Science courses have been designed for a wide variety of students, taking into account their interests and possible postsecondary destinations.  Some courses have been designed to serve as preparation for specialist studies in science-related fields; others have been designed for students intending to goon to postsecondary education but not to study science; yet other have been designed with the needs of the workplace in mind.

The overall intention is that all graduates of Ontario secondary school will achieve excellence and a high degree of scientific literacy while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world around them.  Accordingly, the curriculum reflects new developments on the international science scene and is intended to position science education in Ontario at the forefront of science education around the world.