Secondary curriculum Grades 6 - 9

The Secondary Curriculum (Grades 6-9) at BCIS is based on learning expectations and skills governed by the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam and the Language Arts curriculum from the province of Ontario, all in a Canadian environment.

In the Vietnamese program, through a variety of activities and real life learning opportunities, students are actively engaged in their learning. All elements of the Vietnamese program are met with certified teachers providing these classes. Using such techniques as project based learning, students acquire knowledge and develop collaboration and organizational skills, creativity, and peaceful conflict resolution, embracing the Vietnamese culture and values.

The English program is based on the Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 Language document. This child-centered, thematic approach encourages students through active, relevant learning opportunities to fully develop their knowledge and skills to reach their full potential. Students learn with our native speaking international teachers 15 periods per week. In addition, Library, Music and Physical Education programs are provided weekly by these teachers. The overall goal of the English program is language acquisition, the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. To prepare BCIS students for the rapidly ever changing world, of critical importance is the development of critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, creativity and global citizenship. Each of these skills is encouraged and actively pursued within all of our programs.

Permeating daily life, in the classrooms, hallways and student/staff interactions is our Character Education in Action program. A program in which specific activities are strategically provided to help students be responsible, respectful, peaceful, optimistic, caring, courageous, grateful  and cooperative individuals who persevere and demonstrate integrity 

By grade 9, students are placed into Core English classes A, B, C, or D, based on levels of literacy development and proficiency in their English language.  A is entry level English and D level students demonstrate higher English usage. Courses of Study are developed using the Ontario Curriculum Grades 9-12, English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development documents. The expectations for these ESL programs are designed to help our learners develop proficiency in everyday English and in academic English. Overall expectations in the documents outline general knowledge and learning skills for each course, while specific expectations describe these in more detail. 

Students who have strong English language proficiency levels are encouraged to take our E level  (Academic) course in grade 9. This course is based on The Ontario Curriculum: Grades 9 and 10, English and is an academic course designed to further develop students’ literacy skills  of listening and speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Complex materials and topics challenge the students to think critically, develop note-taking and organizational skills, expand their use of English and prepare them for English studies abroad. 

For students in grade 9 student voice and choice is evident as students choose Option courses based on their interests, curiosity, or desires to try something new and different. Regardless of the content, at the heart of each English class is the goal of improving and extending reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for every student.

Additional programs, such as Student Wellbeing, English as an Additional Language (EAL),  sports, counseling and community service opportunities, support our students’ overall academic, physical and emotional growth and health. 

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