Grade 11 - Commitment Year
Our Grade 11 commitment year is one in which students make important decisions regarding their prospective areas of study. Choices made regarding electives can and do reverberate into Grade 12 and beyond. The foundation for these choices begins in Grade 10 with a thorough explanation and discussion of elective options and the implications for Grade 12. All Grade 11 students are expected to tentatively develop post-secondary plans and are encouraged to attend university sessions to broaden their knowledge of the options available in Canada and abroad. For those interested in American universities we also provide extensive SAT preparation and university counselling.
Grade 11 is the “pre AP” year that provides the foundation for success in Advanced Placement exams in Grade 12. Advanced Placement is one option that allows students to pursue academic excellence; all students are encouraged to become involved in the wide range of opportunities at this level. In several electives there is the possibility of taking AP exams in Grade 11. In today’s increasingly competitive and expensive post-secondary institutions, the experience of taking Advanced Placement courses is not only excellent preparation for university-level education but can also provide placement into higher level courses and credits to alleviate tuition burdens.
All students are required to take:
- A Grade 11 Language Arts course: English 11 or AP English Language & Composition
- A Grade 11 (or 12) Math course: Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 12
- A senior Social Studies course from: 20th Century World History 12, BC First Peoples 12, Comparative Cultures 12, Human Geography 12, Law Studies 12, Physical Geography 12, Political Studies 12, Social Justice 12
- A Grade 11 (or 12) Science course from: Chemistry 11 or AP Chemistry 11, Life Sciences 11 or AP Biology 11, Geology 12, Physics 11 or AP Physics 11
To bring the total number of courses taken to SIX, students select from the following Grade 11 Elective Courses:
- 20th Century World History 12
- Beginner's Mandarin Chinese
- Beginner's Spanish
- BC First Peoples 12
- Chemistry 11 or AP Chemistry 11
- Coding 11: Python
- Comparative Cultures 12
- AP Computer Science Principles 12
- Entrepreneurship 12
- AP Environmental Science 12
- Financial Accounting 12
- French 11 (or French 12 or AP French Language & Culture 12 or DELF Level B2)
- Geology 12
- Human Geography 12
- Law Studies 12
- Life Sciences 11 (formerly Biology 11) or AP Biology 11
- Mandarin Chinese 11 (or Mandarin Chinese 12)
- AP Macroeconomics 12
- Music Theory 12
- Physical Geography 12
- Physics 11 or AP Physics 11
- Political Studies 12
- AP Seminar 11
- Social Justice 12
- Spanish 11 (or Spanish 12 or AP Spanish Language & Culture 12 or DELE Level B2)
- AP Studio Art 12
- or a Grade 12 elective if deemed appropriate for the student
Note: Courses can be removed from the elective list should if there is sufficient interest from students during the Course Selection process
AP Macroeconomics 12
The AP Macroeconomics course provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics and how economists use those principles to examine aggregate economic behavior. Students learn how the measures of economic performance, such as gross domestic product (GDP), inflation, and unemployment are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. The course recognizes the global nature of economics and provides ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and finance on national economies. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as students consider solutions to economic problems. Students are discouraged from taking AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics in the same year; a suggested sequence to the courses for students who are interested in both courses would be AP Macroeconomics in Grade 11, then AP Microeconomics in Grade 12. As the concepts macroeconomics are important for a further understanding of the world of politics and global relations, even those students not necessarily focused on business would be well-served in taking the course, in either year.
Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) Level B2
The DELF (Diploma of French Language Studies) is the first lifelong diploma of French language which is recognized on an international level. It is certified by the European Commission and awarded by the French Ministry of Education.
The DELF B2 is therefore designed to offer a high-level qualification in the language to those wishing to use French for professional or study purposes in the future. Through this course students will develop critical thinking skills, increase fluency and spontaneity in interactions and largely expand their vocabulary.
The course is intended for students who have already obtained the AP French Language & Culture credit (or French 12 with Instructor Approval).
International Spanish Diploma (DELE) Level B2
The DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the official title certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language granted by Spain's Ministry of Education. Through this course students will be able to integrate the communicative competencies developed in previous courses to become a more effective communicator in the language, and obtain a lifelong proficiency certificate. At this level students will develop the ability to interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and spontaneity to enable easy and natural communication between interlocutors and produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics. The course is intended for students who have already obtained the AP Spanish Language & Culture credit (os Spanish 12 with Instructor Approval).
