Course Selection Information & FAQ for Grade 10 - 2020-2021
This information is intended for Grade 9 students from designated feeder schools enrolling in Grade 10 at ESBCHS for 2020-2021.
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How do I know which courses to select for Grade 10?
- Grade 10 students must request a minimum of 40 credits.
- Grade 9 students from our feeder schools received course planners, tip sheets and sample course planners in March. Students and parents received information via email on April 6 on how and when to register online for your courses.
- Review High school Diploma or Certificate requirements carefully to ensure you are selecting courses that will keep you on track for Graduation. Refer to the High School Handbook 2020-2021 that is on the ESBCHS website.
- High School has semestered courses. All courses, except for Instrumental Music, are semestered. Semester 1 runs from September until the end of January. Semester 2 runs from February until 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.
- Courses are scheduled based on how many credits they are worth:
- 3 credit classes are every second day for one semester (Day 1 or Day 2)
- 5 credit classes are every day for one semester (Day 1 and Day 2)
- 10 credit classes (which are available for grade 11 & 12 students only) are scheduled for 2 consecutive blocks every day for one semester
What if I am planning to take Summer School?
- SUMMER SCHOOL: 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 is easier to drop a course that you completed in summer school 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 if I am currently failing a core course?
- You can only select a course for which you have the recommended prerequisite mark. Prerequisite marks are listed on the course planners and more detail is listed in the Student Handbook.
- Grade 9 current mark between 40% – 49%, select:
- English or Social: English 10-2 or Social 10-2.
- Science: select Science 14.
- Math: select Math 10-3.
- Grade 9 current mark less than 40%: You must select KAE courses: English 10-4, Social 10-4, Science 10-4 and/or Math 10-4
- You will have the opportunity to go up a course stream (e.g. -4 to -2 or -2 to -1) later in high school if your marks meet the recommended prerequisite
- If you achieve a final mark at the end of June that changes the stream of a course for which you qualify, send an email at the end of June to email@example.com to request a course change. Do not wait until September to notify us as many courses fill up.
Can I enroll in a Grade 11 core course?
- You can only register in ONE course at the next grade level. You must email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the core course. When you receive your schedule in August/September, you would need to verify that you have the 10-level course in your semester 1 timetable and the 20-level course in semester 2. Enrolment in a grade 11 course will be based on your current marks and at the discretion of the counsellor/administrator.
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 on the course selection portal on PowerSchool. These courses have no associated credits for registration and therefore do not count towards your 40 credit minimum 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.