Propel Environmental Stewardship, Develop Engineering Skills, Explore Natural Sciences


Observe, Experiment, Analyze

Waring's Science Program provides students with meaningful experiences for understanding the natural sciences and related technologies through rigorous study, observation, and experimentation. The department seeks to foster growth and development of scientific methods, scientific knowledge, and creative problem solving. Waring believes Scientific knowledge encourages students to develop a personal relationship with nature and provides the scaffolding for understanding sustainability and the responsibility of environmental stewardship. This connection to nature supports the student's natural enthusiasm, wonder, and pursuit of knowledge and sets the stage for continuing this pursuit beyond Waring School.


Science Goals

Laboratory work in our state-of-the art facilities is an important part of the curriculum. From 
Core (Grades 6 and 7) through Group 5 (Grade 12), science labs emphasize experimentation, collaboration, testing of hypotheses, collecting of data, and interpretation and communication of 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. 

Waring Science Courses
  • Core: Physical & Biological Science
    Core science (Grades 6 and 7) alternates each year between a study of physical science and biology. In Core science, students regularly engage in experiential learning through building projects, independent research, and self-designed experimentation. Major skill goals include note taking, careful observation, lab-report writing, accurate measurement, presentation creation and delivery, as well as experiment design.
  • Group 1: Earth Science & STEM
    Group 1 (Grade 8) studies Earth Science and STEM. In Earth Science, students learn 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. In STEM, students focus on technology based, small team, experiential learning. One major project is to design and build a balloon-powered car. The students design the cars in Fusion 360, a CAD software program, and then print the parts on the school's 3D printers.
  • Group 2: Biology
    Group 2 (Grade 9) studies Biology and takes 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.
  • Group 3: Chemistry
    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.
  • Group 4: Physics
    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, electricity, and magnetism. Important skill goals include mathematical modeling, graphical analysis of data, multi-step problem solving, and analysis of uncertainty. 
  • Group 5: Anatomy & Physiology or Earth & Environment.

    Group 5 (Grade 12) students elect to study Anatomy and Physiology or Earth and Environment.

    Anatomy and Physiology is a full year laboratory-based course that takes a second, deeper look into some of the biology concepts covered in Group 2 science. The course has two areas of focus: anatomical features of the human body and its function or disfunction.

    Earth and Environment gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric systems interact and the role they play in the global climate. Students chose an interest to pursue throughout the year that culminates in an Earth Systems Research project and poster presentation at the end of the academic year. Lab work is done in the field and based on the chosen research project.

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A Word with 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.