Social Justice 12
This course provides an examination of social justice issues at the global and national level, and challenges students to assess how these issues are interconnected. Through developing an understanding of the causes and impacts of social injustices, it is the hope that students will draw conclusions on the extent to which advocates, organizations and law makers can promote and protect human rights. Themes include values, morality and ethics in light of social service, and personal and social responsibility. Global topics include education of girls in Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine relations, and decriminalization of homosexuals in places such as India. National topics include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and ecological justice. The United Nations resolutions and declarations, as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will also be examined.
Human Geography 12
For the purpose of complementing the Physical Geography 12 course, this non-AP option provides students with the opportunity to recognize demographic patterns, identify factors that cause urbanization and its influence on the environment, and assess the influence of industrialization on settlements and resources. Through analyzing data from a variety of sources, students will develop an understanding of how human activities alter their surrounding landscapes, and how settlement patterns are influenced by physical features and natural resources.
AP Microeconomics 12
According to the US College Board, “AP Microeconomics focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision-makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. AP Macroeconomics, conversely, focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole.” This course covers topics such as basic economic concepts, the nature and functions of product markets, supply and demand and theory of consumer choice. Production and costs, firm behavior and market structure are also presented. Students will then develop an understanding of factor markets, derived factor demand and marginal revenue product. Lastly, hiring decisions in the markets for labor and capital and market distribution of income, market failure and the role of government are all examined. Although it is not required, students who are interested in both economics courses are encouraged to have taken AP Macroeconomics 12 (in Grade 11) prior to AP Microeconomics 12.
AP Statistics 12
The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
This class will expose the students to the diverse and exciting Spanish-speaking world. The majority of instruction will be conducted in Spanish. There will be a heavy emphasis on listening and speaking. New material and new concepts will be introduced through a thematic approach. Students will be able to discuss topics relating to school, after-school activities, celebrations, travel, eating, shopping and getting around town. The students will also learn to describe events in the present and the future. There is a very strong cultural component to the class where the students will learn about various cultural traditions from the Spanish-speaking world. An in-depth look at Mexico will take place through presentations on various aspects of the culture and history.
Successful students in this class are provided with the equivalent preparation required to advance to Spanish 11 in the following school year.
Music Theory 12
Students will be exposed to the following skill sets during the course of the year.
- Theory Fundamentals
- Intermediate Harmony
- Analysis and Music Appreciation
- Aural Skills
- Sight Reading and rhythm reading
- Music composition, orchestration and arranging
- Music Software and Technology
Students will have the option of doing either the Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced theory exam and/or challenging the AP music theory exam in May. This course is also creditable through the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
Political Studies 12
Students will evaluate the origins, purpose and impacts of political systems and ideologies in Canada and around the world. Issues at the regional, national and international levels are explored and students will assess relationships between these issues and policy formation. Power structures, independence movements, elections and electoral systems, the role of mass media, Indigenous governance, and international governance will also be pursued. Students are encouraged to enroll in Political Studies 12 as a prerequisite to AP Comparative Government and Politics 12.
Comparative Cultures 12
This course is designed to engage students in their society. We look at all things culture. Specifically, how culture is formed, developed, organized, manifested, and adapts to conflict. At points, students will focus on specific areas as a class, and during more individualized stretches, students will explore areas of their own personal interest. Additionally, we will be inviting guests to join the class and share their perspectives or expertise in specific areas. In a globalized world, it is important that individuals explore different ways of knowing and understanding the world; this course will start that journey.
BC First Peoples 12
In this course students explore various aspects of Indigenous culture, values, traditions, history, languages and land. Students will examine the social, cultural, economic and political impacts of colonialism and cultural genocide, and discuss the movement towards decolonization. Students have the opportunity to learn course content by means of storytelling, analyzing case studies, and interpreting literature by Indigenous authors. Guest speakers and Indigenous artists will join our class frequently to further explain the significance of cultural expression. Experiential learning opportunities will be offered throughout the year, including a field trip to explore the culture of the Coast Salish people and legacy of the Residential School system.
