Courses offered at GSS
Table of Contents
Applied Design and Skills Technologies (ADST)
Fine Arts (FA)
Physical & Health Education
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
Business Education & Information Communications Technology
Digital Coding and Media 9/10 – This course is for students that are interested in careers relating to Coding and Media. It combines content from the areas of Digital Coding and Media. It also provides a solid core of knowledge for students that are not intending to pursue these areas but want a better understanding of these key topics. This course is a study of digital coding, using programming language Rust, 2d & 3d Animation, computer networking (cloud computing), VR using the Oculus Rift, using Game Engines such as Torque+Unity to make 3d games. Students wishing to pursue further digital coding or digital media courses should consider this class. Evaluation will be based on assignments, project and participation.
Entrepreneurship and Marketing 9/10 – This course is for students that are interested in careers relating to Business. It builds on the skills concepts and knowledge from Marketing 8. It combines content from the areas of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media. It also provides a solid core of knowledge for students that are not intending to pursue these areas but want a better understanding of these key topics. This course is a study of digital communication (including various social media), business startup (entrepreneurship), marketing (including digital), economics and finance. Students wishing to pursue further business or digital media courses should consider this class.
Digital 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.
Digital Media 11/12 – This course will allow students to explore and develop digital animation skills. Students will explore various computer animation programs and techniques. They will produce short animated programs using computer software.
Marketing and Promotion 11/12 – 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.
Robotics 9-12 – 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.
Entrepreneurship 11/12 – 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.
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.
Cafeteria 11/12 – Cafeteria Training 11 and 12 focuses on quality and quantity food preparation and service. Students develop the skills necessary for commercial food preparation as they participate in activities related to receiving, storing, and presenting nutritious foods. Students also have opportunities to develop attitudes 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 of Cafeteria Training 11 and 12 can apply their skills in their home as well as in public food-service facilities. They often choose to use their training to secure entry-level employment in the growing hospitality industry or to pursue careers in the food industry. FoodSafe level 1 course is offered to students during the school year.
Chef Training 11/12 – Prerequisite: Cook Training 11 is a prerequisite for Cook Training 12. Food Studies 10 is recommended. These courses are designed to offer objective vocational style training in line with needs of local industry and advanced training institutions such as V.C.C., Malaspina College, Vancouver Island University etc. Cook Training 11 & 12 involves the actual operation of an industrial styled food service facility. During a two-year period students are given instruction with focus on:
1 – Vegetable and Starch Cookery
2 – Meat and Poultry Cookery
3 – Seafood Cookery
4 – Stocks, Soups, and Sauces
5 – Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Cutting and Processing
6 – Cold Kitchen
7 – Baking and Desserts
8 – Basic Food Service and Kitchen Management
9 – Egg and Breakfast Cookery
10 – Safety, Sanitation, and Equipment
11 – Health Care (Cook – Chill)
With practice, students develop marketable skills that can lead to direct employment. By completing both 11 & 12 levels, a student qualifies for advanced placement at V.C.C., providing he or she challenges and passes V.C.C.’s level one exam. A diligent student will have no problem with this task. These courses also touch on the job opportunities available in the interrelated hospitality and tourism industry. Our objective is to create awareness of the other closely related opportunities that may await them as graduates. Further costs may be incurred. Cook Training 11 and 12 each consist of 3 separate courses. Students may take one course or up to three at each grade level. Each course is worth 4 credits so it is possible to have 24 credits in Cook Training. Cook Training 11A(4), 11B(4), 11C(4), 12A(4), 12B(4) and 12C(4) would equal 24 credits. FoodSafe level 1 course is offered to students during the school year.
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 9 – students will learn to design, alter and recycle patterns and clothing. They will learn how to use and care for natural and manufactured fabrics. They will learn techniques to hand or machine manufacture textiles items. Some design items include: pajama outfits, carrier bags, zippered skirt or pants and a recycled clothing item.
