Plan Development

Planning Highlights

Secondary students and parents will work with a counsellor to develop a Graduation Plan showing how requirements will be met between Grade 10 and 12. EBUS students are assisted by counsellors to choose courses that:

  • Meet graduation requirements
  • Meet personal career goals
  • Meet admission requirements for post-secondary institutions

While students can timetable courses in a variety of ways, we encourage students to plan for 2 semesters in a year. Focusing on only 4 courses at a time seems to increase the success that students experience. Many courses will be available in both semesters to allow students as much flexibility as possible.

Students will complete three provincial assessments:

  • Graduation Numeracy Assessment – Grade 10 (graduation requirement)
  • Graduation Literacy Assessment – Grade 10 (graduation requirement starting in 2019/20)
  • Graduation Literacy Assessment – Grade 12 (graduation requirement starting in 2020/21)

Before graduation, students must complete Career Life Education (4 credits) and Career Life Connections (4 credits). Graduation Transitions (4 credits). These courses focus on planning for career and life, career-life connections and connections with community. The Career Life Connections (CLC) course culminates in a capstone project that students will present.
Consider Independent Directed Study courses as ways to earn credits as well as through challenge, equivalency, or external credits.

BC Dogwood Planner

The Student Certification Branch has published the BC Dogwood Planner , an annual document published in January for students in Grade 12.

The BC Dogwood Planner is a companion document of the Grad Planner addressing the top questions from students in their graduation year. We encourage schools to share this document in print or online form with their Grade 12 students.

Course Selection Resources

Navigating the BC Graduation Program and the post secondary system can be extremely complex and over whelming for students and their families.  EBUS is pleased to offer a variety of Academic Advisors.  This page is intended to be a resources for students and families wanting to start this process on their own.  The titles below are hyperlinked to videos that were created by one of our Advisors and we hope they are helpful. Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to contact you with general help or answers.

  1. Introduction to Course Selection (video)
  2. General Considerations About Course Selection (video)
  3. Semester vs. Linear Course Scheduling (video)
  4. How Many Courses Should You Take (video)

In addition to the videos above, student and parents are encouraged to consult the following resources:

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