St. Gabriel School boasts a comprehensive Science program taught in grades K through 8 by a credentialed science specialist and classroom teachers. Instruction/experimentation takes place in our fully-equipped Science Discovery Center and/or in the classroom.
Our program brings science to life by integrating active, meaningful, hands-on experiences into the science curriculum. In the Science Discovery Center, students in grades 1 - 8 might dissect flowers, earthworms, grasshoppers, cow eyes or owl pellets, or create models of volcanoes and record their data. They may confer with one another to problem solve, hypothesize, and draw scientific conclusions from the information they gather. Students enjoy a host of special guests, such as, Mineralogist Jack Halpern, Randall Museum Science Fair Coordinator Marcus Wojtkowiak, Archeologist Dr. James Allan, and Curtis Tong of Dow Chemical.
Students are enriched by visits to the Academy of Sciences/Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, Randall Museum, Presidio Plant Nursery, Conservatory of Flowers, NASA. They are active learners on a docent led tour at the San Francisco Zoo, while canoeing at the San Francisco Bay’s wetlands, and through habitat restoration at Lake Merced/Pine Lake.
In 6th grade, the Science Fair is a major focus. Our 6th grade science teacher works closely with students in selecting their science project and throughout the process. Students, teachers and administrators of local high schools judge our fair. Winners go on to the San Francisco Middle School Science Fair at Randall Museum. Our students have placed in various categories at the City fair every year since 1994.
Science is also a component of our Kindergarten Program. In core science studies, children deepen their understanding of their environment. They explore the concepts of water, sea life, animals, dinosaurs, flowers, seasons, weather, and more. In the enrichment sessions, students engage in hands-on learning in areas including plant biology, seed starting, plant propagation, worm composting, geology, and birds, frogs, turtles and bugs.