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The Science Department’s goals for our students are to provide a solid foundation for college-level work, to provide an extensive laboratory experience, and to develop crucial reasoning skills.  The department also strives to instill a respect for nature and an appreciation for its beauty, complexity, and diversity.  Our efforts will be directed to lead students to be responsible stewards of the natural world.  We are convinced that scientific insights bring 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.


The department offers a variety of courses on many levels, from college preparatory level to honors, advanced honors and Advanced Placement. We offer AP Biology for freshmen and for seniors, AP chemistry, AP environmental science, AP physics 1 and 2, and AP physics C.

Department Extracurriculars

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 WYSE State Championship in 2016 and the TEAMS National Divisional Championship in 2017. 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 and the Environmental Club.

Department Faculty

Most 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.

Honors or Advanced Placement Science

Any student wishing to take an Honors or Advanced Placement Science class next year must preregister before January 19, 2018. Students who are not preregistered will only be approved if there is space remaining in the class.  

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Amy Christophell Amy Christophell Science Teacher  ext. 240
Daniel Conlin Daniel Conlin Science Teacher  ext. 124
Dale Heidloff Dale Heidloff Science Teacher  ext. 222
Marcus McKinley * Marcus McKinley Science Department Co-Chair  ext. 234
Jennifer Riggs Jennifer Riggs Science Teacher  ext. 293
Elizabeth Timmons Elizabeth Timmons Science Teacher  ext. 285
Michael Trankina Michael Trankina Science Teacher  ext. 290
Daniel Wnek Daniel Wnek Science Teacher  ext. 275
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