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Grade 10 FAQ

Course Selection Information & FAQ for Grade 10 - 2021-2022


This information is intended for Grade 9 students from designated Beaumont feeder schools enrolling in Grade 10 at ESBCHS for 2021-2022


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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.
  • Course planners, tip 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 requirements.

What are Scheduling Blocks and why are some courses 3-credits and others are 5-credits?

  • High School 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 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)
  • 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, which runs before school, is not counted in the scheduling blocks.
  • A full timetable of 16 scheduling blocks means the student has no spares. Depending on which courses are chosen, a full timetable can accommodate as many as 44 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.

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.
  • Entering the course you plan to register for on your course planner and on the online registration screen is NOT your Summer School registration. You must still register online on the district website starting May 1.
    • Please note: you should verify the list of summer school courses being offered on the district website once registration opens.
  • 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 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 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 Please refer to the detailed course sequencing charts in the Student Handbook for more specific 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, 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 able to be 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 chose Biology 20, you must ensure that Science 10 is scheduled in Semester 1 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?

  • Your parents will receive information in late March/early April on how and when to enter your course choices into the ESBCHS Registration System. There will also be how-to videos available to you at that time to assist you with the registration process.