Genuine Learning Academy Foundation




Prerequisite: English 11
English Studies 12 is a mandatory course which all students must pass in order to graduate. English Studies 12 draws together the learning experiences of 12 years of schooling, it encourages the development of students’ confidence, independence and appreciation in the areas of reading, writing, oral communications, viewing and representing. It continues to develop and enhance students’ appreciation of literature and language. The activities and resources are increasingly more sophisticated, but are carefully selected to appeal to the range of students’ interests and abilities.

  • Students will read for a variety of purposes, demonstrate interpretive understanding and critically analyze short stories, novels, poetry, drama (e.g. a Shakespeare play) and nonfiction.
  • In writing, students will write in a variety of formats employing all stages of the writing process: prewriting drafting, editing, proofreading and publishing. Emphasis will be on multi-paragraph composition.
  • Oral communication skills will develop a critical awareness and appreciation of audience, purpose and context.
  • In viewing, students will identify, analyze, interpret and evaluate techniques used to convey meaning in visual and mass media.
  • Students will select and create a variety of representational forms to assist in the expression, development and extension of ideas.


This is a course for those who love to write, and who want to explore different genres of writing in a fun, lighthearted, and supportive environment. Short stories, poetry, narrative fiction, story slams, script writing, journaling, and other styles will be explored. Most days will be filled with writing, sharing, and reading inspirational texts. Regular feedback, via peers and the teacher, are a big part of the course, and a lot of it will be organized around a workshop format, getting feedback and sharing with your peers-a truly transformational experience as a writer. Mini outings for inspiration and character background missions, fieldtrips to see real live writers, and poetry slams are all a part of the excitement of this course, as well as opportunities to publish work through contests and outside publications. This course can be used as an academic course for entry to some university programs (but does not take the place of English 12).

Social Studies


The 20th Century involves a wide variety of fascinating people and events that are relevant to the world today. From the role of individuals, mass movements, conflicts, cultural and technological changes, to various beliefs and philosophies, students will be exposed to the forces that irrevocably changed the 20th century world and created many of the issues unravelling today.
The course deals with issues beginning with the Paris Peace Conference at the end of WWI and examines the political, economic, social, individual, religious, technological, geographic, military, and intellectual forces that led to and impacted events from that date forward. Students will use the content from this period of history to expand on and develop their skills in the interpretation, analysis, evaluation and understanding of historical events. Students will build their knowledge and understanding through investigations into interesting, open- ended questions, through the production of evidence-based arguments, through debate and discussion of historical and contemporary issues, and through the construction of and support for their own hypotheses, solutions, and conclusions.
Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding through discussions with guest speakers, by watching and analyzing documentary footage and contemporary films, and through participation in the annual Holocaust Symposium at UBC.


A geographer looks to explore, identify, and understand the interactions between humans, as well as between humans and the environment within and between places. This includes the characteristics and influences of location, physical and cultural landscapes, regions, and the movement of people, goods, and ideas. In Human Geography 12, you will explore and research all kinds of interesting topics, as well as create and respond to important questions.
For example:

  • Why do people and populations grow, move and change?
  • How do populations across the world meet their basic needs?
  • Where do people choose to live, or where are people forced to live?
  • Do different cultural, political, and economic beliefs affect the use of physical space and the environment?
  • Where and how is food grown? What are some traditional and innovative agricultural practices around the world? (Mmm! FOOD!)
  • Can we create a healthy relationship between the environment, consumption of resources and things, and the economy?
  • What are the various roles of the city including slums, business, commercial centres,residential places and related emergent planning and design?
  • Will you be able to solve one of the world’s “Wicked Problems”? There will be group work, projects, learning based on real life local and global issues, and, hopefully, a field trip or two. Hope you can join the fun.


While travelling, have you ever viewed a unique landscape or experienced a different climate or storm and wondered how it was formed or what caused it? If so, you will love Physical Geography! It involves learning about the earth and our dynamic environment. Physical Geography studies land forms, volcanism, rivers, glaciers, climate, weather, plate tectonics, topographical maps, aerial photographs, natural disasters, biomes, and natural resources management. Skills from this course can be applied to the following: careers with the Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Impact Assessments, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems GIS, Environmental Law, Rural/Urban Planning, Aviation, and Navigation (NAV Canada) plus many others.


