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 Grade 9

SNC1LW: Science, Locally Developed
This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life, in the workplace, and in the Grade 11 Science Workplace Preparation course. Students explore a range of topics, including science in daily life, properties of common materials, life-sustaining processes in simple and complex organisms, and electrical circuits. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.

SNC1PW: Science, Applied
This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop practical skills in scientific investigation; and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to cell division and reproduction, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity.

SNC1DW: Science, Academic
This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry; and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment.

Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity.

 Grade 10

SNC2LW: Science, Locally Developed
This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life, in the workplace, and in the Grade 11 Science Workplace Preparation course. Students explore a range of topics, including science in daily life, interactions of common materials, interdependence of organisms in communities and using electrical energy. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.
Prerequisite: SNC1DW, SNC1PW or SNC1LW

10 Environmental
SEN23W: Environmental Science, Open
This locally designed course offers students opportunities to develop field skills in monitoring the natural environment. Our two field sites will be visited at least ten times during the semester in order to take inventory of the physical, chemical and biological factors that affect both the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Animal adaptations, natural plants, streams, and soils will be studied in the context of the ecosystem concept.
Note: This course does not count as a grade 10 compulsory science credit

SNC2PW: Science, Applied
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop further their practical skills in scientific investigation; and to apply their knowledge of science to real-world situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to ecological sustainability, chemical reactions, weather systems, and motion.
Prerequisite: SNC1DW or SNC1PW

SNC2DW: Science, Academic
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop further their skills in scientific inquiry; and to understand the interrelationships among science, technology and the environment. Students will conduct investigations and understand scientific theories related to: ecology and the maintenance of ecosystems; chemical reactions, with particular attention to acid-base reactions; factors that influence weather systems; and motion.
Recommended: Student complete the on-line crossover material if moving from the grade 9 Applied level.
Prerequisite: SNC1DW or SNC1PW

 Grade 11

SNC3EW: Science, Workplace Preparation
This course provides students with the science-related knowledge and skills they need to help them make informed decisions in the workplace and in their personal lives. Students will explore a range of topics, including materials and safety; electrical circuits; micro-organisms; the human immune system and defences against disease; and the impact of humans on the environment. Emphasis is placed on relating these topics directly to students' experiences both in the world of work and in daily life.
Prerequisite: SNC1PW or SNC1LW or SNC2LW

SNC3MW: Science, University/College Preparation
This course enables students, including those who do not intend to pursue science-related programs at the postsecondary level, to increase their understanding of science and its technological applications. Students will explore a range of topics, including the safe use of everyday chemicals; the science of nutrition and body function; waste management; the application of scientific principles in space; and technologies in everyday life. Emphasis will be placed on the role of science and technology in daily life and in relation to social and environmental issues.
Note: This course is only recommended for students interested in Science, but not pursuing it at the post-secondary level. It is not a requirement for any post secondary program.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW or SNC2PW

SAN33W: Animal Science, Open
This locally designed course offers students opportunities to gain skills in caring and handling domestic vertebrate animals in our well-equipped pens, as well as, at home. The anatomy, physiology, adaptations, nutrition and disease prevention of these animals will be studied both academically and practically. Each student is expected to care for, and research, an animal of his/her choice at home. Students will have opportunities to learn from group work and presentations by fellow classmates.
Recommended: SNC2DW or SNC2PW

SHX33W: Horticulture, Open
This locally designed course offers students many opportunities to practice the skills of planting, propagating, producing, identifying, and protecting plants in our well equipped greenhouse, as well as the garden and school campus. Units of study include: plant science, protection, propagation, and identification, as well as soils, fertilizers and the safe use of tools and machinery. Landscape construction, maintenance, and design will be introduced.
Recommended: SNC2DW, SNC2PW or SNC2LW

SBI3CW: Biology, College Preparation
This course focuses on the processes involved in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant structure and physiology, and environmental science. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts and skills needed for further study in the various branches of life sciences and related fields.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW or SNC2PW

SBI3UW: Biology, University Preparation
This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. Students will study cellular functions; genetic continuity; internal systems and regulation; the diversity of living things; and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW

SCH3UW: Chemistry, University Preparation
This course focuses on the concepts and theories that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study the behaviours of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; investigate changes and relationships in chemical systems; and explore how chemistry is used in developing new products and processes that affect our lives and our environment. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of chemistry in other branches of science.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW 

