Course Selection

Apprenticeship and Workshop Math 10

Course Description

* Math 10 courses require a provincial exam to get credit for the course.

ONLINE COURSE

This is an interactive, flash-animated course designed for the student who is intending to enter the marketplace post high school. Subjects covered include systems of measurement, linear measurement, area, Pythagorean Theorem, similarity, transversals, trigonometry, price comparison, income and some algebra. Students should expect to come away from this fun and meaningful course with a clear understanding of the subjects and an ability to make connections between math and daily life.

Career Education 10

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

By way of web-based readings, short videos, and research projects, Career Education 10 enables students to develop their knowledge and skills in six major categories: graduation, career, finance, work experience, workplace safety, and job skills. Students have the freedom to work through the provided assignments, or create their own assignments to fulfil the course’s learning core and career competencies.

English 10

Course Description

* English 10 courses require a provincial exam to get credit for the course.

ONLINE COURSE

At ASCEND we want students to be excited about their faith and about learning. The Senior High English Language Arts program aims to facilitate that by providing a strong foundation in the literature and culture of our faith, while at the same time providing opportunities for students to develop as individuals and in collaboration with each other.

We support the Catholic ethos in our list of possible text choices: all of them highlight some aspect of the Catholic faith, either in ethics, history or theology. We also prioritize the lens of our faith in the way we approach the views, themes and characters of each author. At the same time, we recognize that the world of literature is immense, therefore students may chose their list of major readings individually, according to their interests.

Online course is self contained and will guide students though the concepts and assignments.

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INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

You may do this course in a self-directed format. We have a course outline that will guide you through the course outcomes required and make sure you cover needed topics for the provincial exam. You may use your choice of  resources. Part of your activation for an individualized course is to set up your learning plan with your teacher for approval.

Foods & Nutrition 10

Course Description

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

This course is done through an individualized approach covering the course outcomes through personal experience. Many home-based learners have put in their “10,000 hours” of cooking for their family, putting on extended-family dinners during the holidays, canning and freezing produce from the family garden plot, cultural-themed dinners when the family is learning about different cultures, dozens and dozens of cookies, making elaborate birthday cakes, baking bread for the masses, etc… The student has access to a funding amount to cover course outcomes once a learning plan has been approved by the teacher.

Please click here to view the Foods and Nutrition scope & sequence on pages 6 & 7 and page 22 for specific Grade 10 outcomes.

Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10

Course Description

Math 10 courses require a provincial exam for the student to get credit for the course. The exam is worth 20% of the overall course grade.

ONLINE COURSE

In Foundations of Math / Pre-Calculus 10, students are directed in Linear Measurement, Surface area and Volume, Trigonometry, Exponents, Polynomials, and Linear Functions and Systems. This will provide students with the opportunity to choose either the Foundations of Math 11/12 stream or the Pre-Calculus 11/12 stream after completion of this course.

Students get an interactive, flash animation based course with video solutions to many of the practice problems. They will build their own textbook as they go, filling out guided note packages that correspond to the video lessons. Come join us as we explore math and how it relates to the world God has given us!

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TEXT-BASED or eTEXT COURSE

Foundation of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 (Pearson). For those students who prefer to work from a text, there is the option of using the Pearson text that covers all the required outcomes to prepare the student to write the provincial exam. All the required concepts in one place.

*There are some great resources that many homeschoolers are accustomed to using. Unfortunately, due to the variety of resources and the range of course specific outcomes missing from any given resource (ie: Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, etc.), Ascend will loan only the course-approved text to the student for the duration of the course. Our choice of text is in no way a criticism of the Math presented in different curriculums, simply that they do not fully meet the specified course requirements.

Physical and Health Education 10

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Since we can consider our bodies and relationships gifts from God, it is important to take care of them. Education and practice provide the tools necessary to care for these gifts well. The online course guides the student through topics of technique in sport, setting goals, active fitness, healthy decision making, nutrition and monitoring, and social and mental well-being.

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

Students must submit a learning plan of a variety of activities they will be doing over the year for teacher approval. Activity logs of must be submitted regularly as well as a few written assignments of the topics mentioned above. Student has access to funding to cover some costs for this course once the learning plan is approved.

Religion 10

Course Description

ONLINE  (eTEXT with electronic quizzes) or TEXT-BASED COURSE

Our Moral Life in Christ presents the more complex theological concepts of the Catholic Faith. With particular emphasis on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor, this book provides the formation necessary to live a moral life and a foundation to pursue advanced theological studies.

