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Science

Graduation Requirement: Three years, including one year each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Kent Denver offers an exciting Middle School Science program. Discover how we prepare the critical thinkers of tomorrow.


At Kent Denver, science education is a broad, rich experience that embraces all of the physical sciences, mathematics and their relevant technologies. Here, science studies weave a rich tapestry that is both pertinent to, and relevant for, today’s students and forms bridges to our students' exciting futures.

Our Science department offers a strong curriculum enhanced by collaboration between teachers and students, and proper sequence and connectivity between each of the science disciplines. Well-chosen concepts and content incorporate issues of technology and society, and include discovery, inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving experiences.

The Science department faculty assume responsibility for helping adolescents learn to use their minds well, for seeing that students master essential skills and areas of knowledge, for asking students to apply and extend their understanding and for ensuring that these essentials apply to all students. The Science department believes that teaching and learning must be challenging and personalized to the maximum feasible extent, and that students must have the opportunity to excel in both fundamental and advanced course work. Advanced courses and honors designations are available to students who excel in the sciences.


How does Kent Denver's Science program differ for Upper School students? Learn more below.



Meet our Science Faculty

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Mark Bosick

Mark Bosick

Titles: Dean of Students: Class of 2022, Science Teacher, Science Teacher
Biography:

B.A. - Biological Sciences
M.I. - Education

Jeff Caulfield

Jeff Caulfield

Titles: Chair, Science Department
Biography:
B.A. - Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. - Analytical Chemistry

“I never want to stop learning and I love partnering with students to learn along their side.”

Before beginning his teaching career at Kent Denver, Dr. Caulfield co-founded a company that used gas-phase chemical reactions to produce thin plastic coatings on difficult-to-coat materials. This work—along with a brief stint in the aerospace industry and Ph.D. research involving ground-water pollutants—led to Dr. Caulfield’s deep fascination for material science, space and environmental studies. He shares his enthusiasm with students in his sixth- and 12-grade science classes. “Students are so optimistic and eager to understand that it makes every day an exciting adventure,” he says.
Emily Danitz

Emily Danitz

Titles: Science Teacher
Biography:

B.S. - Biology
M.A. - Science Education

“I love learning something new everyday. I love watching the ‘light bulb’ moment students have when something clicks for them.”

Ms. Danitz chooses to work for Kent Denver because of our strong community. “I love the dedication our students have, and I love the camaraderie among the faculty,” she says.

Deanna Detmer

Deanna Detmer

Titles: Science Teacher
Biography:

B.S. - Chemical Engineering
M.Ed. - Science Education

“I loved being a student. Being a teacher allows me to continue on a path of lifelong learning. Teaching is both challenging and rewarding. Everyday brings something new.”

Prior to joining Kent Denver, Ms. Detmer taught AP Chemistry and Honors Chemistry in both Glastonbury, CT and in the Cherry Creek School District. Before beginning her teaching career, she was an environmental engineer specializing in soil and groundwater remediation.

Ms. Detmer says she chooses to work at Kent Denver because “I value community and building relationships. I thrive in an environment of collaboration. The students, faculty and staff at Kent Denver are incomparable in their dedication to building and fostering relationships.”

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