Core Curriculum

Alberta Education defines a basic education as one which provides students with a solid core program that is considered essential for academic success in school and later in life. This core curriculum consists of knowledge and skills related to academic subjects which includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In Calgary Catholic schools, Religious Education is also included in our core program. To support students in attaining the goals as stated in Alberta Education's programs of study, school authorities must ensure that all students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) have access to meaningful and relevant learning experiences that include appropriate instructional supports. In each curriculum, there are general and specific outcomes to be achieved. Each general outcome includes specific outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of each grade. Due to the cumulative nature of learning, students are also expected to retain and demonstrate the specific outcomes from previous grades.

English Language Arts

In order to differentiate instruction to accommodate the needs of all learners, there are two sequences of English instruction available. English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1, and English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2. Both sequences lead to the achievement of an Alberta High School Diploma. Essentially the difference is in terms of the level of work done. The English 10-1 sequence is required for those students planning on attending university or many post secondary institutes. The 10-2 sequence is designed for students planning to enter the work force. This sequence may not be acceptable as a course at post-secondary institutes.

English 10-1     >     English 20-1     >     English 30-1

5 credits
These courses are intended for students with strong reading comprehension skills and considerable strength in written literary analysis. Students will develop, hone, and refine their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing literature. Please note: These courses include the study of Shakespearean plays. Prerequisites: ELA 10-1: 65%+ in Grade 9 ELA. ELA 20-1: 65%+ in ELA 10-1.  ELA 30-1: 65%+ in ELA 20-1 or 80%+ in ELA 30-2.

English 10-2     >     English 20-2     >     English 30-2

5 credits
These courses provide students opportunities to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing literature. Students will read and analyze a variety of texts in order to see the value of literature in life, as well as to develop clarity, fluency, and correctness in communication skills. Prerequisites: ELA 10-2: 65% or less in Grade 9 ELA. ELA 20-2: Between 50% and 65% in ELA 10-1, or 50%+ in ELA 10-2. ELA 30-2: Between 50% and 65% in ELA 20-1, or 50%+ in ELA 20-1.

English 10-1 Honours     >     English 20-1 IB     >     English 30-1 IB     >     English 35 IB

5 credits
These courses are highly academic and demanding. Students with very strong reading comprehension skills and considerable strength in literacy analysis and critical writing should consider enrollment. While these courses develop the requisite skills for meeting the requirements of the curriculum, they also enhance the program with a more rigorous and culturally diverse experience. (Please note: Students registering in 30-level IB English must register in both English 30 IB & English 35 IB.) Prerequisites: English 10 Honours: 80%+ in Grade 9 ELA. English 20-1 IB: 80%+ in English 10 Honours. English 30-1 IB and English 35 IB: 80%+ in English 20 IB. Additional instructional time has been added to this course to accommodate the increased rigor and required internal assessment.

Mathematics

Math 10-3

5 credits
Students completing this course will have a practical understanding of Mathematics.  This course is for students who are planning on pursuing one of many post-secondary trade or apprenticeship programs. Students with less than 50% in Grade 9 Math must enroll in this course.  

Math 10C

5 credits
Students completing this course will develop creative problem-solving skills, enhance their mental math skills, and learn to make connections between mathematical concepts in their lives.  Prerequisite: 60%+ in Grade 9 Math.

Math 10C X

5 credits
The Math 10C X program is comprised of the same outcomes as Math 10C but is designed to provide more reinforcement of prerequisite knowledge, mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills. The intent of this course is to improve success in Math 10C and provide a superior transition into the Math 20-2. Students must have a minimum mark of 50% in Grade 9 Math. This course is recommended for students with marks between 50% and 60% although students up to 65% in grade 9 Math may consider this course. In order to facilitate a more successful transition from junior high to high school mathematics, this course is designed with additional instructional time within the schedule. 

Math 10C Honours

5 credits
Students enrolled in this Honours course will study general mathematical concepts that form the basis for the International Baccalaureate math program in Grades 11 & 12.  Students will cover similar content as presented in the regular Math 10C course plus topics that will fulfill the requirements of the IB Programme. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Grade 9 Math.  

