High School Curriculum

Curriculum Guide - Course Descriptions


English 11 and 12 - Click HERE for the course description.
Drama 11 - Click HERE for the course description


Canadian History 11 - This course addresses the study of Canadian history through the examination of continuing persistent questions that have shaped the development of Canada. These questions are addressed through the following five themes:

1. Globalization: What has been Canada's place in the community of nations, and what should Canada's role be?
2. Development: How has the Canadian economy evolved in an attempt to meet the need and wants of Canada's peoples?
3. Governance: Have governments in Canada, past and present, been reflective of Canadian societies?
4. Sovereignty: How have struggles for sovereignty defined Canada and how do they continue to define Canada?
5. Justice: How has Canada struggled for a just and fair society? 

Global History 12 - Click HERE for the course description

Global Geography 12 - Click HERE for the course description

Political Science 12 - This course is comprised of three themes: Political Thinking, Comparative Government and International Politics.
The objectives of Theme 1: Political Thinking are:
1. to provide an understanding of the process of political decision making
2. to further an understanding of the democratic process
3. to establish awareness on the part of the student of different political points of view and to create in the student an element of political sophistication
4. to illustrate the relationship that exists in society between freedom, on the one hand, and responsibility on the other
5. to emphasize the above objectives in terms of their relevance to the Canadian political system.
The objective of Theme 2: Comparative Government is to compare and contrast the Canadian political process to the system(s) adopted in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and/or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
The objective of Theme 3: International Politics is to give the student an understanding of the development and importance of international relations. This understanding is brought about by examining such concepts as balance of power, dynastic marriages, territorial rivalry, ideological rivalry, international peace forums and international economic relations.

Economics 11 - This course is designed so that students will understand economics to be a discipline consisting of a body of knowledge and a method of inquiry. Topics covered include: the functions of an economic system, the application of the concepts of specialization and division of labour, money and banking, inflation and its influence on the economy, index numbers and the cost of living, GNP, the relationship between spending and employment, the classical roots of economic principles, the economics of government, economics and specialization, income distributions, interdependence in an economy, basic economic theories and systems, economics and developing countries.

Entrepreneurial 12 - Over the last 15 years, more than 75% of the new jobs in Canada were created in businesses with fewer than 50 employees. There is a strong likelihood that the contemporary student will be working either for himself or herself or for an entrepreneur. Consequently, entrepreneurship education will be useful to students whether they want to work for themselves or for an entrepreneurial operation. In this course, students will be expected to: demonstrate a clear understanding of entrepreneurship and recognize their own and others' entrepreneurial characteristics and potential; generate ideas and identify entrepreneurial opportunities; develop and implement strategies to set up and attain entrepreneurial goals; demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of entrepreneurship in local, national, and international economies; plan, implement and evaluate a business or venture; demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology and its applications to entrepreneurship; demonstrate the personal qualities and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

Law 12 - This course explores legal issues that directly affect students' lives. To develop an appreciation of the Canadian legal system, students examine the historical roots of Canadian law and expand on their understanding of the role of government in making laws. Students also become familiar with the rights and freedoms that all Canadians enjoy as a result of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students acquire a practical knowledge of Canada's legal system, both criminal and civil, and learn how to analyse legal issues. They are given opportunities to develop informed opinions on legal issues and to defend those opinions and communicate legal knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including legal research projects, and mock trials and debates. 

Anthropology 12 - This course serves as an introduction to the study of man by examining various aspects of general anthropology. The course is divided into units which cover the following topics: the nature of anthropology; the academic disciplines within anthropology; the origins of culture; cultural diversity and relativism; patterns of subsistence; culture and personality; marriage and family structures; kinship and descent; economic anthropology; religion and magic. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the above topics through written work and oral presentations. 

Philosophy 12 - This course allows students to develop a process of critical examination and to integrate and orient oneself toward the various phases of human experience. Students will explore the wide range of human problems and deal with questions of vital human interest. Students will examine and evaluate the attempts of great philosophers to provide coherent and consistent answers to fundamental questions with a view to providing perspective for one's own outlook, knowledge and beliefs. Topics covered in this course include: a definition of philosophy, the need for philosophy, the nature of man, how free is man, man the political animal.

Sociology of Community 11 and 12 - This course is compulsory for all Class Afloat students and serves as the cornerstone for building, living, extracting and applying the life experience that is Class Afloat. The course consists of four 55-hour modules. Using foundational matrices and the constructs of classical and contemporary social theory, students will learn the various means of generating, analyzing, interpreting, presenting and applying new knowledge about themselves and the world in which they live. Students who successfully complete each module will be able to articulate and to demonstrate a clear sense of self, of the community they are building and the milestones by which they will measure their development within the microcosm of the school and vessel and the macrocosm of the global community. They will acquire a sound knowledge of the instruments of sociological analysis and will acquire the language of sociological study. Students will understand the meaning of culture and of values as they define and frame citizenship and community. 

