As a result of an Aspen Country Day School education, students will:
use and communicate scientific knowledge
understand the fundamental concepts and principles of science and relate to their everyday lives
develop their natural curiosity about the world to increase understanding of science
develop their understanding of how man impacts the rest of the natural world
apply knowledge of scientific method to solve problems
effectively gather, compile and interpret data to draw conclusions
Country Day students become scientists in the best possible way -- through hands-on experimentation, project-based learning, and guidance from skilled teachers. The science department focuses on all three areas of science study: Earth science, life science, and physical science at different intensities depending on the grade and age of the students.
PreKindergarten science is incorporated into daily lessons. In Kindergarten through Third Grade, students have science class two times per week. In Fourth and Fifth grades, students engage in science class for one hour three times per week. Lower School science focuses on all three areas of science study each year. Our Lower School science program is designed to capture and nurture the natural curiosity of children. The year's activities may include a trip to a local greenhouse to see plant biology at work, an exploration of geologic forms during a hike on Outdoor Ed, or even an overnight field trip to the Denver Zoo.
As young scientists move into the Middle School, they focus on one particular aspect each year. In Sixth Grade, students study Earth science, exploring topics such as geology and hydrology. Seventh Graders study life science, covering cells, classification, and evolution. In Eighth Grade, students have two options: physical science or environmental science. Physical science studies chemistry during the first semester and physics during the second semester, with an emphasis on Newtonian mechanics. Environmental science focuses on human interaction with the environment. The overall goal of the department is to have the students explore all the areas of science through project-based learning.