Both our elementary and middle schools use a high-quality Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum. The NGSS sets the expectations for what students should know and be able to do using a three-dimensional approach: (1) crosscutting concepts, (2) science and engineering practice, and (3) disciplinary core ideas. These three distinct but equally important dimensions work together to help students to build and develop a cohesive understanding of science over time.
Parents, we would like to invite you to explore the parent guide below to learn about how Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) prepare our students for a lifetime of success.
Elementary School Science
Twig Science is the only program built from the ground up to match CA NGSS Framework. Every module in Twig Science is centered around a Module Anchor Phenomenon that drives students learning. To name a few, first-grade students will create their museum of Leafology, where they learn how plants are similar and different. Third-grade students investigate the forces of push and pull by designing the ultimate playground, and fourth-grade students learn what happens to energy when objects collide through building and testing egg racers. As they journey through each module, students work to define, investigate, and explain a real-world phenomenon relevant to the topic of the module.
Middle School Science
Our Science pilot teachers have thoroughly field-tested and deeply evaluated 6 programs over the past 3 years, searching for the high-quality program that OpenSciEd provides!
OpenSciEd has been designed from the ground up with the intent of guiding students to become life-long learners of science and to develop critical thinking skills that transcend the classroom and are applied to their daily lives. OpenSciEd has been evaluated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science and is listed on the NGSS website as a high-quality NGSS designed curriculum. We hope that you will take some time to look into this exciting program.