Middle School Science

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Registration opens Tuesday July 18th at 10:00am!

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

Questions about our hot/wet weather policies?  Read our Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.  As a note, a portion of each Middle School Science class is spent outside the classroom in the elements.

Middle School Science

Grad (as of September 2017): 5th-6th and 7th-8th

Class Size: 12 max per class

Class duration: 3 hours, 25 mins

Class days and times: Tuesday or Thursday, 1:10pm-4:35pm 

Class Tuition: $386/8 week session


Sienna Ranch Middle School Science is specifically designed for homeschoolers who are looking for a unique opportunity to study age-appropriate science topics based on NGSS standards at our 21 acre Ranch in the hills of Lafayette. We will teach the practice and process of science, including hands on experimental methods, lab skills, scientific approaches to problems and an understanding of scientific knowledge to prepare students for their journey into high school and beyond. We always strive to find innovative, fun and effective ways to tie in all of our lessons to life on the Ranch. We might be studying ecology by doing field surveys of biodiversity in the hills, studying gravity and engineering by dropping eggs from the top of the tree fort, or learning about pH in natural ecosystems by testing the water in our pond. Whether their aspirations are highly academic or just scientifically curious, Sienna Ranch Science aims to leave all students with a positive association with science, and to help our students develop into global citizens committed to using their understanding of science to make rational and informed decisions throughout their lives.

Sienna Ranch Science classes are divided by grade, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Both classes will meet at the same time and will spend some time together on most days playing games or completing group activities. Each class will have a separate classroom space and instructor. In order to serve as a partner in education with homeschool families, Sienna Ranch Science instructors will provide a session syllabus with a course summary and monthly work samples for charter school submission. Some light homework may be given. Sienna Ranch does not issue grades, and strives for a collaborative and flexible learning environment where each student’s unique path is recognized.

Our curriculum is designed so that students are able to enroll in one session at a time, or in all four years of Science.


5th/6th Grade Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
ODD YEARS (beginning Fall 2017) BIOLOGY:
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
Practical Research Methods
EVEN YEARS (beginning Fall 2018) BIOLOGY: Cellular Biology and Microscopy CHEMISTRY:
Genetics and DNA
Sound and Light
7th/8th Grade Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
ODD YEARS (beginning Fall 2017) Sound and Light Electricity and Magnetism Mechanics and Motion Field Ecology Research Methods
EVEN YEARS (beginning Fall 2018) Matter and Changes of State Density and the Periodic Table Chemical Changes Cellular Biology and Microscopy


Every day at the Ranch, our class aims to:

*Complete at least one hands on activity, investigation or experiment

*Complete at least one structured written or verbal exercise

*Visit one of our beloved Ranch animals

*Play a group game outside


Sienna Ranch Middles School Science Students are:

*Happy to get a bit dirty and be outside in all weather

*Curious and excited to push themselves deeper into the world of science

*Able to read and write at approximate grade level

*Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment filled with distractions

If you have any questions about these requirements or anything else on this page, please contact chrislauf@siennaranch.net



Classes are eight weeks long.  Join us for one session, or register for the full year.

Registration opens Tuesday July 18th!

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

2017-18 School Year Dates

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Sep 4-Oct 29 Oct 30-Jan 14 Jan 15-Mar 11 March 26-May 27
no class: 11/20-26; 12/18-12/31  no class: 4/2-8

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2017-18 School Year Wait List Report a Planned Absence Here