The Didache Complete Course Series is a series of four high school courses, published by Midwest Theological Forum.

*Required course for Ascend graduates

Science 10

Course Description

*Science 10 requires the student to write the provincial exam  to get credit for this course.

ONLINE COURSE

Through discussion, activities, labs and projects, Science 10 will help you develop your
understanding of the four main disciplines of science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth
Science. The content of this course will be tested at the end of the year in the form of a
provincial exam worth 20% of your mark. The ultimate purpose of this course is to help you
select the most suitable choices for your senior science courses. The curriculum will be based
upon the prescribed learning outcomes as described in the Ministry of Education’s Integrated
Resource Package (IRP).

This course is divided into the following topics areas:

  1. Biology – Ecology – including ecosystems, biomes, nutrient cycles, bioaccumulation, succession and adaptive radiation
  2. Earth Science – thermal energy, atmosphere/weather, climate change and plate tectonics
  3. Chemistry – ionic and covalent compounds, acids and bases, organic and inorganic compounds, types and rates of chemical reactions and radioactivity
  4. Physics – Uniform Motion – including the relationship between time and displacement, velocity and acceleration

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TEXT-BASED or eTEXT COURSE

BC Science 10 (McGraw-Hill). For student who prefer a paper-based text, the BCScience 10 text covers all the outcomes needed to prepare the student for the provincial exam.

Apologia Approach to High School Science: Many homeschool families enjoy using the Apologia series for Science, which is a very strong program. None of the texts cover the specific Science 10 outcomes altogether, although a student can retro the Science 10 course & exam in a later grade after he/she has worked though the topic specific Apologia texts. Apologia Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Physics thoroughly cover the course specified outcomes for High School. SNAP Science study guide would be a great way to confirm all outcomes have been learned when taking Science 10 in retro. Please contact the office to discuss this option.

Social Studies 10

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

This course takes a Catholic view of Canada’s development from colonies to country. The course views the issues that led the people of eight British North American colonies that existed in 1815 to eventually weave themselves into one nation a mari usque ad mare by the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Why do we have a country, and how did it grow to be the second largest country on Earth? We’ll study all of this, as well as the moral implications of many of the actions different leaders took during the process.

The Catholic Church existed in Canada from the early Sixteenth Century, but its influence on Canada’s people has not always been welcome or sought. However, it is not necessarily the role of the Church to guide the nation. It is the role of the Church to shepherd the people in the name of Christ, to lead them to Heaven. We shall have opportunities to contrast Catholic social teaching with the situations through which Canada moved during the years leading to Confederation, and the years following.

The course will rely on Internet resources selected by the teacher, along with questions that students will answer to develop a base of knowledge for unit projects and assignments. These major assessments will be the bulk of students’ work and the bulk of graded material. Students will also have opportunities for discussions in scheduled webinars, and for intellectual interaction in written forums.

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TEXT-BASED COURSE

Horizons (Pearson). For the student wishing a textbook option, Horizons guides the student through the required course outcomes.

Visual Arts 10

Course Description

Visual Arts 10

ONLINE COURSE

Through readings, videos, art-making, and research projects, this course enables students to develop their skills in producing art by introducing them to the fundamentals of art: elements of design, principles of design, and image-development strategies. Each of the course’s lessons are rooted in BC’s new curriculum, and – as such – requires students to engage in creative, experimental, project-based art-making. Students have the freedom to work with any media they’d like, whether its graphite pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, or similar.

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

This is a course designed for students who plan to pursue careers outside of the University spectrum. It is a highly interactive, flash animated course that students can engage in no matter what their learning styles. This course is the follow up to Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10. (Students can also switch streams from Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 if they don’t want to take Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11).

We cover a wide variety of topics in AW Math 11.
1) Algebra
2) Graphical Representations
3) Surface Area, Volume and Capacity
4) Right Triangles
5) Scale Representations
6) Financial Services
7) Personal Budgets

Biology 11

Course Description

TEXT-BASED or eTEXT COURSE

Biology 11 will inspire students in the complexity and beauty of God’s creation. This course is based on a Biblical worldview and takes this approach as it applies to the learning outcomes prescribed by the British Columbia government. The student will be taught the theory of evolution with critical, scientific discernment. By contrasting Creationism and Evolution, students will develop a scientifically sound way of looking at our world that is based on Biblical truth.

