CURRICULUM & COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION AND FORMS

Please find links below for various forms.  Click on the links to download the pdf documents.

The Course Selection Form is available online only and the link will be emailed to you.  The course schedule will be available in May when the individual timetables are ready.

Course Change Form September 2019 

Graduation Planning Form 2019-20

Teaching Assistant Application Form 2019-20

Outdoor Education Application Form 2019-20

Worship Leadership 11 Course Request Form 2019-20

If you have any questions concerning this information, please direct them to Ms. Bryant, Academic Counsellor, at jbryant@myrcs.ca.

GRADE 9 REQUIREMENTS

The following is a list of the courses required for Grade 9 Students. There are different choices for mathematics, language arts (English) and electives.

COURSES CHOICES
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies 9
Planning Career Life Education 10A
Physical Education Physical Education 9
Science Science 9
Social Studies Social Studies 9
Mathematics Math 9
Math 9/10 Accelerated
Math 9 Adapted
Modern Languages French 9
Spanish 9
Mandarin 9
Language Arts English 9
English 9 Adapted
Electives (Choose 4) Art Studio 9

Concert Band 9
Concert Choir 9
Drama 9
Food Studies 9
Information & Communication Technologies 9

Media Design 9

Photography 9

Visual Arts 9
Woodwork 9

Learning Assistance Optional

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Grades 10-12

The BC Ministry of Education’s changes to the graduation program, primarily affecting curriculum and assessment, are fully implemented in the 2019-20 school year.

There are no longer any Provincial Exams.  They have been replaced by a Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment and two Literacy Assessments, one in Grade 10 and Grade 12.

CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATION: 2018 Graduation Program Requirements

The B.C. Certificate of Graduation or “Dogwood Diploma” is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements.

All students are now on the 2018 Graduation Program. To graduate, you will require 80 credits total – with a minimum of 16 at the Grade 12 level, and 28 elective course credits. 52 credits are required from the following:

  • Career Life Education 10 and Career-Life Connections plus Capstone (8 credits total)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 10, 11 & a required 12 (12 credits)
  • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)

In addition, students on the 2018 Graduation Program must also complete the two new Graduation Assessments:

  • Numeracy Assessment
    The Numeracy Assessment will be taken in Grade 10
  • Literacy Assessment
    The new Grade 10 Literacy Assessments will be introduced in 2019-20.

The new Grade 12 Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2020-21.

NOTE: The Social Studies 11/12 graduation requirement for students on the 2018 Graduation Program is flexible; any of the current Ministry Social Studies 11 or 12 courses will meet the requirement.  We are offering the following courses which can be taken in Grade 11 or Grade 12:

  • BC First Peoples 12
  • 20th Century World History 12
  • Law Studies 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • AP Psychology
  • Other courses meet the Social Studies requirement and can be taken Online.

A second language is not required to graduate with a BC Dogwood Certificate, however, it is required for entrance to most post-secondary institutions.

More information about the Ministry of Education Guidelines and courses can be found on https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR RCS

The following is a list of the courses currently required for graduation from RCS.  There are choices within these requirements for math, science, language arts (English), modern languages and Biblical studies at certain grade levels.  Read the descriptions of the courses offered and check which ones you need for entry to the post-secondary programs and institutions you are considering.

GRADE 10 REQUIREMENTS

COURSES

CHOICES

 

Planning 10

Career Life Education 10B

4

Biblical Perspectives 10

Biblical Perspectives 10

4

Physical Education 10

Physical and Health Education 10

4

Social Studies 10

Social Studies 10

4

Language Arts 10 
(Choose 1)

English 10 (Lit 10, Comp 10)
English 10/11 Accelerated (Lit. 10, Comp. 10, Lit.11)
English 10 Adapted (Lit. 10, Comp. 10)

4

Mathematics 10 
(Choose 1)

Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10
Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 Adapted
Workplace Mathematics 10

4

Science 10

Science 10

4

Modern Language 10 
(Choose 1)

French 10
Mandarin 10
Spanish 10

4

Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10
(Choose 2, one for each Term)

Art Studio 10
Concert Band 10 – Term 1
Concert Choir 10 – Term 2

Computer Studies 10
Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10
Food Studies10

Photography 10
Theatre Company 10

Woodworking 10
Woodworking 10 – Intro

4

 

Total

36

Grade 12 courses are only open to Grade 11 and 12 students.

GRADE 11 REQUIREMENTS

COURSES

CHOICES

 

Social Studies 12

Asian Studies 12

BC First Peoples 12

Economic Theory 12

Law Studies 12

20th Century World History 12
Social Justice 12

4

Biblical Studies 11 
(Choose 1)    

Biblical Perspectives 11
Spiritual Formation 11
Worship Leadership 11

4

Language Arts 11 
(Choose 1)

Composition 11

Composition 11 Adapted
Creative Writing 11

4

Mathematics 11 
(Choose 1)   

Pre-Calculus 11
Foundations of Math 11

Workplace Math 11

4

Science 11
(
Choose 1)  

Chemistry 11

Life Science 11
Physics 11
Science for Citizens 11

AP Physics 1

4

Electives

Choose any other three courses at the Grade 11 or 12 level

12

 

Total

32

 

GRADE 12 REQUIREMENTS

COURSES

CHOICES

CREDITS

Biblical Studies 12
(Choose 1)

Biblical Perspectives 12

Worship  Leadership 12

     4

Language Arts 12 
(Choose 1)

English Studies 12

Creative Writing 12

English Studies 12 Adapted

    4

Electives**

 

16 – 24

 

Total

24 – 32

**Students must have at least 4 Grade 12 level courses to graduate. Check with your preferred universities to confirm how many and which Grade 11 and 12 courses they require for the program of your choice.

Career Life Education and Career Life Connections: Grades 10–12

The components of this program remain similar to  Grad Transitions: demonstrating the knowledge and ability to plan, budget, be organized, reliable, on time and show a practical connection between your interests, school work, career plans and the wider community.  There will also be a Capstone project in Grade 12. These are mandatory courses which must be successfully completed for graduation in BC.

SUMMARY OF CREDITS PER GRADE LEVEL

Grade Level

Credits

Grade 10

36

Grade 11

28 – 32

Grade 12

24 – 32

Graduation Transitions

4

Total

92 – 104

COURSE SELECTION

  1. Check the Graduation Requirements (above) and select the courses you need.
  2. Read the course descriptions and check you have the appropriate pre-requisites.
  3. Consider your interests and career goals.  Research universities or other post-secondary options to determine the courses you need for the programs you are interested in.
  4. Discuss your plans and ensure the form is signed by both you and your parent/guardian.

 

COURSE SELECTION

  1. Check the Graduation Requirements (above) and select the courses you need.
  2. Read the course descriptions and check you have the appropriate pre-requisites.
  3. Consider your interests and career goals.  Research universities or other post-secondary options to determine the courses you need for the programs you are interested in.
  4. Discuss your plans and ensure the form is signed by both you and your parent/guardian.
Full Time Student Policy

Students of Richmond Christian School are enrolled full time. This involves taking a full load of eight (8) courses offered within the school schedule/timetable. Students in Grade 12 may take a study block if they are enrolled in four (4) academic courses at the Grade 12 level.  Academic courses are defined as courses in the following departments:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Biblical Studies, Modern Languages.

Late Assignment Procedure

Any late assignment and/or project will receive a 5% reduction for every class that occurs after the due date including the class it is due not including the possible rotating Friday class.

All extensions or exceptions to this late assignment procedure must be made through the teacher before the due date and the teacher may refuse or alter the proposed extension.

Distance Education (Online Courses)

The Academic Counsellor approves and coordinates online courses with the course providers.  Students may be approved for an online course if it is not offered at RCS, or it cannot fit into the student’s schedule.  In order to apply to take an Online course, talk to the Academic Counsellor before selecting this option on your course selection form.  If you need a Distance Education Course for University entrance it must be completed by January 15th (for UBC and SFU).  Check with your university for their deadline.  If approved, this May you will complete a Distance Education Agreement Form signed by the student and a parent and provide a post-dated cheque for $900.  In September you must provide proof of enrolment in the course and your progress will be monitored every quarter  If the student does not complete the course by June 2019, the school will keep the $900.

Course Challenge

In cases where a student has obtained training in a course with similar learning outcomes, arrangements may be made to challenge a course for credit by taking an examination and completing a number of assignments to demonstrate proficiency. Students should inform the Academic Counsellor by mid-May of their intent to challenge a course. Students must achieve a mark of 80% to pass.

Course Equivalency

Students who have developed their gifts in applied skills, music or performing arts outside of school may be able to receive educational credit under certain conditions.

Course Cancellation

Some elective courses that are offered in this course catalogue may be cancelled due to enrolment numbers, teacher availability and other reasons as determined by Richmond Christian School. We thank you for your understanding when this could affect a student’s schedule.

