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A HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO GRADUATION

DON'T PANIC!!

By Avi Levin

Based on Materials from the Ministry of Education Includes: Graduation, UBC, and UW requirements Course List sorted by requirement Information on AP/IB, Independent Studies, Grad Transitions, and Course Challenge

WARNING!!! Information subject to change. Many of the theoretical combinations in this book are not practically possible, or will mess you up in college. Make sure to consult with others.

Let's start with the basics. The 2006 class. were split on what subjects to take. They ended up with a suits-nobody compromise. Us, the 2007, class, got stuck in a number of departments:
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We didn't know that there was a provincial exam (PrEx) for English Literature, so we didn't take it. We were told we needed four PrExs in Grade 12. In fact, that's what UBC wants. However, only one of us was taking UBC seriously, so in May, one of us dropped Math. In the end, we should have looked at what we probably needed. We didn't know until may that we had two more courses than we needed to graduate.

At eh beginning of May, this all fell down on our heads. We made the same mistakes that they laughed at us for making last year - and it seemed like it would continue forever (no offense to Grade 11 – I think they'll do fine.) This happened for several reasons. None of us had clear goals of what we wanted to do, and each year builds off the next. No one, or nothing, at the school, is dedicated to doing this for the students – with fifty of us, there are plenty of other things to worry about. So if you don't check yourself, people will make mistakes, or do a standard set to play it safe. This booklet is meant to give you all of the information you need to start planning your own schedule. You should start as soon as Grade 9 – You don't have many choices next year, but you'll have more when class sizes go up, and you should always be able to pick your elective. Some basics. In British Columbia, high school is Grades 10-12. (School districts may add more grades, but they do not affect graduation.) There is only one type of high school diploma, known as the Dogwood. To do it, you need to do certain things, outlined below with things PTI requires as a Jewish school: Grade 10 Judaic Studies Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Planning In addition, colleges have their own requirements. To give two examples, UBC and SFU not only require a diploma, they also require four provincial exam courses in Grade 12 and a language in Grade 11, and the sciences require even more. American universities are generally easier; University of Washington just requires a diploma, although you may have to take extra math in college. Check before you plan. Grade 11 or 12 Grade 11 Science Math Judaic Studies Grade 12 Language Arts Judaic Studies Two other courses Any Grade/Other PE Fine Arts/Applied Skills Graduation Transitions One other course

Hebrew Language Social Studies Language Arts

A couple of things to keep in mind:
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You can keep on taking Hebrew 11 and Hebrew 12 to add on credits and PE 11 to help with your Graduation Transitions, and you're good to to! However, if you want to attend UBC, SFU, and many other colleges (but not UW) you will need to take four courses with exams in Grade 12, instead of just two secular subjects. Don't take a course offered in Grade 11 and 12 that you need in just one in Grade 12. You'll be missing stuff you need in between. The more courses you take in high school, the less you will have to take in university to start your degree.

Within the requirements, there are a few ways to get credits: Provincially Examinable Courses: You'll have to take at least five of these courses (eight for UBC or SFU). These courses are the most impressive regular courses, are the most useful for college, and are the easiest to transfer. However, the course is less flexible, part of the course has to be taught for the exam, and the exams are hard. Exam courses are marked in bold in Appendix A. Regular Courses: Most likely, the rest of your courses will be these normal ones, no more and no less. A complete list of these can be found in Appendix A. AP/IB Courses (11/12): AP (and its harder cousin, IB) are like international courses (especially IB) and are treated by the Ministry as full courses - in fact, they can be taken instead of provincial exams. They are recognized worldwide, and they can even count as college credit at most schools if you do well. However, the courses are not tailored to BC students and are more of a challenge. They have been omitted from Appendix A, but may be found in the Course Information for the Graduation Program booklet. Graduation Transitions: This is not really a course, but is one of your required 20. It starts immediately upon entering Grade 10 and runs through they summer until graduation. replaces the Graduation Portfolio after complaints that it was too bureaucratic and poorly implemented. To get credits for it, you have to: • Get 80 hours of exercise besides PE 10 and develop a healthy living plan (Easy o knock off with PE 11) • Work or volunteer for at least 30 hours and describe it (Get a summer job) • Develop and present a plan for what you will do after high school. (You do this anyways) A couple of other options are available, but rarely used: Independent Directed Studies (11/12): As long as it falls within an existing course, you may get credit for supervised self-study. First, you need to prove that you are capable of independent learning. Then, with the help of a teacher, you have to develop a rough course outline. Then, you get credits for the course at about one credit (¼ of a course) every 30 hours/2½ months. This is great for a detailed research project (e.g. studying World War I for History 12), or if you already know half a course and just want to learn the other half. Remember that you need four credits of IDS for it to count as a course. ¾ of a course won't help you. Course Challenge: Anyone is entitled to challenge any course if they can prove they know it, especially