20th Century World History 12
Students will develop their judgement and reasoning skills by assessing the consequences of technological change, people, and events. They will understand how these consequences shaped global change and historical significance. Topics presented in this course include: the rise and rule of authoritarian regimes, civil wars, independence movements, and revolutions. Human rights movements, including those of Indigenous peoples, religious, ethnic, and/or cultural conflicts, including genocide and global conflicts (including World War I, World War II, and the Cold War) are also examined. The role of nationalism is studied through the presentation of migrations, movements, collective security, and territorial boundary changes. Students are encouraged to enroll in 20th Century World History 12 as a prerequisite to AP United States History 12.
Financial Accounting 12
Students will look at many aspects of accounting, but of equal importance will be their exposure to the discipline required in accounting and the ethical implications in the overall business and economic community. Some of the key areas of study will be include basic accounting principles and the accounting cycle. Students will be expected to distinguish the basic forms of business ownership, be aware of the various career opportunities and accounting designations and become familiar with the use of computer technology in the accounting process and report generation. Students also study internal control systems in the management of a business, the analysis of a financial system of a business by reviewing financial statements and develop an understanding of the stock market activity and terminology.
AP French Language & Culture 12
The AP French Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP French Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught exclusively in French. The AP French Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
AP Spanish Language & Culture 12
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
AP Computer Science Principles 12
In AP Computer Science Principles, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about the importance of these problems and the impacts to their community, society, and the world.
Different from AP Computer Science A which is taught in Java, this course does not have a designated programming language. The programming languages that are most appropriate for the students will be selected and used in the course.
AP Seminar 11
This course is designed to prepare students for the rigours of academic work at the university level. Through reading and analyzing documents, articles, and texts, students will develop research and writing skills in a diverse range of topics. Much of the content of the course is student driven and the curriculum is focused on skills that will be developed throughout the year. Students are encouraged to take AP Seminar 11 in preparation for AP Research 12.
This course looks at the general theory of Marketing and its role in our everyday lives. The Marketing mix is explored in detail after the students are exposed to some behavioural psychology and how it impacts our decision making processes. Practical experience is offered through a number of initiatives during the year. To better appreciate the role of customer service in marketing and business, students get practical experience through their Front of House work at the Bunch Theatre. The sales process is looked at in some detail and students are asked to enter the marketplace and sell advertising for the annual Brentwood Regatta Souvenir program.
Global Studies 11
This course will examine the many complex and fascinating issues that affect our global community. Students will study the various concepts and perspectives through individual and group research and in-depth class discussions. Topics include globalization, human rights, trade, development, foreign aid, gender issues, terrorism, and international organizations. These concepts are examined in their historical contexts and through the analysis of current events. Students use several case studies from different countries, concentrating on the relationship between the developed and developing world. The focus of the coursework is to help students gain an appreciation of the interdependence of these topics and so develop a greater ability to interpret and understand global events.
Offered as part of the Brentwood Arts progamme, Robotics will provide students with an introduction to the world of robotics using VEX Robotics technology. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ course, where they will learn most concepts through investigative activities. Students are exposed to the engineering process as they design, build, and program robots to solve a variety of problems. Good problem solving skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively on a team. As a member of a 3-person ‘engineering firm’, students will develop skills in problem solving, communication, presentation, organization, time management, research, self-assessment, and leadership.
This course will also expose students to some of the contemporary happenings in robotics, including current robot lab research and applications.
Science & Ethics 11
This course is a broad-ranging discussion and research based study of issues that arise from the development of technologies. Students adopt an ethical perspective. They are encouraged to challenge and debate accepted positions in areas such as biomedical and computer technology. The nature of ethics and value systems are analyzed as well as the premises behind scientific thought.
Pseudoscience, logical fallacies and the relationship between science and the media are also discussed and illustrated through a variety of case studies.
Art History 11
The study of art and its role in society from prehistoric times to the renaissance forms the basis of this program. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. While visual analysis is a fundamental tool of the art historian, art history emphasizes understanding how and why works of art function in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art.
AP Comparative Government and Politics 12
This rigorous course covers an introduction to comparative politics, sovereignty, authority and power; political institutions; citizens, society and the state; political and economic change and public policy. Six countries form the core of the AP exam: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia. Students are encouraged to analyze and critique political systems and their historical records as well as gain an appreciation of media influences and cultural bias. The political spectrum in all its hues and the machinery of government form a backdrop for discussions on current world events and future trends. Students are encouraged to take Political Studies 12 in preparation for this advanced placement course.
