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École Dr. Charles Best Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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Explore interpersonal relationships in our global society. Learn about yourself and your relationships with others. We will explore the stages of human growth and development and how they affect you, the individual, as well as society as a whole. Family Studies 11 is all about the roles, rights, and responsibilities of adolescence, as well as Interpersonal and Family Relationships, focusing on communication, skills in conflict resolution, intimacy, and love. An excellent course for those interested in careers in social or human services.


Become an effective communicator, and increase your knowledge of how families function. Plan for a happy, healthy life. Family studies 12 will be taught with a focus on Families in Society, and Housing. Explore the issues challenging today’s families and the physical, social, and psychological development of the child within the family. This is an excellent course for anyone who wants to work with people.


Enhance your culinary skills with professional techniques to create food that looks and tastes great.  Discover how good nutrition plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle.  Develop life skills to share with family and friends. Students prepare a wide variety of foods including sweet and savoury quick breads, soups, pasta, breakfasts, main course entrees, vegetables and salads, as well as desserts. An open mind and an adventuresome palate are definite assets!


Expand your repertoire of culinary skills and get an opportunity to earn the provincial Food Safe Basic Certificate, valuable assets in today’s job market! Discover the many multicultural flavours of the world by studying cuisines of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Students plan, prepare, and enjoy a variety of international foods. Learn how to apply key concepts of healthy eating. This course will benefit anyone who loves food or is interested in the food, tourism, or hospitality industry.           


Use advanced professional techniques to prepare specialty breads, pasta, appetizers, soups, meals, jams and jellies. Learn how to improvise, balance flavours, and conjure up new dishes.  Become prepared for life away from home. This course will be an asset to anyone who plans to enter the food, tourism, or hospitality industry.


Build clothing construction skills, practicing basic sewing machine and serger techniques including seams and seam finishes, darts, hems, and closures (zippers, buttonholes).  Major projects may include a stretch knit outfit, top or bottom (skirt or pants/shorts) and bags.  Projects/ patterns will be selected according to the experience and desire of the students.


Develop basic machine skills and explore industry techniques through completion of 3-4 projects.  Design principles and fabric knowledge are applied to all projects. This course will be divided into 2 levels for those with little or no sewing experience as well as those who have taken a Textiles course previously.   Learn about “upcycling”—taking a ready-made garment, and turning it into a new creation. Projects will be similar in theme and may include knits and a fitted skirt or pant.   Projects/ patterns will be selected according to the experience and desire of students. This course is recommended for students interested in fashion design and/ or merchandising.


This advanced course continues to build on construction experiences, allowing students the opportunity to further explore industry techniques while refining previous skills. Tailoring as well as design techniques will be introduced. Students will draft their own skirt or pant pattern.  Projects will be selected based on interest, experience and ability in consultation with instructor. Understanding of fit, specialty fabrics and application of design principles will be important concepts of every project.  This course is highly recommended for students interested in college or university fashion programs.


This course is perfect for those who are interested in the fashion industry, but don’t want to sew.  Topics include fashion psychology and history, principles of design, role of designers, an introduction to fashion illustration, fashion production, promotion and retailing, and a wide variety of fashion-related careers. Students will maintain a fashion portfolio that may be used in interviews.  Successful course completion will be advantageous for students seeking employment opportunities in BC’s 4th largest industry and for students applying to college and university fashion design/merchandising programs.


Get a ticket to the fastest growing industry in the world! Come aboard and travel across the country on an exciting and adventure-packed trip to your final destination—a higher level of tourism-related job skills and certification.  Industry-recognized certificates include WorldHost® Fundamentals and WorldHost®- Serving Customers with Disabilities. This course is recommended for anyone seeking employment in the hospitality industry.


Gain more industry-related certification and skills as the tourism adventure continues! Plan trips around the world, and cruise to different ports of call.  WorldHost®- Japanese Service Expectations, WorldHost®- Service Across Cultures are just 2 certificates to be earned en route! This is an essential course for entry into the expanding world of tourism.


Child Development 11/12

If you are interested in a career involving children, this is the course for you.!! This course is designed for those students who want to learn about the physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of children.  Topics of study will include: childhood; past and present, children’s rights, community services, careers, effective parenting, and the developmental stages from conception through to age ten. Activities include interacting with elementary school children, daycare simulation, guest speakers, infant visits and adoption Of RealCare™ babies.


École Dr. Charles Best Secondary School

2525 Como Lake Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 3R8
604-461-5581 604-937-8053
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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