if the course is not offered by the school. First, you must prove you know the basics of the course, most easily done by showing previous work or getting an 80 on a basic exam. Then you have to get a 50 on a regular exam (or the provincial, when required). In practice, this is rarely done, except to challenge a language course when English is a second language. Risks include failing and/or being unprepared for next year. However, it takes almost no time of yours – just a couple of afternoons. Here are a couple of extreme amples to put this into context: Grade 12 Judaic Studies English Principles Chemistry Physics Graduation of Math Transitions Principles Chemistry Social Physics of Math Studies Principles Science of Math Social Planning Studies Drama: Film and TV Phys Ed

Grade 11 Judaic Hebrew English Studies Grade 10 Judaic Hebrew English Studies

Table 1: This is what you need to go into math/science at UBC.

Grade 12 Judaic Hebrew Commun- Drama: Film Graduation Studies ications and TV Transitions Grade 11 Judaic Hebrew Commun- Essentials of Applications Civic PE for Studies ications Math of Physics Studies GradTrans Grade 10 Judaic Hebrew English Studies Essentials of Science Math Social PE Studies Planning

Table 2: This is the least you can do to get a diploma. Note the different types of Math and Language Arts. There are three types of math – Essentials, Applications, and Principles. The first is not for college. The second is for the arts. The third is for the sciences. In the same way, Communications is English for people not planning to go to college. You'll probably want to keep your options open and stick to the best options. This package is just a rough outline – don't forget to check their website and consult people. Knowledge is power – use it wisely! Glad to help,

AviLevin

APPENDIX A
COURSES BY GRAD REQUIREMENT (bold denotes courses with provincial exams) Language Arts 10, 11, and 1 English 10/11/12 Communications 11/12 Math 10 and 11 or 12 Applications of Mathematics 10/11/12 Essentials of Mathematics 10/11/12 Principles of Mathematics 10/11/12 Calculus 12 Science 10 and 11 or 12 Science 10 Earth Science 11 Science & Technology 11 Forests 11/12 Physics 11/12 Agriculture 11/12 Applications of Physics 11/12 Biology 11/12 Chemistry 11/12 Geology 12 Social Studies 10 and 11 or 12 Social Studies 10 Civic Studies 11 Social Studies 11 BC First Nations Studies 12 Applied Skills/Fine Arts 10, 11, 12
Business Education 10: Business Communications Entrepreneurship Finance and Economics General/Marketing Home Economics 10: Family Studies Foods General Textiles Information Technology 10 Technology Education 10: Drafting and Design Electronics/General Mechanic Metalwork Woodwork Computer Certification 10/11/12 Applied Skills 11/11A/B Basic Military Qualification 11

