Grade Ten - Purcell Collegiate School


Students entering Grade 10 spend time exploring high school electives and core academics that are the cornerstone to preparing them for graduation. The skills from Grade 9 are foundational for success in the Grade 10 year as students build on the academic disciplines while learning more about their strengths, challenges and areas of interest. A wide selection of electives continue to be available as a companion to the specialized areas of academic study. Students in high school are also exposed to an array of leadership and cultural opportunities, athletic opportunities and community connections.

Academic advisors assist the high school students in charting their academic plan which can include university planning, organizational skills, financial literacy and career planning. Together, our aim is enable students to become strong global citizens and leaders who become life-long learners.


Core Courses include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, Health and Career Exploration.

Athletic options range from Basketball, Cross Country Running, Cross Country Skiing, Hockey, Volleyball, Downhill Skiing, Soccer and Golf.

The BC Ministry of Education has implemented a concept-based, competency-driven curriculum. The major shift is from a knowledge curriculum to a skill or competency-based curriculum. Full details on this curriculum can be found at the Ministry of Education website at:


With the release of the new curriculum in BC there is also a new framework for recognizing the assessment of student learning through a proficiency scale. Using this scale, students will be marked as Emerging, Developing, Proficient and Extending which in turn matches a provincial letter grade system. Students and parents receive formative and summative feedback based on the proficiency scale and letter grade system through formal reports at both the mid-point and the end of the school year.


Students have scheduled activities on both Saturdays and Sundays each month which include both academic and extra-curricular programs. This allows learning to take place in both formal and informal ways while allowing for free time and study time to still take place during some evenings and in the early part of the week on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students have advisory and study blocks during the week to meet with staff advisors who review their progress and also direct further study periods as necessary for assignment completion and test preparations.