Supplementary Curriculum

In addition to the core curriculum, other subjects are offered throughout a students' education. The supplementary curriculum reinforces the learning in the core subjects while providing opportunities for students to extend their personal competencies. The supplementary curriculum includes Fine Arts, Languages, Health, Physical Education and Career and Technology Studies.

Career and Life Management 

CALM Online

3 credits
CALM is a mandatory course and a requirement for an Alberta High School Diploma. It is intended to help students make well-informed decisions and develop behaviours, attitudes, and skills that contribute to their overall well-being. CALM is offered in grade 10, 11, or 12.

Career and Technology Studies

Communication Technology 10

3 credits
This is a 3 credit course where students are introduced to general lab procedures and become involved in digital photography, digital video production, production, print media, computer graphics and design.

Communication Technology 20

5 credits
In this intermediate level course, students choose an area to focus on based on their personal interests. The intermediate photography focus is designed for the student seeking a deeper knowledge of photographic technique, emphasizing on composition, exposure, flash techniques and accessory equipment. This course will also provide for lots of hands-on practice time with Photoshop. The intermediate digital video focus is designed for the student seeking a deeper knowledge in digital video production, with emphasis on scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing aspects of the film and video industries. The intermediate graphic design focus is designed for the student seeking a deeper knowledge in graphic design, with emphasis on typography, page layout and digital imaging. This course will also provide for lots of hands-on practice time with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Prerequisite: Communication Technology 10.

Communication Technology 30

5 credits
This is an advanced level course and students choose an area to focus on based on their personal interest. The advanced photography focus is for experienced photography students who want to learn advanced digital techniques, studio lighting to create exciting portraits and group photographs, scenic and wildlife photography, and advanced Photoshop and photo printing techniques. Advanced digital video production focus is for experienced digital video students who want to learn advanced skills, with emphasis on telling your own stories and helping you meet some of the demands of the film and video industries. Advanced graphic design focus is for experienced graphic design students who want to learn advanced skills, with emphasis on how to make everything from typography, colours, illustration, and photography work together as a whole. This course will also provide for lots of hands-on practice time with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Prerequisite: Communication Technology 20.

Community Leadership 10

5 credits
Developing effective lifetime leadership and interpersonal skills are the primary goals of this course. Using an interactive and hands on approach, students work on developing their responsibility, communication, problem solving, decision making, team building, goal setting, time management and conflict resolution skills (leadership fundamentals). This is done through project planning, organization and implementation of a large and a small class project. Students taking this course should be intrinsically motivated to make a difference within the school, community and even globally. All Leadership students are required to complete mandatory volunteer component. Prerequisite: None.

Community Leadership 20

5 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals acquired at the 10 level. LEadership and mentorship skills are further developed through the organization and implementation of a variety of school, community and/or globally initiated projects. Students are required to complete a volunteer component and will have the opportunity to go out into the community and spend time with feeder schools. Prerequisite: Community Leadership 10.

Community Leadership 30

5 credits
The primary focus of the Leadership 30 class is on the modeling and mentoring of the Leadership skills developed at the 10 and 20 levels. Mentorship is at its greatest at this level, as students will determine community and school-based needs, then initiate and implement projects to address them. Similar to 10 and 20, students will continue their involvement with a mentorship program of their choice and complete a volunteer component. Prerequisite: Community Leadership 20.

Computing Science 10

3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to many topics in the computer world. Students will gain knowledge in computer operations, hardware and software. Students will also learn how to create procedural algorithms and write structured programs using computer programming languages to solve problems. This is an academic course therefore strong math and computational thinking skills are recommended. Prerequisite: None.

Computing Science 20

5 credits
Students will further their computer science knowledge and skills. The concepts and materials covered in this course are web design and programming, procedural programming, data types and structures, as well as introductory game design. Prerequisite: Computing Science 10.

Computing Science 30

5 credits
Students will continue on their computer science knowledge and skills. Concepts covered in this course are object-oriented programming, iterative algorithms, and dynamic data structures. Students will be working with new programming languages and furthering their knowledge and skill in video game design. Prerequisite: Computing Science 20.

Construction Technology 10

3 or 5 credits
Students will be focusing on cabinet and furniture construction techniques. Students will learn the basics of woodworking with a focus on use of basic woodworking tools. Students will develop measuring, marking, and basic joinery skills as well as learning the appropriate order of operations. For the 5 credit course, in addition to the subject matter covered in the 3 credit course, this course version also contains a look at router basics as well as working with manufactured materials such as plywood. Prerequisite: None.

