Discovery is fundamental to a student’s life of learning. The Science Department at Notre Dame creates an environment that encourages students to explore and understand the natural and physical world while fostering cooperation and independent learning. Students are encouraged to develop learning skills and mental habits that they can use throughout their lives. The science curriculum encourages self-discipline, personal accountability, and confidence in one’s capacities to learn and to lead.
What sets Notre Dame Science apart:
- Great courses
- A vibrant middle school program consisting of courses in earth, life, and physical sciences
- Three years of required science, including physics, biology and chemistry
- Advanced Placement courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science
- Interesting and relevant elective courses, such as physics, human anatomy and physiology, environmental science, astronomy, neuroscience, robotics, computer programming, and STEM research
- Honors-level courses in physics, chemistry, and biology and independent STEM research for the most advanced and motivated science students
- Six state-of-the-art laboratories
- Laboratories dedicated to chemistry, biology, environmental science, and physics, as well as one exclusively dedicated to the middle school science program. Labs are equipped with computers and interfaces for data collection, and SMART boards
- Exceptional faculty
- All faculty have advanced degrees in their disciplines and share their enthusiasm for science
- A focus on student research
- A large number of students participate and excel in regional and statewide science competitions, including the PA Junior Academy of Science, the Delaware County Science Fair, and the Delaware Valley Science Fair.
- An independent research program that encourages students to pursue their passion for science
- Science is not limited to the classroom
- The beautiful grounds of Notre Dame serve as a laboratory. On any given day, one might observe middle school science students launching rockets, a physics class measuring the strength of their raw egg delivery systems, the environmental science class taking soil samples for analysis, or the biology classes bird-watching.
- Field trips, including excursions to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, a wastewater treatment plant, the Franklin Institute, Crystal Cave, and Lackawanna Coal Mine enrich student learning.
- Extracurricular clubs, including Astronomy, Green Thumbs, Robotics (high school and middle school), Pre-Vet, and Science Club (high school and middle school) help foster intellectual curiosity.
- Our students love science!
- Most students take more than the three required courses during their time at Notre Dame. Some students graduate having taken five or even six high school science courses!
- Many graduates choose college majors in the sciences or in health-related fields. Alumnae often return to Notre Dame stating how well prepared they are for their college science classes.