An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN


In the Upper School, all science courses are laboratory based. Physics 9 incorporates research-based approaches that emphasize collaboration, discussion, creativity, and problem-solving. Engineering design and design thinking projects are integrated into the curriculum. Grade 10 biology progresses from evolution to physiology through ecology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and genetics. The Grade 11 chemistry course provides a comprehensive introduction to topics in chemistry with a strong focus on collaboration, including discussions, frequent lab work, demonstrations, and group problem solving. 

Students can select from a broad range of second-level and interdisciplinary science electives for their junior and senior years including Environmental Science, Genetics, Space Science, Advanced Mechanics (offered with and without Calculus), Forensic Science, Honors Biology II, Honors Chemistry II, Relativity and Quantum Physics, Waves, Neuroscience, Optics and Acoustics, Electricity and Magnetism with Calculus. There are honors level courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and electives.

Juniors and seniors may also apply for the Advanced Science Research elective in which they pursue independent research in any scientific field. This capstone course builds upon current science skills, including lab technique, scientific writing, and formal presentation. Students enter their research in local and national science competitions. 

Honors biology and chemistry provide preparation for the AP exams in those content areas.

Check out Maya Choi's two-minute "elevator pitch" above highlighting her original Advanced Science Research (ASR) project on microplastics! A full library of ASR student research pitches can be found here.