Students in Grades 8-10 are required to take eight courses.

Grades 8–10

Grad 8 Courses

  • English Language Arts 8
  • Social Studies 8 or Sciences humaines 8
  • Mathematics 8 or Mathématiques 8
  • Science 8 or Sciences 8
  • Physical Education 8
  • French 8 or Français langue 8
  • Fine Arts 8 (Art, Drama and Choir) or Music 8
  • Applied Skills 8 (Textiles, Woodwork, Information Technology)

Grade 9 Courses

  • English Language Arts 8
  • Social Studies 8 or Sciences humaines 8
  • Mathematics 8 or Mathématiques 8
  • Science 8 or Sciences 8
  • Physical Education 8
  • French 8 or Français langue 8
  • Fine Arts 8 (Art, Drama and Choir) or Music 8
  • Applied Skills 8 (Textiles, Woodwork, Information Technology)

GRADES 9 Electives
Grade 9 students may choose from the following electives:

  • Drama 9: Theatre Performance
  • French 9
  • Home Economics 9: Foods
  • Home Economics 9: Textiles
  • Information Technology 9
  • Music 9: Concert Band
  • Music 9: Jazz Band
  • Music 9: Orchestral Strings
  • Technology Education 9: Drafting and Design
  • Technology Education 9: Woodwork
  • Visual Arts 9: General
  • Visual Arts 9: Media Arts
  • Visual Arts 9: Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Business Education 10
  • Dance 9: General

Grade 10 Courses

  • English Language Arts 10
  • Social Studies 10 or Sciences humaines 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • Science 10 or Sciences 10
  • Physical Education 10
  • Planning 10
  • Français langue 10 or an Elective course

Note: Students receive 4 credits upon completion of each of the courses listed above. A Fine Arts or Applied Skills elective is required in Grades 10, 11, or 12.

Grade 10 Electives
Grade 10 students may choose from the following electives:

  • Business Education 10: General
  • Drama 10: Theatre Performance
  • French 10
  • Information Technology 10
  • Music 10: Concert Band
  • Music 10: Concert Choir
  • Music 10: Orchestral Strings
  • Technology Education 10: Drafting and Design
  • Technology Education 10: Woodwork
  • AP Art 11
  • Art Foundations 11
  • Foods and Nutrition 11
  • Introductory Japanese 11
  • Introductory Mandarin 11
  • Introductory Spanish 11
  • Studio Arts 11: Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Textiles 11
  • Visual Arts 11: Media Arts
  • Dance 10: Performance
  • American Sign Language 10

Grades 11 & 12

In Grades 11 and 12, students will continue to fulfill the British Columbia graduation requirements by taking a selection of required or elective courses. Students will also work with an advisor in Grades 11 and 12 to fulfill the requirements of Graduation Transitions.  

Students in Grade 11 are required to take eight courses. One of these courses may be an Academic Tutorial Block. Students in Grade 12 are required to take seven courses, one of which could be an Academic Tutorial Block. Depending on their programme of study, Grade 12 students may choose to take an eighth course.  Students accepted into the Super Achievers Programme are expected to take a minimum of six courses. 

During the Academic Tutorial, Grade 11 and 12 students will have access to an academic support block where a teacher not only promotes effective study skills but also assists students with their studies and identifies additional avenues of support, such as other teachers, peers, and learning resources.  Work habits will be assessed and regular attendance is expected. The availability of the Academic Tutorial furthers the school and district goals of fostering academic excellence and supporting all learners.

Grade 11

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Graduations Transitions

Courses Combining On-Line And Face To Face Learning

Blended Learning

We are continuing to explore creative uses of technology in the classroom. Many of our classes have added a digital component, and this embracing of new technologies is only increasing each year. In 2008, our school, along with the other two schools in the district, began to offer courses that blended face-to-face classes with an on-line component. In these courses, students are able to complete courses within a guided, yet flexible framework, often outside of traditional school hours.

Blended learning​ courses allow Grade 10 students to increase their timetable flexibility and take courses in addition to their 8 timetabled courses. Grade 11 and 12 students may take a blended learning course as one of their required number of courses.

There are two different blended learning options:

  • Courses that are offered at our school, outside the timetable.
  • Courses that are offered at one of the other two schools outside the timetable. These courses allow students to access courses and programmes that are not offered in our school.

Blended learning courses include online work and face-to-face meetings with the online teacher – 25 – 50 % of the time of a typical course. These face-to-face sessions are scheduled before school and/or after school. Efforts are made to work around students’ other commitments.

At Sentinel, the following blended learning course is offered: Planning 10.

Sentinel students can access the following courses offered at West Vancouver Secondary School: New Media and Technology 11, and Fashion Industry 12.

