Science

Science at Paradigm Schools

In 1583, Galileo saw a chandelier swinging in the Cathedral of Pisa and found inspiration that ultimately led to the first pendulum-powered clocks. At Paradigm, we encourage our scholars to follow in the footsteps of great scientists like Galileo by teaching them to understand and discover scientific principles all around themselves, in the real world, not just in school tests.

At its core, our philosophy is to teach scholars how to think—not what to think. Keep reading to learn more about the difference a Paradigm science education can make.

What Makes Our Science Program Unique

Paradigm focuses on creating higher-level learning environments for scholars. We want them to do more than just remember facts, we want them to be able to analyze, evaluate, and create. We facilitate this unique learning environment through:

  • Small Class Sizes: Our classes are usually around 20 scholars, which means mentors can provide a more individualized education, often one-on-one.
  • A Multidisciplinary Approach: In the real world, academic subjects like math, science, and even music overlap all the time. Paradigm mirrors the real world by teaching with a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Real World Applications: Scholars can expect to learn how science operates in real world applications, such as in our Plant and Soil Science Course.
  • Highly Available Support: Mentors are available by appointment before school, during lunch, after school, or even by Zoom for scholars who may need extra support.
  • Diverse Learning Opportunities: Learning is available through a variety of avenues including projects, models, experiments, and labs, to name a few.
  • Scholar-Led Learning: Scholars learn in the way that is best for them by choosing their own avenues of learning and answering their own questions through application of the scientific method.

At its core, a Paradigm education is unique because it does not focus on teaching students but rather on creating scholars. The difference between a student and a scholar is the difference between knowing what to think and how to think.

Courses For All Skill Levels

Scholars in prep school begin their studies by taking our middle level Science 7 and 8 courses. However, in high school, all of our science courses have scholars of every grade level. Creating an education that is scholar-led draws out the greatness in every individual and is a fundamental principle at Paradigm Schools.

While there is no placement test for those entering our high school science program, new scholars and 8th graders going into 9th grade are encouraged to enroll in our Earth Science course to receive a strong base knowledge for future learning.

ACT Preparation

Paradigm Schools takes great care in preparing scholars to succeed in college and on college entrance exams. Our benchmarks for evaluating scholars’ learning are modeled from the ACT. Questions from the ACT are incorporated into everyday learning so students can become familiarized with them early on. It is our mission to prime students for success, whatever their future endeavors may be.

Get More Information About Our Courses

Receive an education in how science applies in the real world! Across all courses, scholars are encouraged to make connections to the real world, such as completing a project revolving around preparedness and the Wasatch Fault.

You can get more information about our school, what courses are offered, and see our campus in person by filling out a request form here.

Apply to Paradigm Schools

If you believe your scholar could benefit from our individualized approach to education, apply to our lottery for the opportunity to become eligible to enroll in next year’s classes. You can also call our registrar at 801-676-1018 to learn more about transferring your scholar to Paradigm Schools.

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    I went to Paradigm all through high school. Best experience ever. Not only did it help me focus on my strengths, but it also prepared me for college with its challenging curriculum that makes you think outside the box. The mentors there care about each of their students individually, and want nothing more than the students’ success.

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