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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of FAQ by parents concerning science content taught in Minneapolis Public Schools. If your concern is not addressed, please feel free to contact us. 


What does my child learn in Elementary school science?

  • The Elementary Science curriculum is laid out here. The curriculum outlines what is taught to students at each grade level. For more information, feel free to look at the MN Academic Standards Science K-12 or contact your child's teacher.

What are science modules? And how do they help my child learn in science?

  • The science modules used in classrooms are put together at the MPS Science Materials Center, and are aligned with the MN Academic Standards Science K-12 benchmarks and the MPS curriculum.  The modules are a great interactive, hands-on tool to discover science in the classroom. They have shown to engage students in more activities and have proven to be more meaningful and relevant to the student. 

Who should I contact about questions regarding the science modules used in my student's elementary and middle school?

How do I support my child who is struggling in science?

  • Supporting a child who is struggling in any subject in school can be as easy as being more involved at your child's school, reading to your child, and being positive and demonstrating interest in their learning. You can find more helpful tips here, or at the Science Matters webpage for parents. If your child is struggling in science, check out our resources for for your child to become interested in learning science. 

How can I help my child prepare for an exam in science?

  • For any exam, make sure your child has rested the night before and has a nutritional breakfast. For science exams, make sure your child reviews worksheets and homework problems assigned by his or her teacher. Online homework help can be found here, which includes fun games and review sessions of science content.

I received a report on my child's performance on the Science MCA-III, what does this mean?

  • You can find the Science MCA-III Parent Report sample here, which explains how to read this special report.

How does my schools' MCA scores compare to other schools' scores?

  • You can find scores for the MCA tests on this MDE website, along with revenue and expenditure data and demographic information.

What if I don't agree with the current science curriculum and who should I contact about my concern?

  • Any concerns regarding science curriculum taught at your child's school should contact Jenn Rose, the K-12 science content lead in the Office of  Teaching and Learning.

What should I look for in the science program at my school?

  • Please check out this link, from SciMath, including making sure your school has hands-on activities, students are encouraged to ask questions, and more. 

What are the high school graduation requirements regarding science?

  • General MPS graduation requirements can be found here. For science specific requirements, high school students must complete a minimum of 9 credits and 3 years of biology, physics, and chemistry. The state of Minnesota has requirements as well, which can be found here.

How do I support my child's interest in becoming a scientist?

  • To support your child in any career field, help your child explore options by making your home a learning environment, encourage learning outside of the home, and reading books about that subject. Additionally, check out our science career profiles here; do fun and safe science activities and experiments at home; enroll your child in a science-enriching program; find role models in your community; and go to museums, parks, and other places where you and your child can learn about science and the outdoors. 

What are the safety precautions in my child's chemistry class?

  • Science safety precautions are taken seriously in all MPS classrooms. All MPS K-6 Science teachers follow these guidelines before allowing their students to take part in science.