In each year of Middle School at MIS, students cover the same three branches of Science in increasing depth and complexity, each branch with one or more units including:
- Life Science
- Earth Science
- Physical Sciences
Our curriculum framework of inquiry and constructivism is provided by the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program. Its content, however, is a hybrid of Next Generation Science standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. In so doing, Magellan ensures students have the opportunity to develop deep and broad scientific foundations whilst covering large swaths of the surface knowledge required by more traditional middle schools.
While at Magellan, students are provided multiple opportunities each year to carry out scientific investigations on their own, something not possible in the larger classes at large schools. This repeated practice over the years enables students in our program to deeply learn the fundamentals of the scientific method and processes of science: research, observation, repetition, communication; analysis of data, reliability and validity, falsification and perseverance. Our assessment method values analysis and original thinking about complex real-world problems, not just a telling back of facts they remember.
While students may not cover all the small facts their public school counterparts do, they are taught to access information from multiple sources, to evaluate its accuracy, to synthesize the data and to communicate knowledge in their own way. Students can always look up facts, but deeply learning to gather, organize, evaluate and analyze data and then communicate it with originality in a meaningful way is one of the highest benefits of Science at The Magellan International School.