Textiles 10 – students will work with natural and manufactures fabrics to design items of clothing. They will upcycle and recycle designs and fitted clothing by hand and machine. They will learn different methods to create fabrics as well as the ethical and environmental impact. Some design items include: zippered bag, knitted t-shirt, collared shirt with buttons, yoga or sweat pants, summer dress or pants with zippers and pockets.
Textiles 11 – students will learn about the ethical and economic factors of clothing construction. They will learn about the properties of fabrics and their selection for different functions. They will design, alter and recycle different textiles items. They will learn about how marketing and advertising can affect the sales of textiles items. Some design items include: quilted wall hanging, recycled clothing item, collared shirt with darts and buttons, formal wear item of choice.
Textiles 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.
Textiles Arts & Crafts 9-12 – This is the perfect course for beginner /intermediate crafters in grades 9-12! Learn about a variety of crafts including cross-stitching, knitting, sewing, beading, appliquéing, felting and weaving. Seasonal crafts will also be introduced. Further study will look at the history, evolution, environmental impact and sustainability of certain crafts.
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/ADST 9 – This course is designed to be an introduction to the wood shop for students with or without previous basic experience. It will provide in depth knowledge of employability skills for industry jobs, an understanding of safe shop practices, basic woodworking operations such as hand tools, miter saw, band saw, scroll saw, and basic layout and design skills.
Woodwork 10 – This course does not require previous wood working experience to be successful. There will be a focus on safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and shop space. Students will be expected to complete two mandatory projects and one project of their choice.
Woodwork 11 – 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 – This 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 10 – This course does not require previous metal working experience to be successful. There will be a focus on safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and shop space. Students will be expected to complete two mandatory projects and one project of their choice.
Metalwork 11 – 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 – This is an extension of Metal work 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.
Skills Exploration 10-12 – This course 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 exposed to 4 different trade areas; Automotive or Ironworking, Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing. This is a hands on course for anyone interested in learning about trades as a career, and or for students wanting to enrol in any of the trade programs offered here at Garibaldi or in the district.
Visual Arts 9 – This course is focused on developing the foundation skills in the core areas, with emphasis on individuality of thought and expression, use of imagination, observation skills, artistic judgment/art criticism, and appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Students will develop skills in the following areas: drawing (techniques in pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal), painting (skills in watercolour, gouache, and acrylics), printmaking (relief [lino] printmaking), pottery (hand built), graphic designs (computer art and animation [optional]), and textiles (batik, stitchery, weaving, and fabric painting).
Arts Studio 10 – This class aids in the development of principles of design through visual expression in ceramics, drawing and painting, graphics, sculpture, and textiles. Students will work on common themes in art, for example: portrait/life drawing, landscape, fantasy, wildlife, and cartooning. Students will also be asked to do longer individualized projects several times during the semester. Graphic design skills and printmaking will also be addressed within the year.
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.
Dance 9-12 – This course is a compliment to the acting department as students will both study and perform elements of dance and acting. Creative dance, studio dance, and musical theatre combined with character work will be explored and performed in both groups and ensembles. Please note there are 2 evening performance exams required in the year.
Drama 9 – This ensemble based course picks up where Drama 8 left off and focuses on improvisation and imagination.
Drama 10 – This course welcomes students who wish to use Theatre and acting to enrich their life. Through Theatre production and acting students develop skill that prepare them for both postsecondary and career.
Acting 11/12 – This ensemble based course combines the fun of the master of improvisation into scripts. We play with work from master playwrights to Saturday Night Live sketches.
Film & Television 11/12 – Study topics include advanced camcorder operations and shot composition, sophisticated non-linear (computer) editing programs as well as lighting and sound, directing and acting for the camera. In-depth film and television history and analysis are major areas of focus. Students will be expected to explore new filming and story techniques in their videos, and to critique student and professional work.
