Grade 11 Course Information

Below you will find information that comes from the teachers themselves about the courses offered at Brentwood at the Grade 11 level. This information does not attempt to give you details about all of the topics or units covered, rather it tries to provide insight into what you will be doing on a regular basis allowing you to make a determination about whether it is appropriate for you or not.

When it comes to Senior Social Studies courses, note: Brentwood does not offer Social Studies 11. Grade 11 students enrol in one of our Grade 12 level Social Studies courses, and those are listed below.

Interested in other Grade 12 Courses?

  • If you are advanced in a subject and are looking to take the Grade 12 level course in that subject, or
  • If you are simply curious about taking an elective course that is normally offered to Grade 12 students.

You may not find the course listed below and will have to go to the Grade 12 Course Information page to find details about the course you're looking for.

English course Options

English 11 / AP English 11

English 11

  • All English courses are explorations of text, story, and ideas by reading, writing, and speaking.
  • The usual gamut of English class actions include: essays, journals, debates, critical prose, persuasive speeches, personal anecdote, synthesis, etc. Bring a pen, Holmes!

AP English 11

  • Student who elect to take the AP option will cover all the English 11 curriculum, plus write many AP synthesis, analysis, and argument papers.
  • In April, students will write more practice essays than they will enjoy hot breakfasts.
  • This is an honours course for kids who really dig English. Students with an A in English 10 should seriously consider it, and many students with a B have also profited from it.
  • Kids who struggle to meet deadlines should stay away. It requires more reading and much more critical writing than English 11, but it is also the bee’s knees and the cat’s pyjamas.
  • AP English 11 students should be keen readers and unafraid of writing under timed conditions.

B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: students in either course are awarded credit for Literary Studies 11 (LTST 11). Student in AP English 11 receive credit for AP English Language & Composition 12 (APEN 12) based on their exam performance.

math course options

Foundations of Mathematics 12

  • This course is built around the idea: “If you never took a math course again, what should you know?”
  • Foundations 12 builds your understanding of graphs, probability, statistics, finance, and geometry that helps you make informed decisions about your social, financial, and intellectual lives in the world beyond Brentwood.
  • Many projects are based around real-world applications: figuring out how long it will take to pay off a mortgage for your dream house, investing in the stock market, and analyzing trends using real data; students are introduced to online apps that help them with everything from managing their finances to making math-based art. The Casino Night in December rounds off the probability unit by giving you an “inside look” at the mathematics of gambling.
  • Students who have traditionally found math to be tricky often find success in Foundations 12 when they bring a positive attitude coupled with a willingness to ask for help when it’s needed.
  • Knowing how to use a calculator (scientific or graphing) for operations with fractions, decimals, and percents is a boon.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Foundations of Mathematics 12 (FOM 12)

Pre-Calculus 11

  • Pre-Calculus 11 hones the abstract algebra skills, fluency with numerical operations, proportional reasoning, and competency with functions that builds the base toolkit for all higher mathematics. Though it emphasizes skills and vocabulary found in calculus, these skills are used in everything from science to finance.
  • In addition to regular self-guided practice, the Thinking Classroom places an emphasis on building communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in mathematics. Cumulative tests take place in November and April to help solidify cross-concept understanding, and build preparedness for post-secondary exams.
  • If Math 10 was very tricky for you, particularly the polynomials unit, speak with University Counselling to clarify whether or not Pre-Calculus 11 is necessary for your post-secondary goals. If it is, plan on regular attendance at the Math Help Centre to succeed in this course.
  • Course Prerequisite: At least a 73% (B) in Math 10 is recommended to consider Pre-Calculus 11.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Pre-Calculus 11 (PREC 11)

