Senior School

The St. George's School Science Department is progressive and innovative and designs its courses to exceed the requirements established by the BC Ministry of Education.

In Grades 8 to 10 separate courses in biology, chemistry with earth science, and physics occur in each term. While students adjust to the Senior School, the sections of Science 8 are of mixed ability. In Grades 9 and 10, all students study the same material and write the same final examinations, however streaming occurs to ensure appropriate enrichment. The students acquire knowledge of how science works through an intensive program of laboratory-based experimental work and supporting theory. The school has excellent facilities and equipment and the small class sizes allow for small group exploration. At this level, chemistry and biology are mostly qualitative though physics is progressively quantitative. The use of the Internet in research and computers in presentations is actively encouraged.

The graduation program offers courses in Biology 11 and 12, Chemistry 11 and 12, Physics 11 and 12, Environmental Science 11, and Geology 12. Here science becomes progressively quantitative and students are expected to take accurate measurements, search for mathematical relationships, and determine uncertainty and error. The students are also encouraged to define problems, devise experimental approaches to test hypotheses, and be critical of experimental design. Again, the small class size allows for each student to fully participate in experimental investigation and classroom discussions. Where appropriate, field trips are undertaken to complement the in-class curriculum.

The best Grade 12 science students may take the equivalent of First-year University - US Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These are offered in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and require the student to have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in the Grade 12 course.

In order to maintain a healthy balance between humanities and science courses, students may not take 3 Science subjects (combination of Grade 11 and 12 courses) in Grade 11 unless they have applied in writing to, and received special permission from, the Head of Science. Such permission will normally only be granted to students who have shown exceptional aptitude in Science 10 - minimum 90% standing.

Notwithstanding the pre-requisites identified for each individual course, the rigor of AP Science (or equivalent) requires students to be adept with experimental procedures. Due to the nature of Summer School courses, they are not considered adequate preparation for the AP level of study (or equivalent). Therefore, if a student wishes to enrol in Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Physics AP, or Genetics 12, he must complete at least one of the pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements through a full-year course in the regular classroom.
  • Nazanin  Mobrhan-Shafiee 

    Teacher
    2013
  • Kathryn  Murray-Hoenig 

    Science Teacher
    604-224-1304 ext 3720
    UBC - BSc
    UBC - BEd
    UBC - MA
    2010
  • David  Adamson 

    Head of Science
    Degree - B.Sc., B.Ed., MBA, M.Ed.
    2012
  • Roger  Chin 

    Teacher
    Waterloo University - BSc
    UBC - MSc
    UBC - BEd
    2004
    Bio
  • Christian  Duhme 

    Teacher
    604-224-1304 ext 3720
    Ecole Superieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg - BSc
    Ecole Superieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg - MSc
    UBC - BEd
    2008
    Bio
  • Mrs.  Patricia  Hollingdale 

    Laboratory Assistant
    2012
  • Norm  Kaethler 

    Teacher
    Waterloo - BSc
    SFU - BEd
    2009
    Bio
  • Andrew  Kay 

    Teacher
    BSc
    BEd
    PADI OWSI
    First Responder Instructor
    1995
    Bio
  • Shawn  Lawrence 

    Principal - Senior School
    604-221-3618
    Simon Fraser - B.Sc., Dip.Ed.
    1983
  • Wallace  MacKay 

    Teacher
    604-221-3673
    Toronto - BEd
    Guelph - MSc
    Western - BSc (Hons)
    1994
    Bio
  • David  Martin 

    Degree - B.Sc., B.Ed.
    1992
  • Anthony  Mercer 

    Teacher
    604-224-1304
    Bristol - BSc
    UBC - PhD
    1976
    Bio
  • Tanya  Tourout 

    Teacher, Learning Support / House Parent
    604-221-3643
    University of Waterloo - BSc (Hons)
    Queen's - BEd
    UBC - MEd
    Langara College - Photography Program
    2005
    Bio
  • Quang  Tran 

    Laboratory Assistant
    604-224-1304
    Chemical Sciences Diploma
    1994
  • Philip  Webster 

    Teacher / Head of Grade 10
    604-221-3634
    Canterbury - BSc
    Canterbury - PhD
    Cambridge - PGCE
    2002
    Bio
  • Mr.  Hubert  Wohlgemuth 

    Teacher
    604-224-1304
    UBC - BEd
    UBC - BSc
    1996
    Bio
St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and a Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 120 of whom are boarders from over 18 countries worldwide, St. George's School has achieved international prominence.
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Junior Campus: 3851 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1T6
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