Grade 10 Courses Summary

Grade 10 is a very important year. It is the year students begin to meet their graduation requirements. In grade 10, the courses needed for graduation are:

This year you should aim to take...

  • English Language Arts: Composition 10 and/or New Media
  • Social Studies 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • a Science 10
  • Physical Education 10

  • Career Life Education
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12, AND
  • one elective from grade 10 - 12. A student is also required to take 7 electives for graduation (3 of which must be a grade 12 level course)

    Applied Skills
    courses offered at SCIDES:
    Accounting 11, Computer Programming 11, Family Studies 11/12, Foods & Nutrition 11/12, Marketing 11/12  

    Fine Arts 
    courses offered at SCIDES:
    Visual Art 11 - Photography, Visual Art 12-Photography, Visual Art 10

New Course at SCIDES - September 2019

Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10


English 10


2 credits

ELA10: Composition is designed to support students in their development of written communication through a critical process of questioning, exploring, and sampling. Within a supportive community of writers, students will work individually and collaboratively to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and consider a variety of styles as modelsfor the development of their writing. The course builds students’ writing competencies by introducing them to varied structures, forms, and styles of compositions. Students have opportunities to individually and collaboratively study, create, and write original pieces, exploring audience and purpose. They also develop their craft through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising.

This course has five modules, with 30 short assignments and no tests. All materials are provided in the online classroom, with the except of a novel the student will choose (from a closed list).

New Media:

2 credits (completion of Composition 10 is recommended before starting New Media)

ELA10: New Media is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop a program of study centred on students’ interests, needs, and abilities, while at the same time allowing for a range of local delivery methods. New Media 10 recognizes that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen. Coursework is aimed at providing students with a set of skills vital for success in an increasingly complex digital world by affording opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a variety of digital and print media. New Media 10 explores tasks and texts designed to introduce students to the study of New Media.

This course has five modules, with 33 short assignments and no tests. All materials are provided in the online classroom, with the except of a novel the student will choose (from a closed list).

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Career Life Education

4 credits

Career Life Education 10 allows students to relate their school learning, with the demands of the working world. The topics covered are: Self Reflection, Use of Technology and Finance, Future Employment Skills and Mental and Physical Health. The course consists of six units and counts as 4 required grade 10 credits. The course also lays the groundwork for the required Career Life Connections course which can be taken in grades 11 or 12.

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French 10

4 credits

French 10 is a course designed to help students become confident with the French language. The course is designed to develop the skills required to effectively communicate in real-life scenarios. Using spiral curriculum, concepts from earlier French years will be repeated to develop a thorough understanding of the language. There are written assignments/projects, listening comprehension activities, opportunities to communicate with the instructor via telephone and/or video conference, and a final online exam that accompany this course.

It is recommended that students have a strong commitment to the process of learning a second language.

There are no pre-requisites to take this course, however, if your French exposure is limited, aspects of the first assignment may be difficult. After that, the rest of the course will be more comprehensive and understandable.

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Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10

4 credits

Foundations and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identifies for post-secondary studies in both the arts and the sciences.  Topics include surface area and volume of 3D objects, applying trigonometric ratios to right triangles, irrational numbers, powers involving integral and rational exponents, polynomials, coordinate geometry with linear relations, systems of linear equations, and function notation. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11  and Foundations of Mathematics 11.


MA9 with C min. Scientific calculators are required. 

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Physical Health and Education 10

4 credits

The aim of Physical Education 10 is to enable all students to develop knowledge, movement skills, and positive attitudes and behaviours that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of providing youth with meaningful and enjoyable physical activity experiences. A physical education program provides opportunities for all students to be physically active regularly and to develop an appreciation for and enjoyment of movement in a variety of activities. From this the goal is to encorporate physical activity into lifelong pursuits, including daily routines and recreational and career activities.

PE 9, or a member of a high-level competitive team, approval of Instructor.

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Science 10

4 credits

Science 10 is a continuation of the concept strands dealt with in Science 9. The material is more concept-oriented and requires some mathematical calculations and problem-solving approaches. Laboratory work and reports are further developed. The major topics include:

  • Chemistry - atomic theory, formulas, and writing/balancing chemical equations.
  • Biology – biomes, ecosystems, energy flow & nutrient cycles, and change in ecosystems
    Physics - electrostatics & current electricity, and how electricity is used in the home.
  • Earth Science - radioactive dating, volcanoes, earthquakes and continental drift.
  • Each section will last approximately one quarter of the semester.

SC 9 with strong work habits.

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Social Studies 10

4 credits

Concentrates on the events leading up to Confederation and post-Confederation. Development up to WWI and Canada's major economic regions with an emphasis on B.C. will be studied in depth. The economic relationship with the Pacific Rim countries including the U.S.A. will be explored. Current events and certain extension activities are also included in the curriculum.



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Visual Art 10

This course is designed to provide a more mature study of the foundations of art through the applied elements and principles of design. Emphasis is on the development of students’ individual artistic abilities. Students are encouraged to develop their own sources of inspiration for design, imagery and research skills in the medium or technique chosen. Draw, paint, print, and sculpt your ideas into existence. Learn about the role art can play in your life, and discover the great career possibilities the arts can hold.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts in the BC Graduation Program

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Workplace Mathematics 10

4 credits

Workplace Mathematics 10 prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics, and make informed decisions as contributors to society.  Topics to be covered include: gross and net pay, measurement, angles, surface area and volume, trigonometry, graphs, experimental probability and central tendency.

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