Highlighted by a spacious, fully equipped laboratory, the science curriculum addresses three major content areas: biological science, physical science and earth science. Skills taught include observation, measurement, classification, prediction, communication, interpretation of data, experimentation, the recognition and control of variables, and the formulation of hypotheses. Mathematics and language arts are integrated with science whenever possible.
Science units in the younger grades include many hands-on discovery activities. Major topics for kindergarten are season/weather and magnets. First grade emphasizes animals, plants, earth forms, space, matter, sound, machines and energy. Second graders study amphibians and reptiles, weather, oceans, sound, light and motion.
Third graders study animals, plants, rocks/soils, space, heat, and change, magnetism and electricity.
The fourth grade curriculum emphasizes the changing earth, weather, light beams, machines and energy.
In fifth and sixth grades topics include motion and forces, the planets, living versus non-living systems, and ocean phenomenon’s. On seventh and eighth grade, animals and micro-organisms are highlighted, as well as their varied and unique environmental and biological systems.
Eighth graders explore the earth.
The Hebrew Academy’s Science program holds its annual glider, bridge building, or invention competitions.
Students in a all grades are encouraged to work independently, in consultation with their teachers, to create exciting and innovative projects.