Housed in a new state-of-the-art facility, the science program consists of three distinct disciplines: physics, chemistry, and biology. However, there are certain skills that cross academic borders. Faculty members help students master fundamental principles of scientific method, approach, and research. Students work in small, problem-solving groups to execute labs, complete assigned projects, and present reports. Technology is incorporated directly into the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the thoughtful use of data as a reasoning tool rather than on the superficial memorization of facts. Frequent experiments are performed because they excite curiosity as they amplify and solidify the concepts. These experiments also develop the students' powers of observation, classification, and analysis. The applications of scientific principles to new situations, decision-making, and value judgments are directly addressed. In addition to the standard survey courses, honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are also available. The main purpose of all science courses at Suffield Academy is to engender curiosity, enthusiasm, and skills, so that students will wish to learn more and have the confidence to try new pursuits.
Suffield’s science curriculum teaches students to:
- Approach life with a sense of curiosity and engagement
- Appreciate the world, with a particular concern for the environment
- Work toward objectives in a cooperative group setting
- Apply acquired skills to scientific and nonscientific pursuits
- Work independently to analyze and solve problems through scientific method