Interdisciplinary Arts Academy
Theatre Production 10 – 12 – This ensemble acting class will complete all production needs for annual shows: set, costumes, props, light and sound. Skill sets are designed for each grade level.
Theatre Production 11/12 – Technical Theatre – Students interested in lighting, sound or film for theatre please interview with Mrs. Lacroix.
Theatre Performance 10 – 12: Actor Training for Productions – Prerequisite: By audition in May. Actor training for productions.
Choreography 11/12 (Academy Only) This course is for students who wish to be mentors in our dance program. You will choreograph as both an individual and an ensemble. You will perform as well as provide technical support for the class. Please note there are 2 evening performance exams required in the year.
On Stage 11/12 (Academy Only) – Prerequisite: See Mrs. Lacroix to book an interview.
Stage Management 11/12 (Academy Only) – Prerequisite: See Mrs. Lacroix to book an interview. This course annually accepts two to three students who wish to learn how to run and produce a production. Master Classes (Theatre Production) Gr 12 – Art for Set Design, Marketing for Production, Costuming. If you are currently studying the senior course in one of these areas (Art, Marketing, Textiles) you are eligible to apply to use your skills in this cross curricular programme. Maximum 2 students per course. Entrance is by interview only book appointment with Mrs. Lacroix.
GSS offers music classes in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz & Guitar for all grade levels. Secondary students are enrolled into the appropriate level of Band on the basis of previous Band or instrumental experience. Students new to GSS and their parent(s) should meet with the Music teacher prior to registration to determine the appropriate level. It is expected that students will develop: an interest in playing an instrument, technical ability, a sense of ensemble playing, and a skill and appreciation which will carry on beyond Secondary School.
** Please note that all students participate in a minimum of three performances, all rehearsals and related activities. Students are to be evaluated on: intonation, phrasing, dynamics, balance, tone quality, tempo, articulation and style for all performance tests and 35% of the mark is derived from an understanding of written/theory concepts. Furthermore, students are graded on attitude (self-improvement, commitment, confidence, leadership, pride, involvement, and ability to follow instructions) attendance/participation and home practice. Students will be involved in a number of activities including concerts, retreats, tours, workshops, clinics and travel to various performances around the Lower Mainland. Opportunities will arise for travel and exchanges with bands from across Canada and other countries. These trips have to be earned by displaying a good attitude and work ethic, knowing the music well, attending rehearsals, and only with parents’ support.
Instrumental Music 8: Band – No pre-requisite or musical experience Beginning Band is an introduction to reading music and playing an instrument in a group setting. Students do not need prior musical experience to succeed in this course.
Concert Band 9 – Prerequisite: 1-2 years playing experience
Concert Band 10 – Prerequisite: 2-3 years playing experience
Concert Band 11/12 – 3-4 years of musical experience
Jazz Band 9 – 12 – These groups are for musicians who are in their 2nd to 5th year of playing. Classes take place outside the regular timetable Students are also allowed to learn a 2nd instrument in the Jr. Jazz group if they wish. The focus will be playing rock, swing, blues, Latin, funk, and ballad styles and learning to improvise. As new concepts come up, they will be explained, discussed, and reinforced throughout the year. The pace of learning is therefore dictated by the progress of the group as a whole. The music teacher will make the decision of whether they should be in the Junior or Senior level based on ability.
Choral Music 9 – 12: Concert Choir – This class is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn proper vocal technique in a group setting. This is a practical course in choral singing and performing. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual vocal technique, the ability to sing in parts, as well as the ability to sing in concerts. Some other areas of study will include: ear training, sight singing, learning to read music, basic piano skills and the study of various vocal artists. Students with or without vocal experience will be able to expand their abilities through the use of exercises and music designed to improve range, tone quality, diction, breath control, and interpretation. Although a wide variety of choral music and styles are studied, the emphasis is on modern music. Evaluation will be based on daily participation, singing & written work. All students will be required to participate in group performances as part of the course. With enough interest, there may end up being two classes of concert choir – Junior & Senior.