Biology 11 Moodle course guides students through Exploring Creation with Biology (Apologia) and also has supplemental links to fulfill the course outcomes. The first few chapters of the text are available online so the student can activate the course when enrolled. Once activated, the student will be sent the text and frog dissection kit. Chapter assignments are submitted online and quizzes are electronic. This course requires invigilated in-person finals, as do all core courses.

Career Education 11

Course Description
ONLINE COURSE

Like its Grade 10 counterpart, Career Education 11 uses a combination of web-based readings, short videos, and research projects to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in a range of topics including graduation requirements, employment standards, and career tools and skills. Students have the freedom to work through the provided assignments, or create their own assignments to fulfil the course’s learning core and career competencies.

Chemistry 11

Course Description

TEXT-BASED COURSE

Description: This course is divided into the following topics area

  1. Introduction to Chemistry
  2. Physical Properties and Physical Changes of Substances
  3. Inorganic Nomenclature (Naming)
  4. The Mole Concept
  5. Chemical Reactions
  6. Calculations Involving Reactions
  7. Atoms and the Periodic Table
  8. Solution Chemistry
  9. Organic Chemistry

Course Design: 

  • Students will be assigned various questions that need to be submitted at the end of each lesson/week to the hand-in box.
  • Work can be completed in a word processing document but is best completed by hand and scanned into a word processing file.
  • There will be an online automated test at the end of each Unit.

Resources

  • Hebden: Chemistry 11
  • Scientific Calculator (To be provided by the student)

Students may be asked at various points in the course to meet with the teacher via web cam in Skype to authenticate their work and mastery over course topics.

All core courses require an invigilated final exam.

Earth Science 11

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Over the duration of this course you will study God’s creation as it pertains to the natural order of the Earth, its make-up, its internal and surface processes and workings, issues related to the geological timetable and finally the Earth’s relationship to the universe. It is hoped you will gain not only a greater scientific appreciation for these things, but also the wonder of who the Creator behind it all is. Where possible, the course will seek to offer more than one perspective of key issues and not just leave the student in a closed system view of reality; for very often there is much more than what meets the eye and much more complexity in these things than is often broadcast in our world.

Foods & Nutrition 11

Course Description

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

This course is done through an individualized approach covering the course outcomes through personal experience. Continue applying your kitchen expertise towards High School credits. Many home-based learners often have loads of experience in this field: cooking for their family, putting on extended-family dinners during the holidays, hunting and making home-made sausage, canning and freezing produce from the family garden plot, cultural-themed dinners when the family is learning about different cultures, dozens and dozens of cookies, making elaborate birthday cakes, baking bread for the masses, etc… The student has access to a funding amount to cover course outcomes once a learning plan has been approved by the teacher.

Please click here to view the Foods and Nutrition scope & sequence on pages 6 & 7 and page 23 for specific Grade 11 outcomes.

Music Appreciation 11

Course Description

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth First Century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.

Physics 11

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

This course is divided into the following topics areas:

  1. Distance, Time and Speed
  2. Acceleration
  3. Forces
  4. Newton’s Laws of Motion
  5. Vectors
  6. Mechanical Energy
  7. Thermal Energy
  8. Waves
  9. Light
  10. Optics
  11. Special Relativity

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TEXT-BASED or eTEXT COURSE

Exploring Creation with Physics (Apologia)

*All core courses require an in-person final

Pre-Calculus 11

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Pre-Calculus 11 requires that students have completed Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10. The goal of Pre-Calculus 11 is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus 12, which will in turn see students fully prepared to take Calculus in high school or University. Mostly geared to student with an interest in Maths, Engineering, and Sciences post-secondary.

This course consists of exciting, interactive animation and video lessons, that guide students in discovery of the following topics:

1) Quadratic Functions
2) Radical Functions
3) Polynomial Functions
4) Absolute Value Functions
5) Rational Expressions
6) Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
7) Trigonometry

Religion 11

Course Description

ONLINE (eTEXT with electronic quizzes) or TEXT-BASED COURSE

The History of the Church (Big book – Big history!)

This comprehensive history of the Catholic Church includes every major event in the Church’s history from the life of her founder, Jesus Christ, to the present day. This text places the Church in her context throughout history and explains the role that the Church and her leaders have played in the shaping of history for better and worse.

Complete with maps, timelines, sidebars, paintings, and photographs, The History of the Church is a critical historical resource for Catholic and non-Catholic historians alike.

