École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School


Grade 10 Incoming from Feeder Schools

This information is intended for Grade 9 students from designated Beaumont feeder schools enrolling in Grade 10 at ESBCHS for 2022-2023.

  • Current Grade 9 students from feeder schools will receive the following two documents from their school in March.
    • Grade 10 Course Selection Information & FAQ (see below)
    • Grade 10 Course Planner 2022-2023
    • 2022-2023 course planners are under construction and will be available shortly.

Parents will receive emails (and many reminders) with the days and times the online course selection portal on PowerSchool will be open for Grade 10 course selections.

Any questions regarding Grade 10 course selections can be directed to Student Services at 780.929.1340 or by emailing esbchs-registration@blackgold.ca at any time. This email account is monitored during the online course selection times to offer assistance to parents and students.

Complete your course planner then watch this video prior to starting your online course selections.

Click here to view the Student Handbook – 2022-2023

Grade 10 Course Selections – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which courses to select?
  • You will select core courses based on your current Grade 9 course marks.
  • Physical Education and CALM are mandatory courses for a high school diploma and should be completed in Grade 10.
  • Once you have selected your core courses, you will add complementary (option) courses to fill up your timetable.
  • Grade 10 students are to select a minimum of 40 credits. See more info in next question.
  • Course planners, FAQ sheets and sample course planners are distributed to our feeder school students in March. Students and parents will receive information via email on how and when to register online for your courses.
  • Use the guidelines for Scheduling Blocks (see below) to ensure you do not choose too many or too few courses.
  • Students and parents should familiarize themselves with High School Diploma requirements carefully to ensure the appropriate courses are being chosen to start you on track for Graduation. Refer to the Student Handbook  for graduation requirements.
What are Scheduling Blocks and why are some courses 3-credits and others are 5-credits?
  • ESBCHS has semestered courses and runs four blocks each day.
    • Each block is approximately 82 minutes long.
    • All courses, except for Instrumental Music, are semestered. Semester 1 runs from September until the end of January. Semester 2 begins in February and finishes at the end of June.
    • ESBCHS has a 2-day rotation, which means that if Monday is Day 1, then Tuesday is Day 2 and Wednesday is Day 1 and so on. The rotation skips over weekends and holidays, which means that if Thursday is Day 1 and Friday is a holiday, then Monday is Day 2.
  • Courses are scheduled based on how many credits they are worth:
    • 3 credit classes are scheduled every second day for one semester (Day 1 or Day 2)
    • 5 credit classes are scheduled every day for one semester (Day 1 and Day 2) (except for Instrumental music which runs all year long, before school).
  • The high school timetable can accommodate up to 16 scheduling blocks based on four blocks per day, a two-day rotation and two semesters. Instrumental Music is not counted in the scheduling blocks due to the fact that it runs outside of the timetable before school.
  • A full timetable of 16 scheduling blocks means the student has no spares. Depending on which courses are chosen, and their credit value, a full timetable can accommodate as many as 44 credits (not counting Instrumental Music, which is 5 credits).
  • Students must tally credits on their course planner and also count the scheduling blocks to ensure they are not requesting more courses than a 4 block per semester timetable can accommodate.
    • All 3-credit courses (core or complementary) count as one (1) scheduling block.
    • All 5-credit courses (core or complementary) count as two (2) scheduling blocks.
  • Please refer to the sample course planner to further understand how scheduling blocks are counted.
What if I am planning to take Summer School?
  • If you are planning to take a course in summer school in July 2021, you should select it on the front page of your course planner in the section entitled Summer School.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Entering the course you plan to register in for summer on your course planner, and also on the online registration screen, is NOT your Summer School registration. You MUST still register online on the district website (Summer School registration usually opens around May 1. Click here for more information).
    • Please note: you should verify the list of summer school courses being offered, as well as the registration start date, on the district website once the information has been updated.
  • If you decide not to go to summer school after you have entered the course on your online registration screen, you should contact the school as soon as possible (before the end of June) if you need to add that course to your course requests.
What if I am currently failing a core course?
  • You can only select a core course for which you have the recommended prerequisite mark. Prerequisite marks are listed on the course planners and more detailed course sequencing charts are in the Student Handbook.
  • Grade 9 current mark between 40% – 49%, select:
    • English 10-2
    • Social 10-2
    • Math 10-3
    • Science 14
  • Grade 9 current mark less than 40%, select the applicable KAE (Knowledge & Employability) course:
    • English 10-4
    • Social 10-4
    • Math 10-4
    • Science 10-4
    • If you register in one or more KAE core subjects (-4), you will also need to register in Business Services 10-4.
  • You will have the opportunity to upgrade to a higher course stream (e.g. -4 to -2 or -2 to -1) later in high school if your marks meet the recommended prerequisite mark. Please refer to the detailed course sequencing charts in the Student Handbook for more specific core course transfer points and prerequisite marks.
  • If you achieve a final mark at the end of June that changes which course stream you qualify for (whether the new mark allows you to move up or down), send an email once marks are finalized at the end of June to esbchs.registation@blackgold.ca to request a change to your requested courses. Do not wait until September as many courses fill up and your course request may not be easily accommodated.
Can I register for a Grade 11 core course?
  • You may request ONE course at the next grade level. Send an email to esbchs.registration@blackgold.ca to request the Grade 11 (20-level) core course. Enrolment in a Grade 11 course will be based on your current marks and at the discretion of the counsellor/administrator.
  • If you choose a Grade 11 (20-level) core course, you must carefully check your timetable in August, once they are available for viewing on PowerSchool, to ensure that the 10-level course is scheduled in Semester 1 and the 20-level course is scheduled for Semester 2. For example, if you choose Biology 20, you must ensure that Science 10 is in your Semester 1 timetable and that Biology 20 is scheduled in Semester 2.
Can I choose Musical Theatre this year?
  • The Musical Theatre program is only available to Grade 11 and Grade 12 students. Any student who is interested in being a part of the Musical Theatre program in the future should enroll in Drama 10.
How do I enter my course selections?
  • You will receive a course planner and information at school and your parents will receive information in early April on how and when to enter your course choices into the ESBCHS Registration System. Check out the above video link for assistance on how to complete the course selection process online.