ACCELERATED COURSES

The Accelerated Courses are an opportunity for students to be challenged and show perseverance as they complete two years of curriculum in one year. Students will be expected to critically connect ideas, problem solve, and engage with material in an increasingly mature manner. Assessment for work in Accelerated Courses has a higher expectation for depth and breadth of understanding of the material.

Currently we are offering the following Accelerated Courses for the coming school year with their respective prerequisites:

Accelerated Courses

Prerequisites

Mathematics 9/10 Accelerated

Mathematics 8 (86% or higher)

English 10/11 Accelerated

English 9 (86% or higher)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with the opportunity to gain university credits. The AP courses help students to pursue intellectual activities that are challenging, develop higher level thinking skills, and promote independent study, research, and content enrichment. Each AP course has an optional exam that students can take in May. Students who score a 4 or 5 (out of 5) on the exam are eligible for credit in first year courses in most universities. Registration for these exams takes place in February with a strict deadline.  The fee is $130 per exam.

AP courses are open to students in Grades 11 or 12 only, with the exception of AP Chinese Language and Culture which may be taken by Grade 10 students.

Students who enrol in AP courses online are required to take their AP exams with that course provider.

Students who enrol in AP courses offered by unaccredited academies will not be able to take the AP Exam at RCS.

AP Courses

Prerequisites

   

Calculus AB

Pre-Calculus 11 (86% or higher)
Pre-Calculus 12 Recommended (86% or higher)

Calculus BC

Pre-Calculus 12 (86% or higher)

   

English Language and Composition

English 11 (86% or Higher)

English Literature and Composition

English 11 (86% or higher)
English 12 Recommended (86% or higher)

Physics 1

Science 10 (86% or higher)

Physics 2

AP Physics 1

Psychology

Combined Average of English 11 AND a   Science 11 or 12 (80% or higher)


Grade 11 Students and Advanced Placement Courses

Students may have
 an opportunity to enter an Accelerated or Advanced Placement class if they do not meet the prerequisites listed. A student and their parents may request a conference with an Advanced Program coordinator, teacher and the RCS Secondary Principal. If a student is granted permission, then an Academic Probation Contract will be created. The Academic Probation Contract will create specific benchmarks that a student must achieve to remain in the Advanced Program course past the month of September.Prerequisites Appeal
***All prerequisite courses must be completed within the Richmond Christian School system. Taking prerequisite courses through distributed learning (online) or through summer school will prevent the student from being eligible for AP courses at RCS.

Any Grade Eleven student desiring to be in the Advanced Placement Program must fill out a form that explains why they are ready to take a university level course in Grade 11. The students will then be placed on academic probation.

Homework Load in Accelerated and Advanced Placement Courses

RCS students enrolled in Accelerated or Advanced Placement classes can expect to have 60 minutes to 90 minutes of homework per class day. For a balanced life, it is recommended that students take no more than two AP classes.

 

Biblical Studies
Program Overview

The Biblical Perspectives department is crafted and designed to nurture and challenge students to continue to grow & mature in Christ. As one of the critical components in transformation, education- particularly Biblical, spiritual education must be challenging, diverse, and patterned after Christ’s discipleship model. Teaming with the home and the church, the RCS Biblical Perspectives department seeks to prepare students for a life-long journey with and for Jesus Christ. With that perspective in mind, our course offerings and teaching methods hope to reflect the nature of God- creative, lively, active, accessible, Spirit-led, rooted in Truth, in order to enable students to reflect the likeness of Christ for His kingdom. 

In view of this goal the Biblical Perspectives Department offers a variety of courses to deepen one’s faith and relationship with Christ.

There are 3 possible year-long choices in Grade 11 – Biblical Perspectives 11, Worship Leadership 11 and Spiritual Formation 11.

In Grade 12 students choose between Biblical Perspectives 12 or Worship Leadership 12 (if they have completed Worship and Spiritual Leadership 11) or, in addition to Biblical Perspectives 12, they can take Worship Leadership 11 in their Grade 12 year. 

A regular opportunity to journey through the Lands of the Bible (Israel, Jordan, Egypt) on a Discipleship (learning/missions) Journey will be offered to students, parents and staff every 3 years. This experience of a lifetime will powerfully impact their education, Bible reading and faith. 

Biblical Perspectives 9

Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will be challenged to better love God and better love others. Students will explore the mission and message of Jesus through an in-depth study of the Gospels and other Scriptural texts, and be challenged to further the work of Christ in their own spheres of influence.  Students will learn and practice traditional spiritual disciplines and have opportunities for hands-on service to extend God’s love to others.

Biblical Perspectives 10

Prerequisite: Biblical Perspectives 9

Graduation Requirement: Biblical Perspectives 10

In this course, students will have opportunity to explore numerous topics centered around Scripture, such as apologetics, relationships, and spiritual formation.  Students will study common questions concerning Christianity, reconcile Science and Faith, explore and apply Christ-centered relationship principles and learn how to grow deeper in their walk with God by implementing regular spiritual practices.

Biblical Perspectives 11

Prerequisite:  Biblical Studies 10, especially Arguments for Faith 10 and Science and Faith 10

Graduation Requirement: Biblical Perspectives 11 

This course explores the intersections between faith and culture. Students will contrast popular culture with the counter-cultural mission and message of Jesus Christ and learn practical tools to apply these teachings to their lives. Additionally, students will study apologetics and seek answers for questions they have about Christianity in order to both strengthen their faith and prepare them to discuss their faith. Throughout the year, students will learn practices to help establish personal disciplines to help students make time and space for God.  
Biblical Perspectives 12

Prerequisite: one of Biblical Perspectives Studies 11, Spiritual Formation 11 or Worship Leadership 11

Graduation Requirement: Biblical Perspectives 12

This is a senior level course synthesizing all of the Biblical Perspectives Studies and Spiritual Formation learning that has occurred in previous years. The goal again, is to deepen the students’ relationship with Jesus Christ, and to be fully prepared to embark into a new chapter of life as transformed and culturally transforming disciples. For this to occur we will continue to study and implement spiritual disciplines, as well as digest the practical and projecting books of James and Acts. Students will also be benefited through writing their personal statement of faith and strengthening their theology as they interact with our various other faith group neighbours.

This course has been developed from a foundation of Jesus Christ and focuses on life and faith. It involves a degree of information (knowledge) but seeks transformation (growth) – our goal is to enable students to be challenged to move into lifelong discipleship. This course is a challenging and deeply focused study, integrating the heart, soul, strength and mind. Since we are attempting to weave together what we believe with how we behave in our world and culture, this course will be taught in a variety of settings. Through earnest and intense commitment t the historic spiritual disciplines and study of God’s Word, students will have opportunity to move from being ‘Christians’ to growing Disciples.

Spiritual Formation 11

Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 10

Graduation Requirement: meets the Biblical Perspectives 11 course requirement 

This is a discipleship course, designed to help students become more responsive to God’s work and presence in their lives and in the world. Students will deepen their faith by learning and adopting disciplines and practices to help them hear and obey God, while being immersed in Scripture. Additionally, students will be challenged to adopt a missional mindset and lifestyle as they take steps towards becoming true disciples of Christ. Students will learn their spiritual temperament and identity in Christ, study the Sermon on the Mount, the person of the Holy Spirit, and reference numerous historical and contemporary teachings to deepen their understanding.

 

Worship Leadership 11

Prerequisite: Biblical Perspectives 10, Co-requisite: Art Foundations, Concert Band, Concert Choir, OR Theatre Performance, or outside RCS equivalent 

Graduation Requirement: Biblical Perspectives 11

This course examines the biblical concept of worship and the appropriate utilization of music in its public forms. It identifies the conditions, qualities and ingredients that most enhance the integrity and the meaningfulness of public worship. This course plays an important role in our school life. Students serve the student body and school community by regularly leading the school in worship, while learning in these three areas: 

  • To examine the biblical foundation for the authentic worship of God 
  • To develop practical skills in participating in a worship team 
  • To explore issues related to the use of music in public worship. 

***Worship Leadership 11 and 12 students will be required to attend classes before regular school hours on Tuesdays from 6:55 to 8:05 am.

Worship Leadership 12

Prerequisite: Worship Leadership 11 Co-requisite: Art Foundations 11, Concert Band 11, Concert Choir 11, OR Theatre Performance 11, or outside RCS equivalent 

Graduation Requirement: Biblical Perspectives 12 

This course examines the biblical concept of worship and the appropriate utilization of music in its public forms. It identifies the conditions, qualities and ingredients that most enhance the integrity and the meaningfulness of public worship. This course plays an important role in our school life. Students serve the student body and school community by regularly leading the school in worship, while learning in these three areas: 

  • To examine the biblical foundation for the authentic worship of God
  • To develop practical skills in participating in a worship team
  • To explore issues related to the use music in public worship.

***Worship Leadership 11 and 12 students will be required to attend classes before regular school hours on Tuesdays from 6:55 to 8:05 am.

