In the senior high science programs, students focus on learning the big interconnecting ideas and principles. These ideas, or major themes, originate from science knowledge that transcends and unifies the natural science disciplines. These themes include change, diversity, energy, equilibrium, matter and systems; the process by which scientific knowledge is developed, including the role of experimental evidence; and the connections among science, technology and society
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
At St. Francis Xavier High School we offer a large variety of science courses to meet the diverse needs of our students. In addition to the core disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology, we also offer Science 20 and 30, advanced placement courses in physics and biology, and computer programming in conjunction with the CTS department. Science 20 and 30 are designed for students who don’t wish to proceed in the sciences in post-secondary, but need a science course for entrance into a faculty like Education or Arts. The advanced placement curriculum provides students with the same content that is provided in the first year of university and is recommended for students who show a strong interest in the subject area and are self-motivated learners. The computer programming courses offered in conjunction with the CTS department prepares students for their first year of university in the science or engineering faculties where an introductory computer programming course is required.
The intent of each science course is to assist students in attaining the scientific awareness required to function in a modern world. Students learn to better understand themselves and the environment in which they live. In addition, they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to continue in science related studies and pursue careers in science.
All senior high science courses are developed around several major themes. These themes are: change, diversity, energy, equilibrium, matter and systems, the scientific process, and the inter-relationship of science, technology and society.