Academic Programs


At Open Window School, we celebrate the belief that our students are not just recipients of knowledge; they are active contributors to the scientific discourse. Through hands-on investigations, guided research, and collaborative experimentation, we empower them to embrace their roles as professional students and lifelong learners. By integrating subjects such as math, language arts, social studies, art, and technology into our science projects, we encourage a holistic approach that nurtures their sense-making abilities.

At the core of our approach is a place-based and justice-oriented lens, encouraging students to view the world through the eyes of a scientist.

As they immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world, young scientists at our school develop key scientific practices that extend beyond the classroom walls. By nurturing their natural curiosity, students learn to question, to explore, and to find solutions to problems both great and small, forging connections between scientific discovery and real-world impact.

In Lower School

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  • Embarking on a Journey of Discovery

    Our Lower School Science Program embodies this vision by offering an engaging and transformative experience, igniting the flames of inquiry-based learning from kindergarten through fourth grade. Our carefully designed curriculum, rooted in life, earth, and physical science themes, incorporates a range of knowledge and skills that not only prepare students for the challenges of middle school science but also equip them to embrace a lifetime of scientific exploration.

In Middle School

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  • Unlocking the World's Mysteries

    As students move to middle school, our curriculum beckons our students to investigate, explain, and problem-solve through a focus on diverse topics and phenomena. Focusing on the "why" and "how" of the world teaches science as a practice for deep, authentic, and dynamic understandings in real-life contexts. This approach sparks student-generated questions and fuels their desire to construct their own scientific knowledge, fostering a robust foundation for advanced studies and real-world applications.
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Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.