Business Education
Marketing and Promotion 11

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10

Graduation Requirement: Electives

“Marketing is everywhere”

In this course students will choose a product brand that interests them, a movie (or video game or youtube channel), as well as a celebrity with a strong personal brand, to investigate and learn about the four Ps of marketing: product, promotion, place, and price.

Students will use their knowledge of product brands and personal brands to develop a marketing plan for a product / service which they will sell, and to develop their own personal brand. Their final assignment will be to research how Marketing is being used in the furtherance of the gospel, and to reflect on how it can equip each of them to joyfully serve Christ.

Type of student who would enjoy this course: Students who enjoy experiential and project-based learning will enjoy this course.

Course Highlights:

  • Follow That Product Brand Project
  • Marketing in the Movies Project
  • Follow That Celebrity Brand
  • Rogers Arena Field Trip
  • Ironwood Scavenger Hunts
  • Marketing Day at Playland
Accounting 12

Prerequisite: none

Graduation Requirement:  Elective  

In this course, you will:

  • Explore special journal systems and be introduced to payroll accounting and merchandising.
  • Learn how to complete the books for a sole proprietorship, partnership, manufacturing company and corporation.
  • Learn how to control cash within a business.
  • Learn how to analyze financial data.
  • Learn how to complete individual tax returns
  • Learn how to use spreadsheets to solve various business-related problems.

This course is recommended for students who are considering running their own business at some point in the future, or who are considering post-secondary study of business.

Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10

Prerequisite:  None

Graduation Requirement: Elective

This course teaches students the basics of business in the twenty-first century. The course is designed to take students through the stages required to develop and begin to operate a small business. It covers the personal characteristics that make an entrepreneur, the elements of a viable business, and helps the students assess strengths and weaknesses in order to make good choices about their enterprises. The course will cover the necessary steps in writing a business plan and help students organize for operating a business and provide the opportunity to begin running a business of their own at the RCS Market Day. Students will also learn about investing and marketing. Working in groups or alone, students will complete a variety of assignments, which are stimulating and unique.

Type of student who would enjoy this course: Students who are interested in business, investing and in understanding all the mass media around them will enjoy this course. Course Highlights:

  • Dragons Den: who’s business idea will get the RCS Dragons to invest in their RCS Market Day concept?
  • Stock Market Trading Game: every student gets $100,000 virtual dollars to invest in the stock market and develop his or her investing skills, to win a prize.
Information Technology
Information and Communication Technologies 9

Prerequisite: None

Graduation Requirement: Yes

In Information and Communications Technology 9, students will be introduced to the basics of coding, learn and apply web design strategies to create personalized e-portfolios to showcase their learning journey at the Secondary Campus, and participate in a Project Based Learning Experience that allows them to deeper explore a technology-related topic of personal interest to them.

 

Computer Studies 10

 

 

Language Arts - English
English 9

Prerequisite: English 8

Using a Christian worldview as the backdrop for study, English 9 will challenge students to consider each “message” of this course, whether sent or received. The focus of English 9 is to have students understand plot and theme in literature and be able to know the fundamentals of good paragraph writing within the context of a larger work.  By studying a variety of short stories, novels and other literature, students will learn to examine themes and ideas presented in the light of Scripture.  Students work at developing writing skills through essay writing and they will learn to express ideas that are supported by evidence.

English 9 Adapted

Prerequisite: English 8

This course is designed to promote and develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a small group setting. As children of God, we communicate in many ways to worship, inquire, express, and relate to each other. Language is a beautiful gift that we have been given and these skills will be developed through a variety of texts that explore the idea of governance. Written and visual texts will be used to aid us in understanding this world that we are a part of and assignments will be adapted to fit the learning needs of the students.

English 10

Prerequisite: English 9

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 10

This course includes Literature 10 and Composition 10 and is designed to develop the students’ ability to appreciate a variety of literary and contemporary works. Students will be trained to apply standard conventions of the English language in their writing. As this course forms the foundation of the senior level English program, students will be expected to express and articulate literature in an increasingly critical and sophisticated manner. They will purposefully develop a more comprehensive vocabulary with which to express their ideas effectively.

English 10 Adapted

Prerequisite: English 9 or English 9 Adapted

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 10

This course is designed to meet the learning outcomes of English 10 within a small group setting. Students will be exposed to a variety of literary and contemporary works and will continue to develop skills in applying standard conventions of the English language in their writing. 

English 10/11 Accelerated

Prerequisite: English 9 (86% or higher)

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 10 and 11

English 10/11 Accelerated is intended for students who are gifted in communication, critical and divergent thinking, and literary analysis and explication, providing a greater depth and breadth of exposure to literature, philosophy, and rhetoric.  It combines texts from both the Literature 10, Composition 10 and Literature 11 curriculums, demanding more in terms of quality and quantity in both reading and writing, but preparing students well for more advanced coursework in language arts, or completing early their Language Arts 12 graduation requirement.

Composition 11

Prerequisite: English 10

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 11

Composition 11 allows students to explore the craft of writing, equipping them to make intentional writing choices for various purposes, audiences, and contexts.  Through discussion and instruction on the writing process, revision, rhetoric, dialogue, and textual analysis, students will be given the opportunity to respond both personally and academically in ways that are respectful of the truth, themselves, and others.  While intended to prepare students for formal academic essay writing, the scope of Composition 11 also allows students flexibility in their responses to literature, non-fiction, personal writing, and media.  Ultimately, the goal of composition is to teach students how to use God’s gift of language for “building others up according to their needs” and “speak[ing] the truth in love” (Ephesians).

Composition 11 Adapted

Prerequisite: English 10 or English 10 Adapted

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 11

Creative Writing 11

Prerequisite: English 10

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 11

Designed for students who are interested in developing confidence and refining their writing skills through self-expression for various creative purposes, this course provides students with in-depth writing opportunities.  Students will explore personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and strengthen their skills. Grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, students are invited to express themselves creatively as they reflect on, adjust, and extend their writing skills. Students will be challenged to examine their faith in regards to reading and writing fiction, and will experiment with ways of integrating their personal faith and values in their work.

English Studies 12

Prerequisites: English 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 12

Language is one of the means by which we commune with God. Much of contemporary English owes its vocabulary and beauty to the Bible, rendering God’s Word as the definite text for cross-referencing. English Studies 12 places emphasis on the skills of comprehension, literary analysis and expository expression. The students will be trained to apply linguistic skills to the practical demands of university education and the work world. Students will investigate the different genres of writing, which leads to an appreciation of the formalities and elegance of the English language. Extensive reading, intensive inquiry and conscientiousness cannot be compromised.

 

English Studies 12 Adapted
Creative Writing 12

Prerequisites: English 10 (78% or higher recommended)

Recommended: English 11 (78% or higher recommended)

Graduation Requirement: Elective

God chooses to speak to us through story and poetry, and even describes Himself as The Word, (“In the beginning was The Word…” (John 1:1). Creative expression is a part of His nature, and, being made in His likeness, we flourish when we explore our character traits that are fashioned after Him. Participants will write, edit and rewrite in a variety of genres, including, but not limited to, memoirs, blogs, scripts, short fiction, and poetry. Workshopping and critiquing hone the maturity to give and receive vital feedback for a better product and working with real-world deadlines, two marketable skills for the workplace. This course develops expressive, emotional beings who are healthy persuaders and lucid communicators.

AP English Language and Composition

Prerequisite: English 11 (86%) (at least Grade 11 standing) 

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 12

Note: See Advanced Placement Section

The AP English course prepares students for the optional AP English Language and Composition exam in May. This course trains students to become proficient and creative communicators of English. We will critique and enjoy classic and contemporary fiction. We will develop analytical skills to assess academic essays, political speeches, newspaper editorials, plays and poetry. Through this rich encounter with great works of literature and language, students will emerge as confident and thoughtful individuals capable of making good moral choices in our complex world.

AP English Literature and Composition

Prerequisite: English 11 (86%)  (at least Grade 11 standing) 

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 12

Note: See Advanced Placement Section

Reading cultivates our imagination. Literature is an art that deepens our understanding of life. In this AP Literature course, students delve deeply into the writings of great thinkers to extend the frontiers of our literary sensibilities. The more we participate in the rich tapestry of human emotions and motivations through reading, the more we understand ourselves and others. The scope of our curriculum and the breadth of our critical analysis are designed to meet the requirements of the AP Literature Exam. The seminar atmosphere lies at the heart of this course and offers a collaborative environment that encourages literary appreciation.

This course has an optional Advanced Placement Examination in May.

Mathematics
Pathways

In September 2010, the BC Ministry of Education implemented The Common Curriculum Framework for Grades 10–12 Mathematics: Northern and Western Canadian Protocol. This curriculum offers three different pathways for students in regards to their Mathematics Education.

Workplace Mathematics

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 algebra, geometry, measurement, number, statistics and probability.

Foundations of Mathematics

This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary 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

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.

