Secondary Program

Do you want to take an extra course to complete your Graduation Plan sooner? Does the course you want not fit into your timetable/schedule? Are you a motivated student who wants to learn at your own pace? Is illness keeping you out of class yet you want to graduate? Are you a working adult or a stay at home parent who wants to complete their education or upgrade a course? If you answered YES to any of these questions then you need to consider Distributed Learning. A complete list of course descriptions are available.

Our online courses are free of charge for all Grade 10, 11, and 12 students (part-time and full time), including adults (who are not already graduates), residing in British Columbia. Students in Grade 10, 11 or 12 may be cross-enrolled (attending another Secondary school in British Columbia at the same time they take an online course with the Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning School).

Our online courses offer continuous progress/entry and flexibility! Students may start their courses at any time, though we generally are not available/open with full service during July and August. Students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses have 12 months to complete their studies, however they must stay active (progressing and/or in communication with their teacher) in their courses in order to maintain active status.

Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning School is NOT a semestered school so students can complete courses according to their schedule and/or particular learning style. (Grade 8 and 9 students must complete their courses by the first week in June.) Students wishing to take grade 10, 11 and 12 courses may start at any time. Some students complete courses in one month, others take six or seven months depending on work schedules and individual circumstances. That said, all courses contain a pacing schedule for students to use as a guideline for completing courses in a timely fashion and students are encouraged to try and maintain that pace.

Graduation Program(s) - 2004

2004 Graduation Program (80 credits)
After September 2004, all school aged students registering in Grade 10 will be in the GRADUATION PROGRAM 2004, and t
hese students will be working towards the 80 credit graduation program.

  • Grade 10 courses will count for credits towards graduation.
  • The new graduation program extends opportunities for students in Grade 10-12 to earn credit through challenge, equivalency and external credits.
  • A new Planning 10 course will encourage students to explore a range of career options, plan their future and develop skills in areas such as employability, healthy decision-making, and financial management.
  • Students will be required to write five provincial exams in Language Arts 10, Science 10, Mathematics 10, Social Studies 11/12, and Language Arts 12.
  • Provincial Exams are now required for Science 10, English 10 and Mathematics 10 (Principles of Math 10 or Essentials of Math 10) and Social Studies 11 (or First Nations Studies 12) as well as for Language Arts 12 (English 12 or Communications 12). Other grade 12 exams are optional.

  • Before graduation, students must complete Graduation Transitions (4 credits). Students bring together and present their learning in 3 broad areas: Personal Health, Community Connections, and Careers.

      • Graduation Transitions is a requirement for all students registered in Grades 10, 11, or 12 as of September, 2007 and beyond. Graduation Transitions may begin in Grades 10, 11, or 12 and upon successful completion of the minimum requirements for the prescribed learning outcomes for each component, will be awarded four (4) credits towards graduation upon completion. There are three components to the reqirement: Personal Health, Community Conections, and Transition Planning. For more details please see
      • Students may satisfy these requirements in a number of ways, ranging from course work, independent self-directed learning opportunities outside the classroom, to a form of portfolio assessment. Students must consult with their school and/or district to determine what opportunities are available. Students will be able to demonstrate their competencies in areas such as career planning, employability skills, and personal well being in the assembling of a Graduation Portfolio.

    Graduation Program Exams
    The new Graduation Program requires all students to write exams in Grade 10 English, Grade 10 Science, Grade 10 Mathematics. The students must also write the Social Studies Exam attached to the Grade 11 or 12 course taken by the student. The exams are worth 20% of the student’s final mark.

    The student must write the Grade 12 Language Arts (English or Communications) Exam attached to the course taken by the student. This exam is worth 40% of the student’s final mark.
    All other Grade 12 Graduation Exams are optional. Students need to be sure of post-secondary admission requirements and meet with their advisor before deciding whether or not to take an exam. (If you do not write the Grade 12 Exam, 100% of your final mark will come from your course mark.) All Grade 12 Exams are worth 40% of the student’s final mark.
    Writing Grade 12 Exams gives you opportunities to win provincial scholarships

  • In order to graduate, students in Grades 10-12 will need to earn 80 credits (equivalent to twenty 4-credit courses).

    Of these, 48 credits come from Required Courses which include the following:

    • Language Arts 10 (4 credits)
    • Language Arts 11 (4 credits)
    • Language Arts 12 (4 credits)
    • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
    • Social Studies 11, Canadian Civics 11 or BC First Nations Studies 12 (4 credits)
    • Science 10 (4 credits)
    • Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
      (Numerous choices exist)
    • Mathematics 10 (4 credits)
      (Essentials of Math or Principles of Math)
    • Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)
      (Essentials of Math or Principles of Math)
    • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
    • Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12 (4 credits)
      (Numerous choices are available to students.)
    • Planning 10 (4 credits)
    • 4 credits for Portfolio Assessment

    Challenge and External Credits
    In both graduation programs students may earn credits toward graduation in a variety of ways. In addition to earning credits by successfully completing courses delivered by a BC public or independent school, students will be awarded credits by using the policies that follow. For specific information, check with your local school and also the Ministry of Education website:

    Equivalency (Documented Prior Learning)
    Secondary schools may award credit to students who have successfully completed an equivalent Grade 10, 11 or 12 course from an educational jurisdiction or institution outside the BC school system. To be deemed equivalent, there should be a match of approximately 80% or more of the learning outcomes to either a Ministry-developed or board authorized course. In order to receive credits through Equivalency, students must provide the appropriate documentation as proof of successful completion of the course.

    Challenge (Undocumented Demonstrated Prior Learning)
    Secondary schools may award credit to students who can demonstrate prior learning. Students are entitled to undertake a Challenge process to assess their prior learning for any Ministry-authorized graduation program course offered by any school board in the Province that school year, as well as any Board Authorized (BAA) course taught in the enrolling district that school year, provided the student has not already completed the course through previous enrollment. Students should be able to demonstrate their readiness to Challenge a course based on factors such as a recommendation from a previous teacher, or from evidence that relevant learning has been acquired outside the regular classroom setting. Examples of assessment strategies that could be used in a Challenge process include such things as hands-on demonstrations, oral performances, interviews, written examinations, or presentations of a collection of work.

    External Credentials (Ministry-approved Documented Prior Learning)

    Students can earn credit towards graduation through certain
    external credentials approved by the Ministry. In order to earn credit for an approved credential, students must provide the appropriate documentation proving successful completion of the external assessment, course, or program.

    The Ministry has reviewed programs including:
    • Royal Conservatory (or • Guides & Scouts equivalent) of Music, • Tourism, Lifesaving, First Dance, Theatre, Speech Aid, Pony Club • External Languages • Computer Certification • External Sport (Athlete, • Driver’s Education Coach, Official) • Pilot’s License • Cadets • Boating • 4-H For a complete listing please see the Ministry website for the Handbook of Procedures:

    Credit from Post-secondary Courses

    Students can earn credit towards graduation by earning credit for courses at specific post-secondary institutions. Students are entitled to earn “dual credit” if they earn credit that leads to a post-secondary credential from a post-secondary institution which is a member of the British Columbia Transfer System.


Last modified: Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 12:42 PM