Science 8 provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in science. Students are introduced to the scientific method, putting their skills into practice through various design labs and analytical tasks. Students are also encouraged to extend their knowledge to their daily lives, reflecting on the questions of "why" and "how" and applying what they have learned. Topics covered in this course include basic chemistry, cell biology, properties of light, and plate tectonics.
Science 9 continues to give students the opportunity to explore and develop their scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Students will continue to develop their skills in applying the scientific method as they design labs and analyze data. Topics covered in this course include chemistry, cell biology and reproduction, electricity, and cycles of matter.
Science 10 continues to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop scientific knowledge and skills prior to entering their senior years. The course covers topics in chemistry, genetics, motion, energy transfer, and space. Students will further hone their skills in designing labs and analyzing data. Our goal is to develop a holistic student who gains scientific knowledge through the process of inquiry.
Chemistry 11 is an introductory course designed to lay a solid foundation for future studies in higher levels of chemistry. This course emphasizes the proper use and care of laboratory equipment, observation of experimental chemical reactions, and analysis of data and verification of scientific principles. Major topics covered include the nature of matter, mole concept, chemical reactions, atomic theory, solution chemistry, and organic chemistry. Recommended prerequisites: "C+" grade minimum in Science 10 and Math 10.
Environmental Science 11
Environmental Science is the study of ecosystems, biological communities, and the interactions of organisms with their physical environment. Students will investigate the complex relationships that contribute to ecological diversity and the changes in ecosystems that are maintained by natural processes. We will also explore human practices that affect the sustainability of ecosystems and the role humans can play in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems.
Life Sciences 11 (previously Biology 11)
Life Sciences 11 is an introductory course designed to give students an appreciation for the living world. It addresses the three main ideas of life, evolution and organisms. It also introduces the students to a variety of biological skills and scientific processes. Students in Life Sciences 11 will investigate the scientific method and principles, cells, micro and macro evolution, taxonomy and classification of all organisms. Laboratory work includes microscopy and dissection of various specimens. A final exam worth 20% of the final grade with be written at the end of the year. Recommended prerequisite: “C+” grade minimum in Science 10.
Physics 11 is a course designed to provide insight into the nature, relevance, and limitations of classical physics. Students will be better prepared to analyze and understand the everyday world and its natural phenomena. Topics covered include kinematics, dynamics, momentum, work, power, energy, waves, and special relativity. Recommended prerequisites: "C+" grade minimum in Science 10 and Math 10.
Science for Citizens 11
Science for Citizens is a course designed to study scientific processes and knowledge in order to inform our decisions and impact our daily lives. Students will investigate how scientific understanding enables humans to respond and adapt to changes locally and globally, and learn how scientific knowledge can be used to develop procedures, techniques, and technologies that have implications for places of employment.
Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly Biology 12)
Anatomy and Physiology 12 focuses on human biology, allowing students to develop an interest in and in understanding of science by looking at themselves and seeing how the diverse body systems are integrated. The big ideas in this course include homeostasis, gene expression and organ systems. The following topics will be covered in detail: biological molecules, cell and cell organelles, DNA and gene expression, protein synthesis, organ systems and how different lifestyle differences effects human health. Recommended prerequisites: “C+” grade minimum in Life Sciences 11. It is also recommended that Chemistry 11 is to be taken before or concurrently with this course.
Biopsychology 12 is a course designed for students who are interested in the fields of Psychology and Neuroanatomy, allowing students to further develop their interest in how our brains and minds work. Students will learn about various topics in the field of psychology and will apply these scientific principles and understandings to the real-world issues and problems that are relevant to their everyday life. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: brain anatomy, consciousness, stress and health, memory, personality, perception, attention and psychological disorders and brain injuries. Students will also be given various opportunities to explore aspects of psychology that are relevant to them.
This course is a detailed study of chemical concepts which will enable a student to gain a more useful perspective of chemistry and its relationship to industrial and environmental processes. The major topic areas are rates of chemical reactions, dynamic equilibrium, solubility equilibrium, acid-base equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Recommended prerequisites: "C+" grade minimum in Chemistry 11 and Pre-calculus 11.
Physics 12 expands on topics covered in Physics 11 and challenges students with a more rigorous mathematical analysis of the everyday world. Students enrolled in this course will be sufficiently prepared for further studies in physics. Topics covered include vector kinematics, vector dynamics, vector momentum, work, power, energy, circular motion, electrostatics, electromagnetism, and electricity. Recommended prerequisites: "C+" grade minimum in Physics 11 and Pre-calculus 11.