Grade 11 and 12 Course Selection
Grade 11 Students are required to take the following courses as a part of their graduation program:
English 11 (1 of: Creative Writing 11, English First Peoples 11, Literary Studies 11)
Math 11 (1 of: Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Precalculus 11)
Science 11 (1 of: Environmental Science 11, Life Sciences 11, Science for Citizens 11, Physics 11 or Chemistry 11)
Social Studies 11 or 12 (Explorations of Social Studies 11, or a Social Studies 12)
Career Life Education 11
Grade 12 Students are required to take the following courses as a part of their Grad program:
English 12 (1 of: English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12)
Career Life Connections/Capstone 12
Students may then choose an addition 6 classes to take inside the timetable; keeping in mind what they may need for post-secondary programs or career opportunities.
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English Studies 11 and 12
Grade 11: CHOOSE 1
Creative Writing 11: Students will explore English content through a creative lens. This course counts as the English 11 course for graduation, as students work on the same skills and literature as the other English 11 courses, with creative ways to respond to this content. This course is an ideal English course for students who enjoy exploring their creativity and who enjoy writing.
Literary Studies 11: Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media.
English First Peoples: Literary Studies and New Media 11: EFP Literary Studies + New Media 11 is designed for students who are interested in studying First Peoples’ literature and examining the evolving role of technology in today’s society. Students delve deeply into First Peoples’ oral and written literature in a range of media to explore various themes, authors, and topics.
Grade 12: Choose 1
English Studies 12: The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 courses, engaging in texts from a variety of media, including story, poetry, performance, film, and prose.
English First Peoples 12: The course focuses on the experiences, values, beliefs, and lived realities of First Peoples as evidenced in various forms of text, including oral story, poetry, song, performance, film, and prose.
Creative Writing 12
**Please note that this is an extra, elective English class, which does not count as your Grade 12 English course for graduation – for that you must take either English 12 or English First Peoples 12. The great thing about this, though, is that it lets us focus solely on creative writing and the creative process. We will explore writing in different media, discover different paths to inspiration, and in the process learn more about ourselves as we find and use our unique creative voices.
Workplace Math 11
This applied mathematics course meets the requirement for graduation. Topics include proportion, shape and space, statistics and financial literacy. This course is intended for those students who are planning direct entry into the workforce and some post-secondary programmes. Check the entrance requirements for the programme of study you are planning to take. Prerequisite is Workplace Math 10.
Foundations of Math 11
This course meets the mathematics requirement for graduation. It is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post- secondary studies that do not require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include trigonometry, quadratic functions and systems, probability, statistics, and financial literacy. Check the entrance requirements for the programme of study you are planning to take. Recommended prerequisite is a “C” or better in Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10.
This course meets the mathematics requirement for graduation. This course is designed for students who require a strong mathematical background for future studies in the fields of science, engineering, computer studies, and economics. Topics include trigonometry, polynomial and exponential functions, radicals, powers, and quadratic functions and equations. Check the entrance requirements for the programme of study you are planning to take. Recommended prerequisite is a “C+” or better in Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10.
The following courses are prerequisite courses for many post secondary programs. Please check program entrance requirements for your chosen institution and programme.
Foundations of Mathematics 12 – Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics 11 recommended. This is an academic course that expands on some of the topics studied in Foundations Math 11. Topics: Conics,fractals, functions and relations, regression analysis, combinatorics, probability, and financial literacy. This course is for students intending to study social sciences such as sociology, psychology, education, fine arts, political sciences, criminology, geography, languages, or history. Check with your counselor to see if this course will meet your post secondary entrance requirements.
Pre-Calculus 12 – Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11 is recommended. Topics covered are trigonometry, quadratic relations, exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial sequence and series, permutations, combinations and statistics. This course is designed for students strong in Mathematics and is required for several university programs such as chemistry, biology, computer sciences, business, mathematics, or engineering. Check with your counselor to see if this course will meet your post secondary entrance requirements. Use of a graphing calculator is required.
Calculus 12 – Prerequisite: This is a course for students who have completed or are enrolled in Pre-Calculus Mathematics 12 or IB Mathematics SL and would like an introductory course in Calculus. This course is designed for secondary students and should serve as a bridge to the calculus courses required in first year university.