Construction Technology 20

5 credits
Students will learn about cabinetmaking, involving plan development, doors and drawers, frame and panel work, cabinet case construction, as well as finishing and refinishing. Prerequisite: Construction Technology 10.

Construction Technology 30

5 credits
Students will learn about tool maintenance, as well as develop, plan and build a leg and rail piece of furniture (i.e. a table) and learn various methods for surface enhancement, furniture repair, and advanced joinery techniques. Prerequisite: Construction Technology 20.
 

Design Studies 10

3 credits
This course is for students who are interested in technical drawing, architecture, creative problem solving and the world of industrial design. The 3 modules offered are introductory and will be completed by hand with the exception of one project in the last module – 3D design, where students will work with Sketchup. AutoCAD is part of the 20 level course selection.

Design Studies 20

5 credits
In this course students will produce a complete set of all the required residential architectural drawings consisting of floor plans, electrical plan elevations, wall section and plot plan. Some architectural presentation drawings will also be completed. Students will continue with manual drafting and computer aided design in AutoCAD.

Design Studies 30

5 credits
Students will be introduced to model making. Each student will construct a complete 3D scaled study model and presentation model working from their residential house plans. Students will also explore different building materials, methods of construction, alternative heating/cooling systems and overall sustainability.

Fashion Studies 10, 20, 30

3 or 5 credits 
This course is offered at all 3 levels for three or five credits, is a course offered for students of all experience levels. Students will complete 1-2 mandatory modules at each level and then select modules based on their skills and interests. The mandatory modules cover basic pattern and sewing skills while completing garments or items of the students choosing. The non-mandatory modules offer a wide variety of projects for students to choose from. Students have the option to earn credits in addition to the credits offered in the course, as guided by the teacher.

Financial Management 10

3 credits
This course is designed for students to explore concepts that affect the finances of a business and are introduced to business accounting and financial terminology.  They become familiar with financial statements, accounting principles, and how to complete the accounting cycle for a business including preparing financial statements. Prerequisite: None. 

Foods 10

3 credits
Learn safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes, and efficient work habits. Using milk products, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, students learn skills and how to retain nutritional value and quality through various preparation and presentation methods. This program runs with half theory and half practicum lab classes. Prerequisite: None.  

Foods 20

3 or 5 credits
Students will learn skills using variety of ingredients by examining how to retain their nutritional value and quality through a variety of preparation and presentation methods. This program will run with half theory and half practicum lab classes. The 3-credit program runs over a quarter semester while the 5-credit course runs with half theory and half practicum lab classes. This program runs over a full semester. Prerequisite: FOD1010 (Food Basics).  

Foods 30

5 credits
Students will learn skills using a variety of food preparation and presentation methods related to different situations and ingredients available. This program will run with half theory and half practicum lab classes, over a full semester. Prerequisite: FOD1010 (Food Basics).  

Hockey Sports Performance 10

5 credits
This course runs in conjunction with the Hockey Canada Skills Academy to provide learning opportunities for student athletes who play hockey. This skill-based course is a combination of on-ice and dry land training, and classroom instruction. Students must pass all 5 modules at each grade level in order to move on to the next level. An additional application must be completed for this course as space is limited.  Prerequisite: None.  Student should have minimum have 2 years hockey experience. 

Hockey Sports Performance 20

5 credits
Students build on the fundamentals acquired at the 10 level. They will be challenged to further their training and delve deeper into training methods and issues related to the sport. Prerequisite: Hockey Sports Performance 10. 

Hockey Sports Performance 30

5 credits
Students focus on advanced fundamentals of hockey, training, and athletic development. They will be challenged to further their training and delve deeper into training methods and issues related to the sport. Prerequisite: Hockey Sports Performance 20. 

Information Processing 10

3 credits
Students are introduced to home, office and business application skills using word processing software, spreadsheet software and tools used for computerized presentations.  Students will have the opportunity to train in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Prerequisite: None, however some computer knowledge is an asset. 

Information Processing 20

5 credits
Students enhance their skills as well as learn database software and report creation tools. Students train in Word, Excel, Access, and Publisher. Prerequisite: Information Processing 10 is not a prerequisite for this course; however, it is highly recommended. 

Information Processing 30

5 credits
This extends students office and business application skills.  Students will enhance their production skills by integrating data from a variety of sources into a finished product.  Prerequisite: Information Processing 20. 

