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The Geffen Academy Science Department aims to develop students who understand the impact of science in their lives, are highly knowledgeable and information-literate, and can creatively and efficiently solve global problems requiring scientific solutions. To achieve this the Science Department will provide Geffen Academy students with:
  • An understanding of scientific concepts fostered by a love for science and a true appreciation for the role of science and technology in their everyday lives 
  • A curriculum that showcases the interdependence of core disciplines of science (biology, chemistry, earth science and physics) while embracing emerging technologies 
  • A curriculum that incorporates skills learned in other disciplines to maximize success, including reading, writing and mathematics • Exposure to professional scientists and appreciation of historical trail blazers, including women and people of color in the science 
  • A comprehensive preparation for success beyond Geffen Academy by instilling an ability to think critically and question scientific information as it relates to future careers, health decisions and as presented in all forms of media 
  • Intellectual self-confidence in scientific endeavors, whether working independently or in a team 
Scientists and engineers have always integrated scientific knowledge and engineering principles in their work, yet traditional instruction has emphasized lectures, note-taking, reading, and assessment that tested recall, offering little or no opportunity for in-depth study. Nationwide there is an ongoing effort to bring an integrated approach into secondary education; science at the Geffen Academy reflects this by focusing on applying scientific knowledge within an integrated curriculum in order to answer questions and problemsolve, rather than solely to ingest content knowledge.

All students will study science every year in Middle School. Students will spend grades 6-8 acquiring skills and knowledge to form the basis for success in high school classes. This will include, but is not limited to, graphing, measurement, math and grade appropriate scientific literacy in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Students will also be able to plan and perform inquiry based labs using the scientific method and communicate their experience in a manner reported in professional research labs.

The sequence of classes in the Upper School intentionally exceed the University of California’s a-g requirements by one year. On graduation, Geffen Academy students will be fully prepared to follow a scientific path at college should they so choose.


Middle School: • Science classes are required in grades 6-8.

Upper School: • Science classes are required in grades 9-11.