Grade 10

BC Graduation Requirements:

Grad Planner 2017-18: file:///C:/Users/Monica%20Beck/Downloads/grad_planner%20(2).pdf

Upcoming Changes to Admissions at Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University has announced changes to its admission processes that will begin in September 2018 and will affect our current grade 11 students who apply to SFU next fall. SFU has articulated that the goals of these changes are to "create greater flexibility to identify students who demonstrate the capacity to be successful in their program of choice at SFU and to uncover potential in students who may not have risen to the surface in the restrictive four-course evaluation model". "SFU’s new admission process values and considers all approved courses completed by a student in grade 11 and 12, and reflects our institution’s interest in encouraging a holistic approach to our students’ academic preparation for their post-secondary career."

The new admission model will be phased in over two years; detailed information is available at: Questions about these changes can be directed to:

Changes are bolded.

Current (Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2019

Effective Fall 2020

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

·Social Studies 11*

English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%

English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 70%

English Studies 12 with a minimum final grade of 70%

Minimum of 4 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12)

Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12)

Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses* from SFU’s approved course list (including English Studies 12)

Admission average based on 4 Grade 12 courses (including English 12) required by program

Admission evaluation based on all Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.

Admission evaluation based on all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.

*Course lists will be adjusted with new courses as the new curriculum is finalized; information to be released by January 2019.

UBC Admissions Update

Currently UBC evaluates prospective students using four program prerequisite, grade twelve approved courses, as well as the Personal Profile, for regular admission. Grade eleven grades in equivalent courses, in addition to any completed grade twelve courses, and the Personal Profile, are used for the evaluation of early round applicants. These protocols will continue to be used for the full application cycle this year i.e. our current grade twelve students.

Next year UBC will move to a new model of admissions assessment. This will affect our current grade eleven students. The changes include:

  • Admission will be based on approximately 12-18 courses including at least 6 grade twelve courses (which will not be limited to UBC's 'Grade Twelve Approved Courses' list).
  • All grade eleven and twelve courses will be included except for applied design, skill, technology, career education, and physical education.
  • Lowest course grade will be omitted.
  • A maximum of two visual and performing arts courses will be used for each of grade eleven and twelve.
UBC has created these changes to better align with the new BC curriculum, to help mitigate grade inflation, and to pursue a more holistic assessment of applicants. In addition, it is hoped that by including a broader composition of courses that students will be encouraged to challenge themselves with both the breadth and rigour of the courses they select, which will be recognized in their admissions evaluation. Finally, by reviewing a larger number of courses and credits across the two senior years UBC will hopefully incentivize a strong work ethic and positive learning outcomes in both years.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Accili orMr. Taggart if you have questions. If we are unable to answer your specific query we will direct you to the admissions team at UBC.

Post Secondary Events

May 16th @ 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: BC Tech Summit Youth Innovation Day: Breakthroughs: The Value of Curiosity and Ambition. Presentations and the opportunity to meet tech innovators, gather information about post-secondary and work opportunities, as well as round table discussions with leaders currently working in the field of technology. Vancouver Convention Centre West. For more information and to register go to: .

May 23rd @ 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.: Justice Institute of BC Open House and Career Fair, 715 McBride Blvd, New Westminster. Learn about careers in public safety including : law enforcement, firefighting, paramedicine, corrections, emergency management, leadership, conflict resolution and other related disciplines. Register by February 23rd, 2018 at :

Volunteer Opportunities

Columbus Seniors' Residence

Student volunteers (age 16 or older), who are willing to make a six month commitment, are needed to spend at least an hour and a half each weekend, at morning socials with the seniors at Columbus Residence, located at 704 West 69th Avenue in Vancouver. Volunteers will visit with and play simple games with residents. Interested students can contact Kelsie Tham at kelsiet98@gmailcom.

Bumpin Bakery

Bumpin Bakery is a student founded and run non-profit organization serving coffee and muffins every Sunday morning at the corner of Main and Hastings. Student volunteers are needed to donate muffins and/or serve muffins, coffee, and kindness to those in need in the downtown east side. One dozen muffins donated equals one service hour for VC students. For more information to to

Staying Strong in Grade 10 - Who Can Help?

Academic Support: Teachers, Advisors, Academic Counsellors (Mr. Accili and Mr. Taggart), Peer Tutoring/Mentoring (The Learning Centre).

Learning Challenges: The Learning Centre.

Personal Counselling: Ms. Beck, Counsellor.

Helpful Articles for Navigating Grade 10:

Stress Management

Time Management and Study Skills

Test Anxiety

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