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Copy of Copy of Grade 11 Course Selection

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February 2014
Grade 11 Course Selection
Graduation Requirements
Post Secondary
When thinking what you are going to do after high school there are many things to consider ...
Be realistic ($$$, time, ability & strengths)
Arts, Sciences, Professional Programs, Trades or direct entry to the workforce?
College? University/College? University?
Where ... BC? Canada? Abroad?
Once you have considered these ... then you can start thinking about prerequisites and programming!
Math, Science, English and Language Choices
What do I need to Graduate?
English 10 4 credits
English or Communications 11 4 credits
English or Communications 12 4 credits
Social Studies
Social Studies 10 4 credits
A Social Studies 11 4 credits
Science 10 4 credits
A Science 11 4 credits
A Math 10 4 credits
A Math 11 4 credits
Physical Education 10 4 credits
7 Elective Courses (Academic or Non Academic) 28 credits
(3 of these must be Grade 12 Electives)
Fine Arts and Applied Skills
One Fine Art OR Applied Skill in Grade 10, 11 OR 12 4 credits
Planning 10 4 credits
Grad Transitions 12 4 credits
Total ...
80 Credits
Provincial Exams
English 10 20%
Math 10 20%
Science 10 20%
Social Studies 11 20%
English Or Com. 12 40%
Ministry Secure Site for Students:
Why do Grades Matter?
Personal Satisfaction
They are an indicator of your understanding of material (pre-requisites, safety, etc.)
Beginning in Grade 11 they likely 'count' for post-secondary entrance
they are on your permanent transcript
Scholarships! $$$
$$$ - District/Authority Awards
$$$ - Provincial Exams
The Ministry of Education also grants scholarships to students based on their performance on the Provincial Exams.
Students are eligible for this scholarship if
They achieve at least a B in English or Comm 12 (blended)
Take all 5 Provincial Courses
Pass all 5 exams
The graduating students with the top 5000 exam averages will receive $1000 to be used at a designated post-secondary institution. The graduating students with the top 20 exam averages will receive $2500.
But we are starting to get off topic ...
What courses do I take in Grade 11?
#1 ... Any courses that you have not passed from Grade 8 - 10!
#2 - Courses you must take to graduate!
English 11 or Comm 11 (4 credits)
Social Studies 11 (4 credits)
A Math 11 (4 credits)
A Science 11 (4 credits)
#3 - Top up the rest so that you have 8 courses total (no ... you cannot have a Study in Grade 11) ... Or 9 courses if you are enrolling in Yearbook, Work Experience, Choir or Theatre Company.
The rest can be courses you WANT to take
Courses you NEED to take (post-secondary prerequisites)
Do not pick your courses with the assumption you can change them later or that if you do not do well in a class you can simply take it again! Also, do not pick a course based on what your friends say or take!
Making up Missing Credits
Course Selection Process
Be Realistic!
A certificate takes 1 year, a diploma 2, a degree 4 and graduate work more, and more and more (although you don't have to go right from a Bachelors degree to a Masters)
You do not enter Law School or Medical School or a Teaching Program straight from High School ... you do other degrees first
More years of school = more money towards tuition, etc. .... but also typically more money earned in the end
If you need 85% or higher in Maths and Sciences to get into the program you want and have never received those kinds of grades ever, you may want to rethink your career path ... often, you can enter a related field that may not have the same high requirements or years of school
For example, if you do not think you will get into a Bachelors of Science Program and later Medical School, you could maybe work as a pharmacist, a pharmacists assistant, a Registered Nurse,an X-ray or lab technician, a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Office Assistant!
If you don't think you can qualify for a Psychology Degree and Masters, you might be able to be a counsellor, a social worker or a youth worker.
Finally ... if you don't like Math or Science, don't pick a future career that relies on it!
- Criminology, English, Languages, Journalism, Political Science, International Studies, History, Psychology, Geography, Music, Drama, Graphic Design, Counselling, Philosophy, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology ... More than just Fine Arts!
- Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Botany, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Zoology, Engineering
- Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Advertising
- Masonry, Electrical Work, Welding, Plumbing, Construction, Culinary Arts, Fabricating, Roofing, Mechanics, Warehousing
E.g. VCC, Douglas. Specialize in Certificate and Diploma programs. Often these are very practical, hands-on type programs. Often, pre-requisites are simply graduating from High School, or are minimal.
University Colleges?
E.g. BCIT, Kwantlen, Langara. These institutions have certificate and diploma programs, as well as full degree and university transfer programs. Tuition is typically less than at a University.
Universities ?
E.g. UVic, UBC, SFU. These institutions grant Bachelors Degrees as well as Masters and Doctorate Degrees.
Typically the most expensive and have the strictest entrance requirements.
Pre-requisites will vary from school to school and province to province. Foreign schools may have additional requirements. For example, if you plan to attend University in the USA you need to write a test called the SAT. As well, be prepared to be charged more money for tuition than an American would!
Getting into Post -Secondary
UBC Entrance Requirements ...
Arts - English 12 (blended or class mark unless 20% difference) and 3 other acceptable Grade 12 academic courses
Pre-calc 11 or Foundations 12 also required (not in GPA)
Science - Physics 11, Chem 11. GPA based on: English 12, Pre-Calc 12 (67% min), at least one of Bio 12, Chem 12, Physics 12 or Geology 12 and one other acceptable Gr 12 academic course
Engineering - Chem 11, Physics 11, Pre-Calc 12, English 12, Chem 12, Physics 12
Commerce (Business) - English 12, Pre-Calc 12 and 2 other Grade 12 acceptable academic courses
For all, you will also need a Language 11, a Science 11, Foundations or Pre-Calc 11, English 11 and Socials 11!
SFU, UBC Okanagan, UVic and other Canadian Universities will have similar BUT NOT IDENTICAL requirements. Check out their websites.
Entrance into Langara, Kwantlen, Douglas, BCIT ....
Minimum requirements to 'get in the door' is high school graduation and a C in English 12 or Comm 12 (Kwantlen: C+ in Eng 12 or A in Comm 12 blended or class mark)
However, individual programs and courses will have their own requirements!
Best thing? Go to the school's website and/or contact an advisor for help!
These requirements change all the time ... don't assume what you look up tomorrow will be the exact same as a year from now!
UBC Admissable Academic Courses Include
BC First Nations 12
Biology 12
Calculus 12
Chemistry 12
Economics 12
English Literature 12
French 12
Geography 12
Geology 12
History 12
Law 12
Physics 12
Pre-Calculus 12
Punjabi 12
UVic and SFU will also accept
Comparative Civilizations 12
Foundations of Math 12
Social Justice 12
Math Pathways
Beginning in Grade 11, you have three ... or really four choices for your Math Pathway. They are called pathways as they lead you to your future goals and careers.
Apprenticeship and Workplace 11
- designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades (excluding electrical) and for direct entry into the workforce. You must take this math if you took Apprenticeship and Workplace 10.
Foundations of Math 11
- designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus (i.e. arts and humanities, etc.)
Pre-Calculus 11
- 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 (i.e. sciences, math, business, engineering)
Honours Pre-Calculus 11
- for those who excelled in F & P 10


