School Program

Science & Technology

The Science Department of Westmount High School works to motivate students to approach the world scientifically by incorporating critical thinking, problem solving, and real-world applications into all classes. We strive to stimulate student curiosity by bringing current, relevant and real-world science into the classroom experience. We prepare our students to become educated citizens capable of comprehending and analyzing local and global issues, whilst preparing students for academic success and opening future opportunities in the scientific field.

Science Path

Secondary 4

Environmental Science and Technology:
558-404

AP Environmental Science and Technology: 558-404

In this program, the concept of environment refers to a set of elements in a community that interact with one another and with a group of living organisms. Thus, there is not only one environment but many, defined by their component element, their spatial and temporal boundaries, the types of living organisms that live there, and the types of relationships between them. The different elements of the environment as well as the impact of science and technology are the subject of scientific study in this course. A particular emphasis is placed on citizenship and scientific skills.

This is a continuation of the pre-AP Environmental Science and Technology elective course at the grade 9 level. In this program, students study the same material as in the regular Environmental Science program and in addition, students are prepared to write the AP Environmental Science exam in May where they can earn college or university credit while still in high school.

Prerequisites: Math and science grades 75% or better and final approval by administration

Co-requisites: Science & Tech. 404 and SN Math 565-426

Pre-requisites and co-requisites: Same as for Environmental Science & Technology + students must have completed year one of the program.

 Secondary 5

Chemistry: 551-504

This science option focuses on the QEP and the development of student’s competencies rather than emphasizing the attainment of specific disciplinary knowledge. Students are evaluated on their attainment of competencies through an assessment based on real-life situations. Through an experimental approach, students develop a sense of environmental issues while acquiring an understanding of the relationships between science, technology and society. This course is a one-year pre-collegial program designed for those wishing to enter CEGEP in Pure and Applied or Health Science programs.

Prerequisites: 75% or better in Environmental Science or APES 558-404 and Science Math 565-426
Co-requisites: Physics 553-504 and Science Math 565-506 or AP Calculus AB

Physics: 553-504

This science option focuses on the QEP and the development of student’s competencies rather than emphasizing the attainment of specific disciplinary knowledge. Students are evaluated on their attainment of competencies through an assessment based on real-life situations. Through an experimental approach, students develop a sense of environmental issues while acquiring an understanding of the relationships between science, technology and society. This course is a one-year pre-collegial program designed for those wishing to enter CEGEP in Pure and Applied or Health Science programs.

Prerequisites: 75% or better in Environmental Science or APES 558-404 and Science Math 565-426
Co-requisites: Physics 553-504 and Science Math 565-506 or AP Calculus AB