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New Curriculum

British Columbia’s curriculum is being redesigned to respond to the demanding world our students are entering.  Transformation in curriculum will help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students. At the heart of British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum are core competencies, essential learning and literacy and numeracy foundations. For more information about the changes to the curriculum visit the Ministry Website.

Course Selection

This section has been prepared to assist students with their program planning.  Grades 8 and 9 are exploratory in nature, allowing students to sample courses in a number of areas while at the same time providing a strong academic foundation in the core subjects.

From their experiences in grades 8 & 9, it is anticipated that most senior students will have formulated some general goals based upon their interests, needs and abilities.

Course planning and selection becomes an extremely important process in the senior years.  Requirements for graduation are specific and are outlined on the next few pages of this booklet.  Students must carefully plan their Grade 10, 11 and 12 programs to ensure graduation requirements are met.

Students are usually asked to select their courses in the spring term for the next school year.  On the basis of these requests, a timetable is built and staffing decisions are made.  Therefore, it is often not possible for students to change their timetables during the new school year.  Students must make careful choices when selecting courses.

Students should be aware that course offerings are subject to student enrollment, staffing requirements and availability and facilities.  Also courses may change as a result of Ministry requirements.

View the John Barsby Community School’s Course Selection Booklet or the Junior Selection Booklet for the 2016-2017 school year.
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