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General Electives

Prerequisite: none
Career Prep Work Experience 12 is a course offered to students outside of the regular timetable. This course is designed to expose students to different careers, develop practical skills, gain valuable networking connections and gain experience in areas of personal interest. In order to complete the course students must complete a minimum of 120 work experience hours. Hours are accumulated through paid work, volunteer activities, work placements, training courses or career exploration activities. The career centre offers flexibility and real life experiences to those students interested in getting a jump start on a career.
In order to be able to comfortably complete the required hours for XWE, it is recommended that students begin this course in their grade 10 school year.
Students must also sign up with the Career Centre in order to participate in this program.
Prerequisite: Career Prep Work Experience 12A
See career prep page.
Same description as XWE 12A, but an additional 120 hours are required.
In order to participate in this program, students must sign up under a different strand than the one they used in XWE 12A.
PSYCHOLOGY 12  *Board Authorized course

Do you think dogs think? Do you think they think the same as us? Do they have self-esteem, or do we? Why does it feel like our hearts are literally sinking when we’re sad? Why do we tremble and shake when we have to present to our peers, but we don’t mind chatting with them? 


How about anxiety, depression, patterns of thinking, or impulsive thoughts we get from time to time? We know that they’re normal, but do we really know why, when, or how we feel what we feel? Can we change our feelings and thoughts if we understand them better? Psychology doesn’t promise to have all the answers, but it can help us build strategies and tools to approach them, accept them, and make ourselves grow. 


Psychology 12 is an exploration-focused, introduction-to-university-topics styled course that explores “why we do the things we do.” Psychology 12 looks to explore topics of how our brains function or not function correctly, why we behave in ways we’re not always aware of, and how we can use this knowledge to learn, explore, and change the thoughts, feelings, and actions of ourselves and others. 


This course is structured in a way to be focused on taking information and applying it to yourself, to others, and to challenge you to think about ‘how’ you think, as well as give you some tools to change the things you want to change as you gain experience through life. Psychology as a social science is focused on the study of mind, behaviour, emotions, and experience, and Psychology 12 will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the brain, how we learn, how we grow and change, what research and findings say about us as individuals, how our behaviour is shaped and manipulated, and techniques we can all use to help alleviate psychological ailments and distress. 


Note: This course is locally developed for SD91 and is strongly focused on introducing you to Psychology as a subject field. It doesn’t qualify you to diagnose people. Save that for the PhD.


TUTORING 11  *Board Authorized course
Prerequisite: None you must have a teacher willing to accept you as a tutor.
Successful applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • good attendance record: infrequent lates
  • passing average in all academic subjects
  • willingness to work
  • the confidence to "take charge" of situations
  • a basic understanding of the subject in which you wish to tutor
  • a track record of good behaviour
The specialized tutors will:
  • participate in training
  • work on an independent, individual basis with "clients", or with small groups, requiring their assistance
  • complete assignments as requested by supervising teacher
  • assist the teacher in developing materials
  • work with the supervising teacher as requested
  • practice excellent communications skills, including confidentiality aspect
Note: This is a participatory course; therefore, attendance and promptness are mandatory. Tutors are required to be excellent role models.
TUTORING 12 *Board Authorized course
Prerequisite: LD Tutoring 11
Same description as Tutoring 11 and builds on the skills learned in the previous tutoring course.
Study blocks are available to grade 12 students only. Grade 12 students must consult with a counsellor before being given on study block. ALL students remain in the MPR or Library for study blocks, if they choose to remain in the school.



This course provides invaluable information on topics surrounding pregnancy and child birth. It will also provide details on child development from birth to age 12, as well as how to care for babies and children in each stage of development. This is an excellent course for those considering careers involving children, including healthcare, teaching, childcare, and recreation, or for those who simply enjoy being around children or who plan to eventually become a parent in the future.  This Grade 12 course is also open to Grade 11 students who are interested in this topic.



