Science Department

Rc9QUImGdl997SWGO32PvlrButpHgpwYcxFTrMvWx6IThe Tempe Preparatory Academy Science Department Program is a six-year curriculum, drawing students into the observation and exploration of the physical and natural world.

The Department’s courses aim to foster an understanding of the major principles associated with the study of life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences. Students study the interactions between the physical, chemical and biological sciences through which students develop a fundamental understanding of inter-theory relations, and a multi-faceted approach to observing and describing the world.

Our instructors use an inquiry-based approach to teaching that encourages students to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence and propose solutions. Teachers use this strategy as a way to increase intellectual engagement and drive students to become active participants in the learning process.

By posing questions, problems and scenarios, students learn how to master critical thinking, higher-level processing and evidence-based practices for addressing complex, real-world challenges.

With an emphasis in Socratic discussion and guided research, students develop a long-lasting comprehension of discernment and scientific analysis.

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Mitchell Sweet – Physical Sciences Department Chair

Elizabeth Tobin – Biological Sciences Department Chair


Life Science introduces students to the incredible diversity of living organisms. Students begin their studies with the scientific method and the importance of scientific thought and inquiry. Students explore life science through the introduction of plants, cells, bacteria and the animal kingdom.

Earth Science at Tempe Preparatory Academy explores the geographical science of the earth, including geology, oceanography, climatology and astronomy. Students will grasp the central foundations of physical science, atmospheric science and ecology.

Through Biological Science, students explore the natural world of life and living organisms. The scope of study is centered on guided learning and Socratic discussions, introducing students to the complexities of life and scientific inquiry. Students learn the foundations of molecular biology, biochemistry and environmentalism.

Physics introduces students to the natural sciences that involve matter, space and time. Through the study of projectile motion, work, energy and momentum, students learn how to investigate and think critically about the concepts of mechanics.

Physics II embodies the study of the fundamental constituents of electricity, magnetism and harmonic motion. The studies of the universal behaviors of the physical world help students develop analytical logic through mathematics and philosophy.

Students learn organic and biological chemistry through the direct observation and investigations of chemical reactions. Students discuss orbitals, electronic structures of atoms and ions, and chemical bonding. Students will gain an understanding of the basic properties of matter and the world around us.

Ninth Grade Catalina Island Marin Institute Program

CIMITempe Preparatory Academy ninth grade students will be taking a fall trip to Catalina Island in California to participate in the three-day Catalina Island Marine Institute program on marine biology and ecology. The program includes activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, initiatives, marine lab programs including the shark, ray and invertebrate touch tanks, plus algae plankton, fish and terrestrial labs. The evening programs include night snorkeling, astronomy hike and squid dissection, to name a few. The program costs $500 per student and includes bus transportation to and from Tempe Preparatory Academy and Long Beach, California, the boat right to and from Long Beach to Catalina Island, as well as three meals a day, all snorkel equipment, three-piece wetsuits and climbing wall equipment. Click here to download the brochure.