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Science Overview

There are two complementary and equally important components in the Upper School science program at Burke’s. The first is that scientific concepts, relevant to the students’ own curiosity about the world, are presented in a hands-on, thought-provoking way. The second is that throughout the presentation of scientific concepts is woven an underpinning of learning skills to support individual progress toward becoming a more effective, active, and organized student.

Upper School science builds upon students’ curiosity about the world around them, and Lower School’s scientific focus on asking questions and making observations.

Grade Level Highlights

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  • Fifth Grade Science

    Learning experiences mirror the practices of an authentic science research lab so the students’ experiences model those of practitioners within the discipline while also reinforcing essential Upper School skills being taught in language arts and mathematics. 

    The students spend the year applying these habits of mind to a biology-focused curriculum that includes studies of cell biology, molecular biology and genetics, human biology, health/puberty, ecology, and evolution. Students document their learning in their interactive science notebooks and demonstrate their understanding through regular assessments. 
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  • Sixth Grade Science

    The second year of Upper School science builds upon the fifth grade experience of engaging in authentic science experiments and focuses on its proper documentation in sixth grade.
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  • Seventh Grade Science

    The Introductory Physical Science (IPS) program emphasizes three forms of active learning: experimenting, solving problems, and effectively communicating the results of a scientific investigation through writing. Students began their study of physical science by setting up lab notebooks, doing observation activities, and getting acquainted with the science lab and the equipment. 
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  • Eighth Grade Science

    We continue the Introductory Physical Science (IPS) program in eighth grade, which emphasizes three forms of active learning: experimenting, solving problems, and effectively communicating the results of a scientific investigation through writing. After setting up lab notebooks, creating classroom agreements, and reviewing lab safety, students generate and test each others’ procedures, reinforcing the importance of communication in science.   
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Science Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Sasha Anielski

    Sasha Anielski 

    Science, Grades 7 & 8; Grade 8 Advisor
  • Photo of Susan Deemer

    Susan Deemer 

    Upper School Science Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher
    415.751.0187, ext. 347
  • Photo of Jasmine Gill

    Jasmine Gill 

    US Science Support Teacher
    415.751.0187, ext. 348
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