Law Studies 12 explores the legal rights and responsibilities that affect all Canadian citizens. Students scrutinize the boundaries of our laws, and examine the roles of different players within the justice system. Through debating real cases, students come to a complex understanding of the how the legal process functions.
The course involves regular class discussion and critical thinking, primarily through studying current events and issues. Students are expected to consider various viewpoints and make reasoned judgments in order to develop their own positions.
Topics include Criminal Law, Civil Law, and careers in Law.


Is there a real world, or is everything a figment of my imagination? Do we have free will, or do our brains simply respond mechanically to stimuli? What, if anything, distinguishes right from wrong? Philosophers relentlessly pursue the fundamental questions of life, and their techniques apply to problems in any discipline or endeavor. They establish standards of evidence, provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy is the search for wisdom and in such an endeavour, there is no end point, nor an ultimate answer.
This course is a survey of several major areas of philosophy: logic and reasoning, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. Students will reflect upon philosophical issues through discussions, journaling, inquiry, creative choice projects, and formal critical essays in order to develop the analytical skills necessary for effectively evaluating arguments and thinking independently.
Students taking this course must be prepared to examine and challenge ideas, be respectful of differing ideas and beliefs, and be willing to question their own assumptions and understanding of their own beliefs. Being open minded and thinking critically are a must! Students must be prepared for the rigours that this course will involve.


Social Justice 12 promotes the pursuit of social justice and encourages students to develop the commitment and ability to work toward a more just society. It is a participatory course that requires self-analysis, social analysis, respect for diversity, a willingness to take action and a willingness to respectfully discuss controversial issues.
In this course we will:
• Recognize and understand the causes of injustice
• Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills to social justice issues

Questions we will ask include:
• Understand how to act in a socially just manner
• Become responsible agents of change

  • What are my assumptions about how our society functions/ should function? (e.g., competitive, collective)
  • What roles do culture and language play in my perceptions, understandings, values, and beliefs?
  • Am I privileged or entitled? In what ways?
  • Am I oppressed or marginalized? In what ways?
  • How do I perpetuate the status quo?
  • How do I respond when someone disagrees with me?
  • How do I treat others with beliefs and values different from my own?
  • What am I willing to do to promote social justice ideals?
  • How willing am I to take personal risks in sharing my ideas.


You have taken BC First Peoples 12 and would like to explore how BC and Canadian issues link to Canadian and Global Contemporary Indigenous Issues, then this is the course for you. Local action projects, an inquiry project and investigating issues such as:
• Stereotypes and institutionalized racism, examining media portrayals of indigenous peoples, contemporary indigenous arts & media
• Legislation, modern treaty negotiations, alternative justice systems, decolonization approaches, United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
• Protocols and ceremonies, traditional practices, cultural competency, developing economic strategies like joint ventures, partnerships, co-management, consultation versus collaboration, resources managing, ownership, sharing Expand your knowledge, see how BC topics fit into global issues and how other countries have approached the topics of resources, treaties, education, prisons, reconciliation and so much more.


PHYSICS 12 – MPH--12

Prerequisites: Physics 11 with a minimum of C+ or better and Math 11 with a minimum of B or better.
Physics 12 is recommended as a follow-up physics course suitable for students who have a particular interest in Physics or who plan to continue in science or engineering. The course covers: Vector Kinematics including relative velocity, Forces and Torque in equilibrium, Energy and Momentum, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Electrostatics, and Electromagnetism. Students will be required to solve non-right triangles. Evaluation is based on lab work, assignments, quizzes and exams.


Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 (recommended minimum C+ standing) It is recommended that students take Math 12
This course is intended for those students who have shown an aptitude for Chemistry and plan to take Chemistry and related courses at the post-secondary level. Chemistry 12 is a problem-centered course involving more advanced concepts than Chemistry 11. The topics covered are: Reaction Kinetics, Equilibrium, Solubility of Ionic Substances, Acids, Bases and Salts, and Oxidation reduction.


Prerequisite: Life Sciences 11 (recommended C+ average or better and completion of Chemistry 11)
This course concentrates on the physiology of human beings. Anatomy and Physiology 12 is a course intended for those students who are interested in preparing themselves for post-secondary studies in the biological sciences and or nursing. This course concentrates on the physiology of living things. A thorough study of cells leads to the study of tissues, organs and organ systems with particular concentration on humans.


