Middle School - Science

  • Our middle school science programs are all research-based and aligned with Washington State Learning Standards.

    Grade 6 - Earth Science

    Earth Science units of study include:

    • The Earth and Solar System
    • Earth Systems Interactions
      • Weather and Climate
      • Natural Resources and Human Impacts
    • Earth History & Geology

    Grade 7 / 8 - Life & Physical Science

    Each year of our two years of rotating curriculum integrates life and physical science focused on local and place-based driving questions. The two years of curriculum are organized in the following units:

    Year B: Structure and Function (2021-2022)

    How do organisms survive and adapt to the Puget Sound Ecosystem?
    How can we design creative solutions to ensure the survival of Puget Sound Organisms?

    • Force and Motion
    • Structure and Function
    • Growth and Development
    • Inheritance and Variation of Traits
    • Changes in Organisms over Time

    Year A: Matter and Energy (2022-2023)

    How can changes in Puget Sound ecosystems affect interacting relationships among organisms?
    How can we design creative solutions to sustain our changing community?

    • Ecosystems
    • Matter and Its Interactions
    • Energy Transfer
    • Waves and Information Transfer

High School - Science

  • Science programs at the high school varies from school to school. Graduation requirements include 2.0 credits of laboratory science. See the High School Science Course Pathways (PDF)

    STEM Physics

    • Newton's Second Law
    • Momentum: Conservation & Applications
    • Energy Systems & Conservation
    • Space Systems & Earth's Formation
    • Forces at a Distance - Scale, Proportion, & Quantity
    • Waves and Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Biology and Environmental Science

    • Systems & Homeostasis
    • Traits
    • Common Ancestry and Evolution
    • Life in Ecosystems
    • Changes in Ecosystems

    Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry

    • Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
    • Bonding
    • Conservation of Matter
    • Energy Transfer 1.0 (Earth systems phenomenon)
    • Earth System's Model
    • Equilibrium, Reaction Rates
    • Human Impact on Earth's Systems

    Most students take additional course work in science beyond the 3 course sequence recommended above.  Each comprehensive high school has a selection of elective science courses too. Please refer to the course catalogs linked to each high school's webpage for a complete list.
    To continue learning content from the above 3 courses while at home, visit our remote learning resource document for each course. The resources are organized by topic, aligned to the course standards. The link is above at the top of this page.