*Required course for Ascend graduates

Social Studies 11

Course Description

* Socials 11 requires students to write the provincial exam to get credit for the course

ONLINE COURSE

Ascend Online’s Social Studies 11 course provides a unique and academically challenging opportunity to study Canada’s Twentieth Century story through a Catholic lens. From the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria to the Space Age, this course looks with a critical eye at the development of Canada’s moral conscience, the development of rampant individualism, and the Church’s response to all of this.

While Canada truly came of age as a nation and become a major economic force in the world, Canada also became a well-known peace-keeper and a friend to developing nations. However, the significance of this growth in light of our faith must be examined carefully. What do these charitable acts mean in a nation that has lost its vision of God, of Christ, of the Church Christ founded?

Immorality was not invented in the 21st Century, but the levels of immorality and disbelief in the 21st Century are rooted in the same glories that seem to have made Canada the highly-regarded True North Strong and Free. The reality is that much remains to be done before Canada can be called truly great; with an eye to the past, perhaps solutions can be seen for the future.

With our hearts filled with grace, truly open to God’s call, perhaps we can find faith-filled answers to the questions that this nation must first ask before it can respond.

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TEXT-BASED COURSE

Counterpoints (Pearson) or The Key study guide. For a student whishing to cover course outcomes in a paper-based format, Counterpoints guides the student through the grade 11 concepts and will prepare them for the provincial exam.

Biology 12

Course Description

TEXT-BASED or eTEXT COURSE

Genesis 1:27 ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’.

As we progress through Biology 12 you will be amazed at God’s creation of the human body. You will see time and time again that we are indeed ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14).
This course begins with the cell, the building block of life. We will study the structure and mechanisms of the cell, discover how cells work together to form the major body systems, and how learn how these systems work together to keep our bodies regulated for optimum performance!

The Biology 12 Moodle course guides students through Advanced Biology – The Human Body (Apologia)and a few chapters from Exploring Creation with Biology to fulfill course outcomes. All assignments are submitted online and quizzes are electronic. An in-person final exam is required for this course.

Biology 11 is not a pre-requisite for this course.

Calculus 12

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

This Calculus course was created by a collaboration of experienced math teachers at the high school level. The resulting product is an engaging, interactive, and student-friendly course, which suits all learning styles in each and every lesson, with auditory, visual, and hands-on components throughout.

Each lesson involves an interactive flash video that allows students to participate at their own speed in the course, with the ability to pause and play at any point. Many lessons include dynamic graphs and other interactive applets that help the students understand the material in an engaging manner. Each video is accompanied by a student-friendly note package that allows the students to take notes on the videos to whatever level of detail they’d like. There are tons of practice questions provided for the student online, which means that there are no required textbooks for the course. Furthermore, there are full, detailed solutions for every single practice question, so the student will never get stuck. This means that students can learn how to solve even the most difficult problems in this course.

All core courses, require an invigilated final

Chemistry 12

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Chemistry deals with what things are made of, and how they behave or interact with other things around them. Thus chemistry deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter as well as the changes or transformations that take place in matter. This course deals with chemical change and the energy associated with these changes throughout the following topics:

  1. Reaction Kinetics
  2. Dynamic Equilibrium
  3. Solubility Equilibria
  4. Nature of Acids and Bases
  5. Acids and Bases: Quantitative Problem Solving
  6. Applications of Acid-Base Reactions
  7. Oxidation-Reduction
  8. Applications of Redox Reactions

The course makes considerable use of videos and cutting-edge interactive applets, including a realistic, open-ended virtual laboratory utility. You will not only learn about the fascinating and important chemical processes in our world, but will gain critical thinking skills to enable creative investigations in the laboratory.

English 12

Course Description

* Student must write the provincial exam to get credit for this course. The English 12  provincial exam is worth 40% of the overall course grade.

ONLINE COURSE

Ascend’s English 12 course is designed to guide graduating students through the final year of high school. This course uses age appropriate literature to teach students skills such as analysis, essay writing, setting opinions, shaping ideas, presenting materials, and reading effectively. While these skills have been identified as necessary in the work force and in post-secondary education, they are even more important for children of the Living God.

All of us are called to evangelize, but this requires communication skills as much as it requires passion and heart. Also, to avoid the traps of society and Satan, we must be insightful and able to read analytically. These skills are developed when we are deliberate in our actions, and when we gain experience.

The literature in this course has been chosen specifically to highlight themes tied to faith through direct support, or through contrast. Students will submit written assignments frequently. Short papers will be graded on the government’s six point scale, as it is used on the Provincial exam. The more frequently students see this system, the easier it will be to adapt to it. Longer papers will be graded on a twelve point scale. Full essays will be graded out of twenty-four. Students will also be quizzed on content of novels and stories.