Science 11 is a graduation requirement. Students in Grade 12 who did not complete a science 11 need to complete in their grade 12 year. Students are also able to take any Grade 11 science if they do not have the prerequisite for the grade 12 course.
Science for Citizens 11 – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Science 10 recommended. This course is intended for students who are interested in investigating how science is applied in real life, including the workplace. This course would provide opportunities for students to engage in hands on activities including: designing their own inquiry labs using the scientific method, learning about physical and mental health and impacts of mindfulness on the body, building models to develop unconventional design methods, and learning about earth processes so we can discuss the impact of human decisions and actions on Earth. Students will leave this course understanding more about themselves as citizens of the world and the impact of science in the world around them.
Life Sciences 11 (Biology) – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Science 10 recommended. This course is intended for students who are interested in studying living things from the microscopic level (viruses) to the more advanced level of organisms (plants & animals). The course consists of the following conceptual themes: the diversity and unifying characteristics of living things and the process by which living things adapt to a changing environment over time.
Chemistry 11 – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Science 10 recommended. This course is designed to develop the students’ understanding of the science of chemistry. It gives the students a chance to examine the matter around them and gain an understanding of the atom and the world. This course contains units in the following: the scientific method, description of matter, classification of matter, the theory of matter, the mole concept, calculations involving reactions, gases, bonding, the periodic table, solution chemistry and organic chemistry.
Chemistry 12 – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 11 with a high C+ average is strongly recommended. This course gives the students an understanding of chemistry. The course consists of three units: Unit 1 – Chemical Energetic and Equilibrium (chemical energetic, kinetics and equilibrium), Unit 2 – Acid, Base, and Salts and Unit 3 – Oxidation – Reduction.
Physics 11 – In this course students will be introduced to the various theories and laws that govern our universe. The course focuses on the study of motion, with experiments that confirm mathematical formulas for acceleration, energy, forces and light. Online simulations and videos are used to help students gain a complete conceptual understanding of how the natural world works.
Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology) – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Life Sciences 11 (Biology) with a high C+ average is strongly recommended. It is also recommended that students be enrolled in or have completed Chemistry 11.This course is intended as a foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a post-secondary education in a biology related field. The course consists of two main themes: cell biology & biochemistry (DNA, proteins, enzymes, cell function, etc.) and human biology (the structure and function of organ systems and the how the body responds to changing conditions).
Physics 12 – Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics 11 with a high C+ average is strongly recommended. This course builds on the skills learned in physics 11 and offers several hands-on projects to further learning. Students will do experiments in areas of 2D kinematics, 2D momentum, circular motion, as well as a focus on electricity and magnetism. This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the natural world around them and prepare them for further studies in the sciences.
Environmental Science 11 – This course is intended for students who would like to complete an introductory course or who wish to carry on to a Grade 12 level course and/or post-secondary studies in Environmental Sciences. This course involves the study of local ecosystems. It consists of four core units: diversity, processes and changes, sustainability, and conservation/restoration. This course may offer opportunities to conduct field work in an outdoor setting.
Environmental Science 12 – This course is for students who have completed and found interest in Environmental Science 11. Students will learn about interactions between human societies and policies and local environments. As well as classroom learning, this course will be heavily project driven supported by the teacher. Students taking this course should be willing to complete action-based projects in the school and in the community.
*Grade 11 students must choose 1 of the following, Grade 12s may use one of the following for a Grade 12 class towards graduation.
Comparative Cultures 12 – This course examines various ancient civilizations throughout the world. Among other things, students will develop an understanding the diversity and complexity of cultural systems, will learn how they are shaped by geographic and environmental factors, and look at the structures of power and authority within a culture.
BC First Peoples 12 – This course will examine continued political, social and economic impact of contact and colonialism, and students will understand the richness, diversity and resiliency of BC First Peoples.
20th Century World History 12 – This course provides an overview of modern history in the 20th century, reflecting the major events, concerns and development during this time period, as well as different interpretations of the past.
Law Studies 12 – This course provides students with a day-to-day understanding of basic law. It deals with origin of law, function of criminal and civil law. Some topics studied under civil law are: contracts, employer-employee relationships, marriage & divorce, agencies, insurance, real & personal property, negotiable instruments (replacements for money), etc.
