Graduation is a major step from childhood to adulthood.
Our children need to be prepared to succeed as adults when they walk across the stage and get their graduation certificate.
The new curriculum maps out a clear path to graduation - and preparation for life after high school.
The future our children must succeed in is different from the one we envisioned even 10 or 15 years ago.
It is our job to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose.
Under the new curriculum, the path to graduation is more flexible. The grad program still spans grades 10, 11, and 12, but a student's path to their Dogwood may be more varied and flexible than before. Teachers and students will now have more opportunity to explore learning outside of the classroom and build on each student's potential.
To graduate, students will still need to write two provincial exams and complete 80 credits. That hasn't changed.
There is an emphasis on real-life experiences - community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on learning. These are the kinds of skills that build better students and better citizens.
The new curriculum aims to connect students with the skills they need to succeed in their next chapter.
That's why, starting in the 2018/19 school year, every student will have to take Career Education to graduate. What they learn will show them the link between the classroom and their opportunities in life.
The updated graduation program will help students to move forward on their chosen path - college, university, trades training, or the workforce. The new curriculum will arm them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
Post-secondary institutions in B.C. and beyond will continue to be consulted to ensure the changes we are making to curriculum, assessments and the grad program maintain a seamless path to education beyond high school.