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All School Curriculum (PK-12 & PG)


Pre-Kindergarten (3 years old)
  • Explore scientific inquiry using the five senses
  • Ask questions and make predictions based on observations
  • Observe, explore, and compare changes that animals and plants contribute to in their surroundings
  • Explore objects in classroom with microscopes
  • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events in their environment during conversations
  • Predict what will happen based on prior experiences
  • Explore that many objects are made up of many different parts (bell, telephone, etc.)
  • Observe and describe changes in weather and seasons
  • Introduce to the concept of translucent and opaque
  • Discuss motion (fast, slow, roll, bounce)
  • Explore ways of moving objects in different ways
  • Study animal habitats, discuss hibernation and migration
  • Compare and contrast physical differences among various species of animals and plants
  • Use objects to accomplish a purpose, complete a task, or solve a problem (block, k-nex to build ramps, bridges, structures, etc.)
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old)
  • Explore natural phenomena on the AOA grounds including, but not limited to: insects, plants, leaves, water, soil and animals
  • Study skeletons, gravity, light and motion
  • Gain familiarity with magnifiers, balances and measurement devices
  • Participate in basic engineering  including building, replicating, disassembling, changing and reconstructing objects and structures to see the effects of  different configurations
  • Explore physical surroundings by sorting, quantifying, building replicas, experimenting and collecting data using the five senses 

  • Travel around the AOA grounds in order to study insects, generate animal diagrams and study rocks
  • Launch a solar bag and play with gravity and motion
  • Develop understanding of life cycles through observing eggs develop to chicks, caterpillars to butterflies, or any chosen animal’s life cycle to follow
  • Participate in engineering including constructing and testing cars, experimenting with gears and mimicking an initial model and then tinkering with it to reach a design goal  to make it faster and perform a function better
  • Compare and contrast through evaluating and organizing aspects of the natural environment by metrics such as size, color, weight, flexibility and strength

First Grade 
  • Examine phases of matter
  • Investigate variations in plants, weather and animal needs using the AOA fields and woods as an extension of the science lab
  • Experience simple machines physically (being lifted or moved) and build personal simple machines with a variety of materials with allowances for experimentation
  • Gain familiarity with use of microscopes, thermometers, rulers and balances in order to gain competence in collecting data

Second Grade 
  • Experiment with sound
  • Experiment with a variety of projectiles
  • Engineer model bridges (classroom) and build real bridges (across creeks on campus)
  • Search on AOA grounds for moths and butterflies to capture and identify
  • Learn engineering components by experimenting with simple machines with Lego kits, building individual compound machine designs and creating paper airplane designs
  • Build and test catapults in an integrated unit on the study of the American Revolution
  • Test the grip various adhesive tapes
  • Develop an understanding of isolating variables in an intense study of isolating a single variable such as wing shapes, launch angles and size of counterweight

Third Grade 

  • Study chemical and physical change and properties of matter (mass, volume)
  • Use microscopes and video/photo software to document development of flowering plants
  • Observe animal needs (often outdoors on campus) and compare life cycles
  • Study the relationship of atoms, elements and molecules and experiment with different forms of energy (heat, electrical, magnetic, light, sound, potential/kinetic)
  • Learn to use logic to control robotic arms, build a Lego EV-3 rover, and engage in materials testing experiments
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of accuracy by placing an emphasis on accurately recounting the events and data collected in activities and experiments
Fourth Grade 
  • Study all aspects of water from molecular behavior to how water shapes the Earth
  • Collect real-time weather data and create a weather map
  • Observe and identify organelles in cells
  • Study the solar system
  • Complete a macroinvertebrate survey in the Chagrin River (access on campus)
  • Build a working wind turbine while studying sources of alternative energy
  • Participate in engineering by designing, building and programming EV-3 robots in preparation for an inter-scholastic robotics competition and creating inventive gadgets using Little Bits modular circuits
  • Learn how to analyze data by using data to draw conclusions, but also learn to question data validity