Legal Studies 10

3 credits
Students will gain an understanding of basic and practical information about the law.  Topics will include Private Law, Public Law, and Relationship Law.  Prerequisite: None. 

Legal Studies 20

5 credits
Students will gain an understanding of basic and practical information about the law.  Topics will include Family Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Aboriginal Law and Law and the Traveler.  Prerequisite: None. 

Legal Studies 30

5 credits
Students will gain an understanding of basic and practical information about the law.  Topics will include Dispute Resolution, Negligence and its Legal Implications, Small Business Law, Controversy and Change, and Landmark Decisions. Prerequisite: None. 

Mechanics 10

3 credits
Introduction to mechanical tools, engine theory and operation, vehicle electronics, and basic steering and suspension systems.  Shop work includes hand skills projects, tire mounting, balance and repair, engine disassembly, and electrical diagnosis and repair.  Prerequisite: None. 

Mechanics 20

5 credits
Theory and hands-on instruction for diagnosis and repairs on cooling, steering, suspension, and braking systems.  The course also provides instruction on oil change services and tire changeovers, with the end goal of providing students with the skills necessary for employment as a tire technician.  Prerequisite: Mechanics 10. 

Mechanics 30

5 credits
Learn diagnostic and repair strategies for fuel, ignition, and on-board computer systems found in today’s vehicles. Students perform wheel alignments, service vehicle air conditioning systems, and investigate the aspects of purchasing & selling vehicles. Prerequisite: Mechanics 20. 

Robotics Technology 10

3 credits
Introduction to electro-technologies. Students learn simple circuitry on breadboards, learn to solder with protoboards and how to incorporate Arduino Unos (programmable circuit boards) to automate and control their circuits. For their final project students will design, program, and build a robot to complete a task (i.e., alarm system, joystick-controlled car, etc.) 

Robotics Technology 20

5 credits
Students develop a greater understanding of circuit schematics and design circuit boards themselves. They will explore how to further use the Arduino Uno device to work with more complex systems by incorporating different sensors to enhance their project’s autonomy. The final project will reflect the new learnings of the course, and a more advanced robot will be created.  

Sports Medicine 10

5 credits
This course is in medical studies as related to sports injuries. Students study musculoskeletal anatomy, injury management, human physiology, the healing process, preventative taping, wrapping, and first aid. Prerequisite: None. Recommend a strong background in Science and a desire to enter the medical health profession once finished high school.  

Sports Medicine 20

5 credits
Students study the cardiovascular system, physiology of injuries and healing, as well as advanced preventative taping and wrapping. There is a training component with a sports team in this course. Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 10.  

Sports Medicine 30

5 credits
Students study the advanced anatomy, human movement, taping, wrapping, pain management, and first aid/CPR for adults and children. Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 20.  

Sports Performance 10

5 credits
For highly active students interested in health and fitness from a physical and psychological aspect. Students study foundations of fitness and learn basic principles of weight training and conditioning. Students spend 3 days a week in the fitness center working out and going through specific workout programs and attend professional fitness sessions. Prerequisite: None. Strong background in athletics and a familiarity with the weight room and equipment recommended. There is a mandatory purchase of a discounted gym membership at each level.  

Sports Performance 20

5 credits
Students build on the fundamentals, focusing on aspects of cardiovascular fitness, core building, advanced sports psychology and developing advanced weight room programs. Students spend 60% of time in the fitness center working out and going through specific workout programs and attend professional fitness sessions. Prerequisite: Sports Performance 10.  

Sports Performance 30

5 credits
Advanced fundamentals of weight training and athletic development. A combination of theoretical investigations and practical applications allow students to demonstrate outcomes related to ethics, training principles, psychology, goal setting, and personal development. Students spend 60% of time in the fitness center working out and going through specific workout programs. Prerequisite: Sports Performance 20.  

Sports Performance 10, 20, 30 Girls

5 credits each
Outcomes and curriculum are primarily the same as the co-ed Sports Performance. These courses are designed for motivated female athletes looking to develop and grow in her sport. Class structure will include weight room, classroom modules, as well as an increased amount of professional fitness sessions.  Students spend 3 days a week in the fitness center working out and going through specific workout programs. Prerequisites: Sports Performance 10 (Girls) – None.  Sports Performance 20 (Girls) – Sports Performance 10 or Sports Performance 10 (Girls). Sports Performance 30 (Girls) – Sports Performance 20 or Sports Performance 20 (Girls). 

