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School District 89 implements a rigorous Science curriculum in grades K-8. Our vision is to ensure that students learn Science at high levels, can make sense of reading, interpreting, and communicating information in the science classroom. This is administered through 21st century Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Instructional Practices

K-5 Educators in District 89 uses Interactive Science curriculum, which is a next generation K-5 science program featuring an innovative write-in student edition that makes learning personal, relevant, and engaging. It comprises of the following:

  • Hands-on Labs
  • Routines and Writing
  • Three pathways to learning: Reading, Inquiry, and Digital
  • Common Formative Assessments

6-8 Educators in District 89 implements the Gradual Release model of Responsibility in a Next Generation Science program (NGSS) utilizing the STEMscope Curriculum. It comprises of the following:

  • Cooperative Group Work
  • 5-Es – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate
  • Labs
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Common Formative Assessments


Students have access to the following online resources through the Clever Portal.

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Interactive Science
  • STEMscope
  • Compass Learning
Students use the Clever Portal to access all the learning applications they use at school.