Fifth Grade 
  • Study forces, motion and energy
  • Investigate the field of dendrology (trees) using the AOA grounds as the base for specimens
  • Learn about human body systems
  • Understand ecosystems and roles of populations on ecosystems
  • Continue engineering (from fourth grade) to design, build and program Lego EV-3 robots in preparation for an inter-scholastic robotics competition and also experiment with sound engineering creating electronic music using Little Bits Korg synthesizer kits
  • Develop understanding of variables by recognizing effects of variables and engaging  in experimental design by selecting which variables to control
Sixth Grade 
  • Study Earth Science
  • Explore the Earth, its processes and the universe
  • Study astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography
  • Expose students to historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues associated with Earth and space sciences.
  • Participate in laboratory exercises
  • Engage in creative group activities and projects
  • Conduct interesting research
  • Study Earth's rocks and minerals
  • Travel through Earth's interior
  • Study volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Examine layers of Earth's atmosphere and dive into the oceans
  • Venture through our solar system
Seventh Grade 
  • Develop an understanding of how living systems function and how they interact with the environment
  • Study of the structure and function of cells and their connection to genetics, heredity, evolution and natural selection 
  • Explore ecology by understanding the classification of life, as well as interactions and energy flow through ecosystems 
  • Develop data analysis skills and scientific writing 
  • Develop problem solving skills and making observations 
  • Gain experience with laboratory and technological equipment
  • Project Highlights:
  • Cell City Analogy 
  • GMO Debate
  • Evolutionary History Research Project
  • Sharks! (cross-curricular unit)
  • Wanted - Invasive Species Project
  • The Lorax Sequel
Eighth Grade 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition of physical systems in addition to the concepts and principles that describe and predict physical interactions and events in the natural world
  • Gain an understanding in the nature, transfer and conservation of energy, motion and the forces affecting motion
  • Learn about the nature of waves and interactions of matter and energy 
  • Develop an understanding of the structure and properties of matter, and the properties of materials and objects, chemical reactions and the conservation of matter
  • Expand data analysis skills and scientific writing 
  • Advance problem solving skills and making observations 
  • Gain experience with laboratory and technological equipment
  • Project Highlights: 
  • Newton’s Laws Device 
  • Roller Coasters 
  • Element Facebook
Integrated Science
  • Explore scientific vocabulary, concepts, skills and content necessary for more advanced science courses emphasized
  • Focus on the process of science as well as the foundations of biology, environmental science, chemistry and physics
  • Apply scientific concepts and techniques from multiple science disciplines
  • Analyze the characteristics, changes and interactions of living organisms and their environment
  • Apply knowledge of cell structures and processes
  • Apply the properties and principles of matter and energy
  • Apply the properties and principles of forces and motion
  • Develop more effective oral and written communication skills.

Environmental Science
  • Develop an understanding of complex environmental problems such as air and water pollution, soil and land degradation, loss of species diversity, ozone depletion and global climate change
  • Investigate ecological principles such as evolution and the interdependence of organisms, biogeochemical cycles, energy flow and how the physical environment impacts and is changed by living organisms
  • Examine non-renewable and alternative (solar, wind, water) energy sources will be critically evaluated
  • Discuss environmental law and policies

Advanced Environmental Science
  • Integrate the physical and biological sciences, as well as economic, political and social issues underlying environmental degradation
  • Provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies needed to understand interrelationships in the natural world
  • Identify and analyze environmental problems of natural and human origin
  • Examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or  preventing these problems

  • Explore cell structures and functions, how cells get and use energy, heredity, evolution, classification and the diversity of living things
  • Examine the various aspects of scientific investigations, ecology, the chemistry of living things, cellular structures and their functions, energy transformations, molecular biology (DNA), genetics and evolutionary history
  • Investigation and laboratory work includes classroom activities and projects

Biology Honors
  • Examine the various aspects of scientific investigations, ecology, the chemistry of living things, cellular structures and their functions, energy transformations, molecular biology (DNA), genetics and evolutionary history
  • Emphasis placed on the importance of structure and function in all living things, diversity and continuity of living things and application of major scientific principles
  • Targeted laboratory work is an integral part of the course

Anatomy and Physiology
  • Conceptual approach to the major body systems as well as medical terminology, anatomical directions and structure and function of various organs and systems
  • Study current methods of disease prevention, detection, and treatment will be studied through the use of case studies and real-world, practical applications of anatomy and physiology
  • Review of the body, cytology (cells), histology (tissues), and major organ systems (Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Endocrine, Nervous, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Blood and Immunology, Digestive, Excretory, Reproductive)

  • Build on the major concepts learned in biology and chemistry
  • Show the relationships between biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology (DNA) and the functions of genes and proteins
  • Develop skills and techniques that have been used in research and industry to the technologies and products used to improve the lives and health of our planet, including sterile techniques, microbiology, DNA extraction, DNA analysis through electrophoresis, genetic engineering using restriction enzymes and gene transformations

  • Establish the molecular basis for inheritance in higher organisms
  • Develop the ability to make informed decisions about healthcare
  • Understand the ways that genetic and environmental factors interact to form the observable traits of an organism

AP Biology
  • Focus on the major themes of biology: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution and organisms and populations
  • Precisely collect and analyze data using proper laboratory investigations and problem solving skills

  • Participate in a quantitative science course that stresses abstract concepts related to matter, energy and their interaction.
  • Conduct laboratory activities which allow students to experience standard laboratory techniques while enabling them to observe the connection between theory and the scientific process.  

Chemistry Honors
  • Emphasis on problem solving, which is explored through experimentation and observation and deals with the properties and reactions of material
  • Obtain the identification, characterization, and transformations of matter and with the energy changes involved in these transformations

AP Chemistry
  • Examine topics ranging from stoichiometry, atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, gasses, nuclear chemistry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry and organic chemistry
  • Precise laboratory investigations are a major part of the curriculum and support each of the topics covered

Physics I: Mechanics and Fluids
  • Investigate the laws and principles that govern the behavior of the physical world using both a conceptual and mathematical approach.
  • Study mechanics, kinematics, gravity, heat and thermodynamics and fluids
  • Collaborate on experimental procedure and reasoning

Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism and Optics
  • Investigate the laws and principles that govern the behavior of the physical world using both a conceptual and mathematical approach
  • Study electricity and magnetism and optics.

AP Physics I
  • Complete collaborative and individual work that is math intensive
  • introductory college survey of the major fields of physics with a non-calculus based approach
  • Emphasis in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics
AP Physics C

Andrews Osborne Academy

Grades PK - 12, PG
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Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.