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The science program at Wildwood Academy is designed to prepare students for a lifelong journey of learning. Beginning with an introduction to the scientific method, we teach the fundamental theories that are the building blocks of scientific understanding. With the foundations covered, and keeping in mind the students’ specific interests, we dive deep into specialized topics such as life sciences, earth sciences, physics, electricity, astronomy, resource acquisition, and systems thinking. Our goal is to inspire students to be curious, observant, and creative, by developing logical mindsets, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking, giving students the ability to make informed decisions for the rest of their lives.

Field work is paramount to the program and we spend many days out of the classroom and learning in our vast and diverse ecosystems of the Gorge.


Classroom time often begins with an open discussion introducing a new topic, followed by students working independently at various lab stations. We integrate science with art by engaging in art projects which are directly related to the scientific topics, fully utilizing the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and application of knowledge. Students provide evidence of their learning by creating a portfolio of their lab worksheets and art projects throughout the school year. During the fall and spring trimesters, the class is focused on outdoor experiences that bring the science topics to life, taking advantage of our beautiful landscape and the myriad experts in our community.

By the end of eighth grade, students will have developed proficiency in the following:

  • Understanding of basic physics with emphasis on Newtonian physics.

  • Understanding of basic chemistry and the periodic table. Students will be expected to conduct a variety of chemical experiments.

  • Understanding of ecosystems (in their many forms) and sustainability.

  • Study of human anatomy.

  • Geological expeditions, understanding, and analysis.

  • Study of our solar system and astronomy.

  • Study of marine biology, zoology, and oceanography.

  • Study of robotics and coding.

  • Study of various emerging technologies such as solar and wind power, plant based food, electric power, and recycling.

  • Basic skills utilized for field science and discovery.

  • Skills to draw plant, marine, and wildlife for scientific explanation.

  • Using both evidence and reasoning in scientific arguments.

  • Ability to write persuasive research papers, and provide oral presentations, based upon deductive reasoning and data analysis.

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