At the core of the Science curriculum is inquiry. In the PYP there is a commitment to a concept-driven curriculum as a means of supporting the inquiry. In the process of inquiry students are led to observe, recognize and define problems, investigate, report and communicate their findings, analyze and draw conclusions from their results. Science is integrated with other subject areas. The knowledge component of Science is arranged into four disciplines: 

  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Life Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering, Technology and Application of Science


The Science program is based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are based on three dimensions:

  • Crosscutting Concepts: describe concepts linking the different domains of Science
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: describe core ideas in the Science disciplines
  • Science Engineering Practices: describe behaviors scientists and engineers engage in 


Science Standards