Using a Roman Catholic foundation focusing on an awareness and respect for God’s Creation—combined with an Integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education approach to instruction—Holy Family’s science program teaches students to understand scientific concepts through reading, research and experimentation.
All grade levels use our dedicated science lab, and enjoy science-related field trips to watch eagles and dig for garnets, to name a few. Hands-on activities—such as helping the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hatch, raise and release kokanee salmon—help students understand the scientific methods of observation, critical thinking, analyzing and problem solving. Students then share their technological skills and findings through presentations and demonstrations.
Holy Family’s spring 2012 MAP* assessment scores confirm that our science program is effective. Students tested in grades 5 through 8 scored 99% advanced or proficient in General Science and Science Concepts and Processes. Our scores far exceed national scores and those of other Catholic schools in the state of Idaho.
Our science curriculum not only prepares students academically, but also encourages them to develop responsible, ethical and moral strategies when they meet science-based challenges in the future.
*MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) is a national test through the Northwest Evaluation Association.