Science

Many innovative approaches to science education can be found at Renaissance.

K-3 teachers embed science instruction into the interdisciplinary core curriculum. Students study units on the solar system, the living environment, weather, predators, life cycles, geography and the built environment.

4th-6th grade teachers may also utilize the FOSS science curriculum, a research-based curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, at the University of California, Berkeley.

7th grade students utilize the New York State Intermediate-Level Science Core Curriculum tied to the state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) standards.

8th grade students take a Regents-level Earth Science course that follows the New York State Core Curriculum. Both 7th and 8th graders participate in labs and complete lab journals.

In grades 9 through 12 students pursue three Regents-level courses: Living Environment, Chemistry and Physics, as well as Honors Biology which culminates in students taking the AP Biology exam. New this year we are also offering an AP Computer Science course.

In addition, Renaissance incorporates many innovative programs to provide its students with experiences that will fuel a passion for science, such as the annual summer Colgate University Sports and Science camp.