The American Community School of Abu Dhabi’s Science curriculum is designed to assist educators in planning, implementing, and assessing a science program that allows "students to develop an understanding of what science is, what science is not, what science can and cannot do, and how science contributes to culture." (National Science Education Standards, 1996, p.21) It is based on the belief that:

  • Science is a human activity that can be characterized by participants' processes.
  • All students can learn and succeed in science.
  • Learning science is an active process involving inquiry and experience (something students do, not something that is done to them).
  • Everyone can describe, explain, and predict scientific concepts.
  • Science, technology, and society are interrelated.
  • Attitudes toward science established in childhood shape adult scientific literacy.
The goal of our Science program is to assure our students achieve scientific literacy. The National Science Education Standards define scientific literacy as "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for scientific decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity."

The ACS Science Curriculum is adapted from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).