|Mr. Justin Orlando, '99
The Saint Louis Priory School Science Department aims to provide students with the confidence, intellect, and techniques required to successfully participate in and constructively analyze the growing corpus of modern scientific knowledge. Constant communication between scientists both nationally and internationally, across all disciplines, is the rule, not the exception. To be successful in science in the modern age, students need to be exposed to new technologies and understand both the purpose behind fundamental research (the driving force of creativity) and all the components that play into the development and execution of final projects. The subject matter of science curricula do not exist in vacuum of each other or the humanities; students need to recognize the importance of proper communication between professional disciplines and all the consequences that precipitate from the choices made in the lab as a result of those communications.
To that end, the Saint Louis Priory Science curriculum design follows a traditional curriculum that plays to the interests and strengths of students as they mature through the junior school and into high school. The junior school curriculum takes the students from the core of the earth to the stars and beyond in Integrated Science I and II (7th and 8th grades); these classes focus on ecology, human health, and astronomy. The high school curriculum starts with biology in the freshman year, then moves to chemistry in the sophomore year and physics in the junior year, and ends with an advanced elective in the senior year that best fits the student’s interest (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, or Senior Science Seminar). The Priory Science Department strives to provide many opportunities for students to collect and analyze data in laboratory experiences pertinent to the subject at hand. Through these analyses, students will deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles that guide the theories and laws that govern our physical world. Upon graduation, it is our collective departmental goal that our students will have a greater capacity to both communicate and expand upon these principles using their past experiences in our program as a baseline for further academic endeavors.
||Course Assignments, 2016-17
|Mr. Justin Orlando, '99, Department Chair
||Honors Chemistry, Physics
|Mr. William Bander
||Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, Biology
|Father Linus Dolce
|Mr. Jason Getz
||Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, Chemistry, AP Chemistry
|Mr. Brandon McLaughlin
||Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, AP Environmental Science
|Mr. Derrick Neuner
||Integrated Science II
|Dr. Jared Rashford