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The Science Program across the Grades

The Science curriculum is guided by the vision that all students will have the opportunity to develop scientific literacy. The goal of scientific literacy is to develop the science-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students need to solve problems and make decisions, and at the same time help them become lifelong learners, maintaining their sense of wonder about the world around them.

The three emphases are Nature of Science, Science and Technology, and Social and Environmental contexts. Each unit for grades 7 and 8 has one of these emphases.

Grade 7 students study the following units:

  • Interactions and Ecosystems
  • Plants for Food and Fibre
  • Heat and Temperature
  • Structures and Forces
  • Planet Earth

Grade 8 students study the following units:

  • Mix and Flow of Matter
  • Cells and Systems
  • Light and Optical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Fresh and Saltwater Systems

Grade 9 Students study the following units:​

  • Biological Diversity
  • Matter and Chemical Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Electrical Principles and Technologies
  • Space Exploration

The students’ marks in all three grades are based on:​

  • lab work
  • practical assignments
  • research assignments
  • class quizzes
  • class work
  • unit tests as well as term exams
At St. Mark, students are expected to perform to the highest of standards. In addition to mastering the curriculum, students spend extra time developing skills that we at St. Mark feel deserve extra emphasis. Students will focus on specific developmental skills, such as solving and evaluating conditions.

We hope that our program will allow students to develop their scientific potential to the fullest. Furthermore, we strive to give students the skills necessary to maximize their success in the future.
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