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.

September 2018 Course Change Form 

Graduation Planning Form 2018-19

Teaching Assistant Application Form 2018-19

Outdoor Education Application Form 2018-19

Spiritual Formation 11 2018-19 Course Request Form

Worship and Spiritual Leadership 11 2018-19 Course Request Form

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) Concert Band 9
Concert Choir 9
Drama 9
Food Studies 9
Visual Arts 9
Woodworking 9
Information and Communication Technology 9
Photography 9
Learning Assistance Optional

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Grades 10-12

The BC Ministry of Education have introduced changes to the graduation program, primarily affecting curriculum and assessment.  Some changes will take effect for the 2018-19 school year.  The changes started in 2016-17 with no Provincial Exams for Grades 10 and 11.  Grade 12’s will continue to write an English 12 Provincial Exam.

The Grade 10 and 11 Provincial Exams have been replaced by a Numeracy Assessment and Literacy Assessment.  Details are below in the Ministry of Education 2018 Graduation Program Requirements and online here

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.

If you are entering Grade 10 or 11 in 2017/18 or later you are 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:

  • Two Career Education courses (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 & 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 introduced in June 2018
  • Literacy Assessment
    The Literacy Assessment will be introduced in January 2020 (students graduating in the 2018/19 school year will take a Language Arts 12 course and associated provincial exam to satisfy this graduation requirement for the 2018 Graduation Program).

For 2018/19, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education
  • Graduation Transitions

For 2019/20 and beyond, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education
  • Career Life Connections + Capstone

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.

  • Social Studies 11
  • Civic Studies 11
  • BC First Nations Studies 12
  • Comparative Civilizations 12
  • Geography 12
  • History 12
  • Law 12
  • Social Justice 12

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

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 CREDITS
Planning 10 Career Life Education 10B 4
Biblical Studies 10 (4 courses) Biblical Studies 10 4
Physical Education 10 Physical Education 10 4
Social Studies 10 Social Studies 10 4
Language Arts 10 (Choose 1) English 10
English 10/11 Accelerated
English 10 Adapted
4
Mathematics 10 (Choose 1) Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10
Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 Adapted
Workplace Math 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
Musical Band – Term 2
Concert Choir 10
Drama 10
Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10
Food Studies10
Musical Drama 10
Woodworking 10
Woodworking 10 – Intro
Photography 10
Web Development 10
4
Total 36

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

GRADE 11 REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CHOICES CREDITS
Social Studies 12 History 12
Social Justice 12
Law 12
4
Biblical Studies 11 (Choose 1)     Biblical Studies 11
Spiritual Formation11
Worship & Spiritual Leadership 11
4
Language Arts 11 (Choose 1)
English 11
Communications 11
4
Mathematics 11 (Choose 1)   Pre-Calculus 11
Foundations of Math 11
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11
4
Science 11 (Choose 1)   Biology 11
Chemistry 11
Physics 11
Science & Technology 11
4
Electives Choose any other three courses at the Grade 11 or 12 level 8 – 12
Total 28 – 32

GRADE 12 REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CHOICES CREDITS
Biblical Studies 12 Discipleship 12 4
Language Arts 12* (Choose 1) English 12*
Communications 12*
4
Electives** 16 – 24
Total 24 – 32

*There is a provincial exam at the end of the course in June.

**Students must have at least 4 Grade 12 level courses to graduate, not including Discipleship. Check with your preferred universities to confirm how many and which Grade 11 and 12 courses they require for the program of your choice.

GRAD TRANSITIONS: Grades 10–12

For the 2018-19 school year the Graduation Transitions (10-12) requirements remain the same.  The program will change for 2019-20 but the components will remain the same: demonstrating the knowledge and ability to plan, budget, be organized, reliable, on time and show a practical connection between your interests, school work and the wider community.  There will also be a Capstone project added in Grade 12.This is a mandatory course required for graduation.  In Grade 11 and 12 there is one class a month in X Block (or the following Monday at lunch).  In Grade 10 students will take Career Life Education 10B and PE10 to meet the requirements.  In Grade 11 students need to:

  • Complete a Daily Physical Activity Log (or participate in equivalent activities) for each Term that shows they are engaged in a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous activity.
  • Complete a Career and Personal Planning Form
  • Complete 30 hours of work or volunteer experience in the community, provide written confirmation from a supervisor, and the student’s reflections.  This can be completed in Grade 11 and /or 12.