In Geology 12 students learn about the physical environment of the Earth through a variety of means including the examination of rocks and natural features, both in the classroom and in the field. Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are explained and compared in terms of their formation and composition. The Earth’s resources are considered in terms of mineral deposits, coal, petroleum and natural gas and their economic significance in our changing world. The development of the Geological Time Scale is explained and discussed with reference to relative and absolute age dating techniques and the fossil record. Plate tectonics and a study of the Earth’s internal processes is a key part of the course in explaining ancient and modern phenomena such as continental drift, mountain building, earthquakes and volcanic activity. The surface processes and the hydrosphere are also considered together with the features and processes associated with weathering, different types of erosion and glaciations. The course has strong links to both the Geography 12 curriculum and Environmental Science AP.
AP Art History 12
AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits as an introductory college course in art history: an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. In the course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. They learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Students examine the following spectrum: non-European artistic traditions, ancient through Medieval, and Renaissance to present. Course content spans a broad spectrum: ancient through Medieval including pre-history, the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, early Christian, Islamic, Byzantine, early Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic. The course also examines the Renaissance to present including 14th through 16th centuries, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century and 20th century. In May, students write the Art History Advanced Placement exam.
Law Studies 12
In this course students explore all aspects of the judicial process. In addition to studying particular cases, students will research and present legal arguments in a debate format simulating a mock-environment. The Foundations of Law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, plus family, civil and criminal law form the main elements of the course.
AP Environmental Science 12
A broad understanding of the basic principles of ecology and the physical and chemical systems of our planet underpins this course which then goes on to explore contemporary issues within this context. Students are encouraged to research and debate the latest data on climate change, desertification, habitat loss and species extinction. Projects focus on solutions to minimize the negative impacts of poor environmental practices on ecosystems. Students are also encouraged to take an active role in the school’s Environment Club and to participate in field trips.
Pre-Calculus 11 is a course designed, along with Pre-Calculus 12, to give students who are interested in pursuing future studies that require calculus, the necessary foundation of algebraic skills. Students begin by representing and analyzing situations that involve expressions, equations and inequalities. Quadratic, polynomial and rational functions are represented and analyzed. Students solve coordinate geometry problems involving points, lines and line segments and apply the geometric properties of circles to solve problems. The following mathematical processes are emphasized throughout the year: Communication, Problem Solving, Connections, Reasoning, Mental Mathematics, Technology and Estimation Visualization.
English 11 students will read independently as well as assigned nonfiction prose, novels, short fiction, verse, and Shakespeare. Students will write approximately every two weeks in a variety of different styles, with particular attention to the evaluative synthesis essay and personal reflective essay. Students will speak informally and formally, at times from memory, at times with interpretive emotion. In June, all Grade 11 students will write a formal internal exam.
AP English Language and Composition
Grade 11 students who choose the AP option for English 11 will pursue the AP English Language and Composition and English 11 curricula simultaneously. They will spend much more time learning the dark and potent arts of textual analysis and persuasion. The likes of Mary Oliver, Camille Paglia, E.B. White, and Robertson Davies lurk in this class. Grade 11 students in this set will write the College Board exam in May.
Social Studies 11
Transitioning to the new BC curriculum
Brentwood College School is excited to present the new BC Social Studies curriculum to our high school students. Up to the Grade 10 level, that journey has started already. We had anticipated that the full implementation of that curriculum would take place in September 2017, but the Ministry of Education called for a delay. Moving forward, our teachers are keen to challenge Brentwood students with components of the new curriculum, and that students entering Grade 11 have already transitioned into elements of the new curriculum already demand that we offer unique options to ensure they are getting the most out of their work in social studies. We are going to facilitate the Social Studies 11 curriculum, but guide students through it in an enriched way. Students will be able to choose from the three options below, assuming their timetables can accommodate their preference.
Social Studies 11: World History enrichment stream
Depending on the students background knowledge, they will be afforded the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest regarding the concepts of nationalism and the breakdown of long-standing imperialist structures created by new economic and political systems. If students have a background in European and Canadian history, they will be encouraged to explore situations from around the world.
