• Philosophy

    We believe that science is a way of thinking and learning about the world. We believe that children are naturally inquisitive and this ability can be developed through scientific inquiry.


    Upon completion of the K-8 Winterhaven science program, students will display competence and confidence in their ability to apply the scientific method. They will:

    • Ask questions and form hypotheses
    • Design and conduct experiments
    • Collect, analyze, and summarize data
    • Draw conclusions and formulate theories

    Furthermore, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of unifying concepts and processes. They will:

    • Identify and explain patterns of change in cycles and trends
    • Identify inputs and outputs and their effects on a system
    • Use models to make predictions and inferences
    • Identify and explain evidence of change over time
    • Identify and describe structure and function at various levels of organization

    As citizens in a technological world, we believe it is important for students to demonstrate awareness. They will:

    • Acquire information from print and non-print sources
    • Critically read and observe daily news
    • Recognize situations where technological advances have influenced the quality of their lives
    • Use a variety of traditional and electronic tools to directly, indirectly and remotely observe and measure objects, organisms, and phenomena
    • Respect the environment and living things