Philosophy 12 – The emphasis of the Philosophy 12 course is on “doing philosophy”, that is, on actively engaging students in philosophical activity. The course is focused on stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity and encouraging them to examine both their own perspectives and those of others.
Social Studies Electives:
Criminology 12 – Criminology is the study of crime, the explanation of crime, the causes of crime, and the examination of crime reduction. Students will examine the interactions between law, crime, the Criminal Justice System and society.
Psychology 11 – Psychology is a social science exploring the human mind and behaviour. The class collectively determines the areas of focus for the course, including such options as: how much we are products of our environment versus our biology, the role of sleep and dreams, how we learn and influence others, the effects of drugs on the brain, why we feel the emotions and urges we feel, anxiety and personality disorders, the wonders of why we remember and forget, how to think better, how to conduct and understand meaningful research, why we behave the way we do socially, and what makes our personalities.
Psychology 12 – This course is a continuation of Psychology 11 as well as a more in-depth exploration and extension of certain topics. Starting from a biological perspective, the course explores the human mind. More specifically, sensation and perception, theories of personality, human development, social interaction, motivation, emotion, psychopathology, research, statistics and careers in psychology will be explored.
Physical & Health Education
Strength & Conditioning 11/12 – This course provides knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and expands students’ training programs to enhance their fitness levels. Through analyzing/critiquing fitness fads and planning ways to overcome potential barriers to conditioning activities, students will further develop their understanding of healthy lifestyle options. This course is for students who want to study sport science or kinesiology.
Active Living 11/12 – Active Living 11 focuses on learning through a variety of physical activities and incorporated health components. Students learn to understand the value of physical activity in maintaining their overall health and mental well-being while developing an appreciation of the lifelong benefits of physical activity. The curriculum embraces core areas like team games, individual activities, leadership, and community service. Field trips include activities such as swimming, golf, bowling, gymnastics, fencing, ice skating, paintball, rock climbing, squash, and racquetball. If you like to be physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle this is the course for you. Active Living 12 builds upon established physical activities and health components from AL 11.
Outdoor Education 11/12 – Outdoor Education 11 provides students with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and participate in different activities. Students develop skills and an understanding of the natural environment through participation in land-based, water-based, snow-based activities. If you enjoy the outdoors and would like to do some hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and camping this is the course for you. Outdoor Education 12 continues to focus on participating in a variety of outdoor activities to develop students’ appreciation of the outdoors and their awareness of conservation. *May be outside the timetable
Yoga and Wellness 11/12- Yoga and Wellness is centred around enhancing health and wellness. The focus of the course is yoga and how it can contribute to physical and mental wellness. Students will gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of yoga through daily practice. Students will be exposed to different mindfulness and meditation activities. Students will also participate in strength training, Pilates, hiking and walking programs. Field trips such as skating, rock climbing and hiking occur when they can.
Athletic Leadership 11/12 (outside timetable course + 60 hours) – Athletic Leadership 11/12 aims to support students in building exceptional leadership qualities, communication skills, and organizational techniques as well as in taking initiative in an athletic context. Through first-hand planning, promoting, and executing school wide athletic matches, fundraisers and tournaments, students will develop problem solving skills and decision-making skills. Students will take on the roles of coaches, game officials, scorekeepers, scoreboard technicians, tournament directors, marshals, equipment managers, team managers, promotors, designers, and schedulers. This timetable course will require 60+ hours outside the school timetable.
French 11 -Prerequisite: Completion of French 10. This course is designed to further increase the fluency of the student’s oral, written, reading and listening skills. This course also serves as a language requirement for university entrance, if required. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical knowledge continues through the communicative approach. This class is conducted in French as much as possible. Students will write 125-250 words and maintain a 4 minute oral conversation.
French 12 Prerequisite: successful completion of French 11. This course is designed for students who have shown a good ability in French 11. Students will further increase their fluency in oral, written, reading and listening skills. Student will write up to 250 words and maintain a 4-6 minute oral conversation.
