At High Mowing science is not taught as a static series of facts to be memorized and recited. Our students instead use the scientific body of knowledge to inform their observations and questions about the world around them.
High Mowing students begin their education on the Hill by studying the Earth beneath their feet. During their Orientation Trip to the White Mountains the first-years explore the region’s geological history and the composition of the earth, and when they return to campus they are taught by a team of teachers how land masses form, and how to recognize soil and sediment rock profiles in the world around them.
The 9th graders study their own composition in Anatomy and Physiology, the laws of heat in Thermodynamics, and the earth’s flora in Plant Chemistry. Sophomores continue to study the relationships and laws that govern the world around us when they study water in the Hydrology block, motion in the Kinematics block, and the structure of life in the Cell Biology block.
With a comprehensive base of knowledge at their disposal, the focus of the 11th and 12th Grades turns to observing phenomena and recognizing the interconnectedness of all systems. The juniors design experiments and develop hypotheses in the Electricity and Magnetism block, the Atomic Theory block, and the Botany block. The seniors consider the place of humankind in the Zoology and Evolution block, and deepen their understanding of the observable world in the Visual Physics block.
Students have the opportunity to further investigate the world around them in elective track classes. Some explore the heavens in the Astronomy course and tackle modern questions of ecology and economics in the Current Environmental Issues course. Others gain firsthand experience in Natural History in the Naturalist Trimester, and develop a relationship to High Mowing’s own food system in Horticulture.