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If you’re looking for a unique science learning experience where you can innovate, work with other enthusiastic students, earn Grade 12 science and math credits and prepare for university, the Ontario Science Centre Science School might be for you.
Students from across the province can apply for a full semester of Grade 12 science and math at our Science School. You will earn credits that line up with the Ontario curriculum, work in group projects with like-minded students, create projects to engage with Science Centre visitors and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind innovation class.
Your exclusive learning experience includes:
The Science School is full of people who like to learn, are inherently curious and are open to new ideas. Students appreciate diversity, equity and working with diverse groups based on age, language, cultural background and gender identity. Students can responsibly work on self-directed projects and balance the heavy course load of the Science School program.
Students are ready to:
All students will take the Ontario Science Centre Science School Innovation Course (IDC4U). Additionally, students choose two or three of the following courses:
It is recommended students take only three courses (Innovation Course plus two more). Students cannot apply for courses for which they have previously earned a credit.
Take your learning outside of the classroom and apply it in a creative, hands-on way:
There’s no tuition fee for the Science School. 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 accommodation, but we share a list of local homestay options with all incoming students. The Science School does not screen the accommodation offers; this is the responsibility of the student and their parent or guardian.
There are 60 spots in the school—30 in the fall semester and 30 in the spring semester.
Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be due in spring of 2022. The application process includes:
The final selection process may require an interview.
While the Science School is run by the Ontario Science Centre in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, students from all Ontario school boards are welcome to apply.
Applications for the 2021-22 school year have closed.
We welcome creative, enthusiastic educators to apply from the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Please check for postings to apply posted in the spring as well as the School Board websites.
When it comes to COVID-19, the science tells us to keep our distance and minimize contact—so that means mandatory face masks, limited capacity and other physical distancing measures to keep everyone safe. We are closely following public health guidance from daily screenings to ensuring our students stay 2 metres apart in the classroom.
Even though the Science Centre remains closed to visitors, our Science School students are engaging with experts, scientists and students at other schools virtually. That means lots of fun learning online as well as working closely with younger students in their virtual classrooms, with opportunities to teach and demonstrate scientific concepts.
Students have been attending Science School onsite at the Science Centre, when provincial rules permit in-person learning.
Want to learn more about the Science School to see if it’s right for you? Please get in touch:
Science School | 416-696-4620
For more info about what makes the Science School unique, how to apply and what it’s like to be a student, check out Science School Frequently Asked Questions.