Course descriptions for the courses listed above are included in this Programme Handbook. Students will register for these courses in the same manner and at the same time as they complete their course registration for their other courses at Sentinel.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 80 credits in Grades 10 – 12.  This is equivalent to 20 four-credit courses.  Of the minimum 80 credits, 48 credits are from Required Courses, 28 credits are from Elective Courses, and 4 credits are from Graduation Transitions

Required Courses

Subject Area

Language Arts 11*
Language Arts 12*
Social Studies 10 or Sciences humaines 10
Social Studies 11 or Sciences humaines 11
Canadian Civics 11 or BC First Nations Studies 12
Science 10 or Sciences 10
Science 11 or 12*
Mathematics 10*
Mathematics 11 or 12*
Physical Education 10
Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12*
Planning 10

Elective Courses

Subject Area

Grade 12 level courses**
Additional Grade 10, 11, or 12 courses**

Minimum Credits

4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4

Minimum Credits

12
16

Required Courses
Language Arts 11*4
Language Arts 12*4
Social Studies 10 or Sciences humaines 104
Social Studies 11 or Sciences humaines 114
Canadian Civics 11 or BC First Nations Studies 124
Science 10 or Sciences 104
Science 11 or 12*4
Mathematics 10*4
Mathematics 11 or 12*4
Physical Education 104


Examinations

Graduation Programme

All students are required to write five Graduation Programme examinations:

  • English 10
  • Science or Sciences 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • Social Studies 11 or Sciences humaines 11
  • A Language Arts 12 examination attached to the required course taken by the student. (Francais langue 12 for students attempting to complete the requirement for a bilingual diploma)

The Grade 10 and 11 Graduation Programme Examinations count for 20 % of the final course mark.

The Grade 12 examinations count for 40 % of the final mark.

Content & Preparation

Graduation Transitions

Graduation Transitions is a required component of every student’s graduation in B.C. This 4-credit “course” is completed by students in Grades 10 through 12 and includes three main elements.

  • Personal Health
  • Community Connections
  • Career and Life

Students collect evidence to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in each of these three areas in a variety of ways. They may use school or community experiences to collect evidence, or use projects they have completed in class.

Graduation Transitions is first introduced to students in their Planning 10 course. In grades 11 and 12, students work with an advisor as they fulfill the required elements and gather the necessary evidence to complete this Graduation requirement. Graduation Transitions culminates in a final Grade 12 exit interview or presentation of the work they accomplished.

Content & Preparation

Graduation Transitions

Graduation Transitions is a required component of every student’s graduation in B.C. This 4-credit “course” is completed by students in Grades 10 through 12 and includes three main elements.

  • Personal Health
  • Community Connections
  • Career and Life

Students collect evidence to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in each of these three areas in a variety of ways. They may use school or community experiences to collect evidence, or use projects they have completed in class.

Graduation Transitions is first introduced to students in their Planning 10 course. In grades 11 and 12, students work with an advisor as they fulfill the required elements and gather the necessary evidence to complete this Graduation requirement. Graduation Transitions culminates in a final Grade 12 exit interview or presentation of the work they accomplished.

2004 BC Graduation Requirements

International Student

48 credits are Required Courses, including:

  • Language Arts 10* (EN 10) (4 credits)
  • Language Arts 11 (EN 11 or COM 11) (4 credits)
  • Language Arts 12* (EN 12 or COM 12) (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 11* (4 credits)
  • Science 10* (4 credits)
  • Science 11 or 12 course (4 credits)Mathematics 10* (4 credits)
  • Mathematics 11 or 12 course (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 course (4 credits each)
  • Planning 10 (4 credits)

PLUS:

  • Graduation Transitions** (4 credits)

PLUS:

  • 3 Grade 12 Courses (12 credits)
  • 4 Elective Courses (Gr. 10, 11, or 12) (16 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS (80 CREDITS)

* = mandatory Provincial Exams

Of the 80 credits needed for Graduation at least 16 credits (4 courses) must be at the Grade 12 level – including a Language Arts 12. This includes COMMUNICATIONS 12 or EN 12 and 3 other Gr. 12 courses.

**Graduation Transitions​

2004 BC Graduation Requirements

International Student

PROCEDURES

To earn a Dogwood Diploma, international students must meet all 2004 BC Graduation Requirements. In addition, there are a number of specific conditions that pertain to International* students. (*International students being defined as those students who have not been educated in either English or French in the previous two years).

  • May earn credit for Language Arts (EN) 10, Science (SC) 10, and a Mathematics (MA) 10 course either by enrolling in the course or challenging the course. Either way, the provincial exam is mandatory. Equivalency review for these 3 courses is not permitted.
  • New International Grade 11 students need to meet with their counsellor to evaluate course credits from outside of British Columbia.

Must earn credit for the following courses through instruction from a British Columbia-certified teacher. No Equivalency review or Challenge process is permitted:

  • Language Arts 11
  • Language Arts 12
  • One of Science 11 or 12
  • One of Mathematics 11 or 12
  • Social Studies 11
  • Planning 10

Other Graduation Program courses may receive credit through an Equivalency review or Challenge process.

International students must also earn credit for Graduation Transitions through a school-supported course or process.

For Language Arts (EN) 10, Mathematics (MA) 10, Science (SC) 10, Social Studies (SS) 11, and Language Arts (EN or COM) 12 students are required to write provincial final exams.

A full description of the program and application forms can be obtained from the International Student Office or by visiting the International Program Website at: www.westvanintl.ca