Math Myths
"I'm just not good at math"
"If I try harder next year I will do better"
"I know UBC says it is okay if I take Foundations 12, but Pre-Calculus looks better"
"Foundations is easier than Pre-Calculus"
"I can't get into post-secondary school without Pre-Calculus 12"
Math Truths
Everyone can be successful in Math and like Math if they are in the right pathway.
For many University Programs, you can EITHER have Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations 12 to meet the pre-req.
Your Math teacher, your counsellor and your career advisor (Ms. Dhanoa) are better equipped to help you select the best Math Pathway than your friends are!
Which Science(s) should I take?
You must take at least one Science 11
to graduate from high school!
Science 11 Options
Science and Technology 11
- A practical course good for those who are not particularly good at Science and looking at direct entry into the workforce. Okay for some trades (but not all!)
Biology 11
- Must have passed Science 10. Acceptable for University Entrance.
Chemistry 11
- Must have passed F & P Math 10 and Science 10. Acceptable for University Entrance.
Physics 11
- Must have passed F & P Math 10 and Science 10. 67% average in both these recommended. Acceptable for University Entrance.
Earth Science 11
is an option at some schools/online.
Know your pre-requisites ...
It becomes increasingly important for you to figure out what Pathway you are on (trades, Sciences, etc.). Many students attending University will have to take more than one Grade 11 Science and potentially several Grade 12 Sciences.
It also becomes increasingly important for you to know what you are good at and what kind of course load you can handle.
What is the difference between Communications and English?
Communications 11 is a course for students who have significant difficulties with writing and reading comprehension. Rather than focusing on literature, the interpretation of literature and formal writing as in English 11, Communications focuses on more technical and practical forms of writing and expression. Comm 11 meets the Grade 11 English requirement for graduation. After completing Comm 11, students may take English 11 or go onto Comm 12. Comm 12 is acceptable for graduation, many trades programs and entry into some programs (Kwantlen with an A only;). It is not accepted if you plan to get a four year degree at most post-secondary institutions.
Comm 11 students must be recommended by their English 10 teacher!
What about a Language?
French 8 - 12
Beginning Spanish 11, Spanish 11, Spanish 12 (based on enrollment)
Beginning Punjabi 11, Punjabi 11, Punjabi 12 (based on enrollment)
Do I need a language?
You DO NOT need a language to graduate.
Some post-secondary schools require a minimal language requirement.
UBC - Language 11. A Language 12 is recommended if you are aiming for an Arts degree.
SFU - Beginner's Language 11 or Language 11
Kwantlen - Can get in without a language, but Language 11 or equivalent needed for a degree and some diplomas
Most other colleges - No language requirement
Other ways to meet the Language requirements ...
1) Did you go to elementary school, high school where another language was the main language of instruction? If so, see your counsellor!
2) Have you taken accredited courses to learn another language through a college or internationally? If so, see your counsellor!
3) Do you understand, speak, read, and write in Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Punjabi, Korean or German? If so you can write a challenge exam to receive course credit! Applications to write these exams are due in October. Please see your counsellor!
4) You can take an equivalency course in college or university ... but it will cost you $$$$!
Remember ... if you are good at a language (or Math, or Sciences) you can take more than one language (or Math, or Science) and receive credit for both!