Mathematics 20-1     >     Math 30-1

5 credits
This course sequence is intended for students who plan to enter post-secondary programs that require higher level algebra and/or involve the study of calculus. Prerequisite for Math 20-1: 65%+ in Math 10C. Prerequisite for Math 30-1: 65%+ in Math 20-1 to be successful in Math 30-1.

Math 20-2    >    Math 30-2

5 credits
This course sequence is intended for students who wish to attend post-secondary institutions after high school but will not be entering programs that require higher level algebra and/or involve the study of calculus. Prerequisite for Math 20-2: 50%+ in Math 10C or Math 10C X. Prerequisite for Math 30-2: 50%+ in Math 20-2 or between 50% and 65% in Math 20-1.

Math 20-3     >     Math 30-3

5 credits
This course sequence is for students who are planning on pursuing a post-secondary trade and/or apprenticeship programs or direct entry into the workforce. Prerequisite for Math 20-3: 50%+ in Math 10-3 or between 40% and 50% in Math 10C or Math 10C X. Prerequisite for Math 30-3: 50%+ in Math 20-3, or between 40% and 50% in Math 20-2.

Math 20 IB

5 credits
Students enrolled in this course will receive instruction in the regular Math 20-1 curriculum as prescribed by Alberta Education plus Statistics and Probability, a requirement of the International Baccalaureate mathematics program. There is also a continued emphasis on process, presentation, and research skill development. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Math 10C Honours.

Math 31

5 credits
Students enrolled in Math 31 will be introduced to the principal concepts of differential and integral calculus. There is a heavy emphasis on algebraic problem solving and applications. Prerequisite: 70%+ in Math 30-1.

Math 30-1 IB

5 credits each
Students enrolled in this course will focus on the exploration of functions, emphasizing an algebraic approach to solving problems. This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills intended for entry into post-secondary programs requiring the study of calculus. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Math 20-1 IB.

Math 31 IB

5 credits each
This course is an introduction to the principal concepts of differential and integral calculus with an emphasis on problem solving and applications. Students will write their IB Mathematics exam in early May, then complete any remaining Math 31 content required by Alberta Education after that point. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Math 30-1 IB.

Science

Science 10 Honours

5 credits
Students enrolled in this Honours course will undertake a study of general science concepts that will form the basis of future International Baccalaureate science courses. Students will cover similar content as presented in the regular Science 10 course with greater emphasis on process, presentation, and research skill development. Prerequisite: 80% in Grade 9 Science.

Science 14

5 credits
Students completing this course will have a practical understanding of science and scientific issues related to daily life. The themes developed include the investigation of matter, energy transfer technologies, matter, and energy in living systems and the environment. Prerequisite: Less than 50% in Science 9. 

Science 10

5 credits
Students completing this course will understand and apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences. Prerequisite: 60%+ on Grade 9 Science.

Science 24

5 credits
Students will develop their knowledge, attitude, and skills in science. Correlations to relevant life skills are made in this course. Prerequisite: 50%+ in Science 14 or 40%+ in Science 10.

Science 20

5 credits
Science 20 is an integrated academic course designed for students who do not intend to enter science related programs in post-secondary. Students completing this course will explore concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences. Prerequisite: 50%+ in Science 10. 

Science 30

5 credits
This course is designed for students with a general interest in science. Students will explore living systems in the environment, chemistry, energy in the environment, as well as electromagnetic energy. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Science 20, or 50%+ in Biology 20, Chemistry, 20 or Physics 20.

Biology 20

5 credits
Students completing this course will study topics relating to energy and matter exchange in the biosphere, ecosystems & population changes, photosynthesis & cellular respiration along with human systems. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Science 10.  

Biology 20 IB

5 credits
Students enrolled in this course will receive the first portion of the combined Alberta Education and IB biology program of studies. An increase in laboratory work and process skill development is emphasized as the students work through areas of energy and matter exchange in the biosphere, ecosystems & population changes, photosynthesis & cellular respiration, along with human systems. Prerequisite: 75%+ in Science 10H or 75%+ along with teacher approval in Science 10.

