Lower School Science

The Nueva science curriculum comprises articulated developmental sequences built on previous ideas and skills.The science program operates with the guiding belief that students learn science by doing — whether it be designing their own labs, conducting scientific experiments, or testing their own scientific theories. Science content reflects the latest scientific research with a blend of both physical and life sciences, and every new topic builds upon previous content for an interconnected perspective. By utilizing inquiry and experiential learning to cement understanding, students learn concepts through investigations, experiments, and projects. Students also discuss and reflect upon teachings to further educational growth.

Teachers get students excited to involve themselves in science by building investigations that simultaneously teach important skills and incorporate student interests. The scientific work that students accomplish is always interconnected with both the thematic work of the grade and the Nueva curriculum at large. Nueva standards of education reference curricular goals of national and state standards, but are uniquely adapted to fit Nueva’s educational philosophy and students’ capabilities.