In Grade 12 students need to:

  • Complete a Daily Physical Activity Log (or participate in equivalent activities) for each Term that shows they are engaged in a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous activity.
  • Complete a Career and Personal Planning #2 Form
  • Complete a long-term Healthy Living Plan (six assignments) appropriate to their lifestyle.
  • Complete a budget for their first year post-secondary.
  • Produce a portfolio and complete an interview with an adult community member and discuss their interests and plans for their post-secondary years.

The complete information for Grad Transitions 11 and 12 assignments, due dates, forms, and the marking rubric is available on the Graduation portion of this website under Campus – Secondary – Student Services (Curriculum) – Graduation – Grad Transitions.

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.
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 in 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. After one week from the original due date the assignment will not be graded and will receive a zero.

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).  Check with your university for their deadline.  If approved, this May you will complete a Distance Education 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.  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 COURSES

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.

AP Courses

Prerequisites

AP Courses Prerequisites
Biology Biology 11 (86% or higher) AND
Chemistry 11
Calculus AB Pre-Calculus 11 (86% or higher)
Pre-Calculus 12 Recommended (86% or higher)
Calculus BC Pre-Calculus 12 (86% or higher)
Chinese Language and Culture Mandarin 12 (86% or Higher) AND

Grade 10 Standing

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)


***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.

Prerequisites Appeal

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.

Grade 11 Students and Advanced Placement Courses

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 Studies 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 Studies 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 Studies Department offers a variety of courses to deepen one’s faith and relationship with Christ. In Grade 10 4 topics or areas of study are covered- Living the Gospel, Science and Faith, Defending the Faith, Relationships in Focus. Each student will move through all four focuses in the year. There are 3 possible year-long choices in Grade 11- Biblical Studies 11, Worship & Spiritual Leadership 11 and Spiritual Formation 11. Discipleship 12 is mandatory for all Grade 12 students. Grade 12 students can also choose, in addition, to take Worship and Spiritual Leadership 12 (if they have completed Worship and Spiritual Leadership 11) or Worship and 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 Studies 9

Prerequisite: None


The goal of this course is to give the students a glimpse of the entire books of the Bible, touching on their content, their writers, their key verses and their main content. As the students study I Timothy, I Corinthians and Joshua, they will learn more about what God is teaching them through His Word, and they will also see how these teachings can be applied to their every day lives.

Biblical Studies 10: Defending the Faith

Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 9
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 10 (4 courses)

Students will learn, analyze, critique and respond to some of the critical questions that have potential to erode their faith. In analyzing some of the questions that a skeptical worldview has against Christianity, the students will examine prominent worldviews and explain the difficulties these worldviews have in addressing some fundamental questions. This course supports and encourages students to wrestle, debate and understand how their faith, rooted in Christ, can be a reasonable and defendable answer to some of the most difficult questions for all humanity. The approach will guide students through the historical, philosophical and moral arguments that they will need to understand, defend, and discuss their faith with others. 

 

Biblical Studies 10: Science and Faith

 

Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 9
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 10 (4 courses)


In this course, students will study some of the ways God has revealed Himself to and through His creation. Students will study Biblical accounts such as the flood in Genesis and connections to the book of Job. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to share and express the ways they see God working in their lives and discover the importance of investing time alone with God.

 This course is designed to help students gain a better appreciation of the God who created science and how He has revealed Himself to humanity. Students will develop some simple skills in studying the Bible by exploring God’s desire to be in relationship with His creation. Students will also explore ways to express what God is speaking to them.

Biblical Studies 10: Living the Gospel

Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 9
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 10 (4 courses)

This is an introductory course to discipleship and spiritual disciplines that challenges students to move into lifelong discipleship as growing and self-aware Christians.  Living Through the Gospel balances between three key features: 1) practicing Bible study skills, 2) learning and practicing spiritual disciplines, and 3) answering and investigating any questions that students have about God and the Bible.  Students will be exploring these topics through class discussion and through individual written reflections.   It is our goal that students develop a deeper understanding of what the Gospel means and discover how their lives and the lives of others can be changed by it.