science course options

Anatomy & Physiology 12

  • The main topics that this course covers include:
    • Biological molecules; metabolism and enzymes; the regulation of the body’s internal environment; transport across a cell membranes
    • DNA replication; gene expression; proteins and their relationship to the structure and function of all cells; genomics and biotechnology; micro to macro organization
    • Organ systems; their structure and function, and interdependence; maintenance of homeostasis
  • Learning activities will run from simple fill-in-the-blanks assignments to complex case studies. And students have to be VERY comfortable with multiple-choice questions on tests and exams.
  • Observational labs such as microscope work and drawing or dissections (brain, heart, maybe fetal pig) will occur.
  • There is a huge amount of content; students can expect to increase their vocabulary by more than 3000 words. There is quite a bit of chemistry in the first couple of months. To achieve success a student must be disciplined and motivated to undertake considerable review, more like an intensive social studies course than like practising chemistry or physics problems.
  • Life Sciences 11 is not a course pre-requisite, nor is Chemistry 11, but it is highly recommended that students taken it to be comfortable with the amount of biochemistry involved.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Anatomy and Physiology 12 (ATPH 12)

Chemistry 11 / AP Chemistry 11

Chemistry 11

    • This course covers the following topics:
      • Atoms and molecules, the building-blocks of matter.
      • Matter and energy, that are conserved in chemical reactions.
      • The mole, which is a quantity used to make atoms and molecules measurable.
      • Solubility
      • Organic chemistry
    • This is essentially a university prep course so expect learning activities similar to those found in universities for chemistry. Of course, there will be some laboratory work which may include practical tests. There are also many science skills, including the mathematical calculations that need to be learned and practiced. There is some memorization of facts and concepts, too.
    • The specific non-lab activities will depend on the teacher but could include notes, class discussions, research papers, debates, presentations, and written tests. There is a final exam that is worth a significant percentage of the grade.
    • The course is tough but fair. People who work hard and ask questions typically have success. Attention to detail is an asset.
    • Course Pre-requisite: At least 73% in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.

AP Chemistry 11

    • AP Chemistry 11 covers all the material from Chemistry 11 and more. To do so, it is a fast paced course which will require a certain amount of independent study.
    • AP Chemistry 11 is a prerequisite for AP Chemistry 12.
    • Course Pre-requisite: At least 80% in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.

B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: students in either course are awarded credit for Chemistry 11 (CH 11)

Environmental Science 11

  • The main ideas behind the work in this course include: Ecosystems; Human Impacts on the environment; Resources; Stewardship; Conservation and Restoration; and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and First Peoples perspectives on environmental issues.
  • This is a very hands on course with frequent field trips and local excursions to examine aspects of the natural environment. Students will learn science principles from gathering data and carrying out experiments. Use of outdoor learning spaces and visits to environmental areas will feature in collecting real data and participating in conservation and restoration projects.
  • Guest speakers and lectures will provide additional material.
  • Assessment will be primarily based on projects that students design based on their interests in this subject.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Environmental Science 11 (EVSC 11)

Geology 12

  • The main ideas covered in the course include:
    • Minerals, rocks, and earth materials: their classification, formation, and structure over time, and their uses
    • Earth’s geological and biological history: how rock structure and fossil evidence is examined and interpreted
    • Plate tectonic theory: everything from volcanos to earthquakes
    • Weathering and erosion processes
  • Course work will include examination of physical specimens, geological formations, maps, and various modelling techniques. Students will have the opportunity to get out into the field to supplement their learning of geological concepts and practices.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Geology 12 (GEOL 12)

Life Science 11 / AP Biology 11

Life Sciences 11

    • In this course, we identify what characterizes life, how life is organized, and the unifying process of evolution.
      • We examine the cells of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and explore how life can exist as either a single-celled or a multicellular organism.
      • We’ll study the science of classification and how it has shaped our views of life and its incredible diversity.
      • We extend our studies of microscopic environments to include both bacteria and non-living viruses and their impacts on the health of both wildlife and humans.
      • Interspersed amongst all of this is a thorough examination and study of the process of evolution through natural selection. We’ll examine the contribution of Darwin and his contemporaries to the development of evolutionary theories including how species change, develop and die out through extinction.
      • We will finish the course with a study of ecology.
    • Building on real-life examples from the past and today, we’ll see how natural selection has shaped life and will continue to impact life on our planet. A common emphasis thread through these discussions will centre on wildlife biology and conservation.
    • Lessons, small projects, and labs fill our class time. Students will have opportunities to go on nature-study trips to local wildlife habitats where they will experience everything from plants and invertebrates, to birds and mammals. This course will combine academic science, field exploration and technical skills to prepare them for university-entry biology classes.
    • This is a terminology course. There will not be a lot of numbers-based assessments and projects, but because of the diversity of biological systems that will be explored, there is an expectation students be prepared for this.

AP Biology 11

    • This course is VERY different from Life Sciences 11. It covers the following topics:
      • Biomolecules: what are they and how are they the basis of living things.
      • Cell structures and functions; specifically membranes and movement of material through membranes
      • Evolution and natural selection
      • DNA: blueprint of living organisms
      • Cell cycle
      • Heredity
      • Biotechnology
    • This course is the first half of what is equivalent to a first year university course and so there is a large amount of content and ability to synthesize the material. Notes, readings, labs, activities, and projects are all involved with this course.
    • It is an intensive course that requires time and effort. It covers the foundational material for general biology, and does not go into detail about the human system. It will be a challenging course, but one that is very interesting and can include relevant topics.
    • AP Biology 11 is a prerequisite for AP Biology 12.

B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: students in either course are awarded credit for Life Sciences 11 (LFSC 11).

Physics 11 / AP Physics 11

Physics 11

    • The main ideas covered in this course are:
      • An object’s motion can be predicted, analyzed, and described.
      • Forces influence the motion of an object.
      • Energy is found in different forms, is conserved and has the ability to do work.
      • Mechanical waves transfer energy but not matter.
    • The different course activities will aim to provide the students with a wide variety of opportunities to learn the concepts and understand the course ideas while developing the skills required for scientific and technological inquiry, solving problems, communicating scientific ideas and results, and working collaboratively.
    • The goals of this course will be met by carrying out mostly paired or group activities in class such as: discussions, exploratory investigations, experimental design, projects and presentations.
    • This course builds on concepts introduced at a qualitative level in earlier grades. The approach is mathematical, and students are expected to comfortably carry out algebraic and numerical problem solving.
    • Course Prerequisite: At least 73% in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.
    • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Physics 11 (PH 11)

AP Physics 11

    • The AP version of the course is VERY DIFFERENT than Physics 11. The main topics covered in the course include:
      • Kinematics: an object’s motion can be predicted, analyzed, and described.
      • Forces: the Dynamics of 1D, 2D, and circular motion, plus statics.
      • Work & Energy
      • Magnetism
      • Electrostatics
      • Momentum
    • The level of difficulty will increase from Physics 11 to Physics 12 to AP/University level difficulty over the course of the first few months. Vector mathematics will be taught early in the year and used throughout. As such, it is fast-paced and rigorous. Physics is an applied mathematics course that is demanding of algebra, graphing, geometry, and trigonometry skills. Students should enrol in this course knowing that they will be challenged, and at times, concepts will take days, sometimes weeks to really sink in.
    • AP Physics 11 is a prerequisite for AP Physics 12
    • Course Prerequisite: At least 86% in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.
    • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Physics 12 (PH 12)

social studies course options

20th Century World History 12

  • This course is designed to build competencies of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creative thinking while exploring the dominant themes of nationalism, imperialism, technological developments and conflict in the 20th century.
  • Learning activities will include:
    • forum discussions in which students role play as delegates from nations or political groups showing different perspectives.
    • analysis of political cartoons and documents
    • oral presentations on significant events, people and big ideas
  • Reading in support of the course curriculum is essential. There will be enrichment activities requiring research and citing skills. Students must be willing to speak in class and advocate a political perspective.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: 20th Century World History 12 (WH 12)

BC First Peoples 12

  • This course provides you with an exposure to contemporary Indigenous cultures and societies, as well as historical political and social topics. As we navigate along our journey toward Truth and Reconciliation, you will seek to develop a sophisticated and informed understanding of the relationship between Indigenous Canadians and non-Indigenous Canadians.
  • This course relies on experiential learning and authentic tasks. Be ready to participate in canoeing, paint, attend a sweat lodge, go to a demonstration at the BC Legislature, tour the Royal BC Museum, and host special guests on campus.
  • You will be required to participate in class discussions, read a novel, do group projects and brush up on your current events.
  • When wondering if this course is for you, please consider the following:
    • Do you have an open mind?
    • Are you willing to reflect and consider new information versus just debate it?
    • Are you willing to examine your own biases and perspectives?
    • Are you willing to be an active participant? This discussion-based class is not a sit and take notes sort of course.
    • Are you okay not having major unit tests? This course consists of many smaller pieces of assessment.
  • Your ability to assess significance from a variety of sources/textual material is important. Your ability to manage frequent homework and pieces of assessment, versus infrequent/bigger assessments like unit tests is important. You will need to be organized with your resources since we do not use a textbook and you will accumulate many e + text materials.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: BC First Peoples 12 (BCFP 12)

Comparative Cultures 12

  • This course deals with the following ideas:
    • Understanding cultural diversity and expression.
    • Geographical and environmental impacts on the development complex cultures.
    • A systematic study of religions and value systems and belief systems shape power structures within a culture.
    • Expression of culture is influenced by many forces.
  • Learning in this course happens through group discussions, reading and analyses, guided and self-directed inquiry projects. You will be expected to examine cultural artefacts, traditions and practices, religions, and cultural conflicts and analyze topics such as cultural appropriation and prepare essays with citations to support ideas.
  • You must have a willingness to engage in discussions, share ideas, ask questions, and examine sources (written, visual, virtual, etc.), to build knowledge and understanding is required through reading and engaging.
  • This course is suited to those who are genuinely curious about the many aspects of culture and the forces that influence and shape them.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Comparative Cultures 12 (CMCL 12)

Human Geography 12

  • The main ideas that this course covers involve:
    • demographic patterns of growth, decline, and movement
    • relationships between cultural traits, use of physical space, and impacts on the environment
    • global agricultural practices
    • industrialization, trade, and natural resource demands
    • factors behind increased urbanization and its influence on societies and environments
    • relationships between natural resources and patterns of population settlement and economic development
    • political organization of geographic regions
  • Learning activities will involve group discussions, reading analyses, and guided and self-directed inquiry projects. As the year progresses, larger emphasis will be placed on analysis and critical thinking.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Human Geography 12 (HGEO 12)

Law Studies 12

  • Law Studies 12 is designed to give Brentwood students a broad exposure to the fundamentals of Canadian Law and ongoing opportunities to enhance and apply this knowledge in practical ways. Traditional legal subjects such as criminal law, torts and contracts will be examined, while students also gain knowledge and insight into the important and relevant topics of constitutional, human rights, aboriginal and family law.
  • Through simulated trials and appeals, 20+ guest speakers, visits to local Law Courts and the Law School, together with ongoing advice, assistance and support from the instructor, students can access a window into the possibilities and challenges of a career in or associated with law. Learning how to think critically and solve problems given relevant case law is highly emphasized in this course.
  • Both written and oral advocacy skills will be developed and assessed. (If you do not like to write yourself to clarity, with neither too many nor too few words, you will not like this course.)
  • Whatever side of the moral and political spectrum you arrive with, you will be nudged to defend your ideas, once you have been given a new means with which to do so.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Law Studies 12 (LST 12)

