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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.
PSYCHOLOY 11 (PSYC 11) *Board Authorized course
Have you ever wondered why you automatically sit in a certain chair when you enter a room? Have you ever watched a magician and struggled to figure out how that trick worked? Have you ever tricked yourself into believing something you know isn't true, and then realized you're pretty good at convincing yourself of things?
Do you think dogs have thoughts? Do you think they think in the same way as humans do? 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? Why does being asked questions over and over make us subtly nod in agreement?
Psychology doesn't promise to have the answers, but it attempts to try. This course is the only social science offered at LDSS, and covers historical approaches for figuring out "why we do the things we do". It also explores the biological and chemical makeup of our brains, our challenges in perceiving and acting in the world, as well as different approaches to overcoming those challenges, and making therapy more than just a word we like to avoid. This course looks to challenge you to take an inward look on how you think, why you think that way, and how we -- as humans -- might change. The sudy of psychology is the study of the mind and behaviours, and seeks to offer students a chance to learn more about themselves and others, and engage with research practices for figuring out how we think, feel, and act.
Note: This course doesn't qualify you to diagnose people. Save that for the PhD.
TUTORING 11 (YIPS-1C) *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 assitance
  • 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 (YIPST 2C) *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.
Open to grade 10, 11 & 12 students
This course is for students in business, entrepreneurship and innovation, or those just interested in learning more about how the world works and how to put their ideas into action. This course is delivered in partnership with YELL Canada, a charity that partners with schools to enhance classroom learning, inspire entrepreneurial thinking, and to create opportunities traditionally not available to youth. In this course you will hear from over a dozen guest speakers and leaders from the local community, with Q & A opportunities to ask the questions that you want answered:
  • How did you get to where you are today?
  • Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
  • What is your biggest regret?
  • What was your biggest accomplishment?
You can ask any other questions you would like! Their answers will often surprise you.
Topics covered include the business model canvas, design thinking, lean entrepreneurship, how to make a business pitch, finance and venture capital, and much more. You'll learn how to develop and evaluate a business, bulid a personal network of business contacts, hone your creative and critical thinking, apply teamwork skills, and put your presentation skills to the test. Entrepreneurial Thinking is becoming a skillset more and more universities and employers are looking for. Even if you do not plan on studying business, learning how to think creatively and innovatively within the context of business are skills that will allow you to succeed in any situation.
This course is offered 1 day a week for approximately 2.5 hours (Wednesdays after school) both semesters. It would be an additional course taken within the 8 courses you select to take in the school year.
*Mandatory Graduation Requirement
Graduation Transitions, a required Ministry course, gives you four of the 80 credits you need for graduation. Transitions encourages you to: take ownership of your health and learning; examine and demonstrate connections between your learning and your future; create a plan for your growth and development as a skilled, healthy, knowledgeable, participating citizen and exhibit attributes of the BC graduate. Graduation Transitions is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation by collecting evidence of their achievements in the following required areas: Personal Health; Community Connections; Career and Life. This course is run outside of the timetable, but Career Programs staff are available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your package presentations.
Students will have to complete their Graduation Transitions package, 30 Work/Community Service hours, 150 minutes per week of physical activitiy (DPA) and a final Graduation Transitions presentation to a panel of school district staff and community members.
*Mandatory Graduation Requirement

This course will help you build the skills you need to make smart choices about your future. The skills you develop in Planning 10 will help you well beyond graduation as you move forward in your adult life. You will do research, set goals and start to make informed decisions about health topics and issues, education and career options and way to finance those options. In Planning 10, you will learn more about the Graduation Program and you will also start collecting evidence of your accomplishments for your Graduation Transition Plan.
LAW 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the Canadian legal system and its laws and components. Main topics of discussion are the history of law in Canada, the criminal justice system including contract law; and international law. This course will be worked individually through modules in the Senior Alternate classroom.