SPH3UW: Physics, University Preparation
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW

  Grade 12

SEN43W: Environmental Science, Open
This locally designed course offers students continued opportunities to study environmental issues with a particular emphasis on humans being an integral part of natural ecosystems. The strands of study are related to the stewardship of watersheds, with particular focus on the water resource. They include: stewardship of watersheds, comparative ecosystems, water, soils, and waste management. Considerable time will be spent on the development of field monitoring and analysis skills through visits to our two field sites.
Recommended preparation: SEN23W

SNC4MW: Science, University/College
This course enables students, especially those who do not intend to pursue science-related programs at the post secondary level, to further develop their understanding of science and its technological applications. Students will explore a range of topics, including organic products in everyday life: pathogens and disease; energy alternatives and their impact globally; communications systems; and science and contemporary societal issues. Emphasis will be placed on relating these topics to global issues as well as to daily life, and on developing skills in the areas of experimentation, research, critical thinking, and analysis. Moral and societal implications of current scientific issue will be explored through discussion debate and presentation.
Note: This course is only recommended for students interested in Science, but not pursuing it at the post-secondary level. It is not a requirement for any post secondary program.
Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 or 12 Science -University or University/College level

SCH4CW: Chemistry, College Preparation
This course introduces students to the concepts that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study qualitative analysis, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, organic chemistry and electrochemistry, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will employ a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and in the development of new technologies and products.
Prerequisite: SNC2DW or SNC2PW

SPH4CW: Physics, College Preparation
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts as they relate to mechanical, electrical, fluid (hydraulic and pneumatic), and communications systems, as well as to the operation of commonly used tools and equipment. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Recommended: MCR3UW or MCF3MW or MBF3CW
Prerequisite: SNC2DW or SNC2PW

SBI4UW: Biology, University Preparation
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
Recommended: SCH3UW
Prerequisite: SBI3UW

SCH4UW: Chemistry, University Preparation
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
Prerequisite: SCH3UW

SPH4UW: Physics, University Preparation
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics. Students will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. They will further develop inquiry skills, learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model. Students will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.
Prerequisite: SPH3UW

 Other Courses

TCJ4EL: Construction Technology, Landscaping, Workplace Preparation
This course offers students continued opportunities to develop skills and understanding in landscape design, construction and maintenance. The strands of study include: landscape planning and design; plant production; soils; plant science and propagation; and landscape construction and maintenance. Various projects in the school’s greenhouse and campus, as well as on public and private properties will enable students to develop and practice the many skills involved in landscaping.
Note: This course is also listed under the Technology section. To select this course on the on-line application look under grade 12 Technology.
Recommended preparation: SHX33W, Grade 11 Horticulture

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Banting offers two areas of specialization within the Green Industries program:

  • Horticulture / Landscape
  • Agri-Business

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • gain industry-specific knowledge through four core courses
  • develop specialized skills and explore a career path through experiential learning
  • acquire sector-specific training and certifications
  • participate in a variety of field trips
  • explore post-secondary choices through “reach ahead” opportunities such as campus visits, seminars, and guest speakers.

Students participating in the Green Industries pathways program will be prepared for a successful post-secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace in either horticulture/landscaping or agri-business.

Basic requirements of students who choose the Green Industries pathway:

  • a keen interest to work in Horticulture/Landscaping or Agri-Business
  • a commitment to regular attendance and punctuality
  • a commitment to working safely as part of a team.

Each student must have basic personal protective equipment including government-approved safety boots, safety glasses and ear protection, gloves and suitable clothing. Some or all of this personal protective equipment may be purchased at a discounted rate from local suppliers before the program begins. Costs for certifications and all protective equipment are the responsibility of the student.

Application forms for this program are available from the Guidance Office.

Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM
The Horticulture & Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major is a two year program that includes four specialized core courses, certifications, experiential learning and post-secondary reach ahead opportunities. This program will prepare students for a variety of horticulture and landscaping careers, including: golf course maintenance, florist, lawn maintenance, forestry, greenhouse labourer/operator, sod producer/turf manager, parks labourer

The four core courses of the program include:

  • Grade 10 Encironmental Science
  • Grade 11 Horticulture
  • Grade 12 Landscaping
  • Grade 12 Design Technology

Students will also receive the following certifications:

  • WHMIS
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fall Protection
  • Chainsaw Safety