Post-Secondary Institutions

Business and Science-Based Faculties will generally require Pre-Calculus 12 for admission into their faculties. Some Arts-based Faculties will accept Foundations of Mathematics 12 as an academic course, but UBC does not consider it as a Grade 12 course as it only fulfills their Math 11 requirement.  Check with your intended university.

 

 

Mathematics 9

Prerequisite: Mathematics 8

Recommended: Students who were in Mathematics 8 Adapted may benefit from Mathematics 9 Adapted, as they make the adjustment to high school.

This course provides many of the tools needed to understand God’s creation and is a foundational course for further studies in senior mathematics. Topics include rational numbers, powers and exponents, linear relations, linear equations, polynomials, financial mathematics and data analysis.

In this course, students are encouraged to strengthen their mental math skills, and to be less reliant on calculators for the units on rational numbers. Students are also encouraged to develop their math proficiency so that they are able to complete timed tests within the time frames provided. At the end of this course students are prepared for Apprenticeship and Workplace 10, and/or Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10.

Mathematics 9/10 Accelerated

Prerequisite: Mathematics 8 Challenge (86% or Higher) OR Mathematics 8 Core (90% or Higher) and Teacher Recommendation.

Recommended: Very strong background in mathematical operations that involve fractions and decimals.

Graduation requirement:  Mathematics 9 and Mathematics 10

This course is designed for students who have been gifted in the field of Mathematics. It combines Mathematics 9 and Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 in one year. It provides students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies for both the arts and sciences. At the end of this course, students are especially prepared for Pre-Calculus 11. This course is intended for students who foresee that they will be taking AP Calculus in their Grade 12 year.  

Mathematics 9 Adapted

Prerequisite: Mathematics 8

Recommended for: Students who completed Mathematics 8 Adapted

This course is intended for students who thrive in a smaller group setting, who require the use of a calculator for all units, and who require more time to complete tests and assignments. The topics outlined in the prescribed learning outcomes for Math 9 are covered in this course, with emphasis placed on basic concepts and on review. Topics include rational numbers, powers and exponents, linear relations, linear equations, polynomials, financial mathematics and data analysis. At the end of this course students are prepared for Apprenticeship and Workplace 10, and/or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 Adapted.

Workplace Mathematics 10

Prerequisite: Mathematics 9

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 10

This option is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for the entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include understanding and apply the metric and imperial systems to the measurement of 2-D and 3-D objects, central tendency and experimental probability, geometry, trigonometry, and the fundamentals of income, spending, and debt.

Workplace Mathematics 11

Prerequisite: Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 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 workforce. Topics include, algebra, the metric and imperial system to the measurement of 2-D and 3-D objects, geometry, the fundamentals of finances, statistics and probability. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Apprenticeships & Workplace Mathematics 12.

Apprenticeship Mathematics 12

Prerequisites: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (at least Grade 11 standing) 

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 12 or Electives

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 workforce. Topics include, algebra, the limitations of measuring instruments, transformations on a 2-D shape or a 3-D object, the fundamentals of finances, the viability of small business options, statistics and probability.

Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10

Prerequisite: Mathematics 9

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 10

This course is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in both the arts and the sciences. This course is based on the new BC Educational Plan. Topics include trigonometry, irrational numbers, powers and exponents, arithmetic sequences, polynomials, relations and functions, linear equations, probability and finance.

In this course, students are encouraged to strengthen their mental math skills, and to be less reliant on calculators for the units on rational numbers and polynomials. Students are also encouraged to develop their math proficiency so that they are able to complete timed tests within the time frames provided.

This course will prepare students to go into Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11.

Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 Adapted

Prerequisite: Mathematics 9

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 10

This Adapted Math course is for students who thrive in a smaller group setting, who require the use of a calculator for all units, and who require more time to complete tests and assignments.

This course is based on the proposed new BC Educational Plan. Topics include trigonometry, irrational numbers, arithmetic sequences, powers and exponents, polynomials, relations and functions, linear equations, probability and finance. While this course retains the learning outcomes of the regular Math course, in this class adjustments will be made to accommodate the different learning styles of the student. This course will prepare students to go into Foundations of Mathematics 11.

Foundations of Mathematics 11

Prerequisite: Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 11

This pathway is designed for students who pursue the Arts subjects in the post secondary programs. The completion of Foundations of Mathematics 11 and 12 is necessary for entrance to university. This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary 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. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Foundations of Mathematics 12.

Foundations of Mathematics 12

Prerequisite: Foundations of Math 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 12 or Electives

This pathway is designed for students who pursue the Arts subjects in the post secondary programs. The completion of Foundations of Mathematics 11 and 12 is necessary for entrance to university. This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include financial mathematics, logical reasoning, statistics, permutations, combinations, geometric explorations (constructions, conics and fractals), polynomial, logarithmic, exponential and sinusoidal function and probability.

Pre-Calculus 11

Prerequisite: Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 (67% Strongly Recommended)

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 11

This pathway is designed for students who pursue the Mathematics, Sciences and Business subjects in the post-secondary programs. This course 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, quadratics, radical, polynomial, rational, linear and financial literacy, and trigonometry. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Pre-Calculus 12.

Pre-Calculus 12

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 12 or Electives

This pathway is designed for students who pursue the Mathematics, Sciences and Business subjects in the post-secondary programs. This course 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 transformation of relations and functions (polynomial, exponential, rational and logarithms), trigonometry and geometric sequences and series.

Pre-Calculus 12 Honours

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 (at least Grade 11 standing) and Teacher Recommendation

Graduation Requirement: Mathematics 12 

This course is designed for students who have been gifted in the field of Mathematics. It combines Pre-Calculus 12 and a part of the AP Calculus AB in one year. Topics include transformations of relations and functions (polynomial, exponential, rational and logarithms), trigonometry and geometric sequences and series for Pre-Calculus 12, and limits and derivatives for AP Calculus. It provides students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies for both the arts and sciences. At the end of this course, students are especially prepared for AP Calculus BC. This course is intended for students who foresee that they will be taking AP Calculus BC in their Grade 12 year.

AP Calculus AB

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus 11 (86% or higher) (at least Grade 11 standing)

Co-requisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (Recommended to take as prerequisite)

Additional Class Time: Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Calculus is the mathematical study of dynamic (changing) phenomena, and it is fundamentally different from any other mathematics course. It attempts to achieve through indirect methods what appears impossible directly. It is no less than a celebration of human ingenuity, which if perceived correctly, gives glory to God who magnanimously created us in His image. This course allows students to delve into the more complex aspects of God’s creation and the number of applications of calculus is almost limitless. An advanced Placement course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities.

***This course has an optional Advanced Placement Examination in May

AP Calculus BC

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus 12 (86% or Higher) (at least Grade 11 standing)

Additional Class Time: Mondays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Calculus is the mathematical study of dynamic (changing) phenomena, and it is fundamentally different from any other mathematics course.  It attempts to achieve through indirect methods what appears impossible directly.  It is no less than a celebration of human ingenuity, which if perceive correctly, gives glory to God who magnanimously created us in His image.  This course allows students to delve into the more complex aspects of God’s creation and the number of applications of calculus is almost limitless.  An advanced Placement course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities.  Calculus BC is a full-year course in the Calculus of functions of a single variable.  It includes AP Calculus AP materials “Functions, Graphs and Limits,” “Derivatives and their applications,” and “Integrals and their applications” and AP Calculus BC materials “Derivatives and Integrals of Parametrically defined equations and Polar Curve” and “Sequences and Series.”

***There is an optional Advanced Placement Examination in May. A Calculus AB subscore is reported based on performance on the portion of the Calculus BC Exam devoted to Calculus AB topics.

Sciences
Graduation Requirements

Students must take Science 10 and at least one Science 11 or 12 course to graduate.

Science 9

Prerequisite: Science 8

Graduation Requirement:  Science 9

This course focuses on four major areas of science (chemistry, electricity, reproductive biology and earth science) and issues that pertain to those topics.  The course is designed to present a study of science that is Christ-centered and shows the pervasiveness of God in all aspects of life.  Throughout the year, we will endeavour to uncover the underlying worldviews influencing the scientific concepts so that a clearer Christian worldview can be established.

Science 10

Prerequisite: Science 9

Graduation Requirement:  Science 10

This course focuses on four major areas of science (genetics, chemistry, astronomy and energy) and issues that pertain to those topics.  The course is designed to present a study of science that is Christ-centered and shows the pervasiveness of God in all aspects of life.  Throughout the year, we will endeavour to uncover the underlying worldviews influencing the scientific concepts so that a clearer Christian worldview can be established.  

Life Science 11

Prerequisite: Science 10

Graduation Requirement: Science 11

Students are given the opportunity to develop their skills and gifts by equipping them with the knowledge of Creation through studying the diversity of organisms, and exploring a Christian worldview with which we study them. Biology 11 is a challenging course that concentrates on taxonomy and adaptation, and exploring innumerable interesting and exciting facts and theories about the animal and plant diversity of life in God’s Creation.

