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As is our privilege as an independent school, Cedars’ teachers develop units that address provincially-required learning outcomes in rich learning experiences couched in the Biblical story, a Christian perspective/worldview, and responsive discipleship. A Christian education at Cedars is not BC curriculum “plus” a Christian perspective; it is the educating and equipping of discerning disciples for restorative work in BC and beyond.

Scroll through the slideshows below for details on our Junior and Senior High programs.

Junior High

1) Humanities

Junior high students take year-long Humanities classes. As those new to the high school experience, Humanities provides a place for exploring Socials and English learning targets as well as issues/topics relevant to personal, faith, and relational development. In Humanities, significant time is set aside to review the grand drama of scripture, and our covenantal place in it as creation-enjoyers, order-discoverers, justice-seekers, etc. using Biblical throughlines. In particular, students learn a Christian response to culture, and what it means to be culture formers who live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God. Listening and reading is used to both develop understanding, but also delight in the perspectives of others. Speaking and writing is practiced to develop clear and honest communication that allows us to testify to the work of God in, through and around us – to the glory of God and encouragement of others.

2) Science

In Science, students are encouraged to delight in God’s world, deepen understanding of how they are caretakers of all creation, and build skills to maintain, develop, and restore it. Students are engaged in designing experiments, making observations, and appreciating the contributions of others to existing scientific knowledge. Junior high science courses prepare student for more focused, rigorous study of God’s world in the graduation program.

3) Math

As in Science, Math students study numbers, patterns and spaces to discover the wonder and place they have in God’s world. Students learn math not merely to find correct answers, but to appreciate the explorations and discoveries of others, develop the ability to use numbers honestly and accurately, and make sense of the human experience. Beginning in grade 10, students choose from a variety of Math tracks, based on their ability and vocational interests.

4) French

In French, students learn how to communicate with others about who they are, as well as describe the families and communities they are a part of. Human language is recognized as a gift from God that allows us to love God and our neighbor. At Cedars, students begin the study of French in grade 4, and are encouraged to continue with a second language as far as possible. Junior high students are encouraged to take French, unless they have significant academic support needs.

5) Physical Education

In PE, students learn to value and take care of their bodies for self, God, and others. Physical activities are not only valuable in the development of a healthy person, they provide opportunity to learn discipline, trust, respect, encouragement and teamwork. Daily Physical Activity (DPA), as mandated by the provincial government, is fulfilled in semesters when students are in PE. DPA is tracked and recorded by families, and encouraged and reported by the school in semesters when students are not in PE.

6) Fine Arts and Applied Skills

Junior high students are full of life and energy, and are open to trying new things and getting their hands dirty. It is a time of exploration, new experiences, and socialization. For this reason, students are given the opportunity to explore 6-8 elective experiences over these two years. In one block, students select one or more of the following fine arts electives: art, drama, or band. These electives allow students to appreciate the gifts of others, and develop their own aesthetic awareness and creative expression. Skills are developed to not only share their work with others, but to concretely express joy and delight and struggles as image-bearers in a broken world. In a second block, students select one or more of the following applied skills electives: woodworking, textiles, foods, video-editing, outdoor education, or desktop publishing. These electives allow students to understand the blessing, power, and place of technology, and to develop an appreciation for media and the use of materials to create beauty and serve others.

Senior High

1) Planning 10

While addressing required learning outcomes for Planning 10, students spend significant time exploring the unique gifts, interests, and abilities that God has given to them for the fulfillment of God’s mission in the world as the body of Christ. Students are introduced to a variety of occupations and post-secondary opportunities – recognizing the need for a “uniquely Christian cultural witness” in business, trades, government, arts, and agriculture. All students complete a preparatory unit on work experience, and are introduced to our trades program partnership with the College of New Caledonia (CNC).

10) Trades, Work Experience, and Apprenticeship

Through partnerships with the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and Fraser Valley Distance Education, Cedars is able to facilitate opportunities and credits for work experience and apprenticeship. Students work with our Academic Advisor to find and approve appropriate work experience placements. Students interested in apprenticeship programs through CNC apply through the Academic Advisor and are placed based on program availability. Typically, enrollment in this program involves a semester off campus at CNC in the student’s grade 12 year. The Academic Advisor maintains a guidance role with the student during their time off campus for discipleship and to ensure that the student fulfills their graduation requirements.