Reward graduating BC students for excellence in their chosen non academic field(s). The $1000 award amount can be used toward a student’s post secondary education tuition.
To win a scholarship, a student must apply and demonstrate superior achievement in any of the following areas:
— Fine Arts(e.g.Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music).
— Applied Skills (e.g., Business Ed,
Technology Ed, Home Economics).
— Physical Activity (e.g., Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics,, etc)
— Second Languages
— Community Service (Volunteer Activity).
— Technical and Trades Training (e.g., Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training).
You have over 50 Electives to Choose from!!!
Graphic Design 11
Intro Web Design 11
Keyboarding 11
Marketing 11
Accounting 11
Business Computer Applications 11
Foods 11
Textiles 11
Family Studies 11
Tourism and Hospitality 11
Beginning Punjabi 11
Punjabi 11
Beginning Spanish 11
Spanish 11
French 11
Choir 11 (X block)
Beginning Guitar 11
Intermediate Guitar 11
Jazz Band 11
Senior Band 11
Acting 11
Theatre Production/Stagecraft 11
Theatre Company 11 (X block)
PE 11 (Co-Ed)
Women's Health and Fitness 11
Aboriginal Studies 11
Psychology 11
ESL 11
Drawing and Paining 11
Visual Arts 11
Media Arts 11
Sculpture 11
Strategies/Learning Assistance 11
Furniture Design 11
Construction/Carpentry 11
Drafting and Design 12
Auto-Tech 11
Auto Maintenance 11
Peer Tutor 11 (Applications required)
Yearbook 11 (X block; Applications req))
Another Math?
Another Science ... or 2?
Work Experience (I'll explain more)
ACE-IT (Trades Program)
Some Gr 12 classes???
If you are trying to sign up for a class and don't see it on the course selection sheet, please see Ms. Gillis immediately!
Summer School - Delta
***No Remedial Summer School for Grade 10’s***
Students who fail their Grade 10 course(s) this year will have the option of:
1. taking the course the following year or semester
2. completing the course on-line (Delta Access, Surrey Connect)
3. completing the 6 week credit course at summer school
4. finding another District offering Grade 10 remedial summer school courses and completing it there.

