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General Information

Testing

Provincial Exams

Academic Dishonesty

Home Schooling

Graduation Requirements

Courses Offered

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

 

Grading System



General Information



The school follows curriculum guidelines established by the B.C. Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and in harmony with the requirements set by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

The Seventh-day Adventist, North American Division Department of Education, develops Reading, Bible, and Science/Health curriculums used.  Other courses offered by WCAS follow the British Columbia Ministry of Education guidelines from a Christian perspective.


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Testing



WCAS recognizes the importance of testing for the student and the school. With this in mind WCAS participates in the following achievement tests and other tests as required from time to time.:

  • CAT-3 (Canadian Achievement Tests, Version 3) –Winter- Grades 3-8
  • FSA (Fundamental Skills Assessment)-Spring- Grade 4 and 7 The FSA tests as designed by the Ministry of Education are required and it is expected that all students in the affected grades will participate. Contrary to reports in the media the FSA are not optional.


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Provincial Exams



Students in Grades 10-12 participate in the Provincial Examination program as required by the BC Ministry of Education.  Arrangements will be made in one of the following ways for students to be able to write the Provincial Exams for the courses in which they are enrolled.




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Academic Dishonesty



This program is based on an element of trust, as assignments are completed at a distance, without the teacher providing direct supervision.  When students are taking a test, it is expected that parents will provide supervision to ensure the students are using only the materials and resources that the teacher is expecting them to use.  As well, work that is handed in is expected to be the student’s own work.  Teachers regularly check on the Internet to see if student work has been copied from other sources.  In cases where the teacher finds that cheating has been taking place, the student will receive no grade for that assignment, will address the issue with the student and the parent, and will notify the administration this has happened.  If there are recurrences of this practice, the student will be withdrawn from all courses with WCAS, and may not be allowed to re-register with the school in the future.

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Home Schooling



Christian Home Schooling is a growing concept and one that the Board and Administration of WCAS recognizes.  At this particular time, we are not accepting registrations from Home School Students. WCAS recognizes the potential of distributed learning for home school students but we are not yet equipped to serve these families.

 
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Graduation Requirements



Under the new graduation program starting in Grade 10, in order to graduate with a Dogwood, every student in the Graduation Program has to pass certain basic courses, like English, Math and Science.  The table gives an overview of what you need to graduate:

  • 48 credits from required courses
  • 28 credits from elective courses
  • 4 credits for your Graduation Portfolio

Preparing now will help ensure you get the credits you need to achieve your goals.  Graduation requirements are introduced in Planning 10.


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Courses Offered



GRADE 10



Core Courses

  • Bible 10
  • English 10
  • Math
  • Principles of Math 10
  • Applications of Math 10
  • Essentials of Math 10
  • Science 10
  • Socials 10
  • Planning 10
  • PE 10

Electives

  • French 10
  • Italian 10
  • Spanish 10
  • Portuguese 10
  • Information Technology 10
  • Art Foundations 10
  • Bus Ed 10:  Business Communications
  • Bus Ed 10:  Entrepreneurship
  • Bus Ed 10:  Finance and Economics
  • Bus Ed 10:  General
  • Bus Ed 10:  Marketing
  • Family Studies 10
  • Foods and Nutrition 10
  • Music 10:  Concert Band
  • Music 10:  Concert Choir
  • Music 10:  General

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GRADE 11



Core Courses

  • Bible 11
  • English
    • English 11
    • Communications 11
  • Math
    • Principles of Math 11
    • Applications of Math 11
    • Essentials of Math 11
  • Science
    • Biology 11
    • Chemistry 11
    • Physics 11
    • Science and Technology 11
  • Socials 11

Electives

  • French 11
  • Italian 11
  • Spanish 11
  • Art Foundations 11
  • Information Computer Technology 11
  • PE 11
  • Visual Arts:  Media Arts 11
  • Family Studies 11
  • Foods and Nutrition 11
  • Business Computer Applications 11
  • Choral Music 11:  Concert Choir
  • Civic Studies 11
  • Economics 11
  • ICT: Digital Media Development 11
  • ICT Modular Survey Course 11
  • Instrumental Music 11:  Concert Band
  • Instrumental Music 11:  Guitar
  • Instrumental Music 11:  Orchestral Strings
  • Marketing 11
  • Studio Arts 11:  Drawing and Painting
  • Portuguese 11

French 11 or a modern second language is a requirement for entering most universities.  Take steps to confirm what your university requires.

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GRADE 12



Core Courses

  • Bible 12
  • Graduation Transitions 12
  • English
    • English 12
    • Communications 12

Electives

  • French 12
  • Italian 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Portuguese 12
  • Art Foundations 12
  • Family Studies 12
  • Math
    • Principles of Math 11/12
    • Applications of Math 11/12
    • Essentials of Math 11/12
  • Science
    • Biology 12
    • Chemistry 12
    • Physics 12
  • Foods and Nutrition 12
  • History 12
  • PE 12
  • French 12
  • English Literature 12
  • Law 12
  • Geography 12
  • Business Info Management 12
  • Comparative Civilizations 12
  • Data Management 12
  • Economics 12
  • Family Studies 12
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • Geology 12
  • ICT: Digital Media Development 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • ICT Modular Survey Course 12
  • Instrumental Music 12:  Concert Band
  • Instrumental Music 12:  Guitar
  • Instrumental Music 12:  Orchestral Strings
  • Marketing 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Studio Arts 12:  Drawing and Painting
  • Writing 12

 
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Grading System
 


In keeping with the Ministry guidelines for reporting student progress WCAS reports progress differently a various grade levels.

In the early years student progress is reported in the context of what can be expected from children at that particular level of learning and development. The categories that your will see in reports cards and other communication will compare a students progress compared to students generally at that level. As students approach the end of the school year most will be “Meeting Expectations” while very few would “Exceed Expectations”. The instructors will be able to communicate ways your can support your child’s learning and will be ready to discuss this with you informally as well as including this kind of information in formal report cards.

Provincial regulations for reporting student progress require that parents or guardians be provided with a minimum of:

• three formal written report cards (December, March and June). The formal written report follows the requirements for the specific grade and program as stated in legislation and policy. One formal report shall be made at the end of the school year. Formal reports identify student progress and are placed in the Permanent Student Record file.

• three informal reports each school year (October, February and May). At least three informal reports must be provided to parents each school year.

High School students will receive four formal written reports (November, February, April and June) and four informal reports (October, December, March and May) each school year.

 

Formal Reports

Formal reports communicate to parents and students significant aspects of the students’ progress in the areas of intellectual, social, human and career development.

 

Performance Scale

The performance scale for Primary students indicates, in words or as a graph, the student’s level of performance in relation to the expected learning outcomes set out in the provincial curriculum for each subject and grade
 

For Grades K to 9, performance is described as one of the following:

• Not Yet Meeting Expectations

• Approaching Expectations

• Meeting Expectations

• Exceeding Expectations

Use of the performance scale to show progress in language arts (including reading, writing, and speaking/listening), mathematics, social studies and science is mandatory. The performance scale may also be used to report progress in other areas, such as fine arts, personal planning, physical education, social responsibility and work habits.

 

Letter Grades

Criterion-referenced letter grades in Grades 10 to 12 indicate students’ level of performance in relation to the prescribed learning outcomes set out in provincial curriculum guides for each subject or course and grade, and the learning outcomes for board authorized courses and independent directed studies. Letter grades must be included on report cards in Grades 10 to 12.



The following may be used on final reports in Grades 4-12.



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