Biology 30

5 credits
Students completing this course will build on topics covered in Biology 20. In addition, students will also explore principles of genetics and molecular biology. An Alberta Education diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Biology 20.  

Biology 30 IB     >     Biology 35 IB

5 credits
The Alberta Education Program of Studies is blended with the IB Programme throughout, with extra emphasis on “student design” laboratory activities. Biology 35 IB is an additional 5-credit course that focuses on required IB higher level content not covered in the Alberta Program of Studies. Additional laboratory work is required. A final IB examination is written in May. Prerequisite: 75%+ in Biology 20IB.

Chemistry 20

5 credits
Students completing this course will learn about chemical bonding theory, properties, characteristics of gases and solutions, as well as mathematical relationships in chemical reactions. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Science 10 AND Math 10C.  

Chemistry 20 IB     >     Chemistry 30 IB

5 credits
In addition to topics covered in the Alberta Education curriculum the IB program will further explore atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, measurement, data processing and analysis. An increase in laboratory work and further development in process skills is emphasized along with the completion of the IB Internal Assessment. The IB Examination will be written in May while the Alberta Education diploma examination will be written in June. Students registered in Chemistry 20 IB must also register in Chemistry 30 IB in same year. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Science 10H or 80%+ in Science 10 AND Math 10C along with teacher approval. 

Chemistry 30

5 credits
Students enrolled in this course build on topics covered in Chemistry 20.  Chemical energetics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, acid-base concepts, and organic chemistry will be explored. An Alberta Education diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Chemistry 20 AND Math 20. 

Physics 20

5 credits
This is an intermediate level science course that explores motion, forces, energy, and waves. Students will use a combination of physics principles and mathematics to understand the physical world around them. The course is delivered through a blend of theory and investigative labs. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Science 10 AND Math 10C. 

Physics 20 IB

5 credits
Students enrolled in this course will receive the first portion of the combined Alberta Education and IB physics program of studies.  An increase in laboratory work and process skill development will be emphasized as students work through the areas of kinematics, dynamics, and waves. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Science 10H or 80%+ along with teacher approval in Science 10.

Physics 30

5 credits
This is a senior level science course building on the fundamentals learned in Physics 20, where momentum, electricity & magnetism, and atomic physics are learned. An Alberta Education diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite: 60%+ in Physics 20. 

Physics 30 IB     >     Physics 35 IB

5 credits
The Alberta Education Program of Studies is blended with the IB Programme throughout with extra emphasis on “student design” laboratory activities. An Alberta Education diploma examination is taken at the end of the semester. Physics 35 IB is a 5-credit course that focuses on required IB higher level content not covered in the Alberta Program of Studies.  Thermal physics, advanced optics, climate change physics, and digital technology are the main components of the course.  Laboratory work is included with each topic. A final IB examination is written in May. Prerequisite: Physics 20 IB mark of 80%+ in Physics 20 IB.

Social Studies

Social Studies offers three levels of rigor and instruction at each grade: Social Studies -1, Social Studies -2, and Social Studies H/IB with the essential difference being the level of reading and writing skills required to complete each course successfully.

Social Studies 10-1 Honours

5 credits
Recommended for students considering Social Studies 20IB. This course enhances the Alberta Social Studies 10-1 curriculum specifically through source analysis as well as the development of research, writing and presentation skills. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Social Studies 9.

Social Studies 10-1

5 credits
What is globalization and how does it affect us? Social Studies 10-1 students explore the changing meaning of identity and citizenship in a globalizing world, while also understanding the impacts of globalization, both positive and negative, on people worldwide. Prerequisite: 65%+ in Social Studies 9.

Social Studies 10-2

5 credits
What is globalization and how does it impact me? Social Studies 10-2 students explore the history and effects of globalization. They develop an understanding of the impact of nationalism on individuals, international relations, and citizenship in Canada. Prerequisite: 45%+ in Social Studies 9.

