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.

  • Literary Studies and either Creative Writing or Spoken Language and Composition
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 or Pre-Calculus 11
  • Science 10
  • Social Studies 10 or Social Studies 10 Plus (ELL)
  • Fine Arts (Band, Strings, Choir, Drama or Art)
  • Physical Education 10

Elective Courses

  • Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin)
  • Computer Science 11
  • Fine Arts (Band, Strings, Choir, Drama, Art)
  • Social Studies (Global Politics, Business Education, Entrepreneurship)
  • Sport Science 10 and Athletic Leadership 10
  • Marine Studies and Training 10

2018-2019 Courses

Title Grade
Literary Studies 10 10
Creative Writing 10 10
Spoken Language and Composition 10 10
English 10 Plus (ELL) 10
Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 9, 10
Pre-Calculus 11 10, 11
Science 10 10
Marine Studies and Training 10 9, 10
Computer Science 11 9, 10, 11, 12
French 10 10
French 10 Advanced 10
Beginner French 10 10
Mandarin (Chinese) 10 10
Japanese 11 10, 11
Beginner Spanish 10 10
Spanish 10 10
Social Studies 10 10
Social Studies 10 Plus (ELL) 10
Business Education 10 10
Entrepreneurship 10 10
Global Politics 10 9, 10
Sport Science 10 9, 10
Physical Education 10 10
Athletic Leadership 10 9, 10
Concert Band 10 10
Jazz Band 9, 10, 11, 12
Strings 10 10
Concert Choir 10 10
Art 10 10
Drama 10 10
Planning 10 10
Adventures in Learning 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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