Course Descriptions

English Language Arts

English 10

Students will explore the writing process through a variety of means: essays, responses, narrative stories, dramatic scripts, poetic forms, notes and letters. Students will also investigate a variety of literary forms and genres: short stories, poetry, novels, film and the world of Shakespeare. Oral skills will be enhanced through a variety of formal and informal discussions, debates, speeches, and presentations. This course includes review and re-enforcement of the topics covered in grades 8 and 9, advanced sentence construction, as well as preparation for the provincial exam.
English 10 has a required Provincial Exam worth 20%.

English 11

English 11 develops the theme of personal discovery. Conventions of language—grammar, usage and vocabulary—are applied to descriptive, narrative and expository paragraph and essay compositions. Critical and inferential thinking are key areas of development. Emphasis is placed on the development of the formal literary analysis as students read more challenging fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Through discussion, creative opportunities, and writing, students are challenged to demonstrate comprehension to produce critical analyses of works studied.

English 12

English 12 develops the theme of the individual in society. Students will demonstrate competence in their reading and interpretation of sophisticated works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama in their discussions and oral presentations, in their application of the conventions of language, and in their paragraph and multi-paragraph compositions. Continued emphasis is placed on the further development of the formal literary analysis.
English 12 has a required Provincial Final Exam worth 40%.

Literature 12

Literature 12 is a survey course of English Literature from the early Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Students will learn to identify various genres, forms, techniques and devices, and recurring themes within their historic contexts. As a panorama of English literary history, Literature 12 provides a useful background for future studies in the Arts and Humanities.

Writing 12

This course is for students who have an interest in creative and non-fiction writing, who want to improve their writing skills, and who may be interested in seeking a career in writing, editing, or publishing. Writing 12 is open to grade 11 and 12 students only.

English as a Second Language

ELL Humanities 10-11

This transitional ELL course develops competencies in reading, viewing, writing, representing, speaking, listening and research through the study of literature, geography, history and current events, and prepares ELL students for Social Studies 10. It also stresses independent and active learning through cooperative learning, critical thinking and creative problem solving and appropriate and responsible use of technology. As they examine their physical, social and literary environments, the ELL students will also broaden and deepen their knowledge of the four essential English skills.

Transitional English 10: (4 credits)

Enrollment in this class follows the assessment of the student’s abilities in English. This course is designed for ELL students who are beginning and developing language acquisition and who are not yet ready to meet the learning outcomes of regular English 10. The program of studies will parallel the six areas of language arts: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Viewing and Representing. Materials and coursework are adapted to meet the needs of the ELL student. Literature will include short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and non-fiction.

International Studies 10-11

The goal is to develop within students a fundamental literacy about international subjects like: Diplomacy; globalization; war; trade and tourism; development and foreign aid; comparative culture and religion; and the impact of ideas and the environment on the international world.

Adapted Social Studies 10 (4 credits)

This course allows students to meet the requirements for Social Studies 10 and to develop necessary language skills designated to Social Studies 10.

ELL Science and Math 10-11

This course proves a solid background in the basic concepts of arithmetic, providing the foundation for success in the high school mathematics and science program. This course bridges the student’s prior knowledge by allowing them to become familiar with English terminology in math and science.

Academic Skills 10-11

This course is designed for students who need to support their learning of English. In this course, students work to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The objective of these classes is to sufficiently improve students’ English to allow them to move to the regular stream program. Teachers will evaluate and report on development in a variety of ways including anecdotal reports and parent interviews.

Strictly Speaking 10-11

This course is designed to enable ELL students to extend and advance their use of strategies and skills in the four main areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. However, it focuses primarily on extending and advancing the strategies needed to communicate across all curricula. This is a non-credit course with no assigned percentage.

Cultural Transitions 10-11

This course is designed to facilitate the development of skills needed for cultural and academic literacy. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in a Canadian academic environment.  Students will gain cultural knowledge and academic reading and writing skills.  Students will be placed in the appropriate section for their language skills.

Leadership and Culture 10-11

This course is a continuation of Cultural Transitions and designed to facilitate the development of skills needed for cultural and academic literacy. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in a Canadian academic environment.  Students will gain cultural knowledge and academic reading and writing skills.  Students will be placed in the appropriate section for their language skills.

English Language Development 10 ~ 4 credits

This course is designed to further develop the language skills of English Language Learners by extending the language strategies and skills in the four main language areas of speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing and representing. The course focuses on providing students with opportunities to acquire and practice the strategies necessary for successful communication across the curriculum.