Fine Arts

Art 10

3 or 5 credits
Students develop technical skills and exercise personal creativity through a variety of activities and projects such as painting, drawing, printmaking, clay, mixed media, and sculpture. Students explore art criticism and self-evaluation. Students in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Prerequisite: None. A 5-credit course is the preferred prerequisite for students continuing to Art 20.  

Art 10 Honours

5 credits
Students develop technical skills and exercise personal creativity through a variety of activities and projects such as painting, drawing, printmaking, clay, mixed media, and sculpture. Students explore art criticism and self-evaluation. Students in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Students are introduced to the skills and concepts that will be developed and refined in the IB program. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Art 9.  If Art 9 was not taken, an interview with the teacher must take place. Students must be prepared to bring in previous work or a portfolio for admission and discussion with the teacher.  

Art 20

5 credits
Students further develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they work to convey deeper meaning in their art using both traditional and non-traditional media. Students participate in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Prerequisite: Art 10 

Art 20 IB

5 credits
This first course of a three-semester IB program, students further develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they work to convey deeper meaning in their art using both traditional and non-traditional media. Students create a portfolio and participate in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Prerequisite: 85%+ in Art 10 or Art 10H and instructor approval. 

Art 25 IB

5 credits
Students engage in practical exploration, artistic production, and independent contextual, visual, and critical investigation. This course promotes a higher level of creative thinking through exploration of ideas and perspectives of the global and cultural world around us, with an emphasis on the use of the visual arts journal. Students will participate in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. This is an extension of Art 20 IB and enrichment coursePrerequisite: Art 20 IB. 

Art 30

5 credits
Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style based on originality, technique, function, and meaning, while continuing to refine their skills and use of media. A strong art history component is present. There is a focus on portfolio development through documentation of research, process, and progress. Students create a portfolio and participate in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Prerequisite: Art 20 

Art 30 IB

5 credits
Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style based on originality, technique, function, and meaning, while continuing to refine their skills and use of media. A strong art history component is present. There is a focus on portfolio development through documentation of research, process, and progress. Students create a portfolio and participate in an exhibition of their work at the end of term. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Art 20 IB and instructor approval. 

Art 31 IB

5 credits
This highly rigorous IB art course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media and themes to gain a strong working knowledge of art. This course coincides with the completion of the IB final examination and exhibit in the spring. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the visual arts journal and creation of a student portfolio. Prerequisite: 80%+ in Art 30 IB and instructor approval. 

Choral Music 10/Choir 15, 25, 35

10 credits
In this year-long 10-credit course, students meet inside the timetable for small class instruction and outside the timetable for large ensemble instruction. Beginners are welcome. Explore the power of their own voice, both alone and in harmony with the others. Sing, listen to others, learn to read music, perform, and create songs, developing your musical abilities. Students will participate in rehearsals, workshops, and performances. Gain an appreciation for great musicians and see how the elements of music (theory and history) are put together to create masterpieces. Prerequisite: Choral Music 10/Choir 15 – None. Prerequisite: Choral Music 20/Choir 25 – Choral Music 10. Prerequisite: Choral Music 30/Choir 35 – Choral Music 20. 

Choral Music 20, 30

Are you in IB and can’t fit Choral 20/Choir 25 into your schedule? Register for Choral Music 20 which is a year-long 3-credit course that meets one afternoon per week outside the timetable. Prerequisite: Choral Music 20 (3 credit) – Choral Music 10. Prerequisite: Choral Music 30 (5 credit) – Choral Music 10.

Drama 10

3 or 5 credits
This is an introductory course in which students develop their acting skills through speech, movement, planned and spontaneous improvisation, technical theatre, and theatre studies.  Prerequisite: None. 

Drama 20

3 or 5 credits
Students continue to refine their acting skills through speech, movement, planned and spontaneous improvisation, technical theatre, theatre studies & playwriting. Prerequisite: Drama 10 

Drama 30

5 credits
This is a specialist course in which the students will be responsible for directing their own one act play and all aspects of a theatrical production.  Students will also continue to refine their acting skills.  Prerequisite: Drama 20 

Advanced Acting 15, 20, 30

3 or 5 credits
These courses extend and build upon the major objectives of Drama 10, 20, and 30. Learning objectives are achieved through rehearsal, production, and touring experiences. Students interested in backstage or technical theatre will be able to work behind the scenes for course credit. Prerequisites: Advanced Acting/Touring – None. Advanced Acting/Touring – Advanced Acting/Touring 15. Advanced Acting/Touring – Advanced Acting/Touring 25.

