Age 3 through 6th Grade

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 Our hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum engages children's natural curiosity about the world around them.

Community's campus—with science labs, a pond, woods, and fields—is a boundless workshop for scientific exploration. Teachers encourage students to observe and investigate, digging deeper for the "why" and the "how."

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Science education formally begins in first grade, with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum woven into most units. In earlier grades, science is naturally woven into the curriculum as students explore their environments.

First Grade Science Curriculum
Our first graders begin with an emphasis on the inquiry skills that real scientists use. Students learn to ask questions, predict, observe, compare, investigate, and record. Teachers integrate hands-on activities, art, and music throughout the program. First grade science units include:

  • Animals
  • Weather
  • Solar System
  • Matter
  • Habitats

Second Grade Science Curriculum
In grade two, students begin exploring the role of an engineer as they incorporate STEAM principles into a variety of topics. Second graders cover units in:

  • Geology
  • Static and Magnetic Attractions
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants

Third and Fourth Grade Science Curriculum
Third and fourth grade students cover a wide variety of science and engineering topics, including:

  • Energy
  • Sound and Light
  • Ecology
  • Inventions
  • Classification
  • Simple Machines
  • Botany
  • Meteorology

Fifth and Sixth Grade Science Curriculum
Fifth and sixth graders take on more complex subjects, exploring the "why" and the "how" of:

  • Environmental Education
  • Robotics
  • Force and Motion
  • Electricity
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Microscopes
  • Body Systems