Middle school science is taught through inquiry-based learning as well as through hands-on projects in mix-aged classes of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. All students learn the same information and receive the same assignments, but the expectations for their work, testing, and grading are different according to grade level and ability. Students work on projects individually and in small groups, which allow older students to serve as mentors and model more sophisticated approaches to learning and problem solving
We use a wide variety of sources, particularly from the San Francisco Exploratorium where our instructors have received training through the Exploratorium Science Teacher Institute. The science curriculum is done in three-year rotations and is based on the Next Generation Science Standards.