Anatomy and Physiology 12

Prerequisites: Science 10 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Recommended: Biology 11 or Life Sciences 11(67% or higher)

Recommended: Chemistry 11 to be taken concurrently or completed

Graduation Requirement: Science 12 or Electives

This course encompasses two major topics of study: cellular biology and human physiology. Areas of concentration in cellular biology will focus on cell structure, cell compounds, biological molecules, DNA, protein synthesis, and cancer. The human physiology unit will emphasize the six major body systems: circulatory, digestive, respiratory, nervous, urinary, and reproductive.

Chemistry 11

Prerequisite: Science 10

Graduation Requirement: Science 11

This course provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of chemistry and challenges the student to explore and appreciate the intricacies of the chemical world that God created with love and care. The major areas of study include Atomic Theory, Classification of Matter, Separation Methods, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Solution Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. There is a heavy emphasis on mathematical calculations, problem solving, and practical lab skills.

Chemistry 12

Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 and Mathematics 11 (At least Grade 11 standing)

Recommended: 67% or higher Chemistry 11 and Mathematics 11

Graduation Requirement: Science 12 or Electives

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to discover more sophisticated theories and concepts as they explore how chemistry relates to daily life, industry and the environment.  The major areas of study include Reaction Kinetics, Dynamic Equilibrium, Solubility Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, and Oxidation-Reduction Chemistry.  They will also gain a deeper appreciation of the intricacy and complexity of God’s creation.  Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and mathematical problem solving.

 

Physics 11

Prerequisite: Science 10

Graduation Requirement: Science 11

In this course, students develop and use mathematics tools and experimentation to study the nature of motion and the forces affecting motion.  These are extended to the study of gravity, inertia, momentum, special relativity, the conservation of energy and electric circuits.  The course also gives an overview of the nature of light and waves.

Physics 12

Prerequisites: Physics 11 and Mathematics 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Recommended: 67% or higher in Physics 11 and Mathematics 11

Graduation Requirement: Science 12 or Electives

This course is designed to provide students with grounding in the discipline of physics. The treatment of the core topics is more rigorous mathematically than in Physics 11. As well, there is a greater emphasis on the use of logical, analytical inquiry when dealing with the subject matter. Because of this detailed treatment, the range of topics is limited to two general areas – mechanics and electromagnetism, as follows: vector math, motion in two dimensions, universal gravitation, charges and currents, electromagnetism, and atomic physics.

Science for Citizens 11

Prerequisites: Science 10

Graduation Requirement: Science 11

This course will explore scientific technologies and processes that impact our decisions and daily lives.  Students will understand how scientific knowledge helps us respond and adapt to local and global changes in the environment.  Practical application, personal safety and awareness, and scientific innovations in the workplace will also be a focus of the course, allowing students to reflect upon and practice responsible and ethical decision-making.

AP Physics 1

Prerequisites: Science 10 (86% or higher) At least Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: Science 11

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.  Through inquire-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.  These skills will support a deeper understanding of their Creator and instill their responsibility as stewards of God’s creations. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work.

***Students will receive credit for Physics 11.  This course has an optional Advanced Placement Exam in May.

 

AP Physics 2

Prerequisites: At least Grade 11 standing

Additional Class Time: Students must have time to do their lab after school

Graduation Requirement: Science 12

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as thermodynamics, fluid statics and dynamics, electrostatics, DC circuits and RC circuits, magnetism and electromagnetic induction, geometric and physical optics and quantum physics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Through inquire-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.  These skills will support a deeper understanding of their Creator and instill their responsibility as stewards of God’s creations.  In this course, 25% of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work.

***This course has an optional Advanced Placement Exam in May. Students will receive credit for Physics 12 and three to six college credits, depending on the institution.

Social Studies
Graduation Requirement

Students must take a Social Studies 10 and Social Studies 11 or 12 to graduate.

Socials Studies 9

Prerequisite: Social Studies 8 

Graduation Requirements:  Social Studies 9

Social Studies 9 examines the political and economic changes in Europe and North America. Students learn how historical forces – revolution, imperialism, and colonialism, and industrialism – have had an impact on the world. In particular, they will study the English Civil War, the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, the Industrial Revolution – its beginnings in Great Britain.  In addition, we will study the formation of Canada as a nation and the inequality that persists in society. Students will explore the themes of immigration, French-English Relations, First Nations culture, Geography, politics and economics.

Social Studies 10

Prerequisite: Social Studies 9

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 10

Social Studies 10 is an essential course for students to become active, informed and responsible citizens. We look into the complexity of defining Canada’s identity and strive to learn from the knowledge systems of Indigenous Canadians. Furthermore, we delve into the study of government and demography, as well as important societal issues such as poverty and the environment. As we are studying these topics, we also compare and contrast the worldviews exposed by these events and issues to our Christian worldview so that we may not only become citizens of the world, but also Christ’s ambassadors into the world.

20th Century World History 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 & at least Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: Electives, meets requirement for Social Science

The history of the 20th Century is a history of ideologies, of idolatry, of crisis and of killing on a more massive scale than at any other point in history. It is also a history of hope, redemption and evidence of God’s faithfulness. This course will let you examine the 20th century history of the world, with an aim to understand the forces that shaped our destiny and place in the contemporary world and the impact of history on political, economic, military, and social life.  The theme and impact of nationalism and the rapid development of technology will continue throughout the course First we will examine the world at the beginning of the 20th century, and the forces that led to the political conflict during the Great War. Next, we will look at the aftermath of the Great War and the conditions that led to the most devastating human conflict in history- World War II. The end of that war brought humans to the brink of mutual annihilation, as well as the “creation” of the so-called Third World Countries. From issues in the Cold War we will see our current world from a different perspective and examine our role as Christians in the world.

Social Justice 12

Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 standing

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Social Justice 12 is a course designed to raise students’ awareness of social injustice in a Canadian and Global context. We will explore topics that range from the marginalization of groups of people based on ability, age, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital and family status, etc. Students will be provided case studies and problem-based learning opportunities to critically examine how their theology can directly impact their perception and realize their capacity to offer an alternative way of life that points towards Kingdom living. Social Justice 12 has no final exam, however, students will be given a variety of action projects that involve group work and be expected to participate in volunteer opportunities in various settings. A desire to use heart, head and hand to effect change is a necessary prerequisite for this course.

Law Studies 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 and Grade 11 or 12 Standing.

Graduation Requirement:  Elective

Laws touch every aspect of our lives. How we conduct ourselves in society is, in part, shaped by the laws that our society has chosen to adhere to. The objective of Law 12 is not only to teach students about the content and application of the law, but also discover how we engage with the law as Christians under God’s grace. The students will encounter and critically reflect on legal, social and ethical issues as they relate to the law and society. Laws touch every aspect of our lives. How we conduct ourselves in society is, in part, shaped by the laws that our society has chosen to adhere to. The objective of Law 12 is not only to teach students about the content and application of the law, but also discover how we engage with the law as Christians under God’s grace. The students will encounter and critically reflect on legal, social and ethical issues as they relate to the law and society.

AP Psychology

Prerequisites: Minimum 86% in both English 10 and Science 10  (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Advanced Placement Psychology is intended to introduce students to the workings of the human mind, one of God’s most mystifying creations, in order to gain insights into why humans do what they do, think what they think, and say what they say. This course will expose students to a variety of different topics in psychology in line with the advanced placement curriculum. Psychology is a science and should be approached as such, with explorations involving experimentation, observation, hypothesizing and critical thinking. Through increasing our knowledge of the workings of the human brain, we not only appreciate more the intricacy of God’s creation, but understand how he has constructed us to respond to it and to respond to each other, furthering our ability to engage with His creation and other individuals within it in the way that He intended.

***There is an optional Advanced Placement Examination in May.

Economic Theory 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 12

Economic Theory 12 is a new course that fulfills the graduation requirements for Social Studies 12. 

The big ideas behind Economic Theory 12 is:

  • Contemporary economic theory, practice, and terminology are grounded in centuries of economic theory.
  • Observing, interpreting, and judging past economic conditions from different perspectives and worldviews gave rise to competing theoretical approaches
  • The implementation of economic theories has profound effects on social and political decision making and movements
  • Economic systems have underlying and often opposing ethical standards and implications.

Outcomes of this course

This course prepares students for:

  • post-secondary study of economics,
  • making economically informed voting decisions,
  • to be good stewards of the resources God has blessed them with personally and as contributing church members,
  • developing their personal philosophy about economic freedom

Type of student who would enjoy this course: 

Students who enjoy a structured class environment, with a mixture of experiential, textbook and project-based learning will enjoy this course.

In addition to textbook learning, students will learn from simulations, movie clips, music, current events, and books about competing theories of economics.