Physical Geography 12

  • The course deals with the following main topics:
    • The structure and function of natural systems
    • The connections between the various spheres of our planet
    • Natural disasters and their impact on human and natural systems
    • Climate and weather and their impact on natural systems
    • Natural resources and sustainability
  • Learning activities will focus on group discussions, reading analyses, guided and self-directed inquiry projects. As the year progresses, larger emphasis on analysis and critical thinking. Students will get an opportunity to explore the different concepts of the curriculum and present their findings in small and large group settings.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Physical Geography 12 (PGEO 12)

Political Studies 12

  • The main ideas explored in the course include:
    • Understanding how political decisions are made is critical to being an informed and engaged citizen.
    • Political institutions and ideology shape both the exercise of power and the nature of political outcomes.
    • Decision making in a democratic system of government is influenced by the distribution of political and social power.
  • The class will stimulate learning through class discussions, portfolios on political issues, examinations of global political issues, analyses of political philosophies, MUN-style simulations, and political speech analysis and presentations.
  • This course explores international and Canadian issues, requires reading of political philosophy and current-events style texts, and requires active communication (both oral and written).
  • An interest in politics (both theory and practice), and a passion for researching, discussing, thinking and writing about political issues are required for success.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Political Studies 12 (PLST 12)

Social Justice 12

  • This course focuses on these fundamental ideas:
    • Social justice issues are interconnected, and individual world-views shape and inform our understanding of social justice issues.
    • The causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society, but social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems.
  • Learning activities will include small group and large group discussions, inquiry projects, and a year end Action Project. Through investigations into and reflections on intersectionality, privilege and power, LGBTQ2 issues, Indigenous awareness, and gender equality, to name a few, students will be challenged to step outside their comfort zone and work in their stretch or risk zones. Thus, students must bring an openness to challenge their current mindset to have an open and growth mindset.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Social Justice 12 (SJ 12)

language course options

Diplôme D’études en Langue Française (DELF) Level B1

  • This course will proceed separately only if numbers warrant it, otherwise it would be delivered as exam preparation, either outside of the academic timetable or as part of a French 11 class.
  • This course focused on higher level daily life topics (current affairs, education, leisure/free time, technology/social media, work related issues, travel, etc.)
  • The course stresses listening and reading comprehension, and writing and oral communication skills. We practice class debates, we follow what is happening in the world, you will attempt to write your first essay, we listen to French radio and watch French TV.
  • The goal is to provide preparation to write the internationally recognized DELF B1 exam.
  • Course Pre-requisite: strong performance in the equivalent of French 10.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: DELF (French) CEFR Level B1 (UDELF 12A), based on the exam performance; Core French 11 (FR 11) if course is delivered as part of French 11.

NOTE: If you select this course, it will be assumed that you are seeking to complete French 11 also. In other words, you do NOT have to select French 11 IN ADDITION TO this course when making your course selections.

French 11

  • Learning another language is a wonderful opportunity to connect with another culture and group of people. It opens doors for communication, further study and volunteer and employment opportunities.
  • We will target all areas of language competency: reading, writing, speaking, listening using an acquisition model. This means emphasis is on acquiring language versus learning “about” the language through grammar drills and vocabulary lists. There will be plenty of opportunities to expand your previous language skills.
  • Activities will include novel studies (mostly done via Reader’s Theatre), cultural investigations, personal and formal writing, interactive games, dictées. The language of interaction and instruction is mostly French.
  • Course Pre-requisite: the equivalent of French 10.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Core French 11 (FR 11)

Mandarin 11

  • Mandarin is the second most commonly spoken language in the world; China is one of the fastest growing world economies. Learning Mandarin is an opportunity to connect with Chinese culture and people, and being able to speak Mandarin will open doors for one's career.
  • All the areas of language competency are covered. Students will learn stories, watch videos, listen to audio recordings, work with worksheets and interact (for example, through a trip to Chinatown) to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Course Pre-requisite: the equivalent of Mandarin 10. Students should have completed at least two years of learning Mandarin. The course is designed for students who have developed a vocabulary of five to six hundred words.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Mandarin 11 (MAN 11)

