Starting in 6th grade, introductory principles of earth science will be explored in detail, with some related topics from physical and life sciences included. In 7th grade, life science will be investigated with some related topics from physical and Earth sciences included. Students in 8th grade will be diving into concepts that relate to physical science, chemistry, and astronomy with some related topics from Earth and life sciences included. A variety of teaching methods are employed to ensure the best possible comprehension and retention of science concepts. Science activities will be based on the California Science Standards delineated in the California Science Framework and will utilize the skills and techniques outlined in the Investigation and Experimentation Strand of the Content Standards.