Social Studies 11: Comparative Cultures enrichment stream
Students in this class will have the opportunity to explore how our understanding of geographic and environmental factors influence the development of agriculture, trade, religion, values, politics, language and authority in cultures. If students have a background in European and Canadian history, they will be encouraged to explore cultures from around the world.
Social Studies 11: Political Studies enrichment stream
Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore how political decisions are made, the institutions that shape power in different countries, the impact of unequal distribution of political and social power as well as agreements that have been made on an international level that represent comprises between countries with different values. If students have a background in European and Canadian political developments, they will be encouraged to explore political developments around the world.
Life Sciences 11
A thorough understanding of biology provides students with a foundation for studies in ecology, the environment and medicine. To fully comprehend the science of biology, students must first familiarize themselves with classification systems and evolutionary theories. The origin of life according to the heterotroph hypothesis is followed by a study of the Monerans emphasizing bacteria. Protists, plants and animals are then studied in a sequence that depicts the evolutionary progression of life. The oceanfront campus provides a unique opportunity for students to examine a living marine environment.
AP Biology 11
This course represents the first year of the Advanced Placement Biology, a two-year course leading to the AP Biology exam, and that gives credit for both Biology 11 and Biology 12. A solid understanding of the additional material taught in this course may provide students with first-year biology credit in university. The first term focus is a study of biochemistry, cells and cellular processes. The animal kingdom and evolutionary themes are explored in the second term. The year concludes with a study of heredity including classical genetics, DNA, protein synthesis and the regulation of the genome. Several labs will be completed throughout the year including experiments related to the study of biotechnology and genetic engineering.
Chemistry 11 is a survey course designed to provide a strong foundation for post-secondary science. The material covered in Grades 9 and 10 is thoroughly reviewed and followed by an intense study of stoichiometry. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced in preparation for further studies at the university level. A unit on solution chemistry provides the basis for topics covered in Chemistry 12. To succeed in this course, students must be comfortable with algebra and have a firm grasp of the chemistry concepts taught in previous grades.
AP Chemistry 11
The course material matches the prescribed learning outcomes for Chemistry 11 prepared by the provincial government and often expands into additional areas of interest including the behaviour of gases. Students may be required to participate in national chemistry competitions such as the Avogadro exam. A solid understanding of this course helps students who study biology, medicine, physics or engineering. The AP option moves at a faster pace to allow for extra units such as redox chemistry to be included in order to allow time for AP material in grade 12.
The study of Physics 11 provides students with the foundations for post-secondary physical sciences, astronomy and engineering. Topics from both classical and modern physics are covered in this survey course. These topics include motion, energy, waves, optics and special relativity. Additional topics such as quantum mechanics and nuclear physics may also be examined. The diversity of this material helps students to further their understanding of the technical world in which they live and prepares them for the rigorous Physics 12 course. This course best suits students with a firm understanding of mathematics.
AP Physics 11
AP Physics 11 lays the foundation for students to pursue algebra-based, introductory college-level studies in physics. Students achieve this by gaining their Physics 12 credit and having exposure to some of the Bid Ideas associated with the two official AP courses: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. It is not until the second year of AP Physics in AP Physics 12 when students will begin their deep dive into the AP units. This study will prepare students to tackle either the AP Physics 1 or 2 exam... or both!
Topics will include: Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; momentum and impulse; simple circuits; and electromagnetism.
Only serious science and mathematics students with strong academic credentials should consider the AP option over regular Physics 11.
The prerequisites for this class are Advanced French 10, French 11 Core or a strong immersion background. This class will work well beyond the BC prescribed learning outcomes, especially in writing and grammatical understanding. Students will be exposed to French in an engaging way through the storytelling method which will facilitate the genuine acquisition of the language.
French 11 Core
This course is for students who have successfully completed French 10. Listening, speaking and writing skills are emphasized, alongside a sound grammatical understanding. The course seeks to consolidate many of the concepts introduced in French 10 and presents a number of more complex topics. Some French 10 topics will be revisited, but through a new context. the course will fulfill the BC prescribed French learning outcomes. Students will be exposed to French in an engaging way through the storytelling method which will facilitate the genuine acquisition of the language.
French 11 Advanced
The prerequisites for this class are Advanced French 10 or a strong immersion background. This class may contain former immersion students and strong second language students. They will go well beyond the BC prescribed learning outcomes, especially in writing and grammatical understanding. Students will be exposed to French in an engaging way through the storytelling method which will facilitate the genuine acquisition of the language.