Biblical Studies 10: Relationship in Focus
Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 9
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 10 (4 courses)


This course is intended to introduce students to the intricacies of human relationships, drawing on psychology, sociology and religious studies to engage with a variety of different questions relating to how God calls us to approach responsibilities, authority relationships and power struggles within our relationships. The course will focus not only on practical application, particularly on the complicated position of an adolescent in relation to their family, but allow them to gain insight into and perspective on relationship issues related to marriage and divorce.

This course is intended to engage students in meaningful ways in relation to different views on the family – it is not intended to impose particular values, but will explore different cultural and religious perspectives on the family.

Biblical Studies 11

Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 10 
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 11

This course is designed to help students discover how to approach life from a Biblical foundation and perspective.  Students will study God’s word to help them uncover Scriptural answers to some of life’s biggest questions, such as: What is my true identity? (Ephesians), Where can I find wisdom and guidance for my life? (Proverbs), How am I called to live (Sermon on the Mount).

Additionally, throughout the year, students will have opportunity to raise questions to find help that not only strengthen their faith but also enable them to defend and explain it.  It is our hope that students will live their faith and share their lives as they are shaped by the Word of God.

Spiritual Formation 11
Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 10, Written Personal Testimony, application form (which includes a reference from church leader/pastor and a Teacher Conference with 2-3 teachers/Principal. Graduation Requirement: meets the Biblical Studies 11 course requirement

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. Through earnest and intense commitment to the historic spiritual disciplines and study of God’s Word, students move from being merely ‘Christians’ to growing Disciples. This Course is offered to students who are passionate about their faith, and actively growing in their relationship with Jesus while living out the demands of being a disciple. This is not for the casual student. The demanding assessment and prerequisite process are intended to discern the preparedness of a student to engage in this rigorous course.

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

Graduation Requirement: Electives

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.
Discipleship 12
Prerequisite: one of Biblical Studies 11, Spiritual Formation 11 or Worship and Spiritual Leadership 11
Graduation Requirement: Biblical Studies 12


This is a senior level course synthesizing all of the Biblical 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.

Worship and Spiritual Leadership 12
Prerequisite: Worship and Spiritual Leadership 11
Co-requisite: Art Foundations 11, Concert Band 11, Concert Choir 11, OR Theatre Performance 11, or outside RCS equivalent

Graduation Requirement: Electives

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.
Business Education
Accounting 11

Prerequisite: None
Graduation Requirement:  Elective

“Do your numbers add up?”

This course will be useful to any student who might one day need to vote to approve the financial statements of their church, their child’s school, their strata, or their own business. The purpose of this course is to equip students to be good stewards of the financial resources God has blessed them with.

In this course, students will learn basic accounting concepts such as keeping track of a company’s financial position, revenue, and expenses; through the board game “Monopoly”; and through textbook exercises. In addition, they will be able to understand and analyze basic financial statements. Students will choose a “Big Brand”, study their financial statements, and present their analysis.

Students will learn how to use Excel, and will learn how to keep a basic set of accounting records using Excel.

Students will also study the importance of ethics in business, and Accounting. They will study the impact of a lack of ethics in the fall of Lehman Brothers, study various ethical frameworks, and develop their own ethical framework.

As a final assignment, students will conduct research to determine how Accounting is being used in the furtherance of the gospel, and to reflect on how an understanding of Accounting can equip them to joyfully serve Christ.

Type of student who would enjoy this course: Students who enjoy a very structured classroom environment, with a mix of textbook exercises, assignments and projects.

Course Highlights:

  • Accounting Monopoly
  • Big Brand Financial Statements Project
  • What is Your “Ethical IQ” Assignment?
  • Excel Financial Statements Project
Marketing 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
Economics 12
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 (Social Studies 11 Recommended)
                             At least Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: Electives

Economics 12 is a fun and interesting course that examines the study of human behaviour in a financial context.  The course focuses on four key questions:

  • Why do people do what they do?
  • How do financial systems and economies work?
  • How do people and financial systems relate to one another?
  • How should Christians think “economically?”

