Introducing a new hands-on elementary science program that helps students think and act like real scientists. Created by our team of teacher-writers and subject experts, PhD Science® is an innovative curriculum that inspires students to wonder about the world and empowers them to make sense of it.

Students use a pipette to drop water onto a sugar cube and observe the results.

The Support You Need

New standards have shifted classrooms toward inquiry-driven instruction. PhD Science wasn’t retrofitted for the standards. It was designed to help teachers become facilitators while students drive phenomenon-based learning. It is a coherent curriculum designed to reflect the shift in science education standards, with in-context instructional support embedded in the Teacher Edition for every lesson.

Evidence in the Classroom

“One of the most rewarding things I see is that all students excel,” Susan Warren, an Owensboro, Kentucky, pilot teacher, remarked when asked about PhD Science in her classroom. With this curriculum, students in more than 1,000 classrooms nationwide are building knowledge to explain compelling authentic phenomena. They make observations, ask questions, participate in discussions, design and conduct investigations, and practice modeling.

Student has an Aha! moment as she observes a chemical reaction.


The PhD Science Teacher Resource Pack is a selection of free materials and tools, including the Implementation Guide, Family Tip Sheets, Instructional Supports, Materials Lists, and more.

Aligned To Your State Standards

PhD Science provides free grade-level analyses of how the curriculum aligns with standards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Curious About PhD Science?

Whether you’re just getting started with PhD Science or want to learn more, our online Resource Overview Sessions are a great way to explore the curriculum and online resources created to help ensure successful implementation.

PhD Science Curriculum Review Materials

Did you know that elephants can sense rainstorms from more than 100 miles away by using a variety of sensory receptors.

This phenomenon explains the sense and response of organisms, one of the many concepts students learn in PhD Science.