Les Brown’s quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you’ll land among the stars” is befitting of the PHS Science Department’s philosophy. It accurately depicts how even mistakes can lead to success. Scientific activity is all about trial and error, how serendipity and experimentation are the cornerstones of scientific advances.
Under the guidance and direction of the core values and the mission of the Sisters of Providence, the California Science Content Framework, and the National Science Standards, the Science Department has adopted a teaching style designed to empower students with the critical thinking skills that are an essential component to achieving scientific literacy. Providence High School offers a college preparatory curriculum including honors and advanced placement courses structured to challenge students to a higher level of performance, not only in content reflecting a body of knowledge, but also in a problem-based approach to learning which embraces the scientific method of inquiry. The scope and sequence of the “Science Path” at Providence allows students to receive a holistic exposure to scientific learning. Instructors also encourage students to respect the great minds that came before us as trendsetters who lead the way in improving our lives in all aspects. The industries of agriculture, manufacturing, health and food services, and technology have benefited invaluably from scientific contributions and breakthroughs. This spirit of achievement and an open mind are what members of the department model for students as they embark on their lifelong journey of learning, achieving milestones and contributing to a better world. It’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s quote, “Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions” that the science faculty keeps in mind for itself as well as the students.