Grade 11 FAQ
Grade 11 Course Selection Information
This information is intended for Grade 10 ESBCHS students enrolling in Grade 11 for 2020-2021
ESBCHS students who will be going into Grade 11 will receive an email after Spring Break with links to course planners (along with a sample), information as to when the PowerSchool portal will be open and a link to a how-to-register video. Student timetables will be available on PowerSchool in late August.
What is the minimum number of credits that I have to take in Grade 11?
- Grade 11 students must register in a minimum of 35 credits. If you are not on track to earn a minimum of 40 credits in your Grade 10 year, you should request 40 credits for grade 11.
How can I be sure I am choosing courses that are required for a High School Diploma?
- Review High school Diploma or Certificate of Achievement requirements carefully to ensure you are selecting courses that will keep you on track for Graduation. Refer to the Student Handbook that is on the ESBCHS website.
- If you did not complete CALM and/or Phys Ed 10 in Grade 10 and are not currently registered for those courses, or if you are failing either course, you must select them for Grade 11.
What is happening with Summer School this year?
- Due to the current situation, it is not known at this time if summer school will be running this year.
- If you were planning to take a course in summer school, we strongly suggest that you select it on your course planner and online. It will be easier to drop a course that was completed in summer than it would be to pick up a course in September.
- If Summer School is not cancelled and you register in and complete a course, you would need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a timetable change.
What is the difference between 3, 5 and 10 credit courses?
- 3 credit classes are every second day for one semester
- 5 credit classes are every day for one semester
- 10 credit classes run for 2 consecutive blocks every day for one semester
- There are two new 3-credit courses being offered this year to all grade levels: Textile Arts 10 and Yoga 15. See the Student Handbook for course descriptions.
What do I need to know about course prerequisites?
- You can only select a course for which you have the recommended prerequisite mark. All core courses and most CTS (career and technology studies) courses, fine arts, languages, physical education and other option courses do have prerequisite courses and marks. Prerequisite courses and marks are shown on the course planners and more detail can be found in the Student Handbook.
- Only register in courses for which you have the recommended prerequisite mark.
- If your mark changes between now and the end of June (up or down from prerequisite), email us at email@example.com so you can be registered in the appropriate course. Do not wait until fall as many classes fill up.
What if I am currently failing or have failed a core course in Semester 1?
- You can only select a course for which you have the recommended prerequisite mark.
- See the note at the end of this section if you choose both 10 & 20-level courses in the same subject.
- Marks between 40% – 49%:
- English 10-1 & Social 10-1: If you failed or are currently failing in English 10-1 or Social 10-1, but your mark is over 40%, you may enroll in the lower level course in Grade 11, which would be English 20-2 or Social 20-2. If you receive a passing mark in those courses next year, you would be awarded retroactive credits for the grade 10 level of that course. You may also choose to re-register in the 10-1 course and if you wish, also request the 20-1 course.
- Science 10: If you failed Science 10 but your mark is over 40%, you may enroll in Science 24. If you receive a passing mark in Science 24 next year, you would be awarded retroactive credits for Science 14. You may also choose to re-register in the Science 10 and then also request a 20-level science course.
- Math 10C: Math 10C differs from the courses above. If you have attained a mark between 50% and 65%, you can either retake Math 10C or enroll in Math 20-2. If you failed Math 10C but have a mark over 40%, you may either retake the course or enroll in Math 20-3. Retroactive credits would be awarded for Math 10-3 upon successful completion of Math 20-3. You may choose to retake Math 10C and also request Math 20-1 or 20-2.
- English 10-2, Social 10-2, Science 10-3 or Math 10-3: If you failed or are currently failing one of these courses, your choices are to retake the course or enroll in the 20-4 course. If you choose to enroll in a 20-4 course and you did not take any 10-4 level courses, you must also enroll in Business Services 10-4 and Logistics 20-4. If you were in a 10-4 course in grade 10, then you must enroll in Logistics 20-4 in Grade 11 if you plan to enroll in a 20-4 course in grade 11.
- Marks below 40%:
- If you failed or are currently failing a core course with a mark below 40%, your choices are to retake the course or enroll in the 20-4 course, which is the Knowledge & Employability program. If you choose to enroll in a 20-4 course and you did not take any 10-4 level courses, you must also enroll in Business Services 10-4 and Logistics 20-4. If you were in a 10-4 course in grade 10, then you must enroll in Logistics 20-4 in Grade 11 if you plan to enroll in a 20-4 course in grade 11.
- NOTE: Choosing 10 & 20-level courses in one year: If you choose to request both a 10-level and 20-level in a particular subject, then when you see your schedule in August/September you must verify that the grade 10 level course is in your semester 1 timetable and any 20-level courses are in semester 2. For example, if you choose to retake Science 10 and also request Biology 20, you must verify that Science 10 is in semester 1 and Bio 20 is in semester 2.
What if my marks change enough (up or down) and I need or want to choose a different stream?
- For example, you had 52% in Science 10 when you registered online and therefore couldn’t choose Biology 20 as the prerequisite mark is 60% but by June your mark has improved to 61%, you now qualify to select Biology 20.
- At the end of June once your marks are finalized, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the course you want and your new mark and Student Services will make any necessary change to your course requests. Do not wait until fall to request a change, as many courses will fill up.
Can I choose a Grade 12 course?
- You can register in ONE course at the next grade level. List the course near the bottom of page 2 of your course planner under List Any Other Courses Not Shown On Course Planner Including Up To 1 Grade 12 Core Course. You must have completed or currently be enrolled in the prerequisite course and have the prerequisite mark.
How do I choose Musical Theatre or Technical Theatre this year?
- If you intend to audition for Musical Theatre or wish to apply for Technical Theatre (set design), you will select the applicable course on your course planner and also enter it on the course selection portal on PowerSchool under Fine Arts. There are no credits associated with either course, as you are not guaranteed acceptance until after the auditions or interviews. You will receive more information from the teacher about the audition/interview process later this spring.
- Please note that if you are not successful during the audition process but still want to take a Drama course, please contact Student Services before the end of June.