Grade 11 Courses Summary

Grade 11 is another very important year. It is the second year of a student’s journey to meeting their graduation requirements.

In grade 11, the courses needed for graduation are:

  • a Language Arts (aka English) 11
  • Social Studies 11 or 12
  • Mathematics 11 or 12
  • a Science 11 or 12
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12, OR
  • one or two electives from grade 10 - 12. A student is also required to take 7 electives for graduation (3 of which must be a grade 12 level course)

 Applied Skills courses offered at SCIDES:
    Accounting 11, ACE IT, Foods 11/12, Marketing & Promotions 11, e-Commerce 12, Secondary School    Apprenticeship 11A  

 Fine Arts courses offered at SCIDES:
Photography 10-12, Studio Arts 10

 **Wondering about trades and apprenticeships and the jobs that could be available to you? We have those too.
 On SCIDES website under Programs, select “Trades Programs”**


Summer 2019

In addition to our current roster, the following courses are new and opening in June 2019:         

* Child Development & Caregiving 12    (formerly Early Childood Education 12)
* English Language Arts 11 - options within     (formerly English 11)
* English Studies 12     (formerly English 12)
* Life Sciences 11   (formerly Biology 11)
* Anatomy & Physiology 12    (formerly Biology 12)
* Career Life Connections & Capstone     (formerly Grad Transitions)
* 20th Century World HIstory 12    (formerly History 12)
* Law Studies 12    (formerly Law 12)
* Marketing & Promotions11    (formerly Marketing 11)
* E-Commerce 12    (formerly Marketing 12)

September 2019

Start watching at the end of August for your chance to enroll in these courses: 

* Workplace Math 11   (formerly A&W Math 11)
* Apprenticeship Math 12  (formerly A&W Math 12
* Food Studies 11   (formerly Food & Nutrition 11)
* Food Studies 12   (formerly Food & Nutrition 12)
* Entrepeneurship & Marketing 10
* Explorations in Social Studies 11  (formerly Social Studies 11 )
* Human Geography 12

And keep watching for even more as 2019-2020 unfolds!

* Interpersonal & Family Relationships 11 (formerly Family Studies 11)   - coming soon
* Housing & Living Environments 12  (formerly Family Studies 12)  - coming soon
* Science for Citizens 11 - coming soon

Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) 11A and 11B

ACE IT is an industry training program for high school students. Through an ACE IT program, students can take courses that will give both high school graduation credits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program.

ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions, and some classes such as welding are taught at UBCO, NVIT or TRU. Local employers frequently get involved in the development of ACE IT programs resulting in a high rate of success in finding employment upon program completion.

When a student successfully completes an ACE IT program he or she will receive credit for level one of the technical training (in-class) component of their industry training program. Through work experience placements included in the program students will also receive credit towards the on the job component of their training.

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Accounting 11

4 credits

This course is designed as an introduction to accounting concepts for those seeking entry level employment skills. Students gain insight into financial problems and solutions that have far-reaching benefits for entrepreneurial and professional careers. The course covers the basic principles of the double entry system and the accounting cycle. No previous accounting knowledge is required.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts in the BC Graduation Program.

Recommended: Minimum C+ average Math 10 .

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Chemistry 11

4 credits
Chemistry 11 is an introductory academic course that builds a foundation for later studies in chemistry. The course material involves both reasoning and problem solving. The major topics include:

Introduction to Chemistry
Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
The Mole Concept
Chemical Reactions
Atomic Theory
Solution Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Science 10 and Foundations or Pre-calculus Math 10

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Computer Programming 11

4 credits


The goal of Programming 11 is to introduce the concepts and tools needed to begin computer programming. No prior knowledge is required or assumed - students will learn the basics from the ground up using Javascript, which is an integral part of today's web sites. Ideas will be presented in such a way that they are transferable to other programming languages. Students will emerge with a solid foundation of coding skills, and experience with a language highly relevant to today's tech world.
No specific prerequisites, however a desire to program and a general comfort level with basic programming an assett.

Earth Sciences 11

4 credits

Earth Sciences 11 is a course designed to provide Senior Secondary students with a background knowledge and the opportunity to investigate their earth, its materials and its processes. Topics will be studied from the areas of:

  • Astronomical Sciences (stellar systems, solar system),
  • Geological Science (earth’s crust, the changing planet, fossils, renewable and non-renewable resources, geological time), and
  • Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences (oceans, weather).

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Science 11 credit in the BC Graduation Program.

Science 10

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English 11

4 credits

Designed to enhance students' appreciation for literature while focusing on improving writing skills. Students will study essays, novels, plays, poems and short stories from various times, places, and authors, to provide an opportunity to read good literature and to develop their comprehension, writing, and discussion skills.

  • Literature: Continued focus on both classical and modern writers. Particular emphasis on theme and purpose.
  • Composition: Emphasis on rhetorical strategies for successful writing. A major research essay is a requirement of the course.

Course overview:

Three modules

Three supervised module tests


1. Facts and Fiction (Short Stories)

Choice: 2 or 3

2. Poetry and novel Who Has Seen the Wind?

3. Poetry and novel Lord of the Flies

4. Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Prerequisite: English 10

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Explorations in Social Studies 11

 Social Studies 11 Explorations is a course unlike any other that you have taken.  It is an open, flexible course that has been designed to allow you to explore several areas within the realm of social studies at the grade 11 level. Each of the four units which make up this course has been created to prepare you for one of four social studies courses at the grade 12 level. It is like those restaurants that have a sampler menu so that when you go back the next time, you know exactly what to order. 

Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10

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Food Studies 11

4 credits

The aim of the Food Studies 11 and 12 curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have immediate and future applications in their personal and family lives, as well as in local and global environments, including understanding the principles of healthy eating to plan and create nutritious foods for individuals, groups, and family members; increasing knowledge of the nutritional, social, and economic factors that affect food selection and preparation; practising and thinking critically about principles and techniques related to acquisition, production, and consumption of foods.


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Forensics 11 BAA

Board Approved course (BAA)

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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French 11

4 credits

French 11 is a course designed to help students become confident with the French language and develop skills required to effectively communicate in numerous different ways within real-life scenarios.

In this course, you will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding you already have to become even more confident and fluent in French. It is expected that in tackling French 11, you are comfortable reading, writing and speaking in French given support in the form of vocabulary and study aids. Almost all of the instruction for this course will be delivered in French, just as it would be if you were in a regular Grade 11 French classroom setting.

As much as possible, we will be using authentic French language resources as content in place of a text or workbook.

It is recommended that students complete:
• French 10 or equivalent
• Or permission from teacher

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Life Sciences 11

4 credits

In this course, we take a close look at how living things are related and how their similarities and differences are used to classify them into the six Kingdoms of life. Learn about bacteria, vascular and non-vascular plants, jellyfish and sponges, squid and starfish, centipedes and spiders and lots of other living creatures! Discover and understand the living world around you.

Prerequisite:  Science 10

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Marketing and Promotions 11

4 credits

In this course, you'll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. You'll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well-known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. If you've ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.

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Math 11, FOM

4 credits

Foundations of Mathematics 11 is an exciting study of a broad range of math topics, designed to ignite students interests in math and many of it's different facets. Students will engage with ideas like logical and spatial reasoning, algebraic interpretation and statistical analysis. Students will also undertake a history of mathematics project.

The topics covered include:
  • Quadratic Functions and Equations
  • Sine and Cosine Law
  • Geometry and Reasoning
  • Rates and Ratios
  • Inequalities and Linear Programming
  • Statistical Distributions and Analysis

This course is available as an entire video curriculum, with flash animated videos and interactive technology components. There is engaging instruction, and comprehensive practice materials. A graphing calculator such as a TI-83 or TI-84 is suggested but not required.

Prerequisites: FMP 10
Scientific calculators are required.
4 credits

Math 11, PreCal

4 credits

Pre-Calculus 11 requires that students have complete Principles of Math 10 or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10. The goal of Pre-Calculus 11 is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus 12, which will in turn see students fully prepared to take Calculus in high school or University. This course consists of exciting, interactive animation and video lessons, that guide students in discovery of the following topics:

Quadratic Functions
Radical Functions
Polynomial Functions
Absolute Value Functions
Rational Expressions
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

Prerequisites:FPM10 with C+min. Graphing calculators required.

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Math 11, Workplace

4 credits

Workplace Mathematics 11 prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics, and make informed decisions as contributors to society.

Math 10 is a suggested prerequisite to attempting this course.  Topics to be covered:

  • Measurement – Development of spatial sense through direct and indirect measurement.
  • Geometry – Develop spatial sense.
  • Number – develop number sense and critical thinking skills.
  • Algebra – Develop algebraic reasoning.
  • Statistics – Develop statistical reasoning.

Scientific calculators are required

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Photography 11

This course covers the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Through the investigation of various aspects of taking pictures, students will focus on the art of photography.

Students will create photographic works that explore the elements of art using sensory inspiration, imagination, and inquiry. They will be encouraged to take creative risks that relate to a range of styles and genres. Being mindful of cross-cultural perspectives, students will reflect upon their own work and that of others to develop a disciplined eye and respect the purpose of critique.

Required Materials
Manual camera or digital camera with manual settings (the camera needs to allow for the mode, shutter speed, and aperture to be adjusted)
*A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks; however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture.
Tripod (or necessary item(s) to create a stable foundation such as a table)
Reflector (white paper, poster board, sheets, or a wall can also serve as a reflector)
Image editing software.
Access to a slideshow application, such as PowerPoint. 

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 11 credit in the BC Graduation requirements.

No prerequisites

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Physics 11

4 credits

Students will apply vector analysis to a variety of problem-solving situations. This course is intended for serious students who are continuing their education at university. Major topics include:

  • Kinematics (motion)
  • Dynamics (forces)
  • Energy & Momentum
  • Optics and Waves
Science 10 and Foundations of Mathematics and Precalculus 10 with a C+ average. Strong problem solving skills.

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Psychology 11 BAA

Board Approved course (BAA)

4 credits

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception and states of consciousness. This course offers exciting online psychology experiments about our own behavior.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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Secondary School Apprentice 11 (SSA)

4 credits

Secondary School Apprenticeship is a provincial career program that enables students who already have a job in an apprenticeable trade to move directly into the standard apprenticeship training system while still in high school. Become a registered apprentice, 'earn while you learn' and be eligible for a $1000 SSA Scholarship.

4 courses with 4 credits each


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