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


In the Upper School, all courses are laboratory based. The Science core curriculum requires a year in each lab science, starting with Physics and moving to Biology and Chemistry. Physics 9 incorporates research-based approaches that emphasize collaboration, discussion, creativity, and problem-solving. Engineering design and design thinking projects are integrated into the Physics 9 curriculum. Grade 10 (Biology or Honors Biology) progresses from microbiology to macrobiology. The Grade 11 (Chemistry or Honors 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. Honors-level recommendations are done by the Science Department.

Students can select from a broad range of second-level and interdisciplinary science electives for their junior and senior years including Environmental Science, Genetics, Advanced Mechanics, Forensic Science, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Planetary Science, Botany, Organic Chemistry, Electricity and Magnetism, and Neuroscience.

Juniors and seniors may also apply for the Advanced Science Research elective in which they pursue independent research in various scientific fields. 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, in combination with a third semester of Advanced Biology and Chemistry provide preparation for the AP exams in those content areas.

Check out Ruth Mellin '22 and Alex Moore '22's two-minute "elevator pitch" above highlighting their original Advanced Science Research (ASR) project:  “Project SERSI: smartphone enabled robotic sign language interpreter." A full library of ASR student research pitches can be found here.