Senior High Science courses are designed to provide students an opportunity to understand the scientific world and gain an appreciation for scientific research. In addition, students attain a level of scientific awareness, become scientifically literate, explore careers in science, and make informed decisions.
Students begin high school in a general science program that is designed to provide a strong background in science and technology. In the second year of science, the student may choose to enter one or more of the individual disciplines - Biology, Chemistry or Physics - or remain in the general program, depending on their individual interests and the entry requirements of their chosen post-secondary institution.
Science is one of the required courses that students must take to prepare for continued academic studies and/or to improve their knowledge of the above processes for the world of work. Students require a 20-level (Grade 11) Science course to graduate from high school.
All Science courses are worth five credits each. All 30-level Science courses are diploma exam courses, and students' final grades in these courses are calculated as 70% of their school-awarded mark plus 30% of their diploma exam mark.