Available: Semester 1

Teacher:  Chris Bridge

For: Students in Gr.10,11,12

Bonus: Students who complete this course with a B+ or higher, receive a 1st year credit at SFU. Also, all students compete to win $2000 scholarship from UNBC during our regional event.

ABOUT YELL CANADA: YELL (Young Entrepreneurship & Leadership Launchpad) is a registered Canadian charity that creates the accredited Entrepreneurship 12 curriculum, assists the local teachers with coordinating speakers & field trips, and organizes the regional & provincial entrepreneur events each year.


YELL Canada’s Entrepreneurship 12 is a BC Ministry of Education approved high school entrepreneurship course offered in the first semester from Sept - Jan. Students will focus on business concepts, learning from speakers, developing their own ideas and growing an idea of their choice. Although the course is called Entrepreneurship 12, the students are learning more than just building a business, it is about developing a growth mindset.


In this fast changing world, regardless of the career path you choose in the future, you want to develop a mindset that can problem solve when you get stuck, develop your curiosity on how you can impact the world and teach you how to present your point of view or ideas in an engaging way. A growth mindset is an entrepreneurial mindset.


The top 3 things our past students have gained from taking this course are: 1. Improved self confidence; 2. Stronger problem solving skills; 3. The ability to work successfully & collaboratively in teams.


Watch this video for more details about the course curriculum and structure:

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“Not everyone has the strength to try, fail, and continue to learn and improve from their setbacks in life, but our students do because of the YELL Entrepreneurship 12.”

       - Chris Bridge,  YELL Entrepreneurship 12 Teacher from Burns Lake, BC





The overall goal of Interpersonal and Family Relationships 11 is to provide students with a broad overview of how relationships form and change from adolescence through to adulthood.  Students explore a variety of relationships (work, friendship, committed) as well as examine how these relationships evolve or end.  Issues such personal values, goal-setting, self-esteem and happiness are explored in addition to effective communication, wellness, and safety in interpersonal relationships.  Lifestyle choices, ageing and current events related to these issues are also discussed.





Photography is a unique art that captures images in a variety of contexts. Photography reflects the interconnectedness of the individual, community, history, and society. Growth as a photographer is dependent on perseverance, resilience, and reflection." In Photography 11, students will take creative risks to explore and experience life through the new lens of inspiration and imagination. Not only will students create, but they will reflect upon both their work, and the work of peers in order to better understand design choices and overall aesthetic appeal. By the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of all equipment used in class, the creative process, the influences of visual culture, and so much more.





Photography is a unique art form that captures images for a variety of purposes. Photography is an essential element of culture and reveals insights into the human experience. Refining photographic expression requires perseverance, resilience, and risk taking. Purposeful artistic choices by the photographer enhance the impact of a photograph. Photography provides aesthetic experiences that have the power to effect change." In Photography 12, students will take creative risks by demonstrating the ability to overcome creative challenges to express meaning, intent and emotion through their work. By the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of all equipment used in class, the creative process, the influences of visual culture, and so much more.





This course will have students explore service design opportunities for individuals and families across their lifespan, while considering cultural factors and societal influences and impacts on families.   We will also explore social factors involved in interpersonal relationships in families.  A variety of living arrangements and housing options, service strategies for individuals and families and the role of children in families and society, including the rights of children locally and globally will be discussed.  The end goal will be to have students able to use problem-solving models for themselves. 





Combine your passion with your talent to earn up to four-course credits in Independent Directed Studies!

You can work with the IDS teacher to build your course, based on training that you wish to take locally, and at least one learning outcome from a Ministry-approved course. Example: create an outdoor education focus by combining other courses such as Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, and C. O. R. E. hunter training to focus on the Outdoor Living 12 learning standard of demonstrating responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others.

Or you can pursue your learning to develop a project that meets at least one learning outcome from a senior Ministry-approved course. Examples: write and direct your play, design and conduct your science experiments, design and build a useful invention, or even create a documentary. Your project topic, subject to teacher approval, must meet the required 120 hours to fulfill the requirements of the course.