HOW WE Equip
In organic chemistry, our Senior School students use microscale glassware equipment to synthesize and separate compounds that can be analyzed with our FTIR spectrometer. Our innovative curriculum allows students to gain hands-on experience using college-level lab equipment in advanced classes.
This is just one example of the many impressive projects in our Senior School science curriculum – from a fruit fly lab commonly taught at the collegiate level to a genetics study investigating the mystery of the Romanov family. Whether it’s in biology or organic chemistry, Shady Side ensures its students work with updated technology under the tutelage of expert faculty – many of whom hold PhDs and bring college teaching experience to the classroom. Our graduates leave Shady Side feeling confident in their experience and prepared for the rigors of science courses at top colleges.
Located on our Senior School campus, the McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation is set to open in fall 2018 and will include 10 classroom/labs with state-of-the-art equipment; a special projects room for supervised independent research; and a Gold LEED-certified design with sustainability-centered architectural features.