Choral Music 8 – 12: Vocal Jazz – Prerequisite: This is an auditioned entrance or by permission of the teacher. Students must be in Concert Choir. This course will meet outside of regular school hours and is designed for dedicated vocal students wishing to work in a small group setting. The focus will be singing rock, swing, blues, Latin, funk, and ballad styles and learning to improvise. Some other areas of study will include ear training, sight singing, reading music, basic piano skills and the study of various vocal artists. This is a performance-based class; regular attendance is mandatory.
Guitar 9 – This course expands on the skills introduced in the guitar portion of Fine Arts 8
Guitar 10-12 -. Students will focus on fundamental rock & roll chord progressions, basic music literacy and develop the basic techniques of a blues guitar player. Students will also explore basic recording techniques using current recording hardware and software. Students are required to play in at least one public performance during the year.
English 9 – This course aims for organization in language skills and the ability to enjoy and understand literature. Students will continue to improve their language skills and become aware of the development of their language through a study of the history of English, vocabulary development, learning to build paragraphs, to improve spelling, to make speeches and oral reports, to punctuate, to write letters, and to understand some grammar.
Choose ONE of the following four options:
Composition and Literary Studies 10: This combination of courses is designed to support students in their development of written communication through a critical process of questioning, exploring, and sampling, allowing students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media.
Composition and Creative Writing 10: This combination of courses is designed to support students in their development of written communication through a critical process of questioning, exploring, and sampling, allowing for creative expression through language.
Literary Studies and Creative Writing 10: This combination of courses is designed for students who have an interest in creative expression through language, allowing students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media.
English First Peoples New Media and Spoken Language 10: EFP New Media 10 provides students with opportunities to think about the use of new media and its effects on individuals and on First Peoples communities and cultures. Spoken Language 10 is designed for students who are interested in studying First Peoples’ oral traditions and in developing their oral self-expression and communication in a variety of contexts.
Choose ONE of the following three options:
Composition 11: Composition 11 is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models for the development of their 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.
Choose ONE of the following two options:
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.
Can also choose (as an elective):
Literary Studies 12: Literary Studies 12 is designed for students who are interested in creating a body of work reflective of a sophisticated breadth and depth of skill. The course provides students with opportunities to specialize and publish in real-world contexts.
Physical & Health Education
Physical & Health Education 9 – Physical and Health Education 9 focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. Students will participate in a variety of activities to gain a deeper understanding of health related concepts to achieve a healthy lifestyle and will develop their abilities to collaborate and communicate effectively to build positive relationships. The physical and health education curriculum at Grade 9 continues to build on the PHE 8 experience through a continuation of the core activities.
Physical & Health Education 10 – Physical and Health Education 10 builds on the PHE 9 experience. Students will focus on a variety of physical activities to develop an appreciation for the lifelong benefits of physical activity and will create SMART goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Their abilities to respond to emergencies by learning CPR and basic First Aid skills will also be strengthened.
Athletic Leadership 11/12 (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.
Intramural Leadership 11/12 (out of timetable course – lunch and flex) – Intramural Leadership 11/12 targets building school community/spirit by providing students with strong leadership and team building skills. Students will learn to successfully plan, organize, promote, and implement a variety of their own lunch hour programs over the course of the school year. They will develop skills to become independent, positive leaders who are able to run programs with minimal assistance. “Students that are more engaged in the school tend to build healthy relationships with other students and the school as a whole” (Raise the Bar Intramurals, n.d.).
Fitness & Conditioning 11 (Sport and Exercise Science 11) – Sport and Exercise Science 11 provides students with the knowledge to develop and execute a proper training program that will enhance individual fitness levels, health, and body image. It will also help them to develop a lifelong appreciation of the benefits of physical activity through acquired knowledge and understanding of nutrition, fitness, goal setting, and anatomy. If you are going to be doing sport science or kinesiology in post-secondary this is the course for you.
