Science

The science curriculum at Loyola Academy utilizes a hands-on approach to the study of science. Students conduct a variety of experiments, learning the scientific method in the areas of Earth, life, and physical sciences.
 

Earth & Space Science

In 6th grade Science, students explore the functions of God’s creation in depth through Earth and Space Science. Some of the topics included in our curriculum are the following:
  • Methods of Science: discovering the processes that scientists use when performing scientific investigations
  • Exploring and Mapping Earth: using scientific tools to gain an understanding of the massive scope of Earth
  • Earth’s Structure: understanding what the layers of Earth are comprised of and how they function as a system
  • Exploring Space: observing the universe and how the planets, sun, moon and stars of our Solar System interconnect
  • Geologic Changes: interpreting plate tectonics, earth dynamics such as the creation of landforms, and earthquakes/volcanoes
  • Rocks & Minerals: understanding the formation of different types of rocks and how they compare to the composition of minerals
  • Weather & Climate: interpreting weather patterns and forecasts and how they relate to climate cycles and climate change
 

Life Science

The 7th grade science course is focused on Life Science. Our course goals include:

  • Students will engage in effective argumentation by justifying claims with evidence.
  • Students will critically integrate information from various types of reliable written, qualitative, and quantitative sources.
  • Students will develop models to explain biological phenomena and interactions.
  • Students will use experimental results to create explanations for observed phenomena.
  • Students will analyze how biotic and abiotic factors interact in patterned ways in and between ecosystems.
  • Students will conceptually and diagrammatically explain the interconnectedness of biological systems.
 

Our unit topics are as follows:

  • Unit One: Cell Biology: Structure and Function of the Organism
  • Unit Two: Energy Flow Within Ecosystems
  • Unit Three: Natural Selection
  • Unit Four: Evolution
  • Unit Five: Human Body/ Dissections
  • Unit Six: Microorganisms
  • Unit Seven: Genetics
  • Unit Eight: Growth and Reproduction

 

Physical Science

The 8th grade course is revolved around an introduction to chemistry and physics. Our course goals include:

  • Students will demonstrate the process of scientific investigation.
  • Students will formulate arguments and claims through written and mathematical data.
  • Students will critique data based on strength and validity of evidence.
  • Students will apply concepts of forces exerted on Earth to an object’s movement or position and how it can change.
  • Students will analyze the structure and properties of matter and interactions between different forms of matter.
  • Students will make connections between energy flow and sound, light, electricity and magnetism.
 

Our unit topics are as follows:

  • Unit One: Properties of Matter
  • Unit Two: Atomic Composition and Characteristics
  • Unit Three: Chemical Reactions
  • Unit Four: Energy Forms and Transformations
  • Unit Five: One Dimensional Motion
  • Unit Six: Newton’s Laws and Motion
  • Unit Seven: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Unit Eight: Sound, Light, and Electromagnetic Waves