Science

During your time at Commonwealth, you’ll study biology, chemistry, and physics, all of which are graduation requirements. But the level to which you pursue these disciplines is a choice you make with your teachers and advisor. You’ll find that the sequencing of your science courses dovetails with your math courses—as you hone your algebra skills, you’ll be using them in chemistry; in physics, you’ll apply the calculus you’re learning to physical problems.

In all classes, you’ll find that the approach to the work is “minds on” and “hands on”: we train you to think like research scientists.

You will gain both a solid conceptual understanding of the workings of the physical world and a repertory of laboratory skills that will inspire you to ask important questions, conceive new ones, and address (and solve) unfamiliar problems.

"Analytical thinking is the name of the game.”

Do you have lofty scientific ambitions? You’ll find tough, college-level courses to attract you. Is your math training a bit weak? You will likely start out in a science section that helps fill in any gaps. Are you and a few friends passionate about a particular subject? Lobby your teacher, work together, and there’s a good chance you’ll be enrolled in a challenging new seminar the following fall.

"We learn to look at the patterns, the 'why.' Maybe we’ll forget everything we learned in class—all the facts, all the formulas, all the little details—but we’ll always have that spirit of inquiry.”

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Laboratory Exercises

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"In the lab, I learned that sometimes figuring out why an experiment failed and designing a better method is the most interesting part of research.”

Electives

Science Faculty

Christopher Barsi

Physics and Math Teacher, Science Convenor, Robotics Team Advisor, Projects - Science Projects, Mentor
B.S.
M.A.
Ph.D.
Faculty & Staff

Rebecca Jackman

(On Sabbatical, Spring 2020), Assistant Head of School, Director of Studies, Chemistry Teacher, 10th Grade Class Advisor
B.Sc.
M.A.
Ph.D.
Faculty & Staff

Anna Moss

Mathematics Teacher, Projects Coordinator
B.A.
Ed.M
Faculty & Staff

Emma Sundberg

Biology Teacher
B.S.
Ph.D.
Faculty & Staff