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BAA Courses


Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) courses are developed to help 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.


Process for submitting a new BAA proposal:

  1. Review the Ministry of Education’s BAA Requirements & Procedures guide
  2. Determine the appropriate course grouping using the Core Course Categories guide
  3. Consult with your school administration
  4. Download the revised BAA Template
  5. Consult with the Coordinator of Instruction and Innovation (Secondary).
  6. Submit the completed BAA application to your school administrator for review.
  7. Upon approval, your administrator will submit your BAA application to the Associate Superintendent and Director of Instruction (Secondary).
  8. The final application will be reviewed before it goes to the board.

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.

The deadline for submitting a new BAA proposal is March 3 prior to the September start in order to allow for processing and inclusion in course catalogues.

For ideas and examples of BAA courses offered in other districts in the province, a searchable BAA Sharing Platform can be found here: