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Science School

Are you a Grade 11 student in Ontario looking for a unique experience next year?

Spend a once-in-a-lifetime semester at the Ontario Science Centre Science School!

The Ontario Science Centre Science School offers students a chance to earn their Grade 12 science and math credits and prepare for university in a unique setting. Though they need to be academically strong, students don't need to have the very highest grades to attend this program. They do, however, need a love of science, a desire to learn, and a real interest in interacting with people.

Benefit from an exclusive learning experience, including:

  • Exciting learning environment
  • Experienced, imaginative teachers
  • Hands-on opportunities to explore science, technology and mathematics
  • Enthusiastic students who love to learn as much as you do

Presented in partnership by the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

"I got a great science education, as well as a variety of other skills and friendships that will last much longer than my memories of organic chemistry. I highly recommend applying to everyone with a love of science. -Emma"


Students choose two or three of the following S.T.E.M. courses:

  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U
  • Physics SPH4U
  • Advanced Functions MHF4U (First Semester ONLY)
  • Calculus and Vectors MCV4U (Second Semester ONLY)

In addition, students are required to enroll in IDC4U Science Centre Innovation – our newly accredited Innovation project.

Students cannot apply for courses for which they have previously earned a credit.
Due to the extracurricular commitments listed below, students must take 3 credits.


Students facilitate interactive science activities with visitors to the Ontario Science Centre and participate in science workshops with (K-12) students from visiting schools.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 practicum hours in addition to their coursework; these hours can be counted towards the required 40 Community Service Hours.

Group Project

Students participate in a semester-long cross-curricular group project in science communication and engagement.

"I recommend this program for any student who is looking for an eye-opening, unique, teaching and overall brilliant experience. OSCSS was the best adventure of my high school career. -EJ"

Other Activities

The semester starts with a two day team building and communication workshop at an overnight camp. Students also participate in a variety of off-site field trips throughout the semester and on-site activities including the following Ontario Science Centre school programs and labs:

  • DNA Lab
  • Environmental Water Testing
  • Challenger Learning Centre Space Mission: Voyage to Mars
  • Way to Glow! Bacterial Transformation Lab
  • IMAX® Film

No Fees

No tuition fees are required as the program is generously supported by the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board. Students will be registered with one of these two school boards while attending the Science School.

Please note: Additional fees for field trips and workshops may be required, but resources are available for students in need of financial support.


Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Upon request, a list of available housing will be provided to students once they have been selected for the program.

The Science School does not screen these accommodations or the people offering them.

"OSCSS has a greater emphasis on teamwork and innovative thinking than conventional school. - Christine."


Selection is based on the student's written application, academic record and recommendations from two teachers, one of whom must be a science or mathematics teacher. Final selection may be completed through an interview process.

Up to thirty students from across Ontario are selected for each semester.

Applications are now closed for 2019/20. Applications for the 2020/21 school year will be due early April, 2020.

  • Five teenage girls wearing safety goggles and lab coats, pose with a model of helical DNA molecule made out of plastic construction pieces.
  • Rube-Goldberg type contraption built out of tongue depressors, pipe cleaners and packing tape sits on a table surrounded by 4 students (only torsos are visible.) One student is constructing something for it  - only their hands appear in the photo.
  • Two smiling Science School students, one teenage girl and one teenage boy in red lab coats are holding a bridge they constructed out of wood dowels and popsicle sticks.
  • Science School students at work in the Mission Control room of the Challenger Learning Centre. Three students are at work at computers and 2 students are having a discussion gathered around a computer.
  • Seven Science School students wearing blue astronaut aprons, sitting at different stations in the Challenger's simulated space craft. Station titles are listed on signs above the students: "MED, COMP 2, LS 1, LS 2, LS 3, ISO 1, ISO 2 & ISO 3"
  • Teenage girl in blue astronaut apron sitting at a work station in the Challenger Learning Centre's spacecraft. Both hands are on joysticks, manipulating a robotic arm behind glass in front of her.
  • Teenage boy in blue astronaut apron sitting at a work station in the Challenger Learning Centre's spacecraft. Both hands are on joysticks, manipulating a robotic arm behind glass in front of him. Empty workstation next to him shows a robotic arm behind glass.
  • Three Science School students stand gathered around a work bench in a laboratory. One of the students in a red lab coat points a hair dryer at a weighted string hanging from a chemistry support stand.
  • Teenage girl on a red lab coat on a Segway has a discussion with a Science Centre staff member.
  • Large group of Science School students (25+) gather for a posed photo outside in a park on a sunny day.
  • Profile view of a Science School student wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves dipping a spreader into a petri dish. Another Science School student in goggles and a red lab coat looks on in the background.
  • Two cylindrical glass containers with metal clamps sealing the lids sit on a table; one containing an unidentifiable white, and the other a brown liquid. A teenage boy wearing a plastic hair cover looks on in the background.


For information regarding the next academic year, download our Science School Frequently Asked Questions.

Email: Science School
Phone: 416-696-4620
Fax: 416-696-3197

Science School
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto ON M3C 1T3