Students in Bio Science Class


Academics: Science

"Assessments are best when they engage students in understanding and improving their learning, motivating them to increase the quality of work."

Science and robots



Science Philosophy

Scientifically literate students engage in critical thinking, collaboration, public presentation, exploration, real-world problem solving, and inquiry-based learning.

GJPS Science GoalsGirls building circuits

  • Elementary - In GJPS, elementary scientists will learn through inquiry and exploration, laying the foundation to become scientific thinkers. 
  • Middle - In GJPS, middle school scientists will conduct scientific investigations that help students adapt to the changing world around them. 
  • High - In GJPS, high school scientist will think critically, develop scientific investigations, draw a valid conclusion supported with evidence, and communicate clearly to prepare them for life after high school. 



5E ModelStudents in Science Class

In order to support students’ important work with thinking, acting, and writing like scientists, Gahanna-Jefferson’s science instruction is based on the 5E Model, a constructivist approach that conveys that students construct new ideas based on previous ideas. The 5E Model is a lesson structure implemented throughout the scope of an entire unit, providing students with different opportunities to develop their thinking through interaction about a given focus.

These stages are: 

Engage - Students mentally engage with an activity or question that captures their interest, provides an opportunity to express what they know about the concept or skill, and connects prior knowledge to new ideas.

Explore - Students investigate scientific ideas through inquiry-based activities. Students look for patterns and evidence to develop an understanding of the scientific concept.

Explain - Students communicate what they have learned so far and make connections to prior knowledge and experiences.

Elaborate - Students apply knowledge gained from new experiences to develop a deeper and broader understanding of key concepts in collaboration with others.

Evaluate - Students engage in a variety of assessments to help the teacher/facilitator and student gauge the current level of understanding and to promote reflection for future growth.