Science at St. Michael


Mr. S. DeLuca - Department Head
Mrs. E. Bancroft
​Mr. M. Basso
Mrs. A Hoba
Mr. S. Lane
Mr. D. Smith
Ms. K. Tomljenovic

Welcome to the Science department...

Everywhere you look in the world today, Science plays an important role. From our agricultural sciences that ensure a safe, prosperous food supply to biomedical sciences which maintain a high life expectancy, to physical & mechanical sciences which tackle the major issues of energy & transportation, it has become important that everyone is not only comfortable but adept in Science.

According to the Global Student Network, there are four main reasons why you should pursue Science courses:

* Science fosters thinking skills required for the 21st century learner

* Science feeds the natural love for learning

* Science opens doors to many disciplines (and not just math !)

* Science prepares for the future

At St. Michael, these reasons permeate throughout our entire program, regardless if your pathway follows the academic, applied or essentials route. After sampling topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Earth Science in grades 9 & 10, you have of opportunity to branch out to dive deeper into one (or more) specific courses in Biology, Chemistry & Physics in our Senior program. Beyond these “traditional” disciplines, you have the opportunity to study Earth & Space Science through an online “elearning” format, study Biology at both the PreAP & the Advanced Placement Level (for those moving on to University level Biology) and focus specifically on Health & Wellness in our 4M Science course (which ties directly into the Health & Wellness SHSM).

We are fortunate to be a “full time” department, where teachers are completely focused on Science. This allows for easy communication & collaboration between Science teachers. The benefit to you is well developed, well tested program that will allow a smooth, seamless transition from junior science to senior science courses.

Our underlying department goal focuses on a student inquiry approach to Science. Regardless of the science course, you will have the opportunity to develop & enhance your problem solving skills in both a collaborative & individual environment.

If you have any questions regarding a science course or pathway, please feel free to (directly) contact Steve DeLuca, Department Head of Science at sdeluca@hpcdsb.ca​


​​News Flash!


​Gr. 11 Pre-Advanced Placement Biology students recently completed their week long ISP. Students are seen working through the digestive system of a snake in preparation for their oral test.

​Courses in Science

​We offer courses in compulsory science, biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, and science in health related fields.  An advanced placement opportunity exists in biology.  A student can take the advanced placement course, which prepares them to write a standardized exam.  Successful completion of this exam with achievement level of 3, 4, or 5 (depending on the university) may earn the student a first year biology credit in university.  To learn more about the courses offered and the advanced placement opportunity, check out our course calendar​.

Science Curriculum​​

Achievement of both excellence and equity underlies the three major goals of the secondary science program. The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Science, 2008 therefore outlines not only the skills and knowledge that students are expected to develop but also the attitudes that they will need to develop in order to use their knowledge and skills responsibly. 

The three goals of the science program are as follows:
  • ​to relate science to technology, society, and the environment;
  • to develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry;
  • to understand the basic concepts of science.
Every course in the secondary science program focuses on these three goals. The goals are reflected within each strand of every course in the three overall expectations, which in 
turn are developed in corresponding sets of related specific expectations. The same three goals also underlie assessment of student achievement in science. 

Gra​de 9 & 10
Grade 11 & 12