General Information

This section of the website  is designed to give you information about the courses and programs offered at Charles Hays Secondary School, as well as the requirements of the graduation program.

 Charles Hays Secondary School operates on the trimester system.  The school year is split into three trimesters, with five periods each day, allowing students fifteen course selections within the school year.  Most courses are two trimesters long and meet for 62 minutes each day.  Some courses can meet outside the normal timetable.

  If you require assistance in choosing your courses, please feel free to contact any school counsellor.  The staff and administration of Charles Hays Secondary School wish to ensure that your education is as rewarding as possible.


2018 Graduation Requirements                                                                                

The B.C. Certificate of Graduation or “Dogwood Diploma” is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements. If you are entering Grade 10 or 11 in 2017/18 or later you are on the 2018 Graduation Program. To graduate, you will require 80 credits total – with a minimum of 16 at the Grade 12 level, and 28 elective course credits. 52 credits are required from the following:

  • Two Career Education courses (8 credits total)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 10, 11 & 12 (12 credits)
  • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)

In addition, students on the 2018 Graduation Program must also complete the two new Graduation Assessments: 

  • Numeracy Assessment
  • Literacy Assessment – The Literacy Assessment will be introduced in January 2020 (students graduating in the 2018/19 school year will take a Language Arts 12 course and associated provincial exam to satisfy this graduation requirement for the 2018 Graduation Program).

NOTE: Students on the 2018 Graduation Program will be able to meet the career education graduation requirement with any of the following combinations: 

  • Planning 10/Grad Transitions
  • Planning 10/Career Life Connections + Capstone
  • Career Life Education/Grad Transitions
  • Career Life Education/Career Life Connections + Capstone

 For 2018/19, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education 
  • Graduation Transitions

 For 2019/20 and beyond, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education
  • Career Life Connections + Capstone