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Science Department

The Science department at St. Peter has a rich tradition of excellence in science education. The program has produced a countless number of doctors, researchers, engineers, diagnostic imaging technicians, biologists, foresters, and geologists. Focussing on developing the skills needed in post-secondary education assists students in the transition to the next academic level.


Unlike many other schools, the number of females taking physics, chemistry, and biology exceeds the number of males. Inclusivity is a key to the department’s success.




With over 50 classes of science offered annually, the Science department at St. Peter is able to offer a full complement of science courses at every academic level. This provides flexible timetabling, thus ensuring students are able to get the courses they need, when they need them. Science courses cover the Ontario curriculum and some are offered in French immersion, and at the academic, applied, and locally developed levels. Peer tutors are utilized to provide additional student support when required.




Science curriculum at St. Peter is presented in a variety of methods to foster the creative process thereby engaging all types of learners. Connections between the curriculum and real life application is paramount. This is achieved through lessons, research, projects, demonstrations, and investigations. Connections with curriculum are reinforced through;

Field trips
                • Working at the Peterborough Water Festival
                • Involvement in Earth Day activities
                • Participating in the annual Peterborough Engineering Challenge
                • Over the past two years, students have been part of a STEM project between St. Peter Science department, the faculty of education at Trent University, and the Forensics department at Trent. The results of this project have been published in a science research journal.