This is a language alternative for students who have completed Spanish 10. It is a third-year course and a continuation of the Spanish 10 program. This class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish and concentrates on elevating the mastery of all language skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will describe events in the present, past and future through the discussion of topics such as travel, daily life, health and future endeavours. There will be a very strong cultural component in the class; the students will learn about the culture, customs, traditions, geography and history of the Spanish-speaking world with a special focus on South America. Students will be exposed to Spanish through the storytelling methodology which will allow them to use the target language in an engaging way.
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are emphasized, and supported by a sound grammatical preparation. This course is designed for the serious language student who aspires to communicate with a high level of fluency and mastery in Spanish and who wants to better understand the Spanish-speaking world. Students express preferences, give advice, describe activities, persuade, convince, ask and answer questions, express opinions, make predictions, and communicate precisely and concisely. This is done through a thematic approach. The topics studied are travel, health, the media, education, environment, current events and a variety of topics concerning society today. An historical and cultural look at Spain is also explored.
Mandarin Chinese 11 and 12
The emphasis in Mandarin Chinese 11 and 12 is on the communicative approach in which students are encouraged to convey meaning and knowledge, primarily orally but also in written form. The confidence to “take risks” is a hallmark of this instructional philosophy and a variety of methods are used to develop the necessary ease with this learning environment. The small student to teacher ratio is a critical factor as is the level of teacher expertise. Both of these considerations have required us to be creative in our delivery of the courses in the past.
Typically, students will be expected to describe or narrate, with some supporting detail, events, situations, or experiences. They are encouraged to exchange opinions on topics of interest, apply idiomatic expressions with some fluency and interact with increased independence in familiar life situations. Students also acquire knowledge by having them view, listen to, and read creative works, and respond to them in various ways. Cultural awareness is increased by identifying customs and traditions from various cultures in the Canadian mosaic, and comparing them with those of Chinese cultures. Students are also exposed to local Chinese culture in Victoria’s Chinatown and to opportunities to study abroad through links with exchange programs in China and to summer programs that include volunteer and cultural components as well as providing home-stay options.
Applied Coding Explorations 11
AP Studio Art 12
This course is primarily for students who have demonstrated a high level of ability in 2D art and who may be interested in a post-secondary career in a related field such as art, photography, fashion or design. The course promotes a sustained investigation of all three aspects of portfolio development—Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. It enables students to develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of drawing and 2-D design. In addition, students develop a variety of approaches in drawing and design and are able to demonstrate a range of abilities and techniques, solving problems and expanding ideas using different media. Students also study painting and drawing styles from the past and learn to incorporate elements of these into their own work. The course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making. This includes group and individual student critiques and instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artworks and those of their peers.
Beginner's Mandarin Chinese
This is a provincially prescribed curriculum designed for students who may not have taken Mandarin Chinese 5 to 10. Successful completion of this course should provide students with a level of competence that will allow them to successfully participate in Mandarin Chinese 11 and 12 courses.
To provide students with an equivalent preparation for Mandarin Chinese 11 and 12 courses, this course incorporates material from the prescribed learning outcomes, suggested instructional strategies, suggested assessment strategies, and recommended learning resources identified for grades 5 to 10.
A major aim of this course is to balance expectations regarding the emergent language skills of students who are new to the study of Mandarin Chinese with consideration of their ages, life experiences, and prior knowledge. It is expected that students will.
- introduce themselves and others using appropriate family-relationship terms
- identify and exchange preferences and interests
- use appropriate vocabulary to communicate needs, desires, and emotions
- describe events, experiences, and procedures sequentially
- recognize and apply commonly used idiomatic expressions
- participate in a variety of situations drawn from real life
As students acquire increasing variety in vocabulary and language structures, they are able to communicate about more topics. Assessment focuses on the communication of meaning and the extent to which students are able to share ideas and information. Although oral interaction is most important, students also need feedback and support in developing written skills.
Foundations of Mathematics 12
This course focuses on problem solving and analysis, trying, where possible, to set the mathematics within a real world context. Students will typically take this to fulfill their Math 11 graduation requirement and as a terminal math course. Critical thinking in a mathematical setting is the primary goal of the course.