Active Living 11 – 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.
Outdoor Education 11 – 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.
Fitness & Conditioning 12 (Sport and Exercise Science 12) – Sport and Exercise Science 12 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 12 – Active Living 12 builds upon established physical activities and health components from AL 11. Students demonstrate the importance of physical activity to maintain their overall health and mental well-being. Physical activity and healthy habits are practiced and monitored for personal growth and lifelong appreciation. The curriculum includes core activity areas like team games, individual activities, leadership, and community service. Field trips such as swimming, golf, bowling, gymnastics, fencing, ice skating, paintball, rock climbing, squash, and racquetball will be planned. If you like to play a variety of sports and activities to maintain a healthy lifestyle this is the course for you.
Outdoor Education 12 – 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. Students will improve their abilities to communicate in emergency situations and be able to adapt and respond to changing conditions. This course is for the outdoor enthusiast.
Social Studies 9 – The scope of Social Studies 9 is on the years 1750 to 1919. Units of study include revolutions (French, American, Industrial, etc), building of the Canadian nation, development of the Canadian West, and a focus on social justice issues. Critical thinking tasks will be embedded throughout the course, and students will practice communication their ideas and develop investigating skills.
Social Studies 10 – In Social Studies 10, students will look at Canada and the World from 1919 to the present. We will study Canada’s global position in the 20th century, the structure of Canadian political institutions and the development of Canada’s inclusive, multicultural society. Finally, we will look at the connection between the natural environment and social and economic development. Focus will be placed on critical thinking skills, communicating ideas, and investigating information.
Explorations in Socials Studies 11 – In this course, students will be introduced to topics and themes of the grade 12 courses offered by the Social Studies department. All students must take this course as a prerequisite or concurrently with grade 12 Social Studies courses. Critical thinking, communication, and investigating information will be emphasized.
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.
Political Studies 12 – In this course, students will develop an understanding of how power is distributed in society, and will become more informed and engaged citizens. Students taking this course will participate in “The Civic Mirror”, which is a simulation activity that reflects highlights the political sphere.
Economic Theory 12 – This course provides students with opportunities to analyze the effects of economic activity on their society, the nation, and the global community, and it gives them a deeper understanding of the principles behind government and social Policies.
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.
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 – This course will provide students with an overview of the diverse areas of study within psychology, a social science with a focus on human behaviours. The course contains learning theory, memory, body and behaviour theories of personality, emotion and motivation, sensation and perception and social psychology.
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.
French 9 MYP 2 -Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 8 MYP 1
French 9 MYP 2 is an elective course for grade 9 students (full year) where students continue their language learning based on the skills acquired in French 8 MYP 1 and prepare for further acquisition of skills needed for DELF and Diploma IB program. This course is designed to expand oral, written, reading and listening skills through increased vocabulary and grammar. More extensive vocabulary and grammar is gradually introduced to enrich the program to a more fluent use of the French language. Students are exposed to basic everyday situations in a French environment.
French 9 MYP 1 -Prerequisite: Completion of French 8 MYP 1 French 9 MYP 1 is a mandatory course (50 hours a year) for all grade 9 students where students continue their language learning based on the skills acquired in French 8 MYP 1. This course is designed to expand oral, written, reading and listening skills through increased vocabulary and grammar. Students are exposed to basic everyday situations in a French environment.
French 10 -Prerequisite: Completion of French 9. This course is designed to further increase the fluency of the student’s oral, written, reading and listening skills. The communicative approach is maintained. More grammar is introduced. Written and oral assignments increase in length and content. This course serves as a language requirement for French 11 or French 11 IB.
French 10 MYP 2 -Prerequisite: Completion of French 9 MYP 1. French 10 MYP 2 is a mandatory course (50 hours a year) for all grade 10 students where students continue their language learning based on the skills acquired in French 9 MYP 1. More grammar is introduced. Written and oral assignments increase in length and content. This course does NOT serve as a language requirement for French 11 or French 11 IB, and is only available to those students who do not wish to continue their French studies beyond the grade 10 MYP requirement.