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
Business Education & Information Communications Technology
Coding 11/12 – This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of coding and computer systems. Students will learn about global and societal shifts from emerging technologies, and the ubiquity of online access. Students will learn the soft skills necessary to work effectively within the IT sector. There will be a continued move to the world of “Cloud Computing”, along with learning Cloud Coding languages such as “Elixir”. Students will increase their Linux Command Line skills. Evaluation will include tests, assignments, and class work. Student will be expected to work well independently.
Marketing and Promotion 11– Students taking this course will explore the evolving business world. They will look at marketing theory and and take a hands-on approach to apply it using modern media. Students will develop skills and get to use them in a practical way, with real world applications. This course is ideal for any student that wants to pursue business in their future education or career.
Entrepreneurship 12 – Students will acquire knowledge on how to look at the world with an entrepreneurial mindset, uncover problems, and spot business opportunities. They will learn strategies on how to be creative and use that as a spark for entrepreneurial ideas and innovation. Students will understand what the characteristics successful entrepreneurs have and how they can develop them. They will explore the design cycle, digital tools to communicate, impacts of social media in global communications, issues in digital communication, persuasive writing for the web, and critical evaluation of online resources. Students will explore emerging trends and learn about career opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
Robotics 11/12 – In this course, we will focus on engineering, coding, electronics, and physics, then use those skills to solve problems. We will work in teams to build robots of all shapes and sizes with tools to perform tasks on command and autonomously. Other skills we will develop: cooperation, visualization, and organization. You will learn to fall many times, and always get back up and build it better. It will be tough, but lots of fun.
Yearbook 11/12 – Prerequisite: Students must be interviewed by the instructor before receiving permission to enrol in this course. The Yearbook course has been designed to allow students to design and produce a school yearbook. The course will involve instruction in all aspects of yearbook production including photography, layout, design, and graphic setup. As well, development of creative writing skills will be emphasized. Evaluation will be based on effort, time management, attitude, and ability. Written assignments, tests, and project evaluation will be emphasized.
Culinary 11/12 – This Cafeteria Training course focuses on hands on preparation and service of high quality and large volume cuisine. Students develop the skills necessary for home and commercial food preparation as they participate in activities related to receiving, storing, cooking, serving and presenting delicious, nutritious foods. Students also have opportunities to develop skills required by food-service professionals and to practice customer service. Students consider their own and their customers’ safety while handling equipment and supplies, managing the working environment, and preventing food borne illnesses. As they experience the creative preparation and presentation of food, they build an awareness of its social and cultural significance. Students also gain a basic understanding of the economics of operating a food-related enterprise, including purchasing, cost accounting, and portion control. Students often choose to use their learned skills to secure entry-level employment in the hospitality industry or to pursue careers in the food industry. The FoodSafe Level 1 course, which is required for employment in B.C. food service establishments, is offered to students during the program.
Food Studies 9/10 – It’s time you learned your way around the kitchen! This is a theory course with practical application. Principles of basic food preparation are introduced and applied with an emphasis on nutrition and time management. Students will have opportunity to see how food breaks down into nutrients and how the body uses these.
Foods and Nutrition 11 – will introduce students to foods from around the world. The course will explore food preparation techniques and typical dishes from a number of countries. Diversity is promoted as we discuss traditions from families and different cultural backgrounds. This course also involves the use of basic food preparation techniques and equipment for planning, preparing and serving foods. Students will be able to identify key nutrients and become familiar with various dietary needs.
Textiles 11/12 – students will learn more complex textile design techniques. They will learn about historical and cultural influences on textiles. They will learn about the ethical ad cultural impact of textiles manufacture. They will design and alter textiles items as well as create some material by hand. Some design items include: tailored jacket, lined skirt or pants, fleece garment with zippered pockets. Many students have made graduation suits or dresses.
Trades and Technology
Automotive Technology 11/12 – This the class for you if you like or are interested in cars or trucks! The course is an introductory course and requires no previous hands on experience. There will be a focus on safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and shop space. Students will be introduced to the inner workings of a small engine, and various hand tools used in an automotive shop. Students will also be introduced to the different systems that propel and stop any vehicle. The course will have a theory portion and a hands on lab portion. Students will get the opportunity to fix, maintain, and service shop vehicles all within the ADST frame work.
