At Wakefield, learning science means international travel, hands-on research, and highly qualified faculty. The curriculum offers up to 10 electives to help students pursue their passions to the highest degree. In addition, Upper School students have opportunities to study conservation biology and animal behavior in both Namibia and the Amazon. Through partnerships with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Amazonia Expeditions, students can work hand-in-hand with wildlife conservationists or conduct a mini-research project on botany, zoology, or anthropology.Students begin their exploration of the science of life with General Biology, with an emphasis on integrative analysis. General Biology is a laboratory science, involving the students in a variety of laboratory activities including dissection, modeling, microscope investigation, and bio-chemical inquiries.
In all studies, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and science processing skills which is accomplished through extensive laboratory work, presenting ample opportunities for hands-on learning in addition to refining important scientific skills and techniques.Students continue their journey with a rigorous traditional Chemistry course, and then can branch off into electives such as Concept Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Conservation Ecology, Forensics, Animal Behavior, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.