Full credit summer school
- This gives you full credit for the course with a 'real mark'. It is 6 weeks long. Some courses are traditional, while Planning 10 is blended (part online, part in class).
Registration will be online and begin after Spring Break!
Online Courses ...
Delta School District offers courses starting in Grade 10. Delta's online program is called
Delta Access
. Although it is too late to sign up for courses now, beginning in April you can sign up for courses which must be completed by the middle of August.
Online courses are also offered through many other districts. The most popular after Delta are
Vancouver (VLN)
Surrey (Surrey Connect)
A very important note ...
If you take a summer school course or an online course through a district other than Delta, you must bring your counsellor (ME!) a copy of your report card!
*Remember if/when picking summer school or online courses that
Socials 11
is your
Provincially examinable course
*After you enroll, please see me to pick a new course for your schedule (unless you are
worried you may not pass).
There are ways to get extra credits as well!
Dance (Royal Academy of Dance)
Music (Royal Academy of Music)
Sports (Provincial or National non-school team)
Lifesaving (Bronze Cross, NLS, etc.)
Officals Training
Driver's Ed.
Pony Club
Pilot's license
Speaking another language
See Ms. Gillis for more info!
Course selection begins Fri. Feb 28th at 3:00pm and ends Fri. March 7th.
You must make your selections and your parents must lock them in by that date! First come, first served!
Parent information night is Tuesday, March 4th!
Other Stuff
Please ensure your parents log on to Parent Connect to lock-in your selections!
Career Programs
Work Experience
School places you in a position in a field of interest (unpaid)
For every 120 hours of paid work under a certified tradesperson you earn 4 credits (up to 16 credits)
Take college level courses in a trade for credit for free and earn credits toward high school graduation at the same time
At local schools Carpentry, Electrician, Auto-Mechanic and Chef Training are offered
Other trades are offered at college campuses
Usually done in Grade 12, but some programs available for Grade 11's
Please see Ms. Lucke, Ms. Preston, or Ms. Dhanoa for more info!
It is possible to attend an academy at a different school part time and still attend ND part time.
For sport academies students get credit for PE and an elective.
For Fine Arts academies students get credit for a Fine Art and an elective
You don't have to be an elite athlete to attend an academy
Please see the website for more information
Travel and Absences
Taking one, two, three or more weeks off school to travel will definitely impact your grades significantly! Teachers are not required to provide you with work in advance. It is especially difficult to miss courses that have significant hands-on requirements such as Science and many electives.
Encourage your parents to make travel plans outside of the school year!
For assistance with course planning ...
Ms. Gillis
Your teachers
For assistance with career planning/programs
Career Adviser (Ms. Dhanoa)
Ms. Lucke
Other sources of information ...
School website & Career Center Website
education planner & career cruising
advisers at post-secondary institutions
Post-secondary websites
Always check the course recommendations/ pre-requesites!
Check Student Connect for this
You need to know your PEN #
What classes can you take in summer school (subject to change)?
Grade 11 (upgrading)
: Bio 11, Chem 11, Eng 11, Math 11 Foundations, Math 11 Precalc, Physics 11, Socials 11
Grade 10 (repeating)
: Eng 10, Sci 10, Soc 10, Math 10 F & P, Planning 10 (blended)
-Math 11 and 12 students must supply their own graphing calculator.
-Absence of more than 3 days is not acceptable and may result in being withdrawn from the course. Do not enroll if you anticipate an absence beyond 3 days.
-There is no Math A & W offered in summer

“I want to switch out of Mr. so and so’s class and switch into Mrs. so and so’s class”
“I need to switch classes because I have no friends in my class and I work better when I have friends in the class (…but it’s the same block)”
“I want to switch my Socials class from B block to A block because I don’t know anyone in B block.”
“I changed my mind about an elective and want to switch out of Foods and into Woodwork.”

Changing Courses
UBC (Vancouver Campus)
Arts Mid to high 80s
Commerce (Business) Mid 80s
Science Mid 80s to low 90s
Engineering Mid to high 80s
Arts & Social Science 86%
Business 83%
Communication, Art, Technology 85%
Science 86%
Humanities/Social Sciences 75%
Science 75%
Business 84+%
UBC (Okanagan Campus)
Arts Mid to High 70s
Science Mid to High 70s
Nursing Mid to High 80s

GPA cutoff averages based on 2013 Admission

-runs every Tues/Thurs all year (3:00-4:30+)
-mark is largely based on participation
-application required - listen to announcements (need a teacher to act as a reference for you)

Peer Tutoring
*DO NOT APPROACH TEACHERS - see your counsellor to fill out an application form and they will try to match you with a teacher
-you must have achieved a B in the course you want to peer tutor
-minimum 2 grades difference
-must have good work habits and a reason for wanting to peer tutor
-must have a teacher reference
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