In addition to textbook learning, students will learn from simulations, movie clips, music, current events, and books about the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Students will study the economics involved in everyday life for individuals and firms, the economic effects of government policy and the economic practices of corporations such as Starbucks, Apple and Walmart.

In addition, students will consider the question of “How Should Christians Think Economically?” through a critical analysis of the book “Money, Greed and God”, by Jay Richards.  Students will then develop their own personal philosophy of “Economic Freedom.”

Students will research how Economics is used to spread the Gospel, and will reflect on how an understanding of Economics can equip them to joyfully serve Christ.

This course prepares students for post-secondary study of economics, prepares them to be effective citizens and provides students with an opportunity to develop their own 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.

Course Highlights:

  • Fraser Institute Seminar Field Trip
  • Economic Systems Project
  • The Economic Problem Project
  • Market Structures Project
  • The Economics in the movies Project
  • Walmart Assignment
Accounting 12

Prerequisite: Accounting 11 recommended
Graduation Requirement:  Elective

 

This is a second-year accounting course with a focus on more advanced accounting. In this course, you will:

  • Explore special journal systems and be introduced to payroll accounting and merchandising.
  • Learn how to 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 Technology 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.

 

Web Development 10

Prerequisite:
Graduation Requirement: Elective

 In this course students will learn about the many facets of web development, and apply their knowledge and understanding to design a website with real world applications.  They will learn about the relationship between web structure and content (HTML), style and design, and cascading style sheet (CSS) functionality and interactivity (JavaScript).  Other areas this course will cover are social and ethical considerations, copyright, security and privacy options and career options in web development.

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 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 10/11 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 English 10 and English 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.

English 11

Prerequisite: English 10
Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 11

English 11 is designed to help students become critical readers of various literary genres. Writing skills will be developed through integrative assignments with an emphasis on, but not limited to, the development of the critical essay. Evaluation of writing will be based on coherence, clarity, direction and the mechanics of proper form. Students will be able to convey their understanding of the worldview evident in the literature presented, comparing and contrasting it with a Christian perspective. Speaking and listening skills will be developed throughout the year through small and large group discussions and a variety of oral presentations. Reading skills will be honed through in-class readings as well as homework assignments.

English 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 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. The English 12 Provincial examination places heavy emphasis on accuracy, analysis and argumentation.  A firm grasp of these foundational aspects of the English language will equip the students for the challenges of this demanding examination. To this end, extensive reading, intensive inquiry and conscientiousness cannot be compromised.

English 12 is taught by three different instructors in three different sections in order to provide students with diversity in terms of approaches to literature and styles of writing.  Each section equips students to study one particular type of text (short stories/poems, novels, and drama) and specifically prepares students for one section of the provincial exam (synthesis, single text response, and composition).  Students must take all three sections in order to gain credit for the course.

***This course has a provincial exam.

Communications 11

Prerequisite: English 10
Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 11

Communications 11 offers students the opportunity to reinforce basic English language skills by exploring a variety of informational texts and current affairs reports. To prepare students for lifelong learning, class work is aimed at engaging them in practical and interesting contexts that are related to their lives and to the world that they will experience as adults. We will explore how communication is represented in the Bible and how its principles may be applied in contemporary settings. Course materials will be based on the interests and abilities of the students and support will be provided to meet individual and diverse learning needs.

Communications 12

Prerequisites: Communications 11
                               At least Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: Language Arts 12

Communications 12 helps students to develop competency in writing procedural reports, factual accounts and personal responses. Informational texts on real-time issues prepare students to evaluate everyday concerns and critical decision-making. Discussions and assignments revolve around a variety of career options and workplace environments. Various forms of media will be utilized to enhance reading and writing skills and will serve to develop interpersonal communications in professional and technical contexts. The students will research possible career opportunities and participate in simulation activities that will prepare them for their post-secondary pursuits.

Students will write the Communications 12 Provincial Exam.

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.

