Instruction » Science


In Hopewell, the core science curriculum in grades K-6 includes content strands as identified in the Virginia Standards of Learning.  These strands are also represented indirectly on up through high school courses.  These strands are


  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic;
  • Force, Motion, and Energy;
  • Matter;
  • Life Processes;
  • Living Systems;
  • Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems;
  • Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change; and
  • Earth Resources.


The Math Science Innovation Center provides resources for Hopewell students that help clarify science concepts.  On occasion, guest teachers from MSiC bring lessons face-to-face and virtually to students.


Each year, all three elementary schools participate in schoolwide Science Fairs.  These events help solidify for students how the scientific process works.  Third grade students also participate in Dominion Power’s Project Plant It! each spring.


Patrick Copeland Elementary School has earned the Virginia Naturally School designation for several consecutive years.  This is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth, administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


CLICK HERE for links to the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning and Curriculum Frameworks.