English 12, as all core courses, requires an invigilated final exam, which is weighted according to Ascend’s exam policies.

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INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

You may do this course in a self-directed format. We have a course outline that will guide you through the course outcomes required and make sure you cover needed topics for the provincial exam. You may use your choice of resources. Part of your activation for an individualized course is to set up your learning plan with your teacher for approval.

Foods & Nutrition 12

Course Description

INDIVIDUALIZED COURSE

Take a Food Safety course in a weekend workshop or online and you’re half way towards your Foods 12 credits. Add that to all your hours of “time-in” working and creating in the kitchen. This course is done through an individualized approach covering the course outcomes through personal experience.

Please click here to view the Foods and Nutrition scope & sequence on pages 6 & 7 and page 22 for specific Grade 12 outcomes.

Geography 12

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Geography is a discipline that integrates many topics in an attempt to understand the God-created and human-created systems of the Earth. Through the study of Geography students will develop a sense of stewardship for the Earth, using their understanding of environments, people and places to become effective workers in the preservation of creation. Simply put, the purposes of this course are:

  • To focus on the relationship between people, places, and resources
  • Help you understand the interconnections between your actions on a daily basis, and their impact on creation
  • Help you analyze the biblical stance on environmentalism and stewardship, as well as creation as a whole
  • Increase your understanding of Earth’s physical processes

The topics discussed in Geography 12 are:

  1. Weather
  2. Climate
  3. Tectonic Processes
  4. Gradation Processes
  5. Nature of Resource
  6. Management of Resources
  7. Sustainability of Resources
  8. Mapping.

History 12

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

International Relations in the Twentieth Century

The scope of this course encompasses the major developments in world history this century with a focus on international relations in the years 1919-1991.

During the course, students will investigate the causes, events and effects of:

  1. Sociological changes, economic shifts and technological developments
  2. Imperialism, nationalism, international diplomacy and cooperation
  3. The two World Wars, the Cold War, and other more localized conflicts
  4. The development and implementation of political ideologies

Pre-Calculus 12

Course Description

ONLINE COURSE

Who wants to be a scientist? How about an engineer, or computer programmer? If you answered yes, then Pre-Calculus 12 is the course for you! We learn about exciting things like:

Function Transformations
Does math ever seem to abstract? Well this section is about abstracting our abstractions! Confused? Watch the videos, it’s actually quite fun!

Polynomial and Rational Functions
Who couldn’t love polynomials? Did you know you could divide polynomials and get remainders? This topic, is basically just math 7 over again, except instead of numbers, we get to do all that fun stuff with polynomials!

Function Operations
Who doesn’t love a good mash-up? Why not mash up your functions by adding, subtracting, multipling, dividing or composing them? (No de-composing allowed)

Exponents and Logarithms
The Richer Scale is a logarithmic scale! The PH Scale is also logarithmic… what does this mean? Find out in our Pre-Calculus course!

Trigonometric Functions
Ever felt like your just bobbing up and down like a buoy in the ocean? Ever wanted to model that mathematically? Now you can!

Trigonometric Equations
Who says there just has to be 1,2,3 or 4 solutiosn to a problem. Why not have equations that have infinite solutions!

Combinatorics
In this chapter we learn to count. For real, no joke, this chapter is all about counting how many of something there is. Sound easy? This is usually the most challenging section!

All of these topics above are presented in a fun-video format, and uses studyForge technology to deliver the course in an extremely exciting and interactive way. This course is also the final step before that all-mysterious topic… Calculus. Don’t miss out, sign up for Pre-Calculus 12 today!

Religion 12

Course Description

Religion 12 Course is being Updated for the 2016-2017 School Year!

AP English Literature

Course Description

Advanced Placement English Literature is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to read and interpret the various genres and motifs in literature. It will incorporate weekly writing assignments about literature to help the student learn to write and think with a more focused point of view. The course is structured somewhat like a freshman college course; therefore the student will have will have projects and assignments that will be worked on independently. The literature will be drawn mainly from English literature but selections of world literature will be incorporated as well.

The end result of the course will be the opportunity to take the AP English exam in May. This exam is seen as an added bonus and the course is not taught solely for the purpose of the test. The AP exam is optional and there is exam session fee if the student choses to write. Because of the exam time line and course intensity, this course should be taken linearly, finishing in May.

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