English Language Development 11 ~ 4 credits

This is a continuation of Language Development 10.  Students will continue to develop language strategies and skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading,  viewing , writing and representing.

Leadership Courses

At the Academy we offer a strong leadership program allowing our students to engage in service learning both locally and globally.

Outdoor Leadership 10-11

This course allows students to practice the skills required to safely enjoy the outdoors. Students learn and demonstrate practical safety skills including risk assessment and rescue, survival, winter and summer activities, backcountry trekking, map skills, compass orientation, GPS and route finding skills.  Students also identify indigenous flora and fauna and understand how to utilize a variety of such in different situations while in the wilderness.  Regular conditioning sessions will enable students to endure various community outdoor offerings.

Leadership 11-12 ~ 4 credits

The Leadership course is designed to provide students with hands on service and leadership opportunities. In this course students will be allowed more freedom to plan and carry out student centered learning activities that highlight service and volunteering in the school and community. From this course students will gain a deeper understanding of public programs which are directed towards the betterment of economic and social conditions.

Teacher Assistant 12 ~ 4 credits

Peer Leadership is a locally developed 4 credit course for students in grades 12 who wish to be teacher assistants. Tutors will be given training to better understand the needs of students with learning difficulties, to help students develop organizational skills and to support students in learning to use effective study skills to improve success in academic classes activities.


Foundations of Mathematics & Pre Calculus 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 sciences. Topics include surface area and volume of 3-D objects, applying trigonometric ratios to right triangles, irrational numbers, powers involving integral and rational exponents, polynomials, coordinate geometry with linear relations, system of linear equations, and function notation.

This course has a Provincial Final Exam worth 20%.

Pre-Calculus 11

This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills identified for entry into post secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include:  algebra and number, trigonometry, relations and functions.

Pre-Calculus 12

This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills identified for entry into post secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include: trigonometry, relations and functions, permutations, combinations and binomial theorem.

Modern Languages

French 10

French 10 continues to build upon the skills learned in previous years while expanding to include the ability to communicate in French in the past including the Imperfect Tense. There is a continuing focus on the oral aspects of language acquisition with a shift towards an increased use of written French and more complex grammatical structures.

French 11

French 11 focuses on the use of more complex sentence structure, both written and orally. Students will be evaluated based on the four strands of language learning, with an emphasis on oral communication.

French 12

This course continues to stress the four strands of language learning, while incorporating authentic texts and works from the Francophone world. Students will also be exposed to a variety of reading materials and creative works (film, art, poetry, prose and music) from around the Francophone world, with an emphasis placed on discussing and debating these works in French.

Spanish 10

Spanish 10 continues to build upon the skills learned in Spanish 9 while expanding the ability to communicate in Spanish in the past tense.  There is a continuing focus on the oral aspects of language acquisition with a shift towards an increased use of written Spanish.

Spanish 11

This is an intensive Spanish course, which continues to stress the communicative approach.  Students will explore every day communications in Spanish, including the past tense.  Student evaluation is based on speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the emphasis on reading and writing.

Physical Education

Physical Education 10

Physical Education Conditioning 10 is a course with an emphasis on individual physical fitness development and awareness. The course will include strength training, agility training, aerobic activities, and various aspects of personal fitness. Components of the course include anatomy and physiology, strength, conditioning, care and prevention of injuries, and nutrition.

PE 11: Fit for Life

This course focuses on three main areas: Active Living; Movement Activities: and Personal and Social Responsibility.  The themes for this course will be healthy living, lifelong activity and wellness.  Students will meet the learning outcomes for each of these areas through a variety of activities including:

  1. Lifelong Activities such as yoga, pilates, boxercise, self-defence, running, aerobics, fitness & weight training, bowling and skating.
  2. Healthy Living Activities such as nutritional planning, fitness journals, weight training schedules and human physiology.

The primary goal for this course is to engage the students to the best of their ability and to motivate them to be actively involved throughout their lives.

Athletic Conditioning for Athletes 11 / 12

In this course, students will become better prepared for excellence in athletic competition.  Beginning with a physiotherapist assessment, and speaking with a nutritionist, athletes will learn what they should focus on in order to compete at a higher level.  Classes are varied and intense and will push students to the next level.


Planning 10

Planning 10 is required for graduation.  In addition to developing the skills of the BC Graduate, this course is designed to help students develop the confidence and skills they need to become self-directed individuals who display initiative, set priorities, establish goals, make thoughtful decisions and take responsibility for pursuing their goals in an ever-changing society. Planning 10 also encourages students to explore a full range of career and education choices; to think about their prospects for success in those careers; and to plan the actions required to pursue their chosen career paths and post-secondary education destinations. Planning 10 supports students’ achievements in the area of:

  • Education Planning
  • Career Development
  • Healthy Decision-Making
  • Financial Literacy

Graduation Transitions 11-12

Graduation Transitions is required for graduation and is delivered over 2 years. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation by collecting evidence of their achievements in the following required areas:

Personal Health

  • Daily physical activity and commitment to fitness and physical and emotional well-being are imperative for healthy living. In this component of Graduation Transitions, students develop the knowledge, attitudes and habits needed to be healthy individuals by maintaining a personal health plan and participating in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity in each of Grades 10, 11 and 12 at school, at home and/or in the community.

Community Connections

  • Life after graduation includes the world of work and community responsibilities. As part of Graduation Transitions, students gain employability skills through participation in at least 30 hours of work experience and/or community service, and document and reflect on their learning.

Career and Life

  • Graduation Transitions requires students to explore personal and career goals during their secondary school years and create a plan for life after graduation. Transition planning is an ongoing process throughout the graduation program years and requires the completion of a transition plan, culminating in a final Grade 12 Graduation Portfolio and Graduation Exit Presentation.


Design and Technology 8

Design and Technology develops a student’s ability for innovative and creative thought through the planning and development of design projects related to real-life needs and situations. Students identify needs and opportunities, research and investigate existing solutions, analyse data and information, generate, justify and evaluate ideas, and experiment with tools, materials and techniques to manage and develop design projects.

Engineering 10-11

Engineering 11 is an applied theory class where students are offered with a design problem and asked to develop a solution using scientific and engineering principles. Students will use the design cycle to develop their projects. Student’s projects may include robotics, as well as smaller design projects.

Science 10

Science 10 expands on the student’s knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics.  The Biology component focuses on Sustainability of Ecosystems with students assessing the significance of natural phenomena and human factors within ecosystems. The Chemistry unit continues the grade 9 study of chemical reactions with emphasis on factors affecting reaction rate. Radioactivity is explored using the atomic theory. The Physics component examines the factors that affect motion and demonstrates the relationship between velocity, time, and acceleration. The Earth Science unit re-examines thermal energy and its effect on natural systems, as well as a comprehensive examination of plate tectonics.

Science 10 has a Provincial Final Exam worth 20%.

Biology 11

Centered on the study of the diversity of living organisms including from microbes, to plants, and animals, Biology 11 focuses on the common themes of adaptation and evolution. The course presents Biology as an open and growing field of challenging problems awaiting solutions.  A large amount of microscopic and dissection lab work accompanies the biological theory of this course. By the end of the course students will be aware of the great diversity of Earth’s organisms and of their relationships to each other.

Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11 provides students with basic concepts required for future chemistry courses. The course is theory based with a strong emphasis on quantitative aspects. A strong background in math is recommended. Key concepts include: lab skills, writing chemical equations, the mole, predicting amounts in chemical reactions, atomic structure, chemical bonding and organic chemistry.

Physics 11

In this course students will discover a number of introductory physics concepts, as well as developing some of the skills that scientists have used throughout the centuries to answer questions about their reality. This course is widely recognized as providing a solid foundation for any student who wants to enter medicine, the biological sciences, architecture or the arts.

Biology 12

Biology 12, intended for students who have enjoyed and done well in Biology 11, focuses on human biology, fostering student interest in and understanding of science by looking at themselves (human body) and seeing the diversity of body systems and how they work together. Laboratory skills are practiced in hypothetical and practical situations. The course will cover topics from cell structure and biochemical processes to the organ systems of the human body.  It is highly recommended that student have taken either Chemistry 11 or Biology 11.

Chemistry 12

Chemistry 12 extends the concepts of Chemistry 11 and helps to prepare students for post-secondary studies in the field of chemistry. This course looks at the various applications of chemical equilibrium including solubility, acids plus bases and electrochemistry. Lab work will accompany the chemical theory and quantitative aspects of the course.  A strong foundation in Chemistry 11 is highly recommended.

Physics 12

Through a combination of thought experiments, demonstrations, hands-on learning and lab experiments, this Physics 12 course will focus on building a student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will explore the two-dimensional aspects of many of the physical phenomena that they encountered in Physics 11, while extending this prior knowledge into previously unexplored topics such as circular motion, gravitation, electrostatics, electric circuits and electromagnetism.

Social Studies

Social Studies 10

Social Studies 10 curriculum focuses on the study of Canadian nationhood from 1815. The major themes are: the evolution of our bicultural nation, the development of responsible government, Confederation and the growth of Western Canada. Canada’s relationship with the United States and other countries is explored in current events units that will aid students in developing a global perspective. Students will also engage in an inquiry-based research project on a self-selected aspect of local or regional history, focusing on how our historical past continues to shape and define our present day communities.

Social Studies 11

Social Studies 11 curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for students to become responsible citizens of Canada and the world. In the Government section of the course, students examine ideology and the structure and functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The Geography component investigates population growth, interdependency, and the impact of industrialization and technology on contemporary society. The History component deals with major social, economic and political events that affected Canada during the 20th Century.

Social Studies 11 has a Provincial Exam worth 20%.

History 12

History 12 is the study of the social, political and ideological developments of the 20th Century between the years 1917-1991. It traces the effects of World War I and Versailles, the rise of communism and fascism, and the effects of the Great Depression culminating in World War II. From there, the course examines the rise of the United States and the Soviet Union as superpowers and how their mutual antagonism shaped the post-war period. The course also examines developments in non-western nations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

Social Justice 12

Students will become aware of social injustice, analyze situations from a social justice perspective, and gain knowledge, skills, and an ethical framework to advocate for a socially just world. Social Justice 12 promotes the pursuit of social justice as an important responsibility for all, and encourages students to develop the commitment and ability to work toward a more just society. Students will examine models of social change and implement strategies to address social injustice. Students will be motivated to think and act ethically, and empowered to realize their capacity to effect positive change in the world.

Applied Skills

ICT: Computer Programming 11

Students will learn the basics of computer programming and software development. Visual programming languages will be used to introduce some of the concepts of Object Oriented Programming, including loops, data types, algorithms and Graphic User Interfaces.

ICT: Computer Programming 12

Prerequisite: ICT Computer Programming 11

Students will continue to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Computer Programming 11 and will focus on sorting and search algorithms, recursion, artificial intelligence and game development theory.  Students will continue to work with languages used in Grade 11, but can also experiment with other programming languages.

Tourism 11

Tourism 11 is an introduction to this diverse industry. Due to the multi-sectored nature of Tourism, students require exposure to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that professionals have in common throughout their part of the industry. Tourism 11 provides the opportunity for students to improve their communication skills as they become more familiar with the characteristics of their selected tourism sector.

Tourism 12

Tourism 12 is an extension of Tourism 11.  Students will continue to improve their communication skills, gain further exposure to the industry and complete their World Host Certification. There may be the opportunity for a work / volunteer placement component.

Fine Arts

Drama 10

Students will actively participate in exercises to further develop their acting skills, character development, stage awareness, and teamwork skills.  Students will learn about improvisation, monologues, scene work, and possibly study longer scripts.  Students will participate in acting roles in the Film & TV productions. Therefore units will also include components of set design, lighting, sound, costume design, makeup and stage management.

Drama 11-12: Film & TV

The Film and Television program focuses on media and technical literacy. Students will develop their skills in the context of taking projects through the full production cycle: preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution. Students will be expected to develop a greater emphasis on the quality of meaning and communication of their work within group and individual film projects. Employment within the film and television industry and post-secondary opportunities to study film will be explored.

Yearbook 11-12 ~ 4 credits

This course focuses on creating the school’s yearbook. Artistic and desktop publishing skills are developed while learning software such as PageMaker and Photoshop. Digital cameras and scanners will be used to take photos of school events and activities. Students will also have the opportunity to work on the school website and media presentations.

Visual Art 10

A great course which continues the exploration of a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums and the techniques related to these materials (painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fibre arts, etc).

Art Foundations 11

This course provides a variety of art and craft experiences suitable for any student, regardless of his or her art background. Students are introduced to basic design principles in a variety of media and problem-solving situations. Imaginative picture-making with various media provides an opportunity for personal modes of expression. Drawing skills are emphasized as they are needed in all areas. Some of the areas studied include printing, painting, drawing skills, sculpture and ceramics. AF 11 introduces these skills and media; AF 12 extends the skills to more sophisticated projects and individualized work.

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