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Upper School Curriculum

  • Science
Grades: 10, 11, 12
PREREQ: Physics

Astronomy will enable students to understand and apply the physics and principles guiding astronomical phenomena to topics ranging from the solar system, to stars and galaxies, to black holes and the fate of the universe. Through real and virtual observations, students will investigate the objects, actions, and events in our universe, the underlying models and science explaining them, and the big questions guiding cutting-edge astronomical research. This course builds key skills for strengthening a scientific mindset, such as developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results and learning through multiple methods. In addition, this course supports DA’s Diversity, Equity and Engagement strategic goals by incorporating the stories, contributions and methodologies of diverse communities and underrepresented scientists. Upon completing this class, students will have the skills and resources to continue learning about astronomy on their own and even contribute to ongoing projects. 

  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12