Asian Studies 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 12

In this course, students will learn how the breadth and diversity of Asia’s physical and human resources have contributed to the development of distinct and unequal political, cultural, and economic regions in the late 20th century.  Students will also learn how ethnic, regional, and national identities, shaped by geography and migration, exert significant political influence in Asia. In addition, this course will explore how rapid industrialization, urbanization, and economic growth in Asia in the late 20th century have created complex environmental challenges.

BC First Peoples 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 12

This course will focus on learning about the knowledge systems of B.C. First Peoples.  By looking at the rich cultural expressions of B.C. First Peoples throughout time and critically examining the colonization of Canada, students will increase their understanding of concepts of allyship and reconciliation as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians strive to restore relationships and build a more equitable future.

Big Ideas

  • The identities, world views, and languages of B.C. First Peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.
  • The impact of contact and colonialism continues to affect the political, social, and economic lives of B.C. First Peoples.
  • Cultural expressions convey the richness, diversity, and resiliency of B.C. First Peoples.
  • Through self-governance, leadership, and self-determination, B.C. First Peoples challenge and resist Canada’s ongoing colonialism.
Fine Arts and Applied Skills
Graduation Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

Students must take at least one (1) Fine Arts or Applied Skills course from Grade 10 to Grade 12 in order to fulfil graduation requirements.

Food Studies 9

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to the world of culinary arts. Students will become familiar with cooking practices and will be able to create a variety of delectable dishes. In view of the need for good physical health, emphasis is placed on Canada’s Food Guide. Students will be learning the essentials of healthy eating so that they will learn to prepare well balanced, nourishing meals. This course is one quarter long.

 

Food Studies 10

Prerequisite: None

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10

This course delves deeper into the foundations of culinary arts and nutrition. Skills are developed in food preparation, recipe methodology, and the use of equipment. Sanitation and personal and food safety are priorities. Students will become knowledgeable of nutrients and will develop the ability to prepare nourishing dishes and baked goods with adaptations to make recipes healthier. In addition to theory, the lab work develops cooperative skills in food preparation. Many cooking and baking methods are included, along with meal planning, budgeting, food production and ethics. This course is valuable to continue to senior courses and is recommended for any work or career in the food industry. Students may be required to supply some ingredients for self-selected recipes.

This is a one-Term course.

 

 

 

Food Studies 11

Prerequisite: Food Studies 9 and 10 required

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or Electives

This course expands the students’ knowledge of Food Groups, food preparation techniques, ingredients used in recipes, and the skillful use of equipment. Cooperative skills are fostered, and FOODSAFE principles are integrated into lab work. Students use nutritional principles to plan and prepare balanced, nourishing meals. This course includes both theory and lab work which reinforces and demonstrates the specific principles studied in methodology and the combination of ingredients. Many cooking and baking methods are included, along with meal planning, budgeting and marketing strategies. World food issues, international cuisine and dishes specific to Canada are included. Students develop the skills to continue to the work force to pursue a career in the food industry. Students may be required to supply some ingredients for self-selected recipes.

 

 

Food Studies 12

Prerequisite: Food  Studies 10 

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 12 or Electives

This course expands the students’ knowledge of Food Groups, food preparation techniques, the function of ingredients and societal foods issues. Teamwork, leadership and independent skills are fostered. Foodsafe principles are integrated into lab work. Students assess eating patterns and have the skills to make healthy dietary choices. Meal preparation considers budget and time resources. This course includes both theory and lab work, with emphasis on recipe adjustment. Classes are designed with specific written assignments and labs facilitate new preparation techniques. Many cooking and baking methods are included. World food issues and preparation for careers in the food industry are included. Students may be required to supply some ingredients for self-selected recipes.

Media Design 11: Yearbook

Prerequisite for Media Design 11: None

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Media Design 11 is an innovative senior course that operates like a real-world workplace experience, including customer relations, conceptual work, collaboration, independent productivity, critical feedback, and meeting deadlines.  These marketable skills are challenging for students but invest in their future employability.  Concentrating on the intricacies and fundamentals of planning, designing, preparing and producing professional page layouts, the RCS yearbook is a historical record of the year and a personal portfolio.  RCS graduates have used their published pages in their portfolios to apply to design programs and in job interviews that request work samples.  Students will become proficient with digital media, software programs such as Photoshop, event photography, inter-personal research and communications, and composition principles.

***Access to a personal DSLR camera is recommended.

Concert Band 9

Prerequisite: 3 years of music lessons or middle school experience.

Our Concert Band will celebrate the gift of music God has given us by helping students to further their skills on their instruments. Our focus is on students developing a greater sense of rhythm. Students will have opportunities to perform in school concerts. Ear training will be done using computers and will emphasize rhythm development.

Concert Band 9 is a two quarter course from September to January.

Concert Band 10

Prerequisite: 4 Years of Playing Experience or Instructor’s Permission

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10 or Elective

We will celebrate the gift of music God has given us by helping students to further their skills on their instruments. In Concert Band 10, the focus is on sight-reading.

Concert Band 11 and 12

Prerequisite: 4 Years of Playing Experience or Instructor’s Permission

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10, 11 or 12 or Electives

We will celebrate the gift of music God has given us by helping students to further their skills on their instruments. In Senior Concert Band, the focus is on students developing a greater sense of expression and musical line.

Concert Choir 9

Prerequisite: None

This course teaches students how to sing together. Blend, tone and volume will be emphasized. Students will be exposed to a variety of music styles and will have two opportunities to perform in concerts.

This is a two quarter course that runs from February to June.

Concert Choir 10

Prerequisites: None

Graduation Requirements: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10, 11 or 12 or Electives

Students will be encouraged to use their gifts to the best of their abilities to the glory of God. Emphasis will be placed on communicating the text as clearly as possible through singing with expressive and technical excellence. Students will be provided with opportunities to serve one another through participation in music, learning to work together and encouraging others through their performances.

Concert Choir 11

Prerequisite: None

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10, 11 or 12 or Electives

Students will be encouraged to use their gifts to the best of their abilities to the glory of God. Emphasis will be placed on communicating the text as clearly as possible through singing with expressive and technical excellence. Students will be provided with opportunities to serve one another through participation in music, learning to work together and encouraging others through their performances.

Drama 9

Prerequisite: None

The Bible shows that powerfully written stories, vivid pictures and parables have often been God’s method of communication to man. Acting and reacting increases compassion and empathy. Primarily an acting class, this course teaches the basics of acting, improvisation and script work. No previous acting experience is required, but maturity and sensitivity to Christian content is required.

This is a single quarter course.

Theatre Company 10

Prerequisite: None

Recommended: Drama 9

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10 or Elective

Drama is a gift from God to help us explore the world, enjoy it, and to be moved by suffering, to laugh at the funny side of life, and to provoke ourselves, and others to thought. Empathy, collaboration and character are emphasized during these two senior performance classes. Students in this course, with the recommended prerequisite of Drama 9, will be eligible to act, write and direct scenes. Students without Drama 9 will follow the acting curriculum. Several short productions each year allow experiential involvement with any of the following: children’s theatre, improvisation competition, mystery, comedy, puppetry, original work, performance art, dramatic works, and social justice pieces.

***This course requires outside-class performance on the dates scheduled. Unusual exceptions can be granted for verified illness. With teacher assistance, students are responsible for arranging another performance.

***Parents are urged to attend the performances, as an audience is essential for performance.

Theatre Company 11 or 12

Prerequisite: At least Grade 11 standing

Recommended: Drama 9, Drama 10 or Theatre Company 10

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or 12 or Electives

As Christ served us, actors are required to serve each other, the audience, and the story by immersing themselves in the theatre experience. Advanced acting skills with challenging text, deeper role development, and a variety of texts are included in three exciting performances each year. Two historical periods of drama will be studied and their genres experienced. Improv and prepared scene work allow students to dive into a safe community to explore and stretch their skills. Directing students are expected to have Drama 10 or equivalent. Theatre Performance 12 students will work through an audition process.

***This course requires outside-class performance on the dates scheduled. Unusual exceptions can be granted for verified illness; students are responsible for arranging another performance and audience.

***Parents are urged to be in attendance at the performance dates, as audience is a key element to live performance art.

Photography 9

Prerequisite: None

This single quarter course will focus on digital photography basics and composition skills. Students will learn to evaluate and capture photos according to established photography composition rules as well as utilize online editing platforms to create digital portfolios. A camera is required for every class. Students should bring the equipment they are most familiar with such as a good phone camera, a small point-and-shoot or a DSLR. This course is recommended for beginner photographers.  

Photography 10

Prerequisite:  Completion of Photography 9 or submit an equivalent portfolio for evaluation.

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Photography 10 is a yearlong elective course that will dive deeper into the basic operations and functions of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, as well as the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. Students will build on their prior knowledge about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. Students will explore aesthetic, technical, and expressive qualities in a photograph, learning to critique their own and others’ work. Students will investigate the significance of photography within the larger context of the art world and learn about the critical and varied application it has to the modern working world. Students will prepare a portfolio of work to exhibit upon the completion of the course. Special Note: Students will need a personal account through a third-party online software to complete some aspects of the coursework.  

