Imagination Reasoning Inquiry-based Science

Welcome, fellow scientists!

Providing children with the opportunity to explore the natural world while promoting a healthy body, mind, and self-identity is the greatest priority at IRIS. Here, your child will work with and be guided by accredited, CPR trained personnel who have a strong passion for science and education that is evident in their backgrounds.  
When you enroll with IRIS, you offer your student a variety of experiences: hands-on rigourous science classes that actively engage students in scientific leanrning and research, outdoor exercise opportunities that build teamwork and good sportsmanship, allotted homework time overseen by California credentialed teachers, and imagination time that allows students to utilize the technology and resources available.

What does IRIS stand for?

Our founder, Professor Sue Carter, opened a research institute  focused on brining new renewable energy technologies to consumers, called:

I - Institute for
R - Renewable
I - Integrated
S - Systems

Realizing the need for high quality science programs, she decided to also open the IRIS facilities up to students.  We decided to re-use this acronym! so IRIS additionally stands for:

Inquiry and

IRIS Mission Statement

IRIS strives to train the scientists of tomorrow that will solve the world's greatest challenges.  We aim to create a positive learning environment that fosters imagination, reasoning, inquiry, and sportsmanship. We aspire to maintain a community of science learners while providing activities that promote a healthy body, mind, and self-identity.  

The IRIS Philosophy

IRIS provides inquiry based classes to students in 1st through 12th grade. We offer each student the opportunity to approach science with wonder and an inquiring mind. There are several areas of interest available for our scientists to explore including (but not limited to) Biology/Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering.

Core classes will also include homework time (overseen by credentialed teachers), recreation time to promote healthy physical activity, and imagination time where students can explore the resources in the facility that are not related to their experiments.