Grades 9 & 10
Students in Grades 9-10 take six core subjects in each of those two years as well as two elective courses chosen from an array of options.
The six core subjects are: English; second language (French, or Spanish); mathematics; science (students choose two among biology, chemistry and physics but have the option to take a third science); social science (three semesters of history and one of geography are required, with an option to take a full year of geography in Grade 10); and physical education/life skills. Students must also take two semesters in the arts as part of the graduation requirement.
The Grade 10 Project allows for independent exploration of a topic of personal interest. It may be an artistic production, an original design, or another means of expression. Students set a learning goal and, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, develop a realistic plan for achieving that goal.
Grade 10 Curriculum
Six curricular spheres facilitate students’ academic, social, and personal development:
- Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative processes using a variety of media.
- Communication and Collaboration: Students effectively communicate through a variety of media and work collaboratively to support learning and contribute to the learning of others.
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking to plan and conduct research, manage projects, and make informed decisions using appropriate tools and resources.
- Research and Information Fluency: Students effectively gather, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources.
- Citizenship in the Digital Age: Students develop an understanding of cultural and societal issues, including those related to media and technology, in order to practice ethical behavior.
- Pursuit and Assessment of Personal Growth: Students demonstrate a love of learning and enthusiastically embrace challenges.