## Classes

English Language Arts: Literary Focus 30S

In this English course we encourage students to read widely and to develop their critical thinking skills. Students will study a wide variety of literature including novels, Shakespearean and modern dramas, short stories, poetry, essays, and articles. Students will explore the longer writing formats including short stories, reports, reviews, and formal essays. We expect a high level of participation, preparation, and performance, both written and oral.

**English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus 40S**

In this course students learn to think critically and independently while developing their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing. Students become increasingly proficient in using language to communicate effectively to an audience, express themselves clearly, and select appropriate forms for their purposes. They learn to manage data and information efficiently, and to work collaboratively in small groups. The emphasis of the course is 50% transactional and 50% literary.

**English Language Arts: Literary Focus 40S**

Students will study the aesthetic use of language through a study of literature and develop their creative skills as poets, playwrights and film makers. Students will enhance their skills in reading and appreciating a range of forms, genres, and media. The emphasis of the course is 70% literary and 30% transactional.

**Psychology 40S**

This course provides an overview of the basic principles of psychology and how these concepts are relevant to our lives. Examples of topics covered are:

- states of consciousness
- methods of study used by psychologists
- learning and memory
- life span changes
- emotions
- sexuality
- stress
- abnormal behaviour
- therapies and
- how the practice of psychology is applied to the real world

**Pre-Calculus Math 30S**

Grade 11 Pre-calculus is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of their post-secondary education. The course is designed primarily as a high-level study of theoretical mathematics. Topics include: quadratic functions, trigonometry, algebra, geometry, consumer mathematics, logic/proof, and functions.

**Pre-Calculus Math 40S**

Pre-calculus math is only recommended for those students who possess a strong math background and require the course as a pre-requisite for post-secondary entrance. It consists of 9 modules and study will include the following topics:

- Trigonometry
- Exponential
- Logarithmic functions
- Circular function
- Permutation
- Combination.

**Applied Math 40S**

In Applied Math students will study the following topics:

- matrix modeling
- vectors
- personal finance
- probability
- variability and statistical analysis
- design and measurement
- applications of periodic functions
- sequences

This course is geared toward students planning to pursue specific post-secondary studies.

**Essentials Math 40S**

Essentials Math Grade 12 is very practical in its application to everyday life. Essentials Mathematics 40S consists of four modules covering personal finance, government finances, design and measurement, and statistics. Essentials Mathematics 40S also has four modules covering investments, career life project, income tax, and variations and formulas.

**Biology 40S**

This course provides students an opportunity to learn about 3 fundamental concepts in biology; biodiversity, genetics and evolution. The biodiversity section will expose students to the wide variety of organisms that exist and how biologists organize them into groups. The genetics section will explore what genes are, how genes work and how they are passed from parent to offspring. The evolution section teaches students about what evolution is, how it works and why scientists believe that it has occurred.

**Physics 30S**

Physics 30S is designed for students planning on pursuing post-secondary studies in science, engineering or technology. It is a demanding course requiring excellent mathematics and problem solving skills. This course prepares students for 40S physics where the topics are expanded upon.

Topics of Study:

- Waves: Waves in One Dimension, Waves in Two Dimensions, Sound
- The Nature of Light: Models, Laws, and Theories, Particle and Wave Models of Light
- Mechanics: Kinematics, Dynamics
- Fields: Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Magnetic Fields, Electromagnetism

**Physics 40S**

Physics is a science concerned with the understanding of how the moving universe works. Students will be involved in basic experiments (measuring), assignments (mathematics), and discussions into everyday science principles that surround and affect everyone. Some topics that students will study are:

- Mechanics (motion and energy)
- Field Theory (gravitation,electricity and magnetism)
- Electric Circuits and
- Medical Physics

Students must have a good math background (ex. Applied Math) to be successful in the course and a scientific calculator will be used daily.

**Chemistry 30S**

The Chemistry 30S course is an introduction to the study of chemistry. The course starts with the concepts of atomic structure, organization of elements, and chemical bonding. The second unit introduces the mole and mole conversion as well as chemical reactions. In the third unit, organic chemistry (the chemistry of carbon) is dealt with. In the fourth unit, the kinetic molecular theory and the physical laws of gas behaviour are introduced. The final unit of study deals with the chemistry of solutions; including concentration, dilution, conductivity, and solubility. The student should have simple basic algebra and calculation skills. A scientific calculator is required.

**Chemistry 40S**

The Chemistry 40S program continues to develop chemical principles. Again, the course consists of five units. The first unit expands the concept of atomic structure, bonding and organization of the periodic table. The second unit introduces the concepts of chemical rate (kinetics) and the second part equilibrium. In the third unit, acid-base chemistry is dealt with. The fourth unit looks at solubility in terms of chemical equilibrium. The final unit is an introduction to the topic of oxidation- reduction and electrochemistry. In order to be successful, the student must have a credit in Chemistry 30S (i.e. it’s a prerequisite) and basic algebraic and calculation skills. Again, a scientific calculator is required.

**History of Western Civilization 40S
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The Senior 4 Western Civilization curriculum is designed to help students understand that Canadian society and other Western societies evolved and were shaped by complex movements and events.

**Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability 40S**

Principles of active democratic citizenship, ecological literacy, critical media literacy, and ethical decision-making, and consolidates learning across the disciplines to empower students as agents of change for a sustainable and equitable future

**Basic Literacy and Advanced Literacy**

**Physical Education 30S**

**Physical Education 40S**