11) Travel Studies – Honduras

In 2013, Cedars sent a team of students, teachers, and community members to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to explore a partnership with a Christian school and mission organization called Jericho Ministries. Since this time, Cedars has endeavored to engage in a relationship of mutual blessing with our Honduras brothers and sisters in Christ through an annual trip to Honduras each Spring break. Students in grades 10-12 have the opportunity to participate in this trip as part of a year-long Travel Studies course. In preparing for and debriefing their experiences, students explore what it means to help others in a God- and human-honoring manner.

2) Grad Transitions

Centered around Jesus’ promise that He came to give life “to the full”, students develop a personal mission statement that connects with the mission of Christ and addresses the concrete planning and learning targets of the provincial Grad Transitions course. Grade 11 students complete their 30 hours of voluntary service through our annual YWAM Vancouver trip in September. Grade 12 students prepare for graduation and a personal post-graduation reflection of their learning and experience at Cedars at our annual Grad Gala in May.

3) Christian Perspectives

Senior high students explore the themes of the drama of scripture in greater depth, and are encouraged to engage in dialogue around significant questions of the Christian faith. Although we “boldly initiate the child into the language, concepts, and stories of the Christian faith”, senior high student questions are encouraged, objections and doubts allowed. It is only through this more open dialogue that our students will be able to, “with gentleness and respect”, be “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks…the reason for the hope that [they] have” (1 Peter 3:15). And, as our faith is a full-bodied experience involving not only our mind, but our soul, strength and body (Luke 10:27)– we engage our senior students in hands-on, embodied practices that helps them see what it looks like for us to flourish and live well as kingdom citizens. Community gardens, service activities, mission trips, and leadership opportunities are embedded in the grade 10-12 CP experience.

4) Humanities

Senior high students take a variety of Humanities classes, including: English, Writing, Social Studies, History, Law, Psychology, Social Justice, and Leadership. All students are required to take Social Studies 10 and 11, English 10, and English or Communications 11 and 12. In Humanities, students learn a Christian response to culture, and what it means to be culture formers who live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God. Listening and reading is used to both develop understanding, but also delight in the perspectives of others. Speaking and writing is practiced to develop clear and honest communication that allows us to testify to the work of God in, through and around us – to the glory of God and encouragement of others.

5) Science

In Science, students are encouraged to delight in God’s world, deepen understanding of how they are caretakers of all creation, and build skills to maintain, develop, and restore it. Students are engaged in designing experiments, making observations, and appreciating the contributions of others to existing scientific knowledge. All students are required to take at least one Science 11 or 12 course. At Cedars, we have traditionally offered the following courses: Sustainable Resources 11, Biology 11/12, Chemistry 11/12, and Physics 11/12.

6) Math

As in Science, Math students study numbers, patterns and spaces to discover the wonder and place they have in God’s world. Students learn math not merely to find correct answers, but to appreciate the explorations and discoveries of others, develop the ability to use numbers honestly and accurately, and make sense of the human experience. Beginning in grade 10, students choose from a variety of Math tracks, based on their ability and vocational interests. All students are required to take a Math 11 course for graduation. We have traditionally offered the following courses: Math 10 Foundations and Pre-Calculus, Math 10 and 11 Apprenticeship and Workplace, Math 11 and 12 Pre-Calculus. Alternate, approved Math courses are taken by some students online, as necessary, with or without support.

7) French

In French, students learn how to communicate with others about who they are, as well as describe the families and communities they are a part of. Human language is recognized as a gift from God that allows us to love God and our neighbor. At Cedars, students begin the study of French in grade 4, and are encouraged to continue with a second language as far as possible. Cedars offers French 10 each year, and the opportunity to complete French 11 and 12 in a single semester in alternating years.

8) Physical Education

In PE, students learn to value and take care of their bodies for self, God, and others. Physical activities are not only valuable in the development of a healthy person, they provide opportunity to learn discipline, trust, respect, encouragement and teamwork. Daily Physical Activity (DPA), as mandated by the provincial government, is fulfilled in semesters when students are in PE. DPA is tracked and recorded by families, and encouraged and reported by the school in semesters when students are not in PE. Cedars offers PE 10, Volleyball 11, and PE 12 each year. Grade 11 students are permitted to take PE 12.