Spanish 11

  • The course explores at the connection between language and culture while providing the opportunity to improve all language skills in a very interactive way.
  • Student develop their skills in reading and listening comprehension, and in (creative) writing and oral communication.
  • We learn through interactive stories and novels that include all the basic grammatical structures necessary to become a capable communicator. Both individual work and group projects are assessed. There are video projects based on novels.
  • There will be plenty of opportunities to expand your previous language skills. At the same time, a greater emphasis is placed on hispanic cultures from around the world.
  • Course Pre-requisite: the equivalent of Spanish 10
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Spanish 11 (SP 11)

elective course options

Beginner's Mandarin

  • Mandarin is the second most commonly spoken language in the world; China is one of the fastest growing world economies. Learning Mandarin is an opportunity to connect with Chinese culture and people, and being able to speak Mandarin will open doors for one's career.
  • All the areas of language competency are covered. Students will learn stories, watch videos, listen to audio recordings, work with worksheets and interact (for example, through a trip to Chinatown) to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Student should genuinely WANT to learn this language.
  • It is a beginner's course, designed for anyone who does not have any Mandarin knowledge and wants to learn.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Introductory Mandarin 11 (BMAN 11)

Beginner's Spanish

  • Learning Spanish offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures and interact with diverse communities.
  • Learning happens through listening, reading and writing stories. The language is also taught with songs, games and short videos. Individual and group work and projects based on novels read in class. Stories and novels are used to teach grammatical structures in context to support understanding.
  • Instruction is mostly in Spanish. Students are encouraged to communicate in Spanish as much as possible. As such a strong emphasis on communicating; however, no prior Spanish knowledge is required.
  • This course is recommended for students who would like to continue with Spanish 11. For this reason, this course is intended to be more intense than Spanish 9.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: Introductory Spanish 11 (BSP 11)

Coding 11: Javascript

  • Programming is a tool that allows us to implement computational thinking. Solving problems is a creative process. Algorithms are essential in solving problems computationally. Decomposition and abstraction help us to solve difficult problems by managing complexity.
  • Early learning modules are guided on-line modules which you interact with to produce solutions. You will be required to keep a journal which you will add reference materials to so you build a repertoire of coding skills.
  • Advanced modules are a choice of continuing online modules with more advanced topics, Utilizing raspberry Pi computers to run web services and control electronic component circuits built on breadboards.
  • A love of logical stepwise processes to plot progression and clear decision making capabilities will spark your creativity in solving problems, developing simple games and powering interactive websites.
  • If you are not strong in logical thinking, cannot break big problems into smaller ones or have difficulty remembering facts, you will likely struggle and end up not enjoying the course. You need to be able to focus intently for long periods of time.
  • The course teaches coding from an introductory level, however, you should enjoy solving problems if you want to succeed. Attention to detail is an asset.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Computer Programming 11 (CMPR 11)

Coding 11: Python

  • Programming is a tool that helps us implement computational thinking. Problem solving is a creative process and many problems can be solved with a coding application.
  • Classroom activities are based around problem solving and projects, many of which involve physical computing (interacting with the world through sensors, etc). There is also a significant amount of online work that you will complete in order to learn the Python skills that are necessary for success in your project work.
  • If you have a love for problem solving and your math skills are good, this course will feed you well. If you have a curious mind, enjoy working both alone and in a group, you will enjoy this course. If you struggle to meet deadlines and currently find mathematical thinking difficult, you will likely find this course very challenging.
  • This course is designed for beginners and students who are new to coding.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Computer Programming 11 (CMPR 11)

