Secondary

Secondary

As a Group 1 independent school, Cedars addresses the core BC curriculum as mandated by the Ministry of Education and is inspected on a six-year cycle. As is our privilege as independent schools, 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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Student Support Services

    In addition to teachers, the Student Support Services Coordinator organizes educational assistants work closely with students in the classroom. Supervised support blocks are also provided for students with significant behavioral and/or academic need. The Student Life Coordinator and Academic Advisor provide onsite counsel for academic, career, and personal issues. Professional counselors and experts are contracted by the school for more significant or difficult issues.

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Senior High

  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • Christian Perspectives (CP)

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Student Support Services

    In addition to teachers, the Student Support Services Coordinator organizes educational assistants work closely with students in the classroom. Supervised support blocks are also provided for students with significant behavioral and/or academic need.  The Student Life Coordinator and Academic Advisor provide onsite counsel for academic, career, and personal issues. Professional counselors and experts are contracted by the school for more significant or difficult issues.

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Course Selection Help

We have some great videos to help you with course selections
from Grade 9 to Grade 12!

Graduation 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

Dual-Credit Partnership with UNBC

Cedars Christian School is pleased to announce a Dual Credit agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia beginning September 2016.

This partnership seeks “to ensure a successful transition of students from secondary to post-secondary education” by providing “dual credit towards secondary school graduation and post-secondary credentials”. In essence, this would allow approved and qualified Grade 12 students to earn Grade 12 level course credits by taking first-year UNBC courses, which in turn would also give those students a head start in potentially earning credits towards their respective university degrees.

If students are interested in taking advantage of this partnership in 2016-2017, they will need to complete their application form (below) by Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Students would need to meet specific course prerequisites (if any) and be approved by Cedars’ administration to take a dual credit course. At the same time the desired course(s) would need to fit with their Cedars’ timetable. (NOTE: Taking a dual credit course does not guarantee future admission to UNBC.) Approved students would be responsible for paying UNBC tuition fees (approx. $520 per course) for the course(s) in which they enroll.

Please contact Steve Wilson, Student Life Coordinator, at stevew@cedars.bc.ca if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.

16-17 UNBC Dual Credit Application Package