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The province has announced that it will end grade 9 academic and applied streaming of science by September 2022. While no specific information has been released, the new  de-streamed science course will focus on biology, chemistry, earth and space, and physics. The course will also help students develop and refine their STEM skills.
What follows in this section is both the specific and general information about our grade 9 science program based on our current situation. As soon as specific details of the new de-streamed science course is released, the appropriate information will be updated.

The Villanova Science Department encourages you to explore the links to the right.  We can’t wait to meet our new Wildcats next year!

 Our Science Program is designed to develop:

  • critical thinking through investigation
  • independent life-long learners 
  • an awareness of the role of science in everyday life

The goal of science education is more than just providing students with a knowledge of facts, but rather giving students opportunities to learn through various forms of investigation. This provides skills such as: planning; performing and recording; analysing; and communication. Overall, students will be able to relate science to technology, society, and the environment and develop their understanding of basic concepts in the following areas: sustainable ecosystems (biology); the structure and properties of elements and compounds (chemistry); the universe and its components (earth and space science); and principles of electricity (physics). In this science-based world, it is our department’s goal to ensure our students continue on their journey to achieving a high degree of scientific literacy and problem-solving skills while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world around them.

Hands-On Collaborative Learning

  • Experiments/Demonstrations
  • Model Building
  • On-line Simulations and virtual lab exercises
  • Research of student-driven topics and presentations
  • We engage the visual, auditory and kinesthetic learner
  • We are moving from standardized education (factory model) to authentic learning
  • Learner-centered education
  • The scientific method
  • Always current and up- to-date
  • Science changes with new discoveries
  • Linking curriculum to current events and student interest

Science Extra-Curricular Activities

  • The Science Department gives students many opportunities to explore science “beyond the classroom”.
  • Trips: Chicago (gr.9) and Costa Rica (gr.12)
  • Field Trips: Point Pelee, Fighting Island, Ontario Science Centre, University of Windsor, St. Clair College
  • Competitions: Science Olympiad and Science Design
  • Other: University of Windsor Engineering Outreach Programs, guest speakers, contests

Did you know Villanova offers a STEM Academy?

What is STEM?

       STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATHEMATICS in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise.


Frequently Asked Questions

What topics are covered in grade 9?

Ecology, Chemistry, Electricity and Space.

Will science be de-streamed next year?

Yes, the province has announced that it will end grade 9 academic and applied streaming by September 2022. We are waiting on more details.

Do we offer STEM?

Yes! Please visit the STEM section of our website for more information.

Do students have the opportunity to go on field trips?

Typically, yes. In past years we have taken students to Toronto, Chicago, Costa Rica and other local venues such as Point Pelee, The University of Windsor and St. Clair College.

Do you have a Specialist Highschool Major for Science (SHSM)?

While we do not have a specific SHSM for science, there are science courses that are part of other SHSMs that exist within other departments.

Contact Us.

We welcome you to contact us for more information
about any of our programs or questions you may have.

2800 North Townline Rd LaSalle ON, Canada N9H 0K3

(519) 734-6444

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