Psychology 12 - General Psychology is designed to introduce the student to the history of psychology and explore the biological influences on psychology, personality theorists, and the theories of learning and the principles of learning. Other topics covered in this course include: the learner, how to learn efficiently, the process of thinking, facing frustration and conflict, roles, behavior disorders and their treatments, introspection and self growth.

Aboriginal Studies 12 - Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 12 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues. By the end of the course students will: demonstrate an understanding that Canadian Aboriginal peoples have an inherent right to self-government and self-determination; demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal land rights, entitlements and current land claim negotiations with the Government of Canada; demonstrate an understanding of the impact of colonialism experienced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada; demonstrate an understanding that indigenous peoples around the world face common issues in their history, geography, politics, economics, education and culture.

Design 11/Multimedia 12 - These courses focus on the importance of communication by using the written word in many different genres ranging from the informal to the formal and technical. Emphasis will be placed on the development of effective writing skills and improving editing proficiency. Topics include the following; fiction and creative writing; technical writing; critical writing; interviewing; travel writing; editorial writing; orally presented written work and response, and reading written work and response. At the end of the course, the student will be able to write, using clear, concise and proper language in a variety of genres; edit his/her own work or another student's work by looking at grammar, spelling, structure and style; prepare his/her work to be published using desktop publishing software, including layout and design. These courses will also include elements of design such as aesthetic expression, product design and the use of processes and technologies in solving design problems. The culminating project for these courses will be the Class Afloat Student Website and annual Yearbook.


Biology 11 (Advanced) - Click HERE for the course description

Biology 12 (Advanced) - Biology 12 encourages students to: develop knowledge and understanding of biological concepts; develop the skills to use this knowledge and understanding in new situations; develop an understanding of the methods used by scientists; be aware of the advances in technology that are relevant to biology; recognize the value and responsible use of biology in society; sustain and develop an interest in, and enjoyment of, biology; show knowledge and understanding of the facts, principles and concepts from different areas of biology and to make and use connections between them. The course topics include: control and co-ordination (i.e. the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in maintaining homeostasis); reproduction and development; DNA, cell division and Mendelian genetics; populations and population genetics.

Chemistry 11 & 12 (Advanced) - Click HERE for the course descriptions

Physics 11 & 12 (Advanced) - Click HERE for the course descriptions

Oceans 11 - The general objective of Oceans 11 is to familiarize students with the marine environment which surrounds them. Students are expected to understand and identify the different types of ocean habitats encountered through direct observation and hands-on investigation. Further, the students will become familiar with the communities of organisms that inhabit and survive in these regions and the adaptations which make survival possible. The students will be able to recognize and understand the following concepts: primary food productivity; food webs; physiological adaptations of marine organisms; basic taxonomy; physical oceanography; properties of seawater; origin and structure of ocean basins. Oceans 11 will also include the exploration of topics related to: coastal zones, fisheries, aquaculture and navigation. Emphasis will be placed on the application of learned concepts to a specific marine environment or region through a complete research project. This assignment includes the collection of information and data, planning and organization of material, and the preparation of written and visual representations of subject matter. 

Mathematics 11 (Advanced) - This course is designed to emphasize mathematical theory and the use of graphing to solve problems. Units of study cover the following topics: financial and consumer mathematics, quadratic functions and geometry of the circle, solutions to nonlinear equations and linear systems, operations on functions, including polynomial functions and mathematical reasoning, and proof. The student will be expected to communicate and reason mathematically, use estimation and mental mathematics where appropriate, reason and justify their thinking, select and use appropriate technologies as tools to solve problems, connect mathematical ideas to other concepts in mathematics, everyday experiences and to other subjects, and to appreciate and value mathematics as an integral component of society. 

Mathematics 12 (Advanced) - Click HERE for the course description

PRECALCULUS 12 -This course is intended mainly for those students who are planning to study mathematics, science or technical programs at a post-secondary level. Major topics include sequences and series, functions, trigonometry, complex numbers, and modelling.

Calculus 12 - This course is a highly advanced course which is designed to increase the student's awareness of the scope of mathematics and to prepare the student for further courses in calculus, vector analysis and related fields. Accordingly, students will be better able to understand the many practical applications of the mathematics of calculus and vectors. Units of study cover the following topics: introduction to calculus, derivatives of algebraic relations, applications of derivatives, and integration.