FOSS is made for Virginia

On this page, see the scope of the FOSS curriculum. View the evidence of its effectiveness. And take advantage of a free offer.

What is FOSS?

FOSS® is the curriculum that presents science the way students learn it: firsthand, through active investigation of phenomena. It’s why FOSS is proven to improve test scores in districts throughout Virginia and nationwide. UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science developed FOSS for Virginia to align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (VA SOLs) in all these ways:

  • FOSS-developed specific Activities for Virginia (AVAs).
  • FOSS Pacing Guides: A session-by session plan for FOSS investigations and their connections to Virginia SOLs.
  • Engineering design: The active use of science and engineering practices is fundamental to FOSS.
  • Science and literacy: Each FOSS investigation advances cross-curricular literacy learning.
  • Environmental literacy: Support for meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE) in keeping with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
  • The Profile of a Virginia Graduate: FOSS helps students acquire the knowledge and thinking capacity appropriate for world citizens. Why FOSS?

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Local districts already using FOSS:

Here are some of the schools and districts statewide that are using FOSS. To find out more, talk to your local FOSS representative.

Hampton City Schools Hanover County Public Schools Petersburg City Public Schools Giles County Public Schools Frederick County Public Schools Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Prince Edward County Public Schools Highland School (Warrenton) St. James Episcopal (Warrenton) St. Mary's Alexandria Martinsville City Public Schools MS
Hampton City Schools Hanover County Public Schools Petersburg City Public Schools Giles County Public Schools Frederick County Public Schools Spotsylvania County Public Schools Prince Edward County Public Schools Highland School (Warrenton) St. James Episcopal (Warrenton) St. Mary's Alexandria Martinsville City Public Schools MS
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FOSS & Delta Education K–8 Scope and Sequence

The FOSS curriculum is designed as a laddered series of experiences that cumulatively develop not just knowledge, but scientific thinking.



Classroom proven like no other science program.

FOSS has amassed a legacy of results spanning all 50 states and reflecting the combined experience of 100,000 teachers. If you're looking for a science curriculum proven to work for students of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, your search begins and ends with FOSS.



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Only FOSS offers you all this.
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    America's most awarded, most adopted science program

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    Three decades of continuous refinement by 100,000 teachers

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    Professional development & support unmatched by any competitor

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