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Students in middle school will engage in science and engineering practices to develop a conceptual understanding of earth, life, physical science and their connections, using inquiry and engineering design.  Scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation. Engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design.


All middle school students will:

  • research, investigate, develop explanations, design, and model solutions to problems
  • engage in discussion and use evidence to explain and argue
  • demonstrate knowledge of lab safety and proper use of scientific equipment
  • use computer technology to take notes, research, investigate, problem-solve, and report
  • develop and write a lab report to communicate and explain experiment findings      

Grade 6 students will:

  • understand factors that create and affect weather, climate, global climate change
  • explore rocks/minerals and explain Earth’s geological processes
  • investigate the evidence of life on Earth and human impacts on Earth systems
  • examine Earth’s place in relation to the solar system, Milky Way galaxy, & universe


Grade 7 students will:

  • explore and apply concepts of genetics and heredity
  • understand factors that determine and affect growth and development of organisms
  • identify and understand cellular structure and processes, including osmosis
  • construct explanations for the interactions of systems in cells and organisms
  • explore the cycling of matter and flow of energy in ecosystems and study the interactions among organisms within an ecosystem
  • grow herb plants from seeds, research them, and present findings


Grade 8 students will:

  • identify the characteristics, properties, and interactions of matter
  • investigate, design, and model the periodic table
  • identify types of chemical bonds and reactions
  • understand qualitative ideas about energy and types of energy, and explore concept of energy transfer and conservation 
  • explore forces & motion and types of interactions
  • investigate wave properties, electromagnetic radiation, and use of digital signals in to encode and transmit information

Academic Information
The curriculum stresses achievement within a Catholic community.
The Diocesan curricular guidelines, consistent with the Illinois guidelines, are followed.

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