The Science Department’s goals for our students are to provide a solid foundation for college-level work, to provide a rigorous and extensive laboratory experience and to develop crucial reasoning skills. The department also strives to instill a respect for nature, as well as an appreciation for its beauty, complexity and diversity. Our efforts are directed to lead students to be responsible steward of the natural world. We are convinced that the insights of science brings our students closer to the truth and to the Creator of truth and that a Catholic Christian student with a profound understanding of science will mature with enriched religious beliefs.
There are many offerings in various disciplines on many levels, from college preparatory level to honors, advanced honors and AP courses. We offer AP Biology for freshmen and for seniors, AP chemistry, AP environmental science, AP physics 1 and 2, and AP physics C.
Academic competitions include the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) and the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS). Fenwick is consistently ranked nationally and at the state level and has won many championships over the years, including the State Championship in 2016. We also participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad, the American Chemical Society Scholarship Examination, Bridge Building Contest, and International Biology and Chemistry Olympiads. Other extracurricular clubs include the Robotics Club, the Environmental Club and the Science & Astronomy Club.
75 percent of the Science Department faculty holds advanced degrees. There is a combined total of over 200 years of teaching experience.
Faculty members have won the following awards: Golden Apple Award, WGN TV's Thanks to the Teacher and Top Five Chicago Teachers, IIT's Outstanding Educator Award, University of Chicago's Outstanding Physics Teacher and Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award, the National Association of Biology Teachers' Biology Teacher of the Year, and MIT's Outstanding Teacher award.