Social Studies 20-1 IB

5 credits
The Social Studies 20-1 IB course integrates the Alberta Social Studies 20-1 curriculum with required components of the IB Higher Level History program. A key focus of this course is increased competency in primary source analysis, writing, research skills and the completion of the Internal Assessment portion of the IB History exam. Prerequisite: (partial IB students) 80%+ in Social Studies 10-1 or 10-1H.

Social Studies 20-1

5 credits
What is nationalism and how does it affect us? Social Studies 20-1 students look at the origins and effects of nationalism and weigh its benefits and limitations. Issues related to nationalism and the impacts on individuals, international relations, and citizenship are covered.  Prerequisite: 65%+ in Social Studies 10-1. 

Social Studies 20-2

5 credits
What is nationalism and how does it impact me? Social Studies 20-2 students examine the origins and effects of nationalism from various perspectives, developing an understanding of the impact of nationalism on individuals, international relations, and citizenship in Canada. Prerequisite: 50%+ in Social Studies 10-2, or 50%+ in Social Studies 10-1. 

Social 30-1 IB

5 credits
Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism.  An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism.  Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues as active, informed, and responsible citizens.

Social Studies 30-1

5 credits
What are ideologies and how do they affect us? Social Studies 30-1 students examine perspectives on various ideologies and on the influence of these ideologies, focusing particularly on liberalism. They develop an understanding of how ideologies can shape us and our world. Prerequisite: 65%+ Social Studies 20-1.

Social Studies 30-2

5 credits
What are ideologies and how do they affect us? Social Studies 30-2 students will examine multiple perspectives on various ideologies, particularly focusing on liberalism. They will develop an understanding of how ideologies can shape us and our world. Prerequisite: 50%+ in Social Studies 20-2, or 50%+ in Social Studies 20-1. 

Western World History 30 IB

5 credits
Western World History 30 IB offers students interested in the study of history with the opportunity to complete the requirements for the IB Higher Level History Programme. Students will examine trends and developments, continuity and change through time and individual events. The course is concerned with individuals and society in a broad context (social, political, economic, religious, technological, and cultural). Studies include in-depth examination of the Cold War, the rise and rule of single-party states, and European (including the USSR) history. Prerequisite for Social Studies 30-1 IB: 80%+ in Social Studies 20-1 IB. Prerequisite for Western World History 30 IB: 80%+ in Social Studies 30-1 IB.

Social Sciences

Aboriginal Studies 30

5 credits
Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to gain an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal people in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues. Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2.

Psychology 20 General     >     Psychology 35 Abnormal

3 credits
Students will be introduced to several topics in Psychology 20, including how the mind processes information, emotions, behaviours, and conflict. Also covered is the effect of biological and environmental factors on the individual’s emotional, mental, and behavioural states. These themes will be further explored in Psychology 35. Psychology 35 prerequisite: Psychology 20

Religious Studies

Celebrating our vibrant Catholic faith is essential to Calgary Catholic schools and because of this, students are required to complete Religious Studies 15, 25, and 35 to participate in our graduation ceremony.

Religious Education 15

3 credits
The aim of Religious Studies 15 is to assist students, with the help of the Gospel, to participate as Christians in the shaping of our culture. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible teenager developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a broader culture.

Religious Education 25

3 credits
The Religious Studies 15 course invites students to deepen their relationship through a study of scripture, exploring Jesus' Jewish roots as well as the Gospel accounts of his birth, early life and ministry, preaching of the Kingdom of God, teaching techniques, and miracles. It then focuses on the scriptural accounts of his death and resurrection and their central significance for the Church's understanding of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. 

Religious Education 35

3 credits
Religious Studies 35 challenges students to understand themselves as moral persons called to discipleship by living the way of Christ. Through an examination of ethical theories, the revelation of Sacred Scripture, and the lived experience of the Catholic Church, the course invites students to mature as active participants in their faith.

Religious Education 5 Credit Option

Students have the option of increasing their credits earned in RS 15, 25, and/or 35 by participating in the after school Alpha Program and completing some additional modular work.