AP Computer Science Principles 12

  • The course deals with these ideas:
    • How the internet works: you get a chance to invent it.
    • Data representation techniques, big data, security, cryptography, and cybercrime
    • Computer programming
  • There will be online labs and small research projects requiring concise summary writing, also group projects that require collaborative work. Through these different modalities you will learn:
    • How the internet actually works
    • How the real world is modelled within a computer environment
    • Computer security issues, cryptography techniques, and cybercrimes
    • Computer coding techniques using block and hand coded environment to create simple programs and complex web based apps. The language used to deliver the coding instruction is javascript, a core language of the web and useful in many other different environments.
  • You should have an interest in learning about the technological world you live in and an inquisitive mind is an asset. Solving problems is a core aspect of this course, but the problems are diverse and span all the topics mentioned.
  • There is no requirement for previous experience, coding modules assume no prior knowledge, neither do the internet or data modelling modules. All concepts are taught from scratch and built up in layers.
  • The College Board evaluation for the AP score involves completing two in-class performance tasks during the course and a multiple choice exam in May.
  • B.C. Ministry Credit Awarded: AP Computer Science Principles 12 (APCSP 12)

Economics 12

  • This course will build your economic literacy skills. You will learn how to read and manipulate graphs, use terms like oligopoly, understand consumer choice and elasticity, read economic indicators and complain about or support government interventions with something to back up your argument.
  • We will use videos, PowerPoints, hands-on activities, podcasts, graphs/models, news articles, class discussions, more graphs/models, and constant problem-solving as we learn new concepts. They say economists do it with models... by “do it”, they mean learn! So be prepared to do lots of graphing and model manipulation.
  • This is a combination of both micro and macroeconomic concepts, so you can think of it as an appetizer for either AP course in economics.
  • Students should be able to use common sense and logic, draw and manipulate graphs and be ready to put in lots of time previewing and reviewing for homework. Other than a final independent study project and presentation, there is not a lot of writing in this course.
  • This course cannot be taken concurrently with one of the AP economics courses.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Economics 12 (EC 12)

Entrepreneurship 12

  • This course will allow the students to become fully immersed into both the theory and practical aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • Along with a large amount of theory being covered during the year, the students will immediately face the challenge of proposing, developing, and actually running a small business for a brief period of time. With little funding, experience or assistance, students will face some very interesting challenges and situations. Later in the year students will be required to develop create a much larger and more complex business venture and then implement that venture during the annual Brentwood Regatta in April.
  • We also complete a number of case studies and look closely at the construction of a complete Business Plan and cover some of the basics of Financial Accounting.
  • Both the positive and negative aspects of cooperative and competitive teamwork will be experienced by all participants, so those students that are not comfortable working in teams and competing with others will really have to stretch themselves out of their comfort zones to find success in this course.
  • Students should come into the class with a willingness to work with others and leave externalities at the door. The ability to learn from both their mistakes and the mistakes of others is paramount, and students will need to be able to handle constructive criticism from their peers. Professionalism in the workplace is an expectation when you arrive, it's business, after all.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Entrepreneurship 12 (ENT 12)

Financial Accounting 12

  • In this course, students will learn to:
    • apply basic accounting principles and understand accounting cycles
    • understand and apply proper internal control systems in the management of a business
    • evaluate the financial system of a business by analyzing financial statements
    • develop an understanding of stock market activity and terminology
  • There is a heavy emphasis on learning through case studies. First term focuses on understanding and building financial statements. As the year progresses, larger emphasis on analysis and critical thinking
  • Strong math and organizational skills an asset but by no means a prerequisite. Students must have a willingness to be prepared for class and engage in discussions will be a significant success driver.
  • This course is valuable for managing and understanding your own life as a business
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: Financial Accounting 12 (FA 12)

