The Waring science curriculum is designed to foster curiosity and an understanding of the physical world through the exploration of important concepts and major theories. All science courses at Waring incorporate an appropriate blend of lecture, laboratory work, demonstrations, field experience, hands-on activity and problem sets. Laboratory work in our state-of-the art facilities is an important part of the curriculum starting in Sixth Grade. From Core (Grades 6 and 7) through Group 5 (Grade 12), science labs emphasize experimentation: collaboration, testing hypotheses, collecting data, and interpreting and communicating results. Our goal for all students is a deep understanding of the major theoretical constructs of each discipline, a rich appreciation of the natural world, and the scientific literacy to be responsible citizens. Students with a passion for science graduate from Waring with the necessary foundation and skills to successfully pursue the study of science in college and beyond. Please visit our short video featuring Recent Graduates in the Sciences.

Core Science (Grades 6 and 7) alternates each year between a study of physical and biological science and is a prelude to the secondary school program. After Core the sequence is as follows: Group 1 (Grade 8): Earth Science; Group 2 (Grade 9): Biology; Group 3 (Grade 10): Chemistry; Group 4 (Grade 11): Physics; Group 5 (Grade 12): Students elect either Advanced Chemistry or two semester length courses: Ecology, and Oceans & Climate.

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  • Grades 6 & 7

    Core science (Grades 6 & 7) alternates each year between a study of physical and biological science and is a prelude to the secondary school program. In Core Science, students regularly engage in experiential learning through building projects, independent research and presentation, and collaboration to design their own experiments.   Major skill goals include note taking, careful observation, lab-report writing, accurate measurement, presentation creation and delivery, and designing experiments.
  • Grade 8

    Group 1 (Grade 8) studies Earth Science, learning about the interaction between the earth, the atmosphere and the ocean; field trips explore the erratics, the drumlins and the eskers of the Massachusetts North Shore as well as the dynamics of nearby barrier beaches.
  • Grade 9

    Group 2 (Grade 9) studies Biology and offers a broad look at the organization and function of life; classes range from group discussions to small group activities; students perform experiments during the weekly double lab period, go on field trips and visit a biotechnology lab to do more advanced work.
  • Grade 10

    Group 3 (Grade 10) follows a traditional Chemistry curriculum that combines lecture, readings, weekly hands-on laboratory experiments, and frequent demonstrations; students work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and then share their ideas with the group.
  • Grade 11

    Group 4 (Grade 11) studies Physics. The students observe extensive demonstrations and participate in numerous hands-on labs and thought-provoking brain teasers; the course investigates Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy, Momentum, Rotation, Sound, Optics and Electricity & Magnetism. Important skills goals include mathematical modeling, graphical analysis of data, multi-step problem solving and analysis of uncertainty.   
  • Grade 12

    Group 5 (Grade 12) students elect either Advanced Chemistry or two semester length courses: Ecology, and Oceans & Climate. The Ecology course is an introductory overview to the subject that requires the students to assimilate and synthesize much of their learning in science over the past several years; the course relies on field trips to sites such as the Ipswich River Watershed and the Harvard Forest and the use of the campus as our laboratory. The Oceans and Climate class participates in a long term study of the impact of Climate Change on the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of Gloucester Harbor and has recently participated in a long-term data-gathering effort at the Maritime Heritage Center in Gloucester.

A Word with an Alumna : Coco Young

Q) How did Waring prepare you for college and specifically for the area you have decided to major in?  
A) Waring taught me how to ask questions, and to think about things in multiple different ways, which is crucial to engineering problem solving. In terms of content, I entered both physics and calculus this year with a strong base of understanding and knowledge to draw from. In physics particularly, I felt that my course was solidifying knowledge I already had, rather than adding new knowledge. Also, my time management skills have come in handy.
Q) What do you love about science?  
A) I love being able to match theory and practice. I love solving a problem in the theoretical and then being able to take the solution and use it to build or predict something real. It's really fascinating to me how the real world can be modeled and predicted using math and theory, and that we can work use the theory to mechanically improve real-world situations.