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 11 IB -Prerequisite: successful 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 250 to 400 words and maintain a 4-8 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.
French 12 IB Prerequisite: successful completion of French 11 IB. 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. Students will write up to 400 words and maintain a 12-15 minute oral conversation.
Japanese 9 – Prerequisite: None
Introductory Japanese 11- Prerequisite: None Introductory Japanese 11 is a provincially prescribed curriculum that serves as a prerequisite for
Beginner Japanese 11. The successful completion of Introductory Japanese 11 should provide students with a level of competence that will allow them to participate successfully in Japanese 11.
Japanese 11/12 – Prerequisite: Introductory Japanese 11 or equivalent recommended. Students will exchange information on familiar topics using hiragana, katakana, and some kanji. The course is a natural extension of introductory Japanese 11 and provides a good foundation for future Japanese studies. More complex grammatical structures will be introduced. Students will be exposed to simple authentic documents and various cultural activities. There will be greater emphasis on reading and writing. Japanese 11 satisfies the graduation language requirement for university entrance
Mathematics 9 – All students in Grade 9 must take this required course. Topics covered in this course include problem solving with integers and order of operations, exponents, linear equations and relations, proportional reasoning, algebra, statistics in society and financial literacy. Emphasis of the course is to develop computational fluency through applied problem solving, and to develop mathematical skills of reasoning and analyzing, understanding and solving, communicating and representing, then connecting and reflecting. Students will connect the MYP (Middle Year Program) Approaches to Learning to their learning in this course.
Workplace Mathematics Pathways Grades 10 & 11
This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include rate of change, creating and interpreting graphs, metric and imperial measurement and conversions, 3D objects, statistics and probability, financial literacy and trigonometry.
Foundations of Mathematics Grades Pathways 11 & 12
This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for postsecondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include financial mathematics, geometry, measurement, number, logical reasoning, relations and functions, statistics and probability.
Pre-calculus Grades 11 & 12 Pathways
This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include algebra and number, measurement, relations and functions, trigonometry, and permutations, combinations and binomial theorem.
Mathematics 10 – Mathematics 10 is a graduation requirement. All students in Grade 10 must take one of the following Grade 10 required mathematics courses:
Workplace Math 10 – Topics covered in this course are algebra, geometry, measurement, number, financial literacy, and trigonometry.
Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 – Topics covered in this course are algebra, number, geometry, measurement, relations and functions, trigonometry and logical thinking, and financial literacy.
Mathematics 11 – Mathematics 11 is a graduation requirement. All students in Grade 11 must take at least one of the following Grade 11 required mathematics courses:
Workplace Math 11 – Prerequisite: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10 or Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10. This course is designed for students intending to enter into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, number, and statistics.
Foundations of Mathematics 11 – Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 recommended. This is an academic course that expands on some of the topics studied in Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10. Topics: Systems of equations and quadratic functions, logical reasoning, statistics, spatial and angle geometry, 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 11 – Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 recommended. This is an academic course that expands on some of the topics studied in Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math 10. Topics include algebra and numbers, trigonometry, relations and functions, and financial literacy. This course is for students intending to study empirical sciences 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.
Mathematics 12 – 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 9 – Science 9 gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge & understanding in the fields of chemistry (investigating matter), physics (electricity and its applications), biology (reproduction) and earth science (natural cycles, systems, & sustainability). Students will also undertake their own inquiries using scientific methods and research how science impacts society.
Science 10 – Science 10 gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge & understanding in the fields of chemistry (compounds & chemical reactions), physics (energy transformation), biology (DNA) and earth science (big bang theory & the universe). Students will also undertake their own inquiries using scientific methods and research how science impacts society.
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, building models and discussing the impact of human decisions and actions on Earth.
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.
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).
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.
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.