Woodwork 11/12 – This is a basic course in the manufacturing of furniture and cabinetry. Students will further develop their skills with hand tools, power tools and stationary power equipment. Students will be expected to complete two cabinetry-based projects and one project of their choice. Woodwork 12 is an extension of the Woodwork 11. The students will learn advanced cabinet and joinery techniques required for projects to be completed in this course. Students will be expected to complete one cabinetry-based projects and one project of their choice.
Metalwork 11/12 – This is a basic course in welding and machining. Students will further develop their skills with hand tools, power tools, welders, and stationary power equipment. Students will be expected to complete two projects and one project of their choice. Metalwork 12 is an extension of Metalwork 11. The students will learn advanced machining and fabricating techniques required for projects to be completed in this course. Students will be expected to complete one mandatory projects and one project of their choice.
Drawing and Painting 11/12 – This course is designed to offer students a specialized studio course in drawing, painting, and graphic arts that will allow them to develop both their creative expression and a portfolio of work suitable for post secondary education. The course contains major projects in graphics – etching, relief printing, mono printing, screen printing, and in drawing – charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink; painting – water colour and acrylics; mixed media.
Art Foundations 11/12 – This course is designed to develop the individual artistic potential of each student, using media that are introduced at the graduate level. Students work in the major areas of visual expression with a concentration on three major areas. A study of past and contemporary artists where applicable to class work will be included. A portfolio and sketchbook of artwork for future use when applying for art school or other position will be developed. The student will work in at least three areas of visual expression for advanced study that will be spread over the year. The choices will be from drawing and painting, ceramics, graphics, sculpture, textiles, and other media.
Acting, Dance and TV
Dance 11/12 – In this course, students will continue to build upon skills learned at the junior level with a focus on artistic elements such as choreographic devices, form and structure, analysis of other artists and understanding motivations and meanings. There is also an emphasis placed on performance in the senior level with opportunities to perform both within and outside of class. A willingness to step outside your comfort zone and take creative risks is a necessity.
Acting 11/12 – In this course, students use the skills they have honed throughout their drama courses to further explore acting, directing, theatre technologies, and the art of putting it all together on stage. A willingness to step outside your comfort zone and take creative risks is a necessity.
This course also includes a wide range of specialized unit options such as directing, film, musical theatre, audition techniques, improv, studying theatre practitioners and their theatre forms (ie Brecht, Beckett, and Boal), analyzing and responding to current theatre or film pieces, and scene work.
Film 11/12 – Students analyze great films, understanding what makes them great and applying this knowledge to their cinematic endeavors. With the opportunity to use professional-grade film-equipment (cameras, editing software, lighting), students work together to make fun, creative, and sophisticated videos. No personal equipment is required. No experience making movies is required.
Board Game Design 11 –– This elective class will focus on the principles of designing board games and what makes them fun. Topics will include game mechanics, themes, and player experience. Students will be expected to play existing games to study and reflect on these concepts, and design their own board game as a final project using the “iterative cycle” (design, test, evaluate, implement, repeat).
Student Aide 11/12 — This elective is for students who wish to support younger students in the classroom. There are expected hours and assignments attached to Student Aide. Students are responsible for finding a suitable placement with a teacher of their choosing; however, teachers do havea say in whom they wish to have in their classrooms.
Interdisciplinary Arts Academy
This is an off-timetable program. Our current season runs September through December.
Please check the following page for information about our Interdisciplinary Arts Academy: https://gss.sd42.libguides.com/c.php?g=715781&p=5103636
IA Theatre Production*
In this course, students learn area specific techniques and vocabulary while gaining ‘on the job experience’ for production departments such as lighting, sound, stage management, hair & makeup, running crew, set construction, and front of house.
IA Theatre Company*
In this course, students develop ensemble building, organization, time management, problem solving and communication skills through practical experience of producing a live show.
IA Musical Theatre*
In this course, students go through the process of auditions, rehearsals, tech week, dress rehearsal, and shows. Throughout this creative process, students develop vocabulary and techniques of putting on a musical theatre production.
In this course, students develop kinaesthetic and spatial awareness as they learn how to effectively study, rehearse, notate, and perform various styles and techniques of musical theatre choreography.
IA Contemporary Music*
In this course, students study musical elements, vocal techniques, and get practical experience of performing musical theatre songs.
*Successful interview/audition required to register in any IA courses. Auditions will be held in April.