Board / Authority Authorized Courses (BAA)

Board authorized courses are designed to meet local community needs while providing choice and flexibility for students. Each secondary school offers a variety of board authorized courses that provide unique opportunities for students to explore particular subject areas in greater depth.

By July 2018, all existing Grade 10 BAA courses must be updated to the revised BAA Framework that embodies the Know, Do, Understand model of the revised BC curriculum. By July 2019, all Grade 11 & 12 BAA courses must also be updated to this framework.

Process for submitting a new BAA proposal:

  1. Review the Ministry of Education’s BAA Requirements & Procedures guide
  2. Consult with your school administration
  3. Download the revised BAA Template
  4. Use the BAA application checklist to guide your process.
  5. Submit BAA application to your school administrator for review.
  6. Upon approval, you administrator will submit your BAA application to the SD61 Learning Team.
  7. You will receive feedback on your final application before it goes to the board.
  8. Present your course proposal to the SD61 School Board.

Note: for a new BAA course to be approved, a teacher will need to demonstrate how the course differs from currently available options under the new curriculum. There should be minimal curricular overlap between a BAA course and a standard BC curriculum course.

BAA timeline for a potential September course start:

  • November 1 – Intent to create BAA course must be declared to administration.
  • December 1 – BAA Application draft must be submitted by administration to the Learning Team
  • January 15th – Final draft of BAA application should be complete.
  • February – BAA proposal presented to the SD61 School Board
  • If application is successful, course can begin the following September.

BAA Application Resources

BAA Revision Process

BAA Revision SlideDeck


Current SD61 BAA Course List

Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Athletic Leadership 10Astronomy 11Athletic Leadership 12
Beginners ELL 10Athletic Leadership 11Athletic Leadership: Baseball/Softball 12
Community Leadership 10Athletic Leadership: Baseball/Softball 11Autobody 12a
Performance Training 10Autobody 11aAutobody 12b
Electronics & Electrical 10Autobody 11bAutomotive Service & Repair 12
ELL Learning Strategies 10Automotive Service & Repair 11Aviation Fabrication 12
Flexible Studies 10Community Leadership 11 Aviation Systems & Design 12
Introduction to Autobody 10Computer Graphics & Animation 11Community Leadership 12
Introduction to Hairstylist 10Design & Innovation 11Computer Graphics & Animation 12
Junior Art Metal 10Digital Photography 11 (formerly Digital Imaging 11)Co-Operative Education 12 A/B/C
Learning Strategies 10Electrical Apprenticeship 11 Criminology 12
Outdoor Education 10ELL Academic Literacy 11 (formerly ESL Composition 11)Design & Innovation 12
Peer Tutoring 10Environment & Sustainability 11Digital Photography 12 (formerly Digital Imaging 12)
Principles of Sport 10Flex Studies 11Electrical Apprenticeship 12A
Symphony Orchestra 10Human Performance 11 (formerly Performance Training 11)Electrical Apprenticeship 12B
Teacher Assistant 10Indigenous Leadership 1 (formerly Indigenous Cultural Connections 11)Environment & Sustainability 12
Ukulele 10Indigenous Theatre & Leadership 11Film Studies 12
Yoga for Mindfulness 10Integrated Studies 11Flex Studies 12
Intercultural Studies 11Gender & Sexuality in Society 12
Intermediate ELL 11 (formerly English Language Development 11)Icons Through Art History 12
Journalism 11Global & Intercultural Skills Program 12 (formerly Global & Intercultural Studies 12)
Learning Strategies 11History of Rock and Roll 12
Library Sciences 11Human Performance 12 (formerly Performance Training 12)
Outdoor Leadership 11Introduction to Aviation 12
Pastry and Baked Products 11Journalism 12
Peer Tutoring 11Learning Strategies 12
Performance Training 11 (formerly Cross-Training 11)Marine Biology 12
Principles of Sport 11 (formerly Principles of Rugby / Soccer 11)Outdoor Leadership 12
Psychology 11Peer Tutoring 12
Symphony Orchestra 11Performance Training 12
Teacher Assistant 11Principles of Sport 12 (formerly Principles of Rugby / Soccer 12)
Textiles Arts and Crafts 11Psychology 12
Travel Languages 11Scholarship Prep 12
Ukulele 11 (formerly Strings & Fretted Instruments - Ukulele 11)Symphony Orchestra 12
Yearbook 11Teacher Assistant 12
Yoga for Mindfulness 11Ukulele 12 (formerly Strings & Fretted Instruments - Ukulele 12)
Women's Studies 12
Yearbook 12
Yoga for Mindfulness 12