The senior high science programs will help all students attain the scientific awareness needed to function as effective members of society. Students focus on interconnected ideas and principles, such as change, diversity and energy. They will develop scientific knowledge through collecting, analyzing and interpreting experimental evidence. Additionally, students make connections among science, technology and society. They will continue to develop a sense of wonder about the natural world. Students will be able to pursue further studies and careers in science, and come to a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. The choice of program in Science should be based on achievement in Grade 9 science and mathematics courses.
Students in Grade 10 are required by Alberta Education to complete Science 10 before taking Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the 20 and 30 levels. The level of difficulty increases with higher numbered science courses. Students should carefully determine which science course(s) are needed for entrance to various post-secondary programs.
Changing Course Sequence
At Dr. E.P. Scarlett we support students in selecting courses that match their goals and learning style. In CBE high schools, meeting with your subject teacher to review your work and the outcomes of a course is the first step in a course sequence transfer process. You may initiate this process, or your teacher may also invite you to do this with them. Before any course sequence transfer is finalized, however, your principal or assistant principal and the Learning Leader of the subject will be brought into the conversation. If you are under eighteen, your parent or guardian will also be part of the discussion. In high school, a 50% minimum is required to progress to the next level course within in a course sequence. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that students achieve 65% in the previous requisite course prior to moving to the next course in the course sequence.
Changing Course Sequences: Teacher recommendations are made with great care and attention. They are based upon ensuring students have the necessary foundation in place to achieve success in their registered course. Changes to this process can only be achieved through the following steps:
- Consultation with the subject teacher and/or Student Services.
- Teacher or Learning Leader calls the parent.
- Change Form signed if the parent is in agreement.
- Team Learning Leader approval & signature, prior to any made changes.