Grade 12 ACADEMICs
Students' academic courses in Grade 12 must be selected with their specific post-secondary plans in mind to ensure they include all of the requirements for admission to students' post-secondary institutions of choice. This demands, of course, that students have good ideas of what they what might want to study at university and where. Knowing that is the challenge, as there may yet be much exploration to be done, or because students remains uncertain as to what paths lie ahead. From our perspective, that is fine, and students should never feel pressured to know what their futures hold with certainty. So how do we navigate this apparent paradox?
The answer lies in focusing on a student's academic strengths, as those are normally indicative of what that student enjoys studying. We ask a couple of questions regularly:
“What are the subjects you enjoy learning? What are the subjects in which you are successful?”
Typically, the answers to both questions are the same, and so those need to be students' guiding principles in terms of course selection if their future post-secondary plans remain somewhat unclear.
This is not to suggest that students should keep all options open. Such an approach can often force students into programs that are ill-suited to their strengths. Additionally, the approach has the potential to negatively impact to a student's overall achievement in Grade 12 that can have serious consequences to the university admissions process more broadly. Instead, it is best to keep open practical options with the selection of an individual set of courses that will maximize the chances for success for students in Grade 12.
The hallmark of the Brentwood Grade 12 Academic Program is the degree of freedom that students have to choose courses that meet the needs of their post-secondary plans.
Brentwood's expectation is that students in Grade 12 will take FIVE academic courses.
As part of the British Columbia graduation requirements, Brentwood students in Grade 12 are required to take:
A Grade 12 Language Arts courses...
The other courses that students take as electives depend primarily on post-secondary requirements, and thus course selections must be made with potential post-secondary plans and admission requirements in mind.
Students must choose a minimum of FOUR elective courses in addition to their English option for a total of FIVE courses. Students may enrol in six courses in total, but six should not be selected unless a student is serious about remaining in all selected courses (and not having a Study Block in their timetable). The decision to take a sixth course is based upon:
Ability and interest
Total involvement (commitment outside the classroom and possible overload problems)
Required courses (necessary pre-requisites for selected university programs)
The Grade 12 Courses page (see the link below) offers detailed information and candid messages about courses from the teachers who know them best! It is advised that you spend some time reviewing that information before considering your choices.
It is possible that a Grade 12 student maybe required to take a Grade 11 elective course to satisfy a specific admission requirement. Please refer to the Grade 11 Courses page if this is the case.
English Studies 12
Literary Studies 12
AP English Literature & Composition 12
Advanced Topics in Math 12
Calculus 12 / AP Calculus AB
Foundations of Mathematics 12
Anatomy & Physiology 12 / AP Biology 12
Chemistry 12 / AP Chemistry 12
AP Environmental Science 12
Physics 12 / AP Physics 12
Social Studies Courses
20th Century World History 12
AP Art History 12
Comparative Cultures 12
AP Comparative Government & Politics 12
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
Human Geography 12
Law Studies 12
Physical Geography 12
Political Studies 12
Social Justice 12
AP United States History 12
AP World History 12
Information Technology Courses
AP Computer Science Principles 12
AP French Language 12
AP Spanish Language 12
Additional Academic Elective Courses
Creative Writing 12
Financial Accounting 12
AP Macroeconomics 12
AP Microeconomics 12
AP Music Theory 12
AP Psychology 12
AP Research 12
AP Studio Art 12
When you complete your Course Registration, you will also be selecting your Fine Arts courses & fall term Athletics. Please click the links below to review details about Brentwood Arts and Athletics offerings.