Grade 11 Courses
Chemistry is the central discipline that connects the branches of science, since matter and its reactions affect every aspect of our world. A strong basis in chemistry is useful for all science pathways. Chemistry 11 reviews and deepens students’ understanding of atoms and molecules, reactions, and chemical naming. It then introduces the mole concept as a tool for mathematical analysis of chemical reactions. Through this course students will develop practical laboratory skills along with their ability to answer questions using scientific experiments. It is recommended that students have a comfortable background with math and science to enter this course.
CHEMISTRY 11 HONOURS – Teacher recommendation required
This course should be considered the first year of a two-year program that leads to the completion of Advanced Placement Chemistry 12. This course deals with the topics of Chemistry 11 in greater depth and includes some topics from A.P. Chemistry 12. The presentation of material is not linear; therefore, it is required that students enroll for both years of the program (11 HONOURS followed the next year by 12 AP)
LIFE SCIENCES 11
Life Sciences 11 concentrates on unity and diversity, form and function of organisms, the theory of evolution, and ecological relationships. It is designed to foster a sense of wonder about the world and its organisms – single-celled creatures, plants, fungus, and animals – while encouraging a sense of responsibility to sustain it. In order to access the broad range of topics in this course, students will need to develop an extensive subject-specific vocabulary to support both reading comprehension and proficient communication of their ideas. Life Sciences 11 is strongly recommended prior to Anatomy & Physiology 12, and for students planning to study biology beyond high school.
LIFE SCIENCES 11 HONOURS & AP BIOLOGY *Partner courses taken with teacher recommendation
*Students will sign up for both and complete them in a single school year.
Life Science (Biology) 11 Honours is the first half (first semester) of the AP Biology program. It includes more intensive coverage of the topics in Life Sciences 11 as well as additional material from the AP Biology University level curriculum. Biology 12 AP (Advanced Placement) is the second half (second semester) of the AP Biology program. It is a higher-level Biology course equivalent to a first-year university offering. In addition to the Anatomy & Physiology 12 curriculum, topics will include Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations. The AP Biology course is designed to enable students to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. This course will prepare students for the Biology College Board Advanced Placement Exam. After showing themselves to be qualified on the AP Exam (graded on a 5-point scale), some students, in their first year of college, are permitted to take upper-level courses in biology or register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite.
Physics 11 will cover four big ideas: Motion, Forces, Energy and Waves with a major focus on describing how objects move in one-dimension and two-dimensions. This course serves as a foundation for many post-secondary courses in science, engineering and kinesiology as well as for Physics 12. A willingness to work in the language of math is crucial in this course as equation manipulation and right-angle trigonometry will be used extensively; creative and critical thinking will be practiced regularly.
SCIENCE FOR CITIZENS 11
Science for Citizens 11 invites students to explore scientific concepts and processes that are relevant to their daily lives. It focuses on application of knowledge to real-world situations, and helps students build their skills in the areas of evidence-based decision making and scientific literacy. This course incorporates hands-on and project-based learning as often as possible. The curriculum in Science for Citizens is flexible, allowing each class to pursue topics of interest. Possible units include human health, environmental science, forensics, household chemistry, disaster preparedness, lab skills and procedures (including workplace safety), forces and machines, engineering/design, and more. Because the topics in this course are not the same from year to year, some post-secondary programs do not accept Science for Citizens as a science entrance requirement. Students wishing to pursue post-secondary studies should check their program requirements when selecting a Science 11 course.