The Nishimachi science program gives students the opportunity to appreciate and understand science through personal experience. Science is taught with practical "hands-on, minds-on" learning experiences. Subject areas are explored through an inquiry approach and first-hand experimentation that allows for ongoing authentic assessment. Problem solving is an important skill which students hone progressively, level by level. In addition, the program encourages students to make predictions, construct their own means of testing and evaluating, and drawing connections to the wider world.