Grade 8 and 9 Requirements
ENGLISH TRACK GRADE 8 - 9 REQUIREMENTS
In grades 8 and 9, promotion is by subject.
FRENCH IMMERSION GRADE 8 - 9 REQUIREMENTS
The program offered is an extension of the elementary program which began in Kindergarten or Grade 1 for Early Immersion or Grade 6 for Late Immersion. These two streams are integrated at the high school level.
Starting September 2017, Grade 8 students enrolled in French Immersion take 4 of their courses in French each year. Grades 9 & 10 will take 3 of their courses in French. Français langue, Sciences humaines, and Science naturelles all have French as the language of instruction.
HEALTH & CAREER EDUCATION 8 and 9
he Health and Career Education 8 and 9 programs are mandatory for students. Their aim is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to their health, education and future careers. Topics covered will include exploration of career options and sources of support, healthy living and healthy relationships, safety and injury prevention and substance misuse prevention.
GRADE 10, 11, AND 12 REQUIREMENTS
For the 2017/18 school year we will continue to observe updates provided by the Ministry of Education here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/graduation-info New information provided will be communicated to the school community as it becomes available.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: GRADES 10-12
Eighty (80) credits in Grades 10 - 12 (equivalent to 20 four-credit courses) are required for graduation.
Note: Students must take a minimum of 16 credits at the grade 12 level including language Arts 12. All ministry-authorized and Board/Authority-Approved courses count.
To graduate, you need at least 48 credits from Required Courses - subjects such as Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. All courses are worth 4 credits.
As well, you need 28 credits from Elective Courses, a four-credit Graduation Transitions Assessment and five Graduation Program exams*.
Be careful when you drop a course late in the school year - it could be the one you need to graduate.
Don't forget that post-secondary institutions often require you to complete specific courses to get into certain programs. Careful planning in Grades 10, 11 and 12 will ensure you have all the courses and credits you need.
SENIOR PLANNING COURSE AND THE GRADUATION TRANSITIONS (GT) PROGRAM
These are two four-credit courses, each of which is required for graduation. Students will be introduced to the Senior Planning course in Grade 11 and the Graduation Transitions Program in grade 10. In Senior Planning, students will explore Focus Areas as well as learn about topics in the areas of Education and Careers, Health and Finances.
The main focus in Grade 10 will be to introduce the Graduation Transitions Program requirements to students via their PE 10 course. Support for this program will continue in Grade 11 with their Senior Planning teacher. Throughout grades 10-12, students will be expected to collect evidence that supports their plans for transitioning from secondary school. This is completed in the spring of Grade 12 when students participate in a presentation/exit interview.
Additional detail about each of these programs is outlined in the course descriptions index.
GRADE 12 STUDY BLOCKS
In the interests of maintaining a positive school tone for staff and students to work during instructional hours, the notion of “study blocks” are restricted to one per grade 12 student who meets the school’s criteria.
Only students who are successfully meeting all their graduation requirements will be considered.
This is non-credit, unsupervised time within the school day. While in the school, students will be expected to be independently studying or working on projects/assignments in designated areas in the school. A study block is neither intended nor designed to be a “free block.” The study block is intended to provide an opportunity for responsible grade 12 students to assume responsibility for the use of unstructured learning time.
Grade 12s who wish to apply for a second study block may do so by completing the Second Study Block Application form, which must be signed by a parent.