English Literature 12

Prerequisites: English 10 

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Literature gives you the chance to see things from someone else’s point of view, which is the best way to develop empathy for others. We learn what it takes to be honorable and heroic in the medieval world of King Arthur. The dramatic language of ballads speaks of love and friendship. The epic adventures of kings and knights live through language. When we read stories and plays, riddles and poems, we work and play with words. As we build linguistic skills, we build life skills. In this course, we understudy the great heroes and thinkers of each literary era right up to our present time.

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 TWO exams, namely; the English 12 Provincial Exam as well as the AP English Language and Composition exam. 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.

Students in this course will take the English 12 Provincial Exam. They may also take the optional Advanced Placement Examination in May.

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.

The pathways and their description is shown below*:

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Apprenticeship and 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. 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 fulfils their Math 11 requirement.

 

Math 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. The curriculum is based on the new BC Educational Plan.

Topics include rational numbers, powers and exponents, scale factors and similarity, 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 Math 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. The curriculum is based on the new BC Educational Plan.

Topics include rational numbers, powers and exponents, scale factors and similarity, 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, geometry, trigonometry, and the fundamentals of income, spending, and debt.

 

Apprenticeship and 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 and Workplace Mathematics 12
Prerequisites: Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 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 proposed new BC Educational Plan. Topics include trigonometry, irrational numbers, powers and exponents, 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, 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 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, sequences and series, 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 relations and functions, trigonometry, permutations, combinations and binomial theorem.

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: Block X 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.

 

Biology 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.

Biology 12
Prerequisites: Science 10
                               At least Grade 11 standing
Recommended:  Biology 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 and Technology 11
Prerequisite: Science 10
Graduation Requirement: Science 11

This course gives students opportunities to recognize and consider the development of scientific discovery, technological change, and human understanding over time and in the context of many individual societal factors. These issues provide students an opportunity to examine the issues in light of Biblical perspectives.

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 instil 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.

AP Biology
Prerequisite: At least Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: Electives

This course allows students to practice and develop a broad knowledge base in Biology, including genetic diversity and unity of living systems and the interactions that biological systems encounter due to their complex properties. Students will be encouraged to develop and refine testable hypotheses of God’s creation in order to understand the complex mechanisms behind them. There will be an emphasis on developing and practicing inquiry and reasoning skills that will allow students a hands-on experience with laboratory practices. This course demands the academic responsibility and work ethic of a University level course.

This course has an optional Advanced Placement Examination in May.

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
PrerequisiteGrade 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 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.

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.

 

 

 

Foods and Nutrition 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 skilful 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.

 

Foods and Nutrition 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.

 

 

Journalism 11: Yearbook

 

 

Prerequisite for Journalism 11: None
Graduation Requirement: Electives

Journalism 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.

Journalism 12: Yearbook
Prerequisite: Journalism 11 or the express consent of the instructor; at least Grade 11 standing
Graduation Requirement: Electives

Journalism 12 requires students to act as Senior Editors and enjoy the rights and responsibilities of mentoring Journalism 11 peers.  Operating like a real-world journalism office, senior editors show leadership in the development of the theme, cover and advanced decisions for the RCS yearbook, which 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.  Customer relations, conceptual work, collaboration, independent productivity, critical feedback, and meeting deadlines are marketable skills honed in this class. 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 single quarter course.

Musical 10, 11, 12
Students enrolled in this block, co-taught by Mr. Kawamura and Ms. Johnsey, will receive credit for either Musical Drama 10, or Theatre Performance (Musical) 11 or 12, or Senior Concert Band 11 or 12.  The purpose of the course is to provide robust training for the opportunity to perform in the bi-annual RCS musical at Gateway Theatre. All students will learn vocal technique, articulation, stage presence, and text expression, as well as collaboration and artistic development. Correspondingly, students will spend time with either teacher learning leading roles or multiple roles in the ensemble. Dance choreography will be addressed on an individual basis. In 2020, the BC Ministry of Education will allow this course to be single-credited as “Theatre Company.”

***Outside class rehearsal time will be mandatory after Spring Break.

***Attendance at all rehearsals and Gateway performances will be mandatory.

***After the Gateway Performance dates, the student has fulfilled the required hours and the block becomes a study block until the end of the school year.

