Our overall goal is to promote scientific literacy (defined in The Ontario Curriculum, 2008 as “The possession of the scientific knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required to thrive in the science-based world of the twenty-first century.”), to help students understand the practical applications of science, and to develop critical thinking skills. As we navigate living through a pandemic, these skills have become even more important.
Throughout our program, students are held to high standards and are encouraged to develop their potential.
All our courses include hands-on work such as laboratory investigations, dissections, and using tools such as data-probes and computer simulations. We find such approaches to be successful in allowing students to enjoy science, which in turn increases their interest and curiosity.
Science course offerings at SATEC Informational Meeting, Feb. 5, 2021
Grade 9 – SNC1DP, SNC1D, SNC1L
Grade 10 – SNC2DP, SNC2D, SNC2L
Biology – SBI4U, SBI3UP, SBI3U, SBI3C
Biotechnology – IDC4U
Chemistry – SCH4U, SCH4C, SCH3UP, SCH3U
Physics – SPH4U, SPH4C, SPH3UP, SPH3U
'P' designates courses that are part of our specialized program.
Sabrina Aziz, Assistant Curriculum Leader, Biology & Grades 9, 10 Science
Dr. Julie Wasylnka, Assistant Curriculum Leader, Chemistry & Physics
Adriana Comsa, Biology & Grade 9, 10 Science
Derrick Cuff, Physics & Grade 9, 10 Science
Jenny Daya, Chemistry & Grade 9, 10 Science
Richard Kingsley, Chemistry & Grade 9, 10 Science
Colin Rhoden, Chemistry, Physics, & Grade 9, 10 Science
Mahesh Samji, Grade 9, 10 Science
Eric Shaver, Physics, Grade 9, 10 Science
Our science program is complemented with class excursions to learning facilities such as the Ontario Science Centre, the Metro Toronto Zoo, and the Royal Ontario Museum. As well, we are often invited to special exhibits and lectures that offer enrichment to our students. Two notable examples are the Gairdner Lectures, and the Canada 2067 National Leadership Conference. In 2016, SATEC students had to the privilege to listen to a lecture by the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Emmanuelle Charpentier. At the Canada 2067 Conference, SATEC students were the only ones in attendance, and were the student representatives for the Toronto District School Board.
We participate in the following academic competitions:
University of Toronto Biology Competition (in 2018, our student Anujan Ravichandran scored in the 85.6 percentile; in 2019, our student Param Patel scored in the 95th percentile)
University of Waterloo Chemistry Competition
University of Waterloo Physics Competition