Prerequisite: Suggested Earth Science 11, a Grade 11 Math
Long live rock – or at least – rocks! Take a “sedimental” journey five billion years in the making. Geology 12 is a course that explores the wide variety of processes that shape the planet we live on. Students will discover:
♣ why we “shake and bake” (Earthquakes and Volcanoes);
♣ how we can learn about the future by studying the past (Paleontology and Geologic Time);
♣ what we are on(EarthMaterials–igneous,sedimentaryandmetamorphicrocks,earthresources,plate tectonics);
♣ why our planet looks the way it does (Surface Processes-running water, glaciation, ground water);
♣ how we compare to other members of neighbourhood/solar system (Comparative Planetology).
The goal of the course is for students to develop an appreciation of their roles as custodians of our unique and fragile planet. Course content will include field excursions in addition to school work.


Using creative and critical thinking, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively to address real- world challenges by exploring materials, programming, using prototyping tools and equipment, designing and building, developing processes, and communicating the merits of their work. They learn to critically evaluate the appropriateness of the products and prototypes they develop and those developed by others.



Prerequisite: Foundations of Math 11
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Foundations of Math 11.
Topics: Probability, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial and trigonometric functions, regressions, combinatorics, set theory.


Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11
This course is recommended for students who have experienced success in
Pre-Calculus 11 and is the prerequisite for Pre-Calculus 12. The goal of this course is to prepare students for Calculus 12 Topics: Trigonometric reasoning including angles in standard position, trigonometric identities, composition and transformation of functions, inverse, conics, radical, polynomial exponential, and logarithmic functions.


Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12
This course is designed to prepare students for university mathematics. It is strongly recommended that students have an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in Pre-Calculus 12 (or teacher recommendation) before attempting this course.
Topics: Functions, limits, derivatives, antiderivatives and differential equations


FRENCH 12 - MFR--12

Prerequisite: French 11
This course is the culmination of the study of French language and culture at the secondary level. More complex facets of language and literature are introduced. French culture is explored in greater detail. The themes that are studied are: Identity, Critical Thinking and Social Responsibility. As in previous levels, students are learning about the topics themselves as well as learning the French needed for practical communication about the topic. There may be an opportunity for students to take the DELF exam (Diplome d’Etudes de langue francaise). This French proficiency exam is recognized internationally.


FOOD STUDIES 12 – MFOOD11/MFOOD12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: None
Students will develop skills to prepare and design complex recipes based on themes, needs, and constraints. Students will apply advanced design thinking skills to concepts such as food recalls, food security, food guides, food justice, and food marketing. Through the investigation of personal, social, environmental, and ethical issues, students will develop designs (recipe development and modification) to prototype dishes and explore ingredients, functions, proportions, temperatures, and preparation methods.


Prerequisite: None
This course allows students to engage in the use of scientific methods in order to explore and understand a variety of social issues that arise in their personal lives, their community, and in society at large. Students will explore psychological theories, and methods of research
and experimentation, while focusing on topics related to the brain and behavior, personality, psychological disorders, conflict, stress, and the role that society and culture play in behavior. This course is intended to give students exposure to subject matter that is typically not examined until students reach post-secondary education.

FAMILY STUDIES 12 – MCDAC12 (4 Arts Education/ADST credits)

This course is for students interested in a career in counseling, social work, education, or health care. Topics will include pregnancy from conception to delivery, caregiving and parenting styles, stages of child development, and adolescence. Students can look forward to taking care of infant simulators and examining family structures around the world.


Physical and Health Education Active Living 11 and 12 are elective courses that build on the competencies learned in PHE 8, 9, and 10. The main focus of both courses is on the promotion of health and well-being through team sport organization and participation, leadership, and personal fitness. A unique portion of the Active Living 11 and 12 curriculums is the community recreational activity component. Along with in-school team sport, leadership, and personal fitness activities, students will participate in approximately five field trip activities. These activities will provide students with an opportunity to explore recreational activities provided within the community that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Examples of possible recreational activity field trips are: bowling, rock climbing, golf, martial arts, racquetball, curling, swimming, and hiking. Please note that participation in these activities requires the payment of a course fee. The emphasis of safety, leadership, responsible decision making, nutrition, and injury prevention principles are major components of the Active Living 11 and 12 curriculums.

ELECTRONICS 12 – MTELE12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Electronics 11
This advanced course will explore further the workings of electronic systems, with digital electronics being the central component. Students will improve their ability to read schematic diagrams, design and develop printed circuit boards, assemble, and test teacher/student selected projects.

ROBOTICS 12 – MTROB12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Robotics 10 or 11
This is a fast-paced, hands-on course where students have the opportunity to design, build, and program competition robots. Students will have the opportunity to compete in class, but also within the VEX robotics league. Focus will first be on the design process and students will learn the basics of construction as well as how to keep a standardized engineering notebook. Next, students will have numerous opportunities to build various versions of robots to meet that year’s game. Then, students will build on their block based coding knowledge by advancing to Robot-C language coding. Students will also have the opportunity to program various sensors to allow the robot to move autonomously. Teamwork skills and interpersonal skills are strengthened in this fast-paced team environment.

ART METAL and JEWELLERY 12 – MTAMJ12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Metalwork 11 or 12 or Art Metal 10 This is an artistic course using new & recycled metals as a medium to create original artwork. Students may learn to manipulate metal or construct artistic metal projects through the use of hand tools, oxy-acetylene welding/brazing/cutting. Projects may include gold/silver rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces, hair barrettes, wire/metal sculptures and metal signage.

DRAFTING 12 – MTDRF12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Drafting and Design 11
The main objective of this course is to offer an advanced set of skills and knowledge that will provide valuable over a lifetime as well as opening doors to a variety of career options. The areas of focus will include a blending of conventional technical sketching, measurement, and a variety of software applications, primarily AutoCAD and Inventor with a further emphasis on architectural and mechanical drawings. Students will apply the acquired skills in the design and drawing of teacher/student selected projects which could serve as a portfolio for post-secondary entrance or to career exploration. Scale models may also be created by hand, or using a 3D printer or laser cutter.

WOODWORK 12: MWWK-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisites: Woodwork 11 or Woodcraft 11
After identifying a variety of wood species and their common applications, students can learn basic furniture or cabinet construction techniques. Historical and modern furniture styles as well as ergonomics will be utilized in the furniture design. With an effective project work-plan, students will construct a piece of cabinetry or furniture using the acquired skills of machining, joining, and finishing with the option of engineered wood products and composite materials along with solid wood. Students will also be expected to identify and use an appropriate selection of hardware, fasteners, and adhesives in the assembly of the project. Students interested in cabinetry may use specific construction techniques including drawer construction and rail and stile doors in the manufacturing of a variety of cabinets.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 12 – MENT-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits) “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

  • Starting your own business
  • Creating a business plan
  • Design and create your own product
  • Be your own Boss.

ECONOMICS 12 – MEC--12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong are more powerful than is commonly understood.” John Maynard Keynes

  • Economics 12 introduces students to a new way of viewing the world and the behaviour of the people living in it.
  • Students will learn to analyse people’s behaviour from the point of view of satisfying individual needs and wants.
  • Students will also study how governments attempt to control the economies they govern. Cover topics in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
  • This is an essential course for students who plan on pursuing studies in business.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 12 – MCMPR12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

  • Students will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of software application development and develop skills in designing and writing simple computer programs.
  • This course is intended for students who wish to:
  • Learn what software development is and what software developers do
  • Learn programming concepts and terminology to facilitate communication with software developers
  • Learn to read, trace, and understand simple code
  • Learn to write, test, and debug code to solve a simple problem
  • Create simple software applications
  • Learn the building blocks of programming using Python
  • Use Python commands for robotics
  • Create simple Python applications

ANIMATION 12 – MDMD-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Animation 11 preferred
This is an advanced course in classical and computer animation. Students will learn advanced 2D and 3D animation. Students will learn basic sound production, produce storyboards, and action animation, including short animated desktop videos, which include sound. Students will create personal pieces for a final portfolio. A graduation portfolio will be required to complete the course. The course will focus on skill set development in specific software.

DRAMA 12 – MDRM-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: One previous Drama/Theatre Course
This course focuses on improvisation, theatre vocabulary, acting techniques, speech, characterization, scene presentation, and theatre history. You will refine and develop your skills in character development and script analysis in a collaborative Performing Arts environment. As well, you will learn about theatre production through hands on work in class performances and a January production for the school and community. This course can be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
Some out of class time is required


Prerequisite: One previous Drama/Theatre course
This course explores the organizational structure of play direction. You will refine and develop your skills in play building, cast organization, student leadership, and scriptwriting techniques in a collaborative performing arts environment. In addition, you will learn about theatre production through hands on work during class performances and a January production for the school and community. This course can be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
Some out of class time is required.

THEATRE PRODUCTION 12 – MDRTP12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: One previous Drama/Theatre course
This is a technical theatre course where you will focus on theatre background, set and props, costuming, makeup, lighting, sound, & video. You will refine and develop skills in design and management in a collaborative Performing Arts environment. As well, you will learn about theatre production through hands on work on in class performances and a January Production for the school & community. This course can be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
Some out of class time is required.

THEATRE COMPANY 12 – MDRTC12 (X Block) (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: One previous Drama/Theatre Course
Theatre Company is a theatre production course. Students learn the process of acting and technical theatre through participation in five school productions. Students are introduced to a variety of set and theatre styles. This course can be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement. Runs at flextime and after school from September to June.

STUDIO ARTS 2D 12 – MVAD-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Two previous art courses with a B average or higher
Have fun and meet other artistic and creative students like yourself while drawing and painting. Learn how to be more creative and develop images that awe and inspire. A focus on technical illustration and in particular scientific, forensic, environmental and bio-medical illustration will be addressed. We will be learning about techniques for a variety of painting and drawing styles, how to come up with images and combine them to compose a painting or illustration and discussing what artists in the past have been inspired to create. Career potential and preparation of a Portfolio online will be discussed. Participation in the Surrey Secondary Art Shows is possible.
Evaluation will be based on work habits, effort/attitude, assignments, sketchbook, and portfolio.

GRAPHIC ARTS 12 – MVAGA12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

This is an advanced course in which students will express their original creativity visually and develop and showcase their ability to communicate ideas through a variety of graphic media. Students will learn the techniques in approaching solutions to graphic design problems and the historical perspective and cultural context. Students will develop a portfolio/notebook of their work as a tool for preservation, presentation and assessment, and demonstrate his/her personal aesthetic sense by determining the contents of the portfolio, using a set minimum number of pieces. Projects may include cartooning, storyboarding, poster design, graphic novel, page layout, infographic, screenprint, linoprint, monoprint, etching and more.

PHOTOGRAPHY 12 – MVAPH12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: MVAPH 11 preferred
his is an advanced course for those students wanting to explore in depth specific areas of photography and video media. Emphasis will be on individual expression through major projects. Students will be expected to work independently and creatively while demonstrating clear technical skills and work habits

CONCERT BAND 12 - MIMCB12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of advanced intermediate level of band or director’s permission.
Students will develop increasing levels of musical proficiency through the widest possible range of repertoire, which can lead to more substantial performance opportunities.

GUITAR 12 - MIMG-12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Prerequisite: None
This is a Fine Arts course designed for beginner to intermediate guitar students. Learn how to pick, strum, read tablature and play 99 different chords. We will learn to play classical, blues, Latin, pop rock, jazz...even heavy metal! Students must supply their own acoustic guitar (rentals are available at local music stories). Guitar is a structured course with an emphasis on personal musical interests.

CONCERT CHOIR 12 - MCMCC12 (4 Arts Education/ADST Credits)

Concert Choir 11 – completion of Concert Choir 9/10 preferred.
Concert Choir 12 – completion of Concert Choir 11 preferred or by permission from the instructor
This course is designed for a more mature and advanced choir student. Students will continue to have an opportunity to further develop their vocal skills and theoretical knowledge. Students will be required to perform within their section of 2, 3, or 4 part harmony. It is also expected that each student will be committed to the class as a whole, which includes attending all performances, and a conscientious desire to contribute to regular classroom rehearsals. Evaluation is based on rehearsal and performance observation, as well as completed assignments.