Encinitas Country Day School facilities include a Science Lab with Vernier wireless lab equipment, Media Center/Computer Lab, Library with on-line research access, organic gardens and an on-campus conservation area with native habitat, a seasonal stream and access to the San Elijo Ecological Reserve. Students have age appropriate access to facilities and instruction at each level. Our students also learn the basics of important computer-based programs for word processing, spreadsheets and database beginning in lower school and progress in sophistication during the middle and upper school years.
Lower School Science
Classroom materials to support aligned science curriculum content and Montessori “great stories” that provide students with an understanding of their time and place in the universe, and include important lessons in biology, earth and physical science, make every day learning in our lower school classrooms challenging and fun. Visits to our science lab enrich classroom learning and provide experience using the scientific method.
Middle School Science
Middle school courses include sixth grade Earth Science Lab, seventh grade Life Science, eighth grade Physical Science classes that come to life through hands on laboratory experiences using traditional laboratory equipment and Vernier technology-based laboratory instruments. Upper school courses in biological, chemical, environmental and physical sciences include classroom, lab and field studies. Science projects support student participation in school and county science fairs.
Technology learned in our classrooms and media center using individualized keyboarding and on-line technology programs are translated cross-curriculum to support student projects in the classroom, Science Lab, Art Studio, Performing Arts and on stage, on iPad apps used for math and science classes and in using online research capabilities available through our Library, Media Center, and throughout the school.