Science: a cornerstone of our curriculum

The goal of the science program at St. Thomas is to stimulate and excite minds, fostering creativity and curiosity. The program promotes the scientific process, as well as scientific principles, and demonstrates that knowledge is fluid and can change as a result of investigation and experimentation. The students are encouraged to make science a lifelong-learning process, exploring all areas of science, including Earth, Life, Physical, Technological, and Environmental.

Students utilize the scientific method to quantify, observe, predict, experiment, and analyze their surroundings from the earliest grades. They are provided with many opportunities for discovery, hands-on, project-based learning, and the acquisition of the vocabulary necessary to understand the language of science. The average class time from kindergarten to 5th is between 30 to 45 minutes several times each week. All science classrooms contain a wealth of text and scientific material and equipment and also employ technology tools for instruction.

All grade levels have scheduled field trips that enhance their science experience. They occur throughout the year, depending on the area of study. Science field trips range from a one-day outing to a three-day trip.
 
Afterschool enrichment classes, such as Code Explorers and Mindlab extend the learning for those students who are interested in science.

Multiple venues for learning

There are multiple areas for science study on campus: a makerspace, grade-level classrooms, a wetlands, a hammock, and a butterfly garden. A unique curriculum, designed by St. Thomas faculty members, provides students an opportunity to learn a wide-variety of lessons in these many types of areas. 

Our campus also includes an environmental education classroom which contains live animals, as well as animal models and replicas. Students learn about Florida wildlife and the local ecosystems found within the Everglades, as well as local native American culture.