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
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.
Science 10 AP
Biology 20 AP
Physics 20 AP
Biology 30 AP
Physics 30 AP
Environmental Science AP