Visual Arts 9

Prerequisite: None

This course will focus on skill development and will require students to work in a variety of media, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. The student will have the opportunity to learn to express him/herself as a person who is made in the image of the Creator God. The student will grow as an artist by focusing on the creative process through thought, experimentation, perseverance, risk-taking, reflection and self-evaluation.

This is a single quarter course.

Art Studio 10

Prerequisite: None

Recommended: Visual Arts 9

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10

This course will focus on skill development, and will require students to work in a variety of media, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. The student will have the opportunity to learn to express him/herself as a person who is made in the image of the Creator God. The student will grow as an artist by focusing on the creative process through thought, experimentation, perseverance, risk-taking, reflection and self-evaluation. Visual Arts 9 or previous art training highly recommended to ensure student success.

This is a one Term course.

Art Studio 11

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 10 or Art Studio 10

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or Electives

Art Foundations 11 provides opportunities for students to engage in a focused and in-depth study of various visual expression areas. The Art Foundations 11 course provides opportunities for students to develop their technical skills in relation to perceiving, responding to, creating, and communicating about art forms through a variety of projects that explore the properties of dry and wet mediums, printmaking, sculpture and digital arts. This course is meant to challenge students to engage with the world around them and to use art as a means of expression and ministry. A foundation of Visual Arts 10 or previous extra-curricular studio experience is strongly suggested in order to be successful in this course.

Art Studio 12

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 11 or Art Studio 11

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 12 or Electives

Art Foundations 12 is a continuation of the Art Foundations 11 course that builds on the many skills they have learned through different styles and media. This course places an emphasis on independent problem-solving and choice-based projects. This year’s topics may include the following: drawing, painting, design, digital arts, conceptual art, sculpture and printmaking. Art Foundations 12 will culminate in a final portfolio project in which students will showcase their body of work at the Fine Arts Fair to the school community.

Woodworking 9

Prerequisite: None

Students will use hand tools as well as a variety of power tools to complete their projects. Theory is kept to a minimum. Students will be expected to operate all equipment safely and to promote a safe working environment by following the appropriate safety guidelines. Students are guided by the words in Colossians 3:23 and 24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…it is the Lord Christ you are serving.

This is a single quarter course.

Woodworking 10

Prerequisite: Woodworking 9

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10

A variety of hand tools and power tools are used to complete projects. Students will complete a number of compulsory projects and then may have time to build an optional project(s) of their choosing. Students will be expected to operate all equipment safely and to promote a safe working environment by following the appropriate safety guidelines.

This is a one-term course.

Woodworking 11

Prerequisite: Woodworking 10 

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or Electives

Students are expected to be competent in using most of the tools in the shop. They will use a variety of hand tools and power tools to complete a major project. If time permits, students are able to build additional projects of their choosing. Safe operation of all tools is reviewed and emphasized throughout this course.

Modern Language
Introduction

 

While not required by the Ministry of Education for graduation, Modern Language courses are required for admission to most universities. Check the requirements for the university and program of your choice.

Spanish 9

Prerequisite: None

Spanish 9 is an introductory level Spanish course designed for students that would like to gain practical Spanish speaking skills. Spanish is spoken by over 360 million people worldwide and over twenty different nations. With Canada’s entry into the NAFTA and CAFTA agreements, our ties with the Spanish-speaking world continue to grow and deepen. Hence, speaking Spanish is useful for careers in business, tourism and the hospitality industries. As Christians, we are encouraged to serve those in need. Speaking Spanish will enable youth to competently communicate on mission activities and trips such as the triennial Guatemala trip.

Spanish 10

Prerequisite: Spanish 9

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Spanish 10 is when things start to get really interesting and more challenging. We move on from basic vocabulary, grammar and a few verbs carrying on a greater conversation both in writing and by speaking! As followers of Christ we are called to help those less fortunate than ourselves; many of which live in Spanish speaking countries. Learning Spanish will enable students to communicate effectively on missions’ trips such as our triannual Guatemala trip.

Spanish 11

Prerequisite: Spanish 10

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Spanish 11 is the logical progression after Spanish 10 and continues with more challenging and complex work. We continue to gain greater knowledge with full utilization of the past as well as future tenses. Students will hone and greatly increase their knowledge. At the Grade 11 level practical real life conversations are expected. Sophisticated writing also becomes possible, as we introduce past and future tenses. As followers of Christ we are called to help those less fortunate than ourselves; many of which live in Spanish speaking countries. The more Spanish a student understands and can use, the more he or she will be able to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers including on missions trips such as our triennial senior school Guatemala trip.

Spanish 12

Prerequisite: Spanish 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Electives

In Spanish 12, students are expected to engage in increasingly complex and spontaneous oral and written interactions in which they demonstrate their facility with Spanish. Students are able to locate information with confidence, skim for relevant facts, and use Spanish-language resources in their community and elsewhere. As students develop increasing facility with oral and written language, they experience and can respond to both contemporary and traditional works in a variety of genres.

French 9

Prerequisite: French 8 or Language Assessment

French 9 is a course that builds on pre-existing grammatical knowledge and abilities in order to enhance writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills.  Students will be given opportunities to learn about Francophone culture through poetry, current events, music, and other media.  Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

French 10

Prerequisite: French 9 or Language Assessment

Graduation Requirement: Electives

In French 10 we will continue to learn to communicate effectively in French and to expand knowledge of French culture. More complex language structures will be studied. Interaction in French will improve conversational skills.

French 11

Prerequisite: French 10 or Language Assessment

Graduation Requirement: Electives

French 11 will expand the ability to communicate meaningfully in French in every-day situations.  In this course, students will learn more tenses and other grammatical structures in order to enhance the sophistication of their communication in French.  Students will also learn about Francophone culture through various types of media including current events, music, and poetry.  Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

French 12

Prerequisite: French 11 or Language Assessment (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Electives

In French 12 students will continue in their acquisition of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.  The course’s end goal is to equip students with all the knowledge they need to communicate effectively using a variety of grammatical structures which include verb tenses, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.  Exposure to various aspects of French culture is done through the study of authentic documents, poetry and literature.  Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

Mandarin 9

Prerequisite: Language Assessment

Mandarin 9 is an entry-level Mandarin course designed for students who have little-to-no background in written and/or oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying: An Invitation to Chinese Vol. 1 Part I, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn around 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in dialogues that introduces oneself and one’s family, as well as routines and simple commercial transactions.

Mandarin 10

Prerequisite: Mandarin 9 or Language Assessment

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Mandarin 10 is a lower beginner Mandarin course designed for students who have had 110-120 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Vol. 1 Part 2, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in dialogues about leisure activities, places, transportation and cuisine.

Mandarin 11

Prerequisite: Mandarin 10 or Language Assessment

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Mandarin 11 is an upper beginner Mandarin course designed for students who have had 220-240 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Volume 2 Part 1, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in topics such as health, nutrition and illness as well as more advanced commercial transactions.

Mandarin 12 (Non-Heritage)

Prerequisite: Mandarin 11 or Language Assessment (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Mandarin 12 (Non-Heritage) is a lower intermediate Mandarin course designed for students who have had 330-360 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language is both written and oral form but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of the course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Volume 2 Part 2, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of this course, the students will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in topics such as China, Travelling and Tourism.

Mandarin 12 (Heritage)

Prerequisite: Mandarin 11 or Language Assessment

Graduation Requirement: Electives

This program aims to equip students linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in Chinese, both within and beyond the school setting. Throughout the course, students develop proficiency in the areas of pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammatical structures, and written characters.

Students learn to initiate and sustain discussions appropriately in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Through authentic conversations, and role-playing, the students refine their mastery of interpersonal and interpretive communication skills. This will render them conversant with speakers of the Chinese language in the global village.

Physical Education
Graduation Requirements

 

All students must take Physical Education 10 as it is a ministry requirement for graduation that may not be substituted.

Physical Education 9

Prerequisite: Physical Education 8

PE 9 focuses on exposing students to different types of physical activity to increase physical literacy as well as personal health and fitness goals.  Students learn that healthy choices influence their physical, emotional and mental well-being.   Students will be exposed to topics regarding health- both mental and physical.  Additionally, they will participate in a variety of sports and activities both on and off campus including: Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Dance, Flag football, Soccer, Skating, Ultimate, and Volleyball.

Physical Education 10

Prerequisite: Physical Education 9

Graduation Requirement: Physical Education 10

PE 10 focuses on equipping students to be ‘Fit for Life’ so they will be internally motivated to remain active for the rest of their life.  Students will learn that healthy choices influence, and are influenced by, their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.  Regardless of their natural athletic ability students will learn to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and personal preference to help them achieve their healthy living goals.  This means they will be exposed to a variety of sports and activities, both on and off campus so they will feel comfortable participating in these activities outside of class.  Units in this course include: Basketball, Dance, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Racquet sports, Self-Defense, Volleyball, and Water Aerobics/Fitness Room.

