Grade 10 Compulsory and Complementary Courses
Ensuring you are on the right stream to satisfy Alberta High School Diploma requirements, reaching your post secondary entrance goals and, of course, taking classes you like are all easier with a counsellor's help. However, it's best that you know as much information as possible so read the following carefully.
Each class that you take in high school can be categorized either as a COMPULSORY or COMPLEMENTARY course.
Compulsory (also called "core" courses) aren't optional. They MUST be taken by students to satisfy provincial educational requirements.
All students must register for courses in the following five subject areas:
All grade 10 students must take Phys Ed 10.
As for Grade 10 English, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics, there are two different possible "streams" from which to choose. Teachers and counsellors will recommend the level in which students should register according to their ability and achievement in that subject area in grade 9. Students are expected to register for the levels that have been recommended. The following chart is a guideline for selecting academic courses:
If your Grade 9 Final Mark was...
then your recommended Grade 10 Course is
|65% or higher in Language Arts 9
less than 65% in Language Arts 9
|English 10 - 1
English 10 - 2
|60% or higher in Math 9
less than 60% in Math 9
|Math 10 Common
|65% or higher in Social 9
less than 65% in Social 9
Social Studies 10-1
|60% or higher in Science 9
less than 60% in Science 9
A complementary course, unlike a core course, has the aspect of choice. Although grade 10 students must choose a complementary course (to eventually satisfy the requirement of 10 credits in this area), you can choose to take these credits (or more) from a large list of subjects which cater to a student's individual desire, goals and interests.
Students in their grade 10 year should choose to do one five-credit complementary course or two three-credit complementary courses. Please browse the left side links for a detailed look at the wide range of choices offered at Sir Winston Churchill for our grade 10 students.
Grade 10 students will not be granted class changes for complementary classes. The only class changes made for grade 10 students are those that involve changes to academic classes based on final report card marks in June.