Grade 12

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At SMUS, you'll set your goals early to focus your Grade 12 year on preparing for post-secondary learning

Advanced Placement Program

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are university-level classes you'll take in high school.

SMUS was the first school in Canada to offer AP, and with 27 courses available we have one of the largest AP programs in the country.

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Grade 12 is the end of your journey at SMUS and it will be bittersweet. You’ll be excited for life after graduation but it’s also a year of reflection on how far you’ve come and the close friends you’ve made. That’s not to say that the preparation is over. You still have many opportunities to learn and grow.

Key to this year is stepping forward into a leadership role. All the students in younger grades look up to you as a role model and you will be given a chance to effect change at the school.

Academically – you, your teachers and your university counsellor will ensure you have everything you need to make a seamless transition to higher education. You’ll be applying to universities and making important decisions about your future.

It all means that by the end of Grade 12, you’ll be ready – ready for university and ready for life.


In Grade 12 the only required course is English Studies 12. You should select at least five additional courses in your areas of interest. You may also take Grade 11 courses to meet graduation requirements. We recommend that you take six of seven courses, not including Career Life Connections. You are limited to a maximum of eight in the regular timetable (seven if taking certain AP courses). Learn more about the subject areas and learning outcomes.

Required Courses in Grade 12

  • English Studies 12
  • Career Life Connections

Required Courses in Grade 11 or Grade 12

  • One Math
  • One Science
  • One Social Studies
  • One Visual and Performing Arts
  • One Physical Education

Elective Courses

A wide variety of Grade 11 and Grade 12 elective courses including AP courses allows you to delve deeper into the subject areas, focusing on areas that interest you. For full course descriptions and options see the Course Handbook.

  • AP Capstone: AP Research, AP Seminar
  • English: Creative Writing, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition
  • Math: Calculus, Foundations of Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Statistics
  • Computer Science: Computer Science
  • Science: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics
  • Social Studies: Art History, Comparative Cultures, Comparative Government and Politics, Criminology and Social Justice, Economic Theory, European History, Human Geography, Law Studies, Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, Physical Geography, Psychology, World History
  • Modern Languages: French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 3D Design and Installation, Acting, Art Studio, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Creative Writing, Digital Art, Directing and Script Development, Strings
  • Physical and Health Education: Active Sport, Fitness and Conditioning, Yoga and Wellness
  • Outdoor Education: Outdoor Leadership