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Department Overview

Justin Orlando
Mr. Justin Orlando, '99
Department Chair

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 keep up with 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 middle school and into high school. The middle school curriculum is purposefully designed to prepare the students for their high school science coursework with a focus on active discussions and hands-on activities. In 7th grade, students explore the iterative process of scientific reasoning within the context of Missouri ecology. The 8th grade curriculum finds the students learning the basic principles that govern physics and chemistry through explorations that employ integrated activities across a variety of scientific and mathematical disciplines. The high school curriculum starts with biology in the freshman year, chemistry in the sophomore year, 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, Intro to Neuroscience and Human Genetics, or Senior Science Seminar). Priory Science 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. Furthermore, the 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.


Faculty Members Course Assignments, 2018-19
Mr. Justin Orlando, '99, Department Chair Honors Chemistry, Physics, Introduction to Materials Science
Mr. William Bander Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, Biology
Father Linus Dolce, O.S.B. AP Physics
Mr. Jason Getz Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, Chemistry, AP Chemistry
Mr. Tim Malecek Physics
Mr. Brandon McLaughlin Integrated Science I, Integrated Science II, Honors Biology, Introduction to Neuroscience and Human Genetics
Mr. Derrick Neuner Integrated Science II, Senior Science Seminar: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Jared Rashford AP Biology
Mr. Derek Ward Introduction to Engineering and Design


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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 17

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Prologue, 21

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Prologue, 22

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Prologue, 41

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Prologue, 45

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Prologue, 47

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Chapter 3, 3

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Chapter 4, 20-21

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Chapter 4, 27-28

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Chapter 4, 41

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Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

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Chapter 4, 73

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Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

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Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

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Chapter 35, 6

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Chapter 43, 3

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Chapter 48, 1

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Chapter 49, 1

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Chapter 53, 1

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Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

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Chapter 72, 7

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Chapter 72, 11-12

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Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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