Science & Technology

Middle School Science

Science and technology are so interwoven at Encinitas Country Day School, we’ve placed them on the same page to emphasize the importance of their relationship. Our Middle School science curriculum is aligned to state adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is brought to life through academic lessons reinforced by hands on laboratory exercises using traditional laboratory equipment and Vernier technology-based laboratory instruments. Our Science Lab’s biology, Vernier environmental science measuring and physics equipment enriches the NGSS Amplify curriculum and supports students in their quest to become the next generation of scientific thinkers. Our goal is to guide our students to naturally apply scientific practices to solve real-world problems and by learning to think like engineers and scientists.

NGSS Science 6

This sixth-grade science course assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. The nature of science includes the concepts that scientific explanations are based on logical thinking; are subject to rules of evidence; are consistent with observational, inferential, and experimental evidence; are open to rational critique; and are subject to refinement and change with the addition of new scientific evidence. The nature of science includes the concept that science can provide explanations about nature, can predict potential consequences of actions, but cannot be used to answer all questions. The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter. The standards present an integrated focus on the role of the sun’s energy on the earth’s systems, water in the environment, air and atmosphere, and basic chemistry concepts. A more detailed understanding of the solar system and space exploration becomes a focus of instruction. Natural resource management and its relation to public policy and cost/benefit trade-offs are introduced.

NGSS Science 7

Life Science is a yearlong class for 7th graders covering the Next Generation Standards including inquiry oriented learning of the following subjects: cell biology, genetics, evolution, earth science, structure and function in living systems, physical science and investigation and experimentation. The Life Science standards emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. This scientific view defines the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments, and identification of sources of experimental error.

NGSS Science 8

Physical Science is a yearlong class for 8th graders covering the Next Generation Science Standards including inquiry oriented learning of the following subjects: motion, forces, structure of matter, earth in the solar system, reactions, chemistry of living systems, periodic table, density and buoyancy, investigation and experimentation: it reviews basic concepts in light, mechanics, electricity and chemistry while introducing such topics as lenses, energy transformations, conservation of energy, entropy, heat of vaporization, properties of solutions, solubility, fractional distillation and chromatography. Our Physical Science expectations stress an in depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristic of energy. The standards place considerable emphasis on the technological application of Physical Science Principles. Major areas covered by the standards include the organization and use of the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The Physical Science standards continue to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Student will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources.

Middle School Technology

Our students learn the basics of important computer-based programs for word processing, spreadsheets and database beginning in lower school and progress in sophistication to include programing code during the middle and upper school years. Technology classes are translated cross-curriculum to support student projects in the 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.


Manchester Campus

  • 3616 Manchester Ave
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-1111

Encinitas Blvd Campus

  • 2155 Encinitas Blvd
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-2224