Grade 10 Course Information

Below you will find information that comes from the teachers themselves about the Elective Courses offered at Brentwood at the Grade 10 level, along with details about some of the options about the courses in the Standard Grade 10 Program.

Interested in other Grade 11 Courses/Electives?

    • If you are advanced in a subject and are looking to take the Grade 11 level course in that subject, or

    • If you are simply curious about taking an elective course beyond the Standard Grade 10 Electives that is normally offered to Grade 11 students.

You may not find the course listed below and will have to go to the Grade 11 Course Information page to find details about the course you're looking for.

English 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Science 10, and Social Studies 10...

There's not much to say about these foundational courses that are part of the Standard Grade 10 Program. You can go to the Grade 10 page on the Brentwood Website for general information about them.

Science 10 Options

We offer a couple of interesting alternatives to regular Science 10 to those students who might be interested in these particular fields of study. If you are interested in one of these options as an alternative to regular Science 10, you will be prompted to selection them when you complete the Course Registration form.

Science 10: Biomedical Engineering

    • Through project-based learning students investigate solutions to public health problems in the developing world using Belize as a case study. Although not mandatory to join this course, students taking it will have priority to join the annual Belize Service Trip.

    • The Biomedical Engineering component of this course will require regular readings that will have to be thoroughly completed before coming to class. You can expect a range of different activities in class: group discussions, exploratory investigations, experimental design, projects and presentations, most of them related to biomedical engineering for global health.

    • This version of Science 10 has been created in collaboration with Duke University. This course aims to provide students with a basic introduction to biomedical engineering for global health while integrating the main principles related to physics, chemistry and biology that correspond to the BC Science 10 curriculum.

    • If you are passionate about science, interested in medical sciences topics, comfortable with the challenge of a faster-paced science course, comfortable with Project-Based learning, and interested in learning with and from communities in other parts of the world, then this option for Science 10 is for you!

Science 10: Sustainable Engineering

    • This course aims to provide students with an introduction to sustainable engineering by integrating the main principles related to physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy that correspond to the BC Science 10 curriculum. Through project-based learning, students will learn the basics of the engineering design process while exploring some of the sustainability challenges that our planet is facing and investigating possible solutions.

    • You can expect a range of different activities in class: group discussions, exploratory investigations, experimental design, projects and presentations, most of them related to sustainable engineering. Field trips will also be part of the learning activities. There will be regular readings that will have to be thoroughly completed before coming to class.

    • If you are passionate about science, interested in sustainability topics, comfortable with the challenge of a faster-paced science course, comfortable with Project-Based learning, and interested in learning in and and outside of the classroom, then this option for Science 10 is for you!

grade 10 language course Options

French 10

  • Acquiring a new language, such as French, shapes your perspective of the world, and gives you more and better opportunities in the future.

  • Reading and listening comprehension, (creative) writing, and oral expression are practised throughout the course. Both individual work and group projects are assessed.

  • We learn through interactive stories and novels that include all the basic grammatical structures necessary to become a capable communicator.

  • Language of instruction is mostly French. Elements from Francophone countries are discussed.

  • Course pre-requisite: French 9 or the equivalent

Mandarin 10

  • 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 9 or Beginner's Mandarin. Students should have completed at least one year of learning Mandarin. The course is designed for students who have developed a vocabulary of two to three hundred words.

Spanish 10

  • Learning Spanish offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures and interact with diverse communities. We learning 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 more advanced grammatical structures in context to support understanding.

  • Instruction is mostly in Spanish. There will be strong emphasis on oral and written communication.

  • Course pre-requisite: Spanish 9 or Beginner's Spanish

Grade 10 elective course options

Beginner's French

  • In today’s global community, competence in more than one language is an essential part of communication and cultural understanding. Advanced language learning offers social, cultural, academic benefits that will serve students throughout their lives. The proficiencies acquired through the study of French at this level will provide learners with communication skills to be able to face the French 11 level.

  • This course will offer an opportunity for students who did not begin Core French in the elementary grades to pursue French at the secondary level. It is a course for beginners, designed for anyone who does not have any French knowledge and wants to learn.

  • This is an intensive course designed to cover essential learning standards from Grades 5 to 10 in an accelerated time frame in order to prepare students for Core French 11.

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 course for beginners, designed for anyone who does not have any Mandarin knowledge and wants to learn.

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.

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.

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.

Design 11

  • This course is an introduction to the world of applied design (typography, logos, clothing and fashion, interiors and architecture) as topics for study, research and analysis and also for exercises in making, presenting, critiquing and refining using design-related skills and language.

  • Each major area of Design (graphic, clothing, architecture) undertakes lecture and discussion, assigned exercises in analysis, assigned presentations on group research topics, and studio-oriented projects such as logo design, fashion drawing and model-making. Students work both individually and collaboratively. A final exam assesses knowledge of design language, ability to analyze examples of design and ability to arrive at creative design solutions for challenges related to our major areas of study.

  • Because this course undertakes both academic and studio-related tasks, some flexibility is required! Passion for all areas of design is strongly encouraged, as class discussion can be wide-ranging. Attention to instruction specifics is very important for success with multi-step design projects. Because our major projects are ‘chunked’ into smaller, time-sensitive tasks, time management is a very valuable skill in this class, especially if your program at Brentwood takes you out of the classroom for competitive commitments, etc.

  • Students are encouraged to make connections between this class and courses related to both business and social studies in general. Students with solid visual arts skills (such as drawing or digital illustration) may find that this helps them approach some assignments more confidently. This course may provide a helpful frame of reference for courses such as AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Comparative Cultures 12 or Entrepreneurship 12. This course may be useful to students whose long-range goals include post-secondary study in the areas of graphic design, fashion design or merchandising, interior design, environmental design or architecture.

Introduction to Business 11

  • This is a broad, fast paced course that functions as an introduction to the Grade 12 and AP business courses offered at Brentwood (Financial Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) We also include a number of modules based upon similar Business courses from the BC Curriculum such as Marketing and Human Resources.

  • Students will be given the opportunity to practice and master important, but often overlooked, skills such as effective group-work, keyboarding, business writing, presenting. They will also learn basic word processing, spreadsheet and publishing skills through the use of Google, Microsoft Office and Adobe Products. We will also examine issues such as business etiquette, ethics and social enterprise.

  • Our classes will include a healthy dose of “learning by doing”. While a portion of the class will be dedicated to skill or content acquisition, the remainder will be dedicated to our “Business In Action” projects.

  • Through both formative and summative assessments, students will have the opportunity to monitor their learning journey. Given that the intention of this course is to prepare students for higher level Business courses, there is an expectation that they will take ownership of their learning, seek additional help when needed and come to class with a mature and conscientious approach to their studies.

Science & Ethics 11

  • This course is a broad-ranging discussion and research based study of issues that arise from the development of technologies. Students adopt an ethical perspective. They are encouraged to challenge and debate accepted positions in areas such as biomedical and computer technology. The nature of ethics and value systems are analyzed as well as the premises behind scientific thought.

  • Pseudoscience, logical fallacies and the relationship between science and the media are also discussed and illustrated through a variety of case studies.

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.

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