9) Fine Arts and Applied Skills

Senior high students have increasing opportunity to take electives – many of which are fine arts and/or applied skills. Cedars has traditionally offered electives in: Home Economics (foods, textiles), Digital Arts/Media, Outdoor Education, Mechanics, Woodworking, Music, Art and Drama. These electives allow students to appreciate the gifts of others, develop their own aesthetic awareness and creative expression, understand the blessing, power, and place of technology, and develop an appreciation for media and the use of materials to create beauty and serve others. Skills are developed to not only share their work with others, but to concretely express joy and delight and struggles as image-bearers in a broken world.

Grad Requirements

88 credits, including:

English 10 (4 credits)*
English/Communications 11 (4 credits)
English/Communications 12 (4 credits)*
Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
Social Studies 11 (4 credits)*
Math 10 (4 credits)*
Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Science 10 (4 credits)*
Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Planning 10 (4 credits)
Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Christian Perspectives 11 (4 credits)
Christian Perspectives 12 (4 credits)
Grad Transitions (4 credits)

*Required Provincial Exam

Grad Resources

We have compiled a page of links to direct senior high students to help with graduation and post-secondary education.

Educational Support

The Learning Assistance Program at Cedars is designed to work together with teachers, coming alongside students who need additional support, with the aim of helping them find success in school.

In Elementary school, students are regularly assessed by classroom teachers to monitor their academic progress. When it is apparent that a student is experiencing difficulties, and regular supports and differentiated instruction from a classroom teacher have not been enough to address the needs of the student, a student will be referred for Learning Assistance. Parents will be notified when it is apparent that a student is struggling academically, and will be involved and aware of the referral process.

This assistance may be provided in-class or in the Learning Assistance Centre.

We also meet as a School Based Resource Team (SBRT) to provide support and recommendations for the classroom teachers. The SBRT may include: Learning Assistance teacher, Speech and Language Pathologist, School Psychologist, Classroom Teacher, Learning Support Coordinator, Principal and Vice-Principal. Students receiving Learning Support will have a Learning Support Plan to help the teachers with implementing ways to assist that child in the classroom.

For further details, see our Educational Support Services page.

Staff

Miss Sarah Allan

French 8-10, English 10-12

saraha@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Kathy Denicola

Educational Assistant

kathyd@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Dorianna Hoekstra

Chem 11, Math 11-12

doriannah@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Alice Smit

Art 9 and 11

alices@cedars.bc.ca

Mr. Frank Crosina

PHE 8-10, Bible 8, Video Editing 8/9, Desktop Publishing 8/9, PE 12, Basketball 11

frankc@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Tammi Friesen

Educational Assistant

tammif@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Krystal Rempel

Humanities 8 and 9, Law 12, Psych 12

krystalr@cedars.bc.ca

Ms. Shoshanna van Dijk

High School Band, Worship Arts 11

shoshannav@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Krista Claus

Math 9, Home Ec

kristac@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Janice Giesbrecht

Educational Support Services Director, Academic Advisor

janiceg@cedars.bc.ca

Mr. Roland Rempel

Science 9 and 10, Woodworking 8 and 10, Mechanics 11, Volleyball 11

rolandr@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Joan van Driesum

Educational Assistant

joanv@cedars.bc.ca

Miss Sarah Darragh

Socials 10 and 11, Sustainable Resources 11, Biology 12, Math 8, Chem 12

sarahd@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Carol Joy Green

Drama 8, Theatre Performance 11

caroljoyg@cedars.bc.ca

Mrs. Nicole Rowland

Educational Assistant

nicolerow@cedars.bc.ca

Mr. Steve Wilson

Athletic Director, Photo J 11, Career Life Explorations 10, Christian Perspectives 11 and 12, Bible 9

stevew@cedars.bc.ca

Cedars Christian School
701 North Nechako Road,
Prince George, BC, V2K 1A2
Main Office: 250-564-0707
Preschool: 250-961-7495
Main Email: office@cedars.bc.ca
Business Email: businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca