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The BCCS Graduation Program better prepares students for their university education.

Grades 10 - 12

The High School Program is referred to as the ‘Graduation Program’ in British Columbia schools and leads to the graduation certificate which is referred to as the ‘Dogwood’ certificate.  This certificate is issued by the B.C. Ministry of Education and indicates that the student has successfully completed the required courses (48 credits), elective courses (28 credits) and Graduation Transitions (4 credits) for a minimum of 80 credits.  It should be noted that most of our students will graduate with more credits than the minimum requirement which will better prepare them for their university education.

The Graduation Program involves Provincial Examinations that all students will be required to write and, of which the results will be used for admission into universities. 

The Graduation Program also takes into consideration the development and learning needs of our students.  As students identify their post-secondary education and career goals they have the opportunity to select a wider range of in depth and specialized courses that will enable them to meet these goals.  In British Columbia there are literally hundreds of B.C. Ministry Education approved elective courses that can be offered by a school.  We will determine which courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), which will be offered at BCCS once we establish the needs and desires of our students.

Required Courses (48 credits):

Credits must be earned in the following subject areas or courses: 
  • a Language Arts (English) 10 (4 credits) 
  • a Language Arts (English)11 (4 credits) 
  • a Language Arts (English)12 (4 credits) 
  • a Social Studies 10 (4 credits) 
  • a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits) 
  • a Mathematics 10 (4 credits) 
  • a Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits) 
  • a Science 10 (4 credits) 
  • a Science 11 or 12 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits) 
  • Planning 10 (4 credits)

Elective Courses (minimum 28 credits):

Credits can be earned through a wide variety of courses that will be chosen depending on the needs of our student cohort and will vary accordingly.

For more details about the British Columbia ‘Graduation Program' please either come of see our team or visit the website at: