Exploring Our World, Beyond Cookbook Guidance
Students of varied interests and backgrounds learn critical scientific principles to provide a foundation of knowledge for understanding natural and physical systems. Weekly lab activities are based on the principle of inquiry, where students solve scientific problems without cookbook guidance. Through outdoor experiences and field trips, students learn natural characteristics of our immediate environment as well as the incredibly rich natural history of the Monterey Bay area. Topics of environmental science are woven into many courses so students grasp the complex relationships between human activity and its impact on our ecosystem.
For those with particular interest in research activities, our faculty guide them to develop and investigate novel research questions, either for regional competitions or simply for personal enrichment.
Stevenson graduates, by honing skills of experimental design, observation, and data analysis become equipped to draw logical conclusions based on available evidence. They will have the tools to make sense of new science discoveries and to make informed choices in our increasingly complex world.
- Why do you teach integrated science for the first two years?
- Will this approach limit my opportunities to take advanced classes?
- Are there honors-level classes?
- But I’ve already studied chemistry and biology in middle school. Can I take Science 2 as a freshman? Or maybe AP biology?
- What opportunities in science are there beyond coursework?
- Can a student take more than four science courses during their Stevenson career?
- Are 70-minute periods good for science teaching?