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  • Grade 6 - Science

    This is an introductory Science course. Students will learn how to conduct experiments using the scientific method. They will learn how Science fits into everyday life. Students will build basic laboratory skills and practice scientific thinking while covering introductory units on General Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Life Sciences.  During Semester 2, students will plan and carry out a Science Investigation and present their findings formally to the school community. Assessment Programs can be consulted for Semester 1 and Semester 2.

    These are the minimum expectations of students in the class. Student notebooks will be checked and graded by this rubric, which is pasted into their notebooks. These grades will go into their classwork portfolio to be counted toward their semester grade.

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  • Grade 7 - Science

    In Grade 7, students will continue to build on their scientific thinking, laboratory techniques and report writing skills, all of which play an important part in 21st Century science. Students will practice these skills as they work through units in the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. Topics include energy flow through ecosystems, diet and digestion, basic chemistry, forces and motion, and other topics that touch on some of the main themes in modern science: evolution, interdependence, causality, form and function, and equilibrium. During Semester 2, students will plan and carry out a group-based Science Investigation and present their findings to the school community.  You can access the Assessment Programs here for Semester 1 and Semester 2.

    These are the minimum expectations of students in the class. Student notebooks will be checked and graded by this rubric, which is pasted into their notebooks. These grades will go into their classwork portfolio to be counted toward their semester grade.

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  • Grade 8 - Combined Sciences

    Students study units in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. In all sciences, students will cover a range of topics and continue to develop their core scientific skills through a variety of labs, activities, and homework.

    Useful files in Biology include: Expectations in Biology, Study Guides for Semester 1 and Semester 2, and Assessment Programs for Semester 1 and Semester 2.

    Useful files in Chemistry include: Assessment Programs for Semester 1 and Semester 2.

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  • IGCSE - Combined Sciences

    This is a two-year comprehensive course designed to provide the student with an adequate background for advanced studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each year of the two-year program is a balanced course in Combined Science. Students study units in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. They learn how science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments.

    The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken: 2017 - 2018 Syllabus and 2019 - 2021 Syllabus (with updates here)

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  • IB - Biology
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    • Biology Standard Level

      This laboratory-based course is a preparation for the IB Biology Standard Level examination taken in May of Grade 12. The content and level of this program provide sound preparation for university courses requiring a biological qualification. The course topics include: Writing laboratory reports, Cells and Chemistry of life with extension to proteins and DNA structure, Digestion, Respiratory system, Circulatory system, Excretory system, Hormones, nerves and homeostasis, Muscles and movement and Defense against infectious diseases.

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    • Biology Higher Level

      This laboratory-based course is a preparation for the IB Biology Higher Level examination taken in May of Grade 12. The content and level of this program provide sound preparation for university courses requiring a biological qualification. The course topics include: Writing laboratory reports, Cells and Chemistry of life with extension to proteins and DNA structure, Digestion, Respiratory system, Circulatory system, Excretory system, Hormones, nerves and homeostasis, Muscles and movement and Defense against infectious diseases.

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  • IB - Chemistry

    IB Chemistry Class of 2017

    This is a very challenging college preparatory course which prepares the students for the IB/AP examinations. Students following IB HL Chemistry may also opt to take the AP Chemistry examination but since the IB and AP curricula do not fully overlap, such students will be expected to do some independent studies. The course includes the fundamentals of chemistry (SL/HL) and some very intensive laboratory work (SL/HL). HL students will study material already covered at SL in much greater depth and will often be required to describe phenomena mathematically. All students will carry out a 10 hour individual Chemistry investigation that will contribute 20% to the final IB grade. Students take the IB exams in May of Grade 12. Proficiency in advanced Mathematics is essential to do well.

    Important documents include the IB Chemistry Syllabus, the IB Data Booklet, and Assessment Programs for Grade 11 Semester 1 and Semester 2, and Grade 12 Semester 1 and Semester 2.

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  • IB - Physics

    This course is a preparation for the IB Physics Standard and Higher Level examination taken in May of Grade 12.

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