St. Gabriel School boasts a comprehensive Science program taught in grades K through 8 by a credentialed science specialist and classroom teachers. Instruction and experimentation within our fully-equipped Science Discovery Center is where students experience the joy of science. They are encouraged to question, probe, create, experiment, observe, evaluate--to truly discover for themselves how science helps us understand the world around us.
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.
Visits to the Academy of Sciences/Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, Randall Museum, Presidio Plant Nursery, Conservatory of Flowers and NASA serve to deepen and enrich student learning. 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.