Science Curriculum

The CMS science curriculum includes standard middle school topics drawn from the two basic science content areas: physical science and life science.  Several topics from each content area are taught each year, so that the students will cover a broad variety of science content at each grade level.  A short introduction to Chemistry is also included.

Hands-on experiments are a crucial part of the science investigations and are carried out in all subject areas.  CMS uses the middle school textbook series from Prentice-Hall, Science Explorer.  In addition to the texts, the science instructors develop some of their own teaching materials and add more investigations and projects to the material in the text.  Tests are given at the end of every unit to assess each girl’s comprehension of the material.  We make use of the University and community for short field trips, lab visits, and guest speakers.

Science Topics

6th Grade:

Biology:  Classification of Organisms, Bacteria and Viruses, Protists and Fungi, Plants

Physics:  Forces, Motion, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Work, Simple Machines, Energy, Power


7th Grade:

Physics:  Electricity and Magnetism, Compasses, Motors, Generators, Parallel and Series Circuits, Batteries, Waves, Sound and Light

Biology:  Body Systems, Bone/Muscle/Skin, Food and Digestion, Circulation, Respiration, Immune Response, Nerves, Endocrine System, Reproduction


8th Grade:

Chemistry:  Matter, Atoms and Molecules, Elements and the Periodic Table, Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Solutions, Materials

Introduction to Geology, Ecology and Environmental Science