Seattle’s Jesuit College Prep School Since 1891


Department Mission Statement

Science is a method of coming to know; the process itself teaches the need for exploration. The science classes at Seattle Prep teach the importance of making connections through exploration in an attempt to instill a spirit of adventure and wonder in every student. This philosophy stresses a scientific process for exploration of the world as God reveals it to us.

As we guide students down this path, their experiences within the classroom help them become scientifically literate. To do this, we emphasize the processes, content, and skills embedded within science. Our students gain an understanding and appreciation of the workings of the physical world, and an openness to growth that leads to the desire for life-long learning. Students also learn to recognize the appropriate uses of technology and, in this way, the importance of ethical decision-making becomes significant.


Click here for a visual flowchart of the Prep science curriculum.


meet the department chair

Heather Murphy
is a chemistry teacher at Seattle Preparatory School. She is the Science Department Chair and teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Chemistry. She has been a faculty member at Prep since 2006. Mrs. Murphy has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters in Teaching (MIT) from Seattle University. In addition, she has completed all of the classes (but not the research) for a Chemistry PhD from Cornell University. Mrs. Murphy holds a WA State Professional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Chemistry, Science, and Math. Prior to teaching chemistry, she worked as an environmental chemist doing EPA testing and compliance work. Mrs. Murphy lives in Seattle with her husband, Mike, their two children, Sam (Prep '16) and Michael (Prep '17), their cat, Theodore, and their Corgi, Spartacus.