Science Spotlight

Overview

Science Spotlight

Middle School Science Teacher Kelly Bornmann brings scientific exploration to life in the Lower School by developing units of study with the classroom teachers and supporting learning by bringing hand-on activities and labs into the classrooms. A special treat is when Lower School students visit our Middle and High School labs.

In 2019, our Kindergarten classes hosted a Medical Day with Ms. Bornmann to kick off their study of the human body. As part of the event, Kindergarten parents and friends in the medical field were invited to share what they do for a living and how they serve as "community helpers" for people and animals.

Each year, students also participate in PhUn (Physiological Understanding) Week, a program developed in conjunction with the American Physiological Society and professors in the Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State University, engages our students in an exciting and active exploration of human body systems. In 5th grade, Country Day students travel to Sac State to a lab using the same facilities that research scientists use.

The science program has three key areas of focus:

  • To teach the scientific method and reinforce it across the years
  • To teach students how to design an experiment and to problem solve if their design isn’t working
  • To discuss that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing and how some of the greatest scientific discoveries have come from experiments that technically failed their primary objective

Middle School Science Teacher Kelly Bornmann brings scientific exploration to life in the Lower School by developing units of study with the classroom teachers and supporting learning by bringing hand-on activities and labs into the classrooms. A special treat is when Lower School students visit our Middle and High School labs.

In 2019, our Kindergarten classes hosted a Medical Day with Ms. Bornmann to kick off their study of the human body. As part of the event, Kindergarten parents and friends in the medical field were invited to share what they do for a living and how they serve as “community helpers” for people and animals.

Each year, students also participate in PhUn (Physiological Understanding) Week, a program developed in conjunction with the American Physiological Society and professors in the Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State University, engages our students in an exciting and active exploration of human body systems. In 5th grade, Country Day students travel to Sac State to a lab using the same facilities that research scientists use.

The science program has three key areas of focus:

  • To teach the scientific method and reinforce it across the years
  • To teach students how to design an experiment and to problem solve if their design isn’t working
  • To discuss that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing and how some of the greatest scientific discoveries have come from experiments that technically failed their primary objective
Press release

Country Day Ranked One of America’s Top STEM High Schools
List of Top 5,000 Schools Released by Newsweek

Sacramento, CA – Today, as part of its partnership with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools, Newsweek released its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019. Sacramento Country Day School ranked 680. With approximately 37,000 high schools in the U.S., this puts Country Day within the top 2% of high schools in the nation. Earlier this year, Country Day also was named the #1 Best High School for STEM in Sacramento by Niche.com.