COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION 2010-2011
1. Students entering Grade 10 in or after September 2008 require:
Three English (one at each grade level)
Two Science, (one from SCI 10, Chemistry, Physics or Biology, and one other approved
Canadian History 11, plus one Global Studies (Global History or Global Geography)
One Fine Arts (Music, Dance, Art or Drama)
One Physical Education credit
Two other credits from Technology, Mathematics, or Science.
(Students who entered grade 10 before Sept. 2008 require PAL/CLM 11 in place of a Physical Education Credit)
Each course offered at NCHS is recognized as one credit except Career Development 11 and Workplace Safety 11 which are ½ credit courses. No student shall receive credit towards a high school completion certificate for two courses in the same subject at the same grade level with the exception of Grade 10 Academic Math Plus and Grade 12 Advanced Math, Pre-calculus 12 and Calculus 12, all of which will count as credits.
Example: Having already attained a credit in Math 11 Foundation one may choose to upgrade that subject by taking Math 11 Academic; however, only one of these subject offerings counts as a credit towards a high school completion certificate as they are at the same grade level.
CREDIT TYPES - Each course is categorized as one of the following credit types:
academic: These courses are designed for students who expect to enter college, university, or other post-secondary institutions.
advanced: These courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have demonstrated an exceptional degree of academic ability or achievement.
foundation: These courses are designed for students who wish to obtain a graduation diploma with a view to proceeding to employment or some selected area of post-secondary study.
open: Although none of these courses are designed to meet the specific entrance requirements of university, individual courses may meet entrance requirements of some institutions. Many of these courses satisfy community college and some private trade schools entrance requirements.
graduation/essential: These courses are designed to meet the needs of students in obtaining their High School diploma. They are usually not considered as meeting University entrance requirements.
should note opportunities for credits are possible through "Challenge for Credit", "Independent Study" or,
The Nova Scotia Public Schools Program allows provision for challenge for credit and independent study credits. Any student wishing to pursue these options should contact the Guidance office for further information.
CHALLENGE FOR CREDIT:
The challenge for credit process allows the school to recognize that a student has already acquired the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that an existing course seeks to develop.
Challenge for credit may occur in fine arts, languages, mathematics and physical education. Schools, through their boards, may apply to the Department to offer challenge for credit on a pilot basis in subject areas other than those listed above.
Students may be granted one independent study credit in each of grades 11 and 12. Independent study credits help promote individualized programming and allow students to initiate and develop courses tailored to their needs, abilities, and interests.
OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONS PROGRAM (O2)
O2 is a program designed for students entering Senior High.
VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
The following courses may be available on the internet:
1st Semester 2nd Semester
Art 10 Art 10
Chemistry 11 Chemistry 12
Entrepreneurship 12 African Canadian Studies 11
Film & Video 12 Multimedia 12
Multimedia 12 Film & Video 12
Physics 11 Pre Calculus 12
Advanced Math 12 Physics 12
Pre Calculus 12 Calculus 12
In order to take one of these courses through the virtual high school, a student must be highly motivated, computer & internet literate, able to work independently and able to devote 4 to 5 hours a week of their own time to the course. Online classes will take place during school time but assignments will have to be done outside of regular school hours. Students may be allowed to replace a regular course with a virtual one although semestering may make this impossible. Interested students should see the Guidance Counsellor.
THE NEXT PAGE IS A COURSE SELECTION FORM. STUDENTS MUST SELECT ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF BLOCKS A-H AT THE APPROPRIATE GRADE LEVEL.
GRADE 12’S ONLY NEED TO TAKE 7 CREDITS BUT THEY CAN TAKE 8.
GRADE 10 – Students must take English 10, Science 10, PE 10, a Math credit and a Fine Arts Credit. Students taking Math 10 Academic must sign into in both blocks A & B.
Grade 11 - Students must take Canadian History 11, English 11, and a Math credit. Students who choose Math 11 Advanced must choose Math 12 Advanced.
Grade 12 – Students must take English 12 & Global History 12 or Global Geography 12. Students who take Pre-calculus 12 1st term must either take Calculus 12 2nd term or have a free period 2nd term only.
Students must complete a Phys Ed credit to graduate
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO SELECT THE COURSES NEEDED TO GRADUATE AND GO ON IN A CHOSEN FIELD OF STUDY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT COURSES OR IF YOU REQUIRE A DESCRIPTION OF A COURSE PLEASE SEE YOUR HOMEROOM TEACHER OR THE GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR. Course Descriptions are also available on the school website:
*Acronyms: PAL = Physically Active Lifestyles CAF = Canadian Families
Course selection form 2010/11 Name:_____________________________
Please return to your homeroom teacher by May 12/10
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
BLOCK A Construction Tech 10 O Physics 11 A Chemistry 12 A
Math 10 Acad Math 11 Acad Law 12 A
Math 11 Found
Math 11 Essent
BLOCK B Math 10 Acad English 11 A (O2) French 12 A
Math 10 Found Chemistry 11 A Home Trades 12 0
Math 10 Essent Phys Ed 12 O
BLOCK C Geography 11A Adv. Math 11/12 Biology 12 A
Science 10 A PAL 11 O Global Geo 12 A
Co-op 11 (O-2)
BLOCK D French 10 A English 11 A Physics 12 A
Visual Arts 10 A Can. History 11 A (O2) CAF 12 O
BLOCK E English 10 A French 11A Global History 12 A
Phys Ed 10 O Communications Tech 11 O CO-OP 12 (O2)
PreCal Math 12/ Cal 12
BLOCK F Phys Ed 10 O Career Dev 11 (O2) Global History 12 A
English 10 A (O2) Tourism 11 A Math 12 Acad
Adv. Math 11/12 Math 12 Found
Math Workplace 12
BLOCK G Science 10 A (O2) Biology 11 A English 12 A (O2)
Economics 11 A Production Technology 11 O English 12 A
PreCal Math 12/ Cal 12
BLOCK H Drama 10 A Can History 11 A Production Tech 12 O
Career Dev 10 (O2) Oceans 11A English 12 A
Grade 12 students may take Coop 12 in place of any elective
Parent’s Signature: _____________________________________ – see Mrs. Pickard for details.