If you are interested in this program, please complete the Student Information Form. We will contact you to complete the registration process.
Goals and Program Specifics:
This program has bundled three science courses together to provide a unique opportunity for cross-curricular understanding and deepened content exploration.
West Vancouver teachers (Ms. Battram and Mr. Huang) will be involved in the planning and delivery of the program. The goal is to work collaboratively to organize the curricular content in a meaningful way for students. Over the course of the school year, students will earn credits for Chemistry 11 (or Pre-AP), Life Sciences 11 (or Pre-AP) and Environmental Science 11 (or Pre-AP). We are looking for a limited number of students from each of the district’s three secondary schools who are interested in what will be a very exciting and unique experience – working closely with their teachers and local scientists. Additionally, it is important to note that while three courses will be offered, one of them will occur outside the timetable (during x block).
Students will learn to observe, question, collect, connect, and conclude like scientists. They will also:
- Identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems and evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems
- Examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing these issues
- Recognize that environmental science is interdisciplinary and requires embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and geography
This program is designed to focus on environmental science rather than environmental studies. The course will include a strong laboratory and field investigation component. In addition to the instruction provided by the Science teachers, students will engage with the content through a variety of other learning experiences, such as:
- Seminar-based learning and delivery of the AP curriculum
- Skills-based lessons and case studies
- Mentorship from scientists at PSEC
- Outdoor field research experiences and data collection
- Guest sessions from community partners, with a focus on field experiences and local issues
- Community-based volunteer opportunities
Several unifying ‘Big Ideas’ cut across the three courses, which will provide for an integrated curriculum:
- Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes
- The earth itself has interconnected processes creating a unified system
- Humans alter natural processes
- Environmental altercations have a cultural and social context
- Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable processes and maintain functional systems
Tuition $2000 per year or $200 per month (September – June)
This includes bus transportation to PSEC as well as other field trips and course material.
Students interested in the Premier Environmental Science program must submit the Student Information Form.