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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. A unique opportunity for students to explore a particular subject area that meets community need is identified.
  2. Review the Ministry of Education’s BAA Requirements & Procedures guide
  3. Consult with your school administration
  4. Determine the appropriate course grouping using the Core Course Categories guide
  5. Create the new course framework by downloading the revised BAA Template
  6. Submit the completed BAA application to your school administration for review.
  7. Upon approval, your administrator will submit your BAA application to the SD79 learning team coordinator and the admin assistant for editing of format as required.
  8. The final application will be reviewed before it goes to the board.
  9. Once approved the course is entered into MyEd and schools are informed of the new course for their course calendars.

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.

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



The deadline for submitting a new BAA proposal is April 15 prior to the September start in order to allow for processing and inclusion in course catalogues.