Concert Band 10 (First Term)

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. Students who take Concert Band 10 will automatically be allowed to take Musical Band 10 in the second term.

Concert Band - Musical 10 (Second Term)

Prerequisite: Concert Band 10 First Term or by audition

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 Senior Concert Band, the focus is preparing for the school musical. Students who do not take Concert Band 10 First Term will not be allowed to take Second Term unless they audition and are approved by the instructor.

Mandatory Performance: School Musical

Senior Concert Band (Concert Band 11 or 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.

Mandatory Performance: School Musical

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 single quarter course.

Concert Choir 10
Prerequisite: None

Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 10 or Elective

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 10 runs only in First Term.

Senior Concert Choir (Concert Choir 11 or 12)
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.

Concert Choir 10 runs only in First Term.

 

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.

Drama 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 half-year elective is run during the fall term only during Musical years. Students interested in a full year of Drama 10 should consult the course named “Musical” or “Senior Theatre.”

***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 Performance 11 or 12

 

Prerequisite: At least Grade 11 standing
Recommended: Drama 9, 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.

Theatre Production 11 or 12
Prerequisite: At least Grade 11 standing
Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 11 or 12 or Electives

God, the Creative and Sequential Artist-Craftsman, inspires us to design and produce handiwork.  This course follows a two year plan, but can be taken in any order.  In one year, students learn the elements of theory and design for stage, including researching, modeling, creating and crafting a vision for a performance of their choice.  This becomes a marketable portfolio which RCS students have used for entrance to design programs and workplaces asking for design samples.  Additionally, students collaborate to envision the following RCS Musical and begin creating select pieces.  In the second year, students design and produce sets, props and costumes for a stage performance at Gateway Theatre, working with real-world budgets, deadlines, and theatre professionals, which are marketable skills. Students strong in creativity, problem-finding and problem-solving, and who enjoy working with their hands, are encouraged to stretch themselves in this innovative class.

***Attendance and participation at RCS performances is mandatory for course completion.

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 Foundations 11
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 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 Foundations 12
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 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.

Woodworking 12

Prerequisite: Woodworking 11
                              At least Grade 11 standing
Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Applied Skill 12 or Electives

Students are expected to be competent in using all the tools in the shop. They will be given one small compulsory project and then (in consultation with the instructor) will choose one or two major projects to build during the remainder of the course. Safe operation of various tools is reviewed and emphasized.

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 triannual 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 triannual 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. Successful completion of Mandarin 12 (Heritage) will prepare students to take AP Chinese Language and Culture.

AP Chinese Langauge and Culture
Prerequisite: Mandarin 12 (86% or Higher) See AP Section, Grade 10 standing
Graduation Requirement: Electives

This course offers the students a panoramic excursion in to the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world. The AP course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency through the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. The course invites students to explore both contemporary Chinese literature and history.

The course also locates Chinese culture in an international context. Students engage in class activities wherein the active negotiation of meaning takes place. They also develop the ability to write and speak in a verity of settings and registers. Students will develop sociocultural competencies to communicate effectively in a variety of social, cultural and pragmatic contexts.


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

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.

 

Physical Education 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.

 

Physical Education 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
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 at the beginning of the course. A second course fee of roughly the same amount will be collected in January. Due to the nature of the course, there will be a mandatory parents meeting scheduled.

Health and Career
Graduation Requirements
Grade 10 students in 2018-19 will take Career Life Education 10B.

Grade 11 and 12 students will need to fulfill the current requirements for their grade for Grad Transitions.

New courses will be introduced in 2019-20 for Grades 11 and 12.

Career Life Education10A
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.

***This course will be taught once a week on Fridays as the students’ fifth block.

 

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.

This course will be taught in X Block on Fridays as the student’s 5th Block.

 

Teaching Assistant 11

 

Prerequisite: See individual job postings
Additional Class Time: Block X

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 12
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.

 

Secondary School Apprentice 12

Requirement: Application and Job Placement Availability
Graduation Requirement: Electives

This is a pre-apprentice program for students planning to continue into an apprenticeable 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, you might want to think about Independent Directed Studies. IDS 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). Then you’ll 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) buty 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.