Rachel Carson is an options-magnet program designed for students with a strong interest in science in the middle grades. This challenging, science-focused academic program provides authentic science experiences in a variety of the core sciences and other subject areas. Almost weekly field experiences enrich the classroom experience.
The program opened in Fall 2004 with three classrooms and 90 students housed at Five Oaks Middle School. The 2014-15 school year will host 180 Rachel Carson students and six staff members.
The curriculum teaches an integrated and accelerated science curriculum connected to the areas of math, language arts, and social studies. The curriculum, activities and projects are designed to meet the needs of students who demonstrate an interest for acceleration and depth in the sciences. All state and district benchmarks are taught at Rachel Carson.
Through the integration of three core classes (science, math, and humanities), students learn environmental science. With this environmental lens, we cycle through three themes: systems, change, and sustainability. Field experiences, intensive curricular connections, and advanced science equipment allow for the full exploration of the wide variety of ecosystems in our region.
Another foundational component of Rachel Carson lies within our commitment to service learning. Through our site visits and our work with community partners, students gather authentic data as a service to community efforts in restoration, preservation and monitoring of our local ecosystems.