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Our program is designed to give students a solid foundation in science and to provide a link between scientific concepts and their application to real-world situations. We endeavor to cultivate in our students a sense of wonder, curiosity and awe about how much the field of science has given us, as well as the infinite possibilities that lie ahead. We want our students to understand that science is a process of creating and refining models of the world around us.
In the Upper School years, students build upon skills they have already begun to develop and explore material with increasing depth and rigor. The questions they formulate about testable phenomena become more sophisticated and nuanced. More advanced equipment appropriate to the level of inquiry is utilized. Students also hone the skill of developing well-supported conclusions in both oral and written form. Critical analysis of data and a healthy dose of skepticism are fostered through class discussions as students explore the breadth of scientific knowledge and its meaning
in their lives.

Upper School Science Sequence
Grade 9 Physics
Grade 10 Chemistry
                 Independent Science Research 10-12 (by application)
Grade 11 Biology
                Semester Electives (Optional)
Grade 12 Semester and Yearlong Electives (Optional)


  • Photo of Dalia Aidoo
    Dalia Aidoo
    Head of the Science Department and Science Teacher
    South Bank University, London - BSc
    Univeristy of London Institute of Education - Post Graduate in Secondary Education
  • Photo of Kalimah Ayele
    Kalimah Ayele
    Science Teacher and Upper School Grade Dean
    Stanford University - BS
    Teachers College, Columbia University - MA, EdM
    College of Saint Rose - MS
  • Photo of Aruna Chavali
    Aruna Chavali
    Upper School Science Teacher
  • Photo of Scott Godsen
    Scott Godsen
    Science Teacher and Admissions Faculty Adjunct
    Cooper Union - B.E.
    Carnegie-Mellon University - M.S.
  • Photo of Brandon Kraft
    Brandon Kraft
    Director of the Ecology Program and Science Teacher
    Cornell University - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Deysbel Peña
    Deysbel Peña
    Science Teacher
    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice - B.S.
    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice - M.A.
  • Photo of Liz Smith
    Liz Smith
    Upper School Science Teacher
    Siena College - B.S.
    Clarkson University - M.A.
  • Mariah Stokes
    Lab Technician
    Albright College - B.S.