Grade 11 Compulsory Courses

*Note: Please choose only ONE math course and ONE ELA course

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  • ELA 30S - Lit Focus
  • ELA 30S - Comp Focus
  • Math 30S - Essentials
  • Math 30S - Applied
  • Math 30S - Pre-Cal
  • History of Canada 30S
  • P.E./Health 30F

This course provides students with opportunities to enrich their lives and their understanding of themselves through aesthetic texts.  The Literary Focus emphasizes the aesthetic uses of language; language that enlightens, fosters understanding and empathy, reflects culture, expresses feelings and experience, and brings enjoyment.  Students will chart their journey by way of exploring and creating a variety of formal and informal discourse (letters, journals, one essay, plays [Shakespeare], short stories, novels, presentations, among others).  While the texts themselves provide the ‘modus operandi,’ students should be reminded that focus herein is literacy not literature. Approximately 70 percent of the texts used will be aesthetic and 30 percent pragmatic in purpose.

Prerequisite: English 20F

This course provides the students an opportunity to develop a range of literacy skills that deepen their engagement with and appreciation of a variety of texts and help them function more effectively in the world they live in. The language uses explored in the Comprehensive Focus will be both pragmatic and aesthetic in purpose.  Students will engage with and compose texts that inform, persuade, analyze, foster understanding and empathy, reflect culture, express feelings and experience, and bring enjoyment. The course addresses a variety of informal and formal discourse, ranging from oral discussions, free-writing, letters, articles, reports, presentations, and fiction among others. Approximately 50 percent of the texts used will be aesthetic and 50 percent pragmatic in purpose.

Prerequisite: English 20F

This course builds on the problem analysis and analysis of games and numbers introduced in 20S. 30S expands on the use of projects and portfolios when studying in the following areas: income and debt, personal income tax, operating a vehicle, measurement technology, probability, data analysis and relations and formulas.

Students will develop mathematical concepts using data and problem solving.  The course emphasizes effective communication skills and the use of technology. Topics include measurement, statistics, geometry, relations and function and logic. Use of technology on chrome books is used in problem solving. 

Recommended: 60% or higher average in Applied Math 20S

This course builds in the topics of trigonometry, geometry, functions, exponents and radicals, and statistics and probability. The Pre-Calculus stream is the most strenuous stream of theoretical math and will require intensive student effort.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus Math 20S

Recommended:  60% or higher average in Pre-Calculus Math 20S

History is a critical element of the social studies. The Canadian History class examines the past through five clusters. Each cluster concentrates on an aspect of Canadian history in a chronological manner. Aside from content, six critical thinking strategies permeate the course. The purpose of the course is to have students understand and feel a part of the development of Canada.

This compulsory full-credit course is designed to help students take greater ownership of his/her physical fitness. Goals of this program will be for students to gain a better knowledge of what it means to lead a healthy active lifestyle and to gain an appreciation for life long physical activity, the grade 11 community based course will be organized and delivered 50% by the physical education staff at Green Valley School while the remaining 50% will be the responsibility of the student. A major focus of this course will be on individual fitness plans as students will be required to develop and implement a 55-hour personal physical activity plan. As part of their physical activity practicum students will be required to submit a personal fitness portfolio containing elements such as a fitness plan, physical activity log, and other required assignments from the health modules of this class.

Students will be required to attend meetings with staff advisors and earn a certain number of physical activity hours outside of the school setting.  Topics for the health component of this course will include: fitness management, mental health, substance use and abuse prevention, and the social impact of sport.  Grading for completion of this course will be done using a Complete or Incomplete designation.

Students will be encouraged to use out of school recreational facilities such as:


  •         Arenas
  •         Pools
  •         Gyms
  •         Tennis courts
  •         Curling rinks
  •         Soccer pitches
  •         Ball diamonds
  •         Walking paths


NOTE: Parents/Guardians will be required to review the student’s physical activity plan and sign a Parent Declaration and Consent Form acknowledging their approval and accepting responsibility for risk management, safety, supervision and verification of the physical activity log.