AP Macroeconomics 12

  • The big ideas of this course include understanding economic measurements, markets, macro models and macro policies. You will understand all that you hear about in the news: GDP, inflation, interest rates, unemployment rates, fiscal and monetary policies, foreign exchange and bonds, and, most importantly, how all of it impacts your life.
  • We use videos, PowerPoints, podcasts, graphs, news articles, class discussions, a few hands-on activities and constant problem-solving as we learn new concepts. Our assessments are closely aligned to the AP exam, so you will have lots of practice and feel quite comfortable going into that mandatory exam in May. Afterward, you will complete an independent study project.
  • You will be expected to stay on top of your work every night. You are given preview videos, then we cover the material together the next day, and you are expected to review that night. There may be times where a Sunday session is necessary.
  • This is also a great course for any debaters or for those who have a passion for global issues. While strong math skills are not a necessity (they sure help though), students must have the ability to read a graph and think logically.
  • If students are keen to take both AP courses in economics, it is advised that you take this course before AP Microeconomics as students are not allowed to take them both in the same year.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: AP Macroeconomics 12 (APMA 12)

AP Music Theory 12

  • Music Theory is a must for any serious musician. Students wishing to further their knowledge of music theory, or those wishing to continue their studies in music post Brentwood, would benefit by taking this course. The course covers the requirements for the AP Music Theory Exam held in May.
  • This course includes: music fundamentals, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, contextual listening, sight singing, stylistic composition, figured bass, melodic harmonization, and visual analysis techniques.
  • Course Pre-requisites: Students who take this course should have had some background in music studies up to intermediate level of study. The equivalent of basic elementary rudiments or at least 3 years of instrumental or vocal study are a prerequisite for taking this course.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: AP Music Theory 12 (APMU 12)

AP Seminar 11

  • This is the ultimate university prep course. This class is aimed at building and refining high-level reading, thinking, discussion and research skills. It explores contemporary issues and provides the framework for students to pursue academically rigorous research in an area of personal interest.
    • Discussions on a wide range of texts related to student-chosen themes
    • Research papers
    • Persuasive writing
    • Public speaking
  • Students will read and watch all sorts of texts and media. So they must have a willingness to learn to communicate and collaborate effectively is really important in this course
  • This course is best for students with solid foundations in close reading and scholarly writing, who want to lean into big research projects, and who are passionate about exploring real-world issues in all subject areas.
  • Note that this course is also offered to Grade 10s as an elective.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: AP Capstone Seminar 11 (APCS 11)

AP Research 12

  • As the ultimate in academic classes, this will prepare students for conducting original research for any discipline at the university level. This course will prepare you for the rigours of 3rd and 4th year courses.
  • Students choose their topics and explore large research projects on topics of their own interest. Any subject area and research style are possible.
  • There is NO AP exam; rather, students write one paper and do one presentation for AP credit.
  • Course Pre-requisite: Students must take AP Seminar and achieve a score of 3 or higher.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: AP Capstone Research 12 (APCR 12)

AP Studio Art 12

  • This course presents students with the challenge of researching, defining, producing, assessing, refining and reflecting a body of work in the fields of art and/or design.
  • This course is studio-based, with time spent in active, self-guided studio work during both the academic (morning) class time and an art afternoon commitment (beyond regular Brentwood Arts requirements). Instruction consists of broadly defined assignments, individual coaching, and guided group critique. Additional instruction is occasionally provided to provide exemplars from the worlds of art and design, outline technical issues related to art-making or curatorial practice, or to discuss post-secondary paths and career opportunities related to art and design. The final AP exam for this course takes the form of an adjudicated portfolio submission; however, students who are permitted to take the course in Grade 11 typically are on track to spend a second year in the course in Grade 12 and submit that portfolio then.
  • Students should only take this class if they are passionate about making, feel comfortable in a studio environment and are capable of self-directed, inquiry-based learning. Students should be prepared to find time in their schedules for several hours per week of independent studio work above and beyond the time commitments already listed. It will be very challenging to find success in this course without a strong routine.
  • Course Pre-requisite: Application, portfolio submission, and interview with course instructor, Mr. Luna. Entry into the course is selective as enrolment is limited.
  • B.C. Ministry Course Credit: AP 2-D Design Portfolio 12 (AP2DP 12)