Boating 11A/B Business Computer Applications 11 Fine Arts and Applied Skills 11 4-H 11/12 Accounting 11/12 Automotive Technology 11/12 12: Automotive Electricity and Electronics 12: Body Repair and Finish 12: Engine and Drive Train Cafeteria Training 11/12 Carpentry and Joinery 11/12 12: Cabinet Construction 12: CNC Wood Processes 12: Furniture Construction 12: Residential Construction 12: Woodcraft Products Cook Training Level One 11A/B/C/12A/B/C Drafting and Design 11/12 12: Advanced Design 12: Architecture and Habitat Design 12: Engineering and Mechanical Drafting 12: Technical Visualization Electronics 11/12 12: Analog Systems 12: Digital Systems 12: Robotics Family Studies 11/12 First Aid 11/12 Fitness Leader 11/12 Food Studies 11/12 Human Services 11A/B/C/12A/B/C Industrial Design 11/12 Marketing 11/12 Metal Fabrication and Machining 11/12 12: Advanced Fabrication 12: Advanced Machining 12: Advanced Welding 12: Art Metal and Jewellery 12: CNC Processes 12: Forging and Foundry 12: Sheet Metal Textile Studies 11/12 Tourism 11/12 Welding 11A/B/C/12A/B/C Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing: Woodlinks 12 Auto Service Technician Level One 12A/B/C/D Business Information Management 12 Carpentry Level One 12A/B/C Data Management 12 Economics 12 Entrepreneurship 12 Financial Accounting 12 Management Innovation 12 Medic First Aid 12 ------------------------------------------------Visual Arts 10: Ceramics and Sculpture Drawing and Painting General Media Arts Dance 10: Choreography General Performance Drama 10: General Theatre Performance Theatre Production

Music 10: Concert Band Concert Choir General Guitar Jazz Band Orchestral Strings Vocal Jazz Beaux-Arts 11/11A /B Fine Arts 11/11A/B Art Foundations 11/12 Choral Music 11/12: Concert Choir Vocal Jazz Dance 11/12: Choreography Performance Drama: Film and Television 11/12 Highland Dancing 11/12 Music: Composition and Technology 11/12 Studio Arts 11/12: Ceramics and Sculpture Drawing and Painting Fabric and Fibre Printmaking and Graphic Design Theatre Performance 11/12: Acting Directing and Script Development Theatre Production 11 12: Technical Theatre/ 12: Theatre Management Visual Arts: Media Arts 11/12

OTHER COURSES/ELECTIVES Agriculture 10 Independent Directed Studies 11A/B/C/12A/B/C Metal Fabrication and Machining (FNASK) 11/12 Physical Education 11/12 Comparative Civilizations 12 English Literature 12 Geography 12 History 12 Law 12 Technical and Professional Communications 12 Writing 12
Arabic 10/11/12 German 10/11/12 Heiltsuk 10/11/12 French 10/11/12 Italian 10/11/12 Japanese 10/11/12 Korean 10/11/12 Mandarin Chinese 10/11/12 Okanagan 10/11/12 Punjabi 10/11/12 Secwepemctsin 10/11/12 Shashishalhem 10/11/12 (Sechelt Language) Sim’alga Nisga’a 10/11/12 Sm’algyax 10/11/12 Spanish 10/11/12 Tsek'ene 10/11/12 Upper St’át’imcets 10/11/12 American Sign Language 10/11/12 Introductory American Sign Language 11

Introductory Arabic 11 Introductory German 11 Introductory Heiltsuk 11 Introductory Italian 11 Introductory Japanese 11 Introductory Korean 11 Introductory Mandarin 11 Introductory Okanagan 11 Introductory Punjabi 11 Introductory Secwepemctsin 11 Introductory Shashishalhem 11 (Sechelt Language) Introductory Sim’algaxhl Nisga’a 11 Introductory Sm’algyax 11 Introductory Spanish 11 Introductory Upper St’át’imcets 11 Introductory Tsek'ene 11

APPENDIX B
REFERENCES http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/related_docs.htm The documents page. Start detailed research here. Use what I did: Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program The Graduation Program 2004 2007/08 Graduation Program Examination Schedule Program Guide for Graduation Transitions: Response Draft Course Information for the Graduation Program: Grade 10, 11 and 12 Courses http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/ For graduation requirements and exam dates http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/irp.htm For curriculum packages – if you wonder what a course is like, look here http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/courseinfo/ For available courses in BC http://tinyurl.com/2dyz5l The website is awful to navigate – try this homepage instead, or google your query.

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