Active Living 11

Prerequisite: Physical Education 10

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or 12 or Electives

PE 11 is a co-ed mixed grade course.  This course emphasizes that physical activity is an important part of overall health and well-being.  The focus shifts more to achieving individual fitness and wellness goals as well as game play/strategy than skill development.   Students will learn to safely participate in a variety of sports and activities for people of different abilities, interest, and cultural backgrounds both on and off-campus.   Additionally, students will complete some projects as they learn how nutrients can impact health and performance.

Active Living 12

Prerequisite: Physical Education 11 (at least Grade 11 standing)

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or 12 or Electives

PE 12 is a co-ed mixed grade course.  This course emphasize that physical activity is an important part of overall health and well-being.  The focus shifts more to achieving individual fitness and wellness goals as well as game play/strategy than skill development.   Students will learn to safely participate in a variety of sports and activities for people of different abilities, interest, and cultural backgrounds both on and off-campus.   Additionally, students will complete some projects as they learn how nutrients can impact health and performance.  PE 12 students will take on a leadership role, both in the class and in the broader school community with regard to organizing, supervising and officiating activities.

Outdoor Education

Prerequisite: Physical Education 10 (at least Grade 11 standing)

The application form must be completed and submitted at the time of course selection.

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or 12 or Electives

Outdoor education involves learning about the outdoors, learning in the outdoors and, most importantly, learning from the outdoors. This course has been developed to introduce students to a variety of outdoor experiences such as backpacking, camping, snow shoeing, winter travel and kayaking. To ensure safety and enjoyment and maximize learning during these experiences, the students will be trained in necessary skills such as trip planning, gear selection, teamwork and communication, navigation, leave no trace ethics, first aid and risk management. Through the challenges encountered and skills acquired during the outdoor education course, the students will develop physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. 

Content and Skills:

  • Servant Leadership
  • Teambuilding
  • Backpacking Prep and Expedition
  • Gear Selection
  • Outdoor Navigation
  • Snowshoeing and Winter travel
  • Cooperative Games
  • Planning and leading Grade 10 Outdoor Education experience
  • First Aid and Risk Assessment
  • Kayaking Prep and Expedition

The Course schedule is subject to change for a variety of reasons – safety concerns, group needs, group interest, opportunities presented, and realities encountered. Course Fee: Due to the nature of the activities (fees, permits, guiding services, equipment rental, certifications, etc.) there is an initial course fee of $250 due as a deposit on March 1, 2019 (postdated to August 1, 2019).  If you are not selected for the course, this will be reimbursed to you.  A second course fee of roughly the same amount will be collected in May. Due to the nature of the course, there will be a mandatory parents meeting scheduled.

Health and Career
Graduation Requirements

Grade 10 students take Career Life Education 10B.

Grade 11 students take Career Life Connections A

Grade 12 students take Career Life Connections B plus Capstone. 

All of these courses must be successfully completed to graduate from High School in British Columbia.

Career Life Education 10A

Prerequisite: None

Planning 10A is a ministry-required course that helps student make informed and responsible decisions about their financial, health and career goals. In this course, students will acquire the necessary skills and Biblical worldview with regards to planning for secondary and post-secondary educational, career and healthy living goals.

Career Life Education 10B

Prerequisite: Planning 10A

Graduation Requirement: Career Life Education 10

Planning 10B is a ministry-required course that helps student make informed and responsible decisions about their financial, health and career goals. In this course, students will acquire the necessary skills and Biblical worldview with regards to planning for secondary and post-secondary educational, career and healthy living goals.

Career Life Connections A (Grade 11) and B (Grade 12)

Prerequisite:  Career Life Education 10

Graduation Requirement: Career Life Connections

This new course includes:

Personal career-life development

  • mentorship opportunities
  • competencies of the educated citizen
  • self-advocacy strategies
  • factors that shape personal identity and inform
    career-life choices
  • strategies for personal well-being and work-life balance
  • reflection strategies
  • employment marketing strategies
  • rights and regulations in the workplace, including safety

Connections with community

  • social capital and transferrable skills, including intercultural, leadership, and collaboration skills
  • career-life exploration
  • ways to represent themselves, including consideration of personal and public profiles, digital literacy, and citizenship
Teaching Assistant 11

Prerequisite: See individual job postings

Additional Class Time:

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Teaching Assistant 11 provides students with an opportunity to experience the task of teaching and to come to a better understanding of the role that education plays in our society. The course consists of a classroom portion where students practice presentation skills, teaching and classroom management, among study of various issues related to education, including educational psychology, educational philosophy and social issues related to education, and also an experiential portion where students will work in the classroom of a teacher, completing various tasks ranging from helping with administrative work to developing and teaching their own lessons (despite two sections, this course has the same number of hours as others).

Students will be encouraged to view teaching and education of great importance, and also something that holds different and special significance to Christians and the church. Although ideal for students considering a future in teaching, the skills developed by students will prove valuable in other professions and courses of study. This course follows a special block schedule to help accommodate TA instruction, held outside the regular senior student timetable, and classroom experience.

Here is the Application Form for Teaching Assistant:

 Teaching Assistant Application Form

Work Experience 12A and 12B

Requirement: Application and Job Placement Availability

Graduation Requirement: Electives

This course is designed to give students experience in the world of work and an opportunity to explore fields of interest. This is a hands-on, community-based course. Students must complete 120 hours of work without pay in exchange for this 4-credit course plus complete written assignments and meet regularly with the Academic Counsellor. Students will attend work for specified hours each week, under the supervision of a community employer. Students will have a job description and will be evaluated as an employee in the company. Specific placements will depend on the skills and interests of each student. Students apply to the Academic Counsellor for placement in this course.  Entrance to this course needs approval by the Academic Counsellor of the employer, workplace, job description and skills to be learned.

The approval process must be started at the time of course selection and completed before the start of school in September. Students are responsible to find their own job placement in the community. Students cannot get Work Experience credit for volunteer work at RCS.  

Youth Work in Trades 12A and 12B

Requirement: Application and Job Placement Availability

Graduation Requirement: Electives

This is a pre-apprentice program for students planning to continue into an apprentice-able trade. Students must complete 120 hours of work with a registered tradesperson in exchange for each 4-credits. Students will be under the ITA regulatory body and will be graded, paid and trained by their standards. Students must find a Red Seal employer willing to train and supervise them, and the training program must be approved by the school. Contact the Academic Counsellor for more information.

Independent Directed Studies (IDS)

Requirement: Application, Learning Plan and Supervisor Availability

Graduation Requirement: Electives

If you are interested in a specific subject area, Independent Directed Studies allows you to shape and follow your own course or courses, with a teacher’s approval and supervision. IDS course credits count as electives toward graduation. To qualify for IDS, you need the approval of the school principal to expand on one or more learning outcomes from any Ministry or Board/Authority Authorized course (the school counselor can help explain this). You will need to find a teacher to supervise your studies before you initiate your own course. You’ll work independently. The teacher will support you and assess your performance.

Educational Support Services
Graduation Requirements

Courses in this section do not give credit towards graduation.

Learning Assistance

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation or Prior Assessment

God has created each person to be a unique individual with a variety of learning styles.  This scheduled period is for those individuals who have difficulty grasping the information taught in the regular classroom.  The student enrolled in this class is encouraged to discover how his unique learning style can be a blessing to himself and to the rest of the community.  The student may also receive help with difficult assignments and time management issues.

Life Skills 9-12

Requirement: Teacher Recommendation or Prior Assessment

Graduation Requirement: None

The Life Skills course is designed to meet the needs of students whose needs cannot be met in the regular classroom.  Therefore, the course addresses topics and issues not explicitly taught in other high school courses.  Some students require extra assistance in developing an awareness of the external environment and how to function in it.  Students need encouragement and support to learn how to deport themselves in the community so as to become a part of it.  The overall theme of this course is not about teaching a body of knowledge (content) but purposeful living as Scripture defines it.  This course has been developed to assist students with exceptionalities to cultivate a comprehensive range of adaptive skills that will enable them to function independently in a school, community and home setting.  Course content will be focused on the skills and knowledge necessary for students to transition into adulthood so that they may rejoice in the abilities that God has given them and to use their gifts to live as independently as possible.

Modified Program

Some students are not able to experience success meeting the learning outcomes for a specific subject even with appropriate adaptations.  It is at this time that a modified program is considered for the student.  The modified program at Richmond Christian School is a balance of the student participating in classroom learning experiences and working on an individualized curriculum.  The student’s educational program is designed to meet the goals set out in the Individual Education Plan than the Prescribed Learning Outcomes set by the Ministry of Education, in order for the student to participate in a meaningful learning program.  The implications of a modified educational program for Graduation may be the Evergreen Certificate, rather than the standard Dogwood Certificate.