Students must improve their scientific skills in learning how to study a problem in biology based on available Mathematical charts or Chemistry/Physics concepts. They must also reinforce their observation skills and be able to gather as much information as possible from any kind of document.
The curriculum includes the study of the universe which is a subject often treated by the media nowadays -- satellites sent to space and other world concerns such as global warming… Other subjects such as the respiratory or circulatory systems while the body is in action are also studied in relation with sports activities and food intake and/or with sport activities and physical training. Consequently, topics such as drug abuse are discussed.
Finally studies in genetics introduce the students to the present world and its modern techniques and biotechnology research.
All students pursue their studies in genetics by studying the works of great pioneers and their fundamental researches though those enrolled in scientific sections do it in a much more formal manner compared to students in literary or economics sections.
Grade 11 students enrolled in a scientific section are introduced to specialized softwares such as Anagen and Sismolog which they will have to master by Grade 12 before they take the baccalauréat exam.
Grade 11 and Grade 8 students have the opportunity to visit sites in the Philippines such as the Taal Volcano which illustrates their studies in Geology supplemented by an extensive study of minerals using microscopes with polarized and analyzed light.
More and more experiments are done using computer softwares for subjects concerning Genetics, Evolution, Geology, Biology (dissections to better understand the reproductive systems), microscopic studies with polarized and analyzed (PA) light for the study of rocks formation and movements. Students are given the opportunity to practice and test their skills with Baccaulauréat type examinations taken regularly in conditions similar to those of the real exam.
Students can major in Biology, if they wish.
Physics and Chemistry
Physics and Chemistry programs have 2 objectives : to educate the students who will pursue a scientific career and provide them with basic methodological and theoretical tools, and to develop their scientific culture which is indispensable nowadays.
In Chemistry, distinction is made between natural and synthetic chemical products and one illustration is to allow students to create perfumes in the laboratory with the same chemical properties as those found in nature. The concept of element is then introduced to understand its preservation during chemical transformations.
Finally, the writing of a chemical reaction as an equation using symbols makes it possible to discuss the evolution of chemical systems.
The curriculum in Physics covers the exploration of the universe from the smallest to the biggest units. Students learn about their place in space and time applying the law of gravitation and the principle of inertia.
In Optics, the study of light makes it possible to understand the chemical structure of stars. The numerous laboratory experiments included in the curriculum aim to shape the students’ critical minds.
The program for Grade 11 scientific section is partly different from that of Grade 10 as it provides a more in depth study for students who chose to major in science.
The Physics program is divided in 4 parts: Fundamental interactions, Force and Energy, Electro-dynamism and Optics. Emphasis is placed on precise and accurate measurements to be done during laboratory applied exercises to prepare the students for their experimental evaluation when they take the Baccalauréat exam.
In Chemistry, measurements are also the core of the program. Students also gradually discover different types of reactions such as acid-base and oxidation-reduction reaction.
Finally, organic chemistry allows students to understand the extent of creative possibilities with Chemistry in certain areas such as perfumery and pharmacy.
The framework of the program is the evolution of systems along the years.
The preparation for the baccalauréat exam is progressive and students will perform more experiments using computer software.
The variations of movements in waves, nuclear transformations and Newton Laws are studied in Physics.
The speed of reactions, their properties whether it is total or limited as well as their possible control are subjects taken in Chemistry
There is ample time in this class for linking theories to mathematical developments as required in the curriculum.
The baccalauréat exam consists of written tests as well as laboratory experiments and the student’s capability in both areas is considered and will determine the final grade .
Students who major in Physics and Chemistry will study Telecommunications in Physics and Techniques of Control in Chemistry.
The centralized electrical connection ensures the safety of the students during applied experiments.
Special software programs allow students to safely conduct computerized experiments (EXAO).
Sliding black/white boards and exhaust hood for safe and pollution-free experiments.
The equipment and materials avaible in Chemistry are sufficient to realize organic systhesis and hydro-distillation.