Grade 10 Program - Adventures in Higher Learning

At SMUS, we've made our Grade 10 year a unique and exciting blend of academics and ‘real-world’ experiential projects. It's your opportunity to find out more about yourself:

  • What drives you?
  • What are you curious about?
  • What are your talents?
  • What do you love?

By the end of the Grade 10 year, you'll have better answers to those questions. It will help you make future decisions like which AP courses to take and what to study at university. It will also give you some useful skills that are essential preparation for going off to college and for lifelong learning.

Education with Experiences

The experiential part of the Grade 10 program combines outdoor education with 'hands-on' projects. The program crosses many subject areas. You'll examine real world issues, explore new areas of interest and work with experts in the field.

Here's a few examples of the type of things you can do:

  • a biology project that has a residency at an organic farm
  • publish a game app for Junior School students
  • use physics and engineering to hand-build an electric guitar
  • gain insight into First Nations culture by working with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Although the program is structured, you get lots of choice. You can combine interests in many different areas or be more focused. It's up to you!

The program is designed to be engaging and challenging. You'll be asked to confront problems in creative ways and reflect on what you have done during the experiential year: what was difficult, what went well and what you could have done differently.

Find out more about the structure of the Grade 10 experiential program. 

Required Courses

Although the Grade 10 year at SMUS is different, the year’s required courses are protected – meaning you won’t fall behind. In fact the required courses at SMUS are enhanced by being more hands-on in their approach.

  • English 10 or Transitional English 10 (ELL students) or English 10 Advanced
  • Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 or Pre-Calculus 11
  • Social Studies 10 (Geography/History) or Transitional Social Studies (ELL)
  • Science 10 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science rotation)
  • Fine Arts (Band, Strings, Choir, Theatre or Art)
  • Physical Education 10

Elective Courses (students select two)

  • Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin)
  • Fine Arts (Band, Strings, Choir, Theatre, Art)
  • Marine Science 10
  • Global Politics 10
  • Business Education 10
  • Sport Science & Athletic Leadership 10
  • Computer Science 11

Planning 10 will be covered as a series of modules throughout the graduation years.

2017-2018 Courses

Title Grade
English 10 10
English 10 Advanced 10
Social Studies 10 Transitional (ELL) 10
English 10 Transitional (ELL) 10
Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 10
Science 10 10
Marine Science 10 9, 10
Computer Science 11 10, 11, 12
Beginner French 10 10
French 10 10
Beginner Spanish 10 10
Japanese 10 10
Spanish 10 10
Mandarin (Chinese) 10 10
French 10 Advanced 10
Social Studies 10 10
Business Education 10 10
Global Politics 10 10
Sport Science and Athletic Leadership 10 9, 10
Physical Education 10 10
Physical Education 11: Blended 10, 11
Concert Band 10 10
Jazz Band 9, 10, 11, 12
Strings 10 10
Concert Choir 10 10
Vocal Jazz 9, 10, 11, 12
Art 10 10
Drama 10 10
Planning 10 10

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Published: February, 2018
A guide to Senior School course requirements with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.
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