An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC


E ach science course emphasizes practical investigation of the physical or natural world. Courses focus on the synthesis of facts into concepts, model building, and the use of scientific literature and databases to build foundations for understanding scientific inquiry.

Students are required to earn three full-year laboratory science credits (biology, chemistry, physics). Four years of science is recommended. To see how a student progresses through science over the four years, please click here. Each student consults with his or her advisor and with the science department to determine the most sensible selection and sequencing of courses. Students must complete a course of study in biology, chemistry and physics before enrolling in senior elective science courses unless they receive permission from the department.




Grade 12 Electives

The courses above are also open to juniors (except where noted otherwise) who choose to take an elective in addition to their 11th grade physics course.