Topics include; analyzing puzzles and games that involve numerical and logical reasoning, using problem-solving strategies. Solving problems that involve compound interest in financial decision making. Collecting primary or secondary data (statistical or informational) related to the topic. Assessing the accuracy, reliability and relevance of the primary or secondary data collected by:
- identifying examples of bias and points of view
- identifying and describing the data collection methods
- determining if the data is relevant
- determining if the data is consistent with information obtained from other sources on the same topic.
This senior level course will allow the students to be immersed into the theory and practical aspects of Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship in the last two decades has been looked at and considered a salve for many of the economic ailments of our times. In addition to extensive study of theory, the students will participate in “Project Innovation “ which will challenge them to run a business for a brief period with minimal funding, experience or help. The students will face some very interesting challenges and situations which will make the theory presented later more meaningful. For a large part of the year the students will be required to create a venture from scratch and then implement that venture during the annual Brentwood Regatta in April. Students invest their own money and reap the benefits of their diligence and creativity. This project gives all of the students’ practical experience in many of the problems and challenges the entrepreneur faces each and every day.
Physical Geography 12
(Formerly known as Geography 12)
This course is a detailed examination of our physical environment, including geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, soils, and natural vegetation. Human geography includes a study of energy resources, minerals, alternative energy sources, agriculture, transport and communications, industry, and land use choices. Project-based learning and map and photo interpretation also constitutes a significant part of the course content.
Music Theory & Composition 12
In this course, students study music theory fundamentals together for two blocks per week and sight reading for one block per week. During the remaining weekly blocks students split into (a) those wishing to pursue more advanced studies, i.e. AP Music Theory harmony, and (b) those wishing to pursue a more relaxed music appreciation course, including: analysis, composition and technology in various genres from popular music to classical. Depending on which path they choose to follow, students will be exposed to the following skill sets during the course of the year:
- Theory Fundamentals
- Intermediate Harmony (AP only)
- Analysis and Music Appreciation
- Aural Skills
- Sight and Rhythm Reading
- Music Composition, Orchestration and Arranging
- Music Software and Technology
Students have the option of challenging the AP Music Theory exam in May. Students also have the option of registering for the Royal Conservatory Advanced theory exam which also occurs in May.
This course will benefit all music students in all our group and private music tuition courses. It will especially benefit those students taking examinations in their instrument where theory is a co-requisite in order to receive their certificate.
In this course students will develop skills connected to assessing and analyzing design problems, and working alone or as part of a team to visualize, produce and critique solutions. Examples looked at in class will come from a broad range of fields, including: fashion design, architecture and interior design, environmental design, industrial design, product design, and visual art. Ideally, students will learn a little about all of these fields, but, more importantly, will learn to think like designers: researching needs, developing models, surveying clients, trouble-shooting productions and learning from challenges and successes.
20th Century World History 12
This course follows the BC provincial curriculum that covers the majority of the 20th Century and the incredible political, social and technological changes that marked the period from 1919 to 1991. Students will examine the significant global impacts in the aftermath of World War I, the inter-war period, the causes, course and results of World War II, the post-1945 world to 1991, and the deterioration and ultimate collapse of communism in the West. In addition to political events, social and economic issues, such as the changing role of women and the impact of technology, are explored.
AP World History 12
AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8,000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation across different periods and regions. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.
Coding 11: Python
Learn the basics of one of the world's most popular programming languages which is used by software engineers, analysts, data scientists, and machine learning engineers alike. Python is a general-purpose, versatile and modern programming language. It's great as a first language because it is concise and easy to read. It is used for everything from web development to software development and scientific applications. In this course students will use Python for applications such as: controlling a Nao robot and using the GPIO pins on a Rasperry Pi computer to interface with electronic components like LEDs, Sensors, Lasers, and Relays. This is very much a hands-on, project-based course where, upon completion of this course, students should have the confidence and knowhow to move into any aspect of programming that they desire.
AP Language & Composition 11
Grade 11 students who choose the AP option for English 11 will pursue the AP English Language and Composition and English 11 curricula simultaneously. They will spend much more time learning the dark and potent arts of textual analysis and persuasion. The likes of Mary Oliver, Camille Paglia, E.B. White, and Robertson Davies lurk in this class.