science by connecting scientiﬁc concepts with real-world situations. Our goal is to foster science competency in all students through collaborative, inquiry-based, hands-on scientific investigations.
The structure of the science curriculum is very deliberate in the Upper School. Having elected to pursue a Physics First program, we have designed our courses to reflect not only the best practices in our individual disciplines, but also to provide robust connections as students complete their course of study. By starting students in a physics course as freshmen, at Ellis, we are able to introduce them to topics such as energy, charge, and waves, all of which are then built upon in their sophomore chemistry course. That experience as sophomores allows them to pursue a deeper and more analytical view of biological systems as juniors; they are able to view biological processes from a more modern and more rigorous biochemical vantage.