Film Appreciation 15, 25

3 or 5 credits
This course introduces the student to film as an art form. The intent of this class is to teach the student to appreciate the artistic and narrative quality of film as one of our most endearing art forms. The primary focus will be on film criticism and analysis. Numerous genres of film will be studied. Prerequisite: None.

General Music 10

3 or 5 credits
This introductory level course is intended for (but not limited to) students interested in a broad spectrum of musical experiences, who do not wish to specialize in choral or instrumental band. This course consists of music theory, music making, and music electives such as composition, history, technology, world music, jazz, pop, or careers in music. Prerequisite: None. 

General Music 20

3 or 5 credits
This course is intended for (but not limited to) students wishing to continue their exploration of musical experiences while not specializing in choral or instrumental band.  This course consists of music theory, music making, and music electives such as composition, history, technology, world music, jazz, pop, or careers in music. Prerequisite: General Music 10. 

General Music 30

3 or 5 credits
This course is intended for (but not limited to) students wishing to continue their exploration of musical experiences while not specializing in choral or instrumental band.  This course consists of music theory, music making, and music electives such as composition, history, technology, world music, jazz, pop, or careers in music. Prerequisite: General Music 30. 

Instrumental Jazz 15, 25, 35

5 credits
Discover and explore the jazz musician within you! Learn to play different styles of jazz music including swing, funk, rock, bossa nova, and Latin, as you learn about the theory and history of jazz music. This is a year-long, 5-credit course offered two mornings a week before the start of the school day. Enrollment in this performance course will be based on the teacher’s recommendation. Prerequisites: Instrumental Jazz 15 – Instrumental Music 9. Must be enrolled in Instrumental Music 10/Band 15. Instrumental Jazz 25 – Instrumental Jazz 15. Must be enrolled in Instrumental Music 20/Band 25. Instrumental Jazz 35 – Instrumental Jazz 25. Must be enrolled in Instrumental Music 30/Band 35.

Instrumental Music 10/Band 15, 25, 35

10 credits
In this a year-long 10-credit course, students meet inside the timetable. Beginners can take up a new instrument, and players with experience can take their playing skills to the next level. Students will participate in rehearsals, workshops, and performances. Learn to read music and interpret or perform a variety of music to communicate thoughts and feelings. Gain an appreciation for great musicians and see how the elements of music (theory and history) are put together to create masterpieces.  

Register for this course if you are a brass or percussion player.

Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 10 Brass/Band 15 – None. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 20 Brass/Band 25 –Instrumental Music 10. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 30 Brass/Band 35 –Instrumental Music 20.

Register for this course if you are a woodwind or saxophone player. 

Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 10 Wood/Band 15 – None. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 20 Wood/Band 25 – Instrumental Music 10. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 30 Wood/Band 35 – Instrumental Music 20.

Musical Theatre 15, 25, 35

5 credits
Students learn the principles of acting and singing necessary for the development and production of a full main stage musical show. Students assist technicians with painting, set construction, lighting and sound set-up, etc. This course does not appear on the course request sheet. Students must contact the drama teacher in September is they are interested. Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 15 – None.  Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 25 – Musical Theatre 15. Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 35 – Musical Theatre 25. 

Technical Theatre 15, 25, 35

5 credits
Students learn the principles of set design and construction, costume design and construction, lighting design and application, sound design and application, stage management, and backstage work through rehearsals and performances of a full main stage musical production.  Students assist technicians with painting, set construction, lighting and sound set-up, etc. This course does not appear on the course request sheet. Students must contact the drama teacher in September is they are interested. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 15 – None. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 25 – Technical Theatre 15. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 35

Physical Education

Physical Education 10 is a mandatory requirement for an Alberta High School Diploma.

Physical Education 10

3 or 5 credits
Students participate in a wide variety of activities in the school environment and school community. The goal is for students to develop the attitudes, behaviours, and skills necessary to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle. Prerequisite: None.  

Physical Education 10 Girls     >     Physical Education 20 Girls     >     Physical Education 30 Girls

3 or 5 credits
This class is designed for girls who would like something other than the traditional co-ed class, following similar curriculum as the co-ed classes. It is offered at all three grade levels at 3 or 5 credits. While covering the curriculum guidelines, the focus is on non-competitive lifestyle-oriented sport such as yoga, dance, current aerobic & fitness trends, nutrition, self-defense, and cooperative games. Activities offered will take place in the school, YMCA and Cardel Recreation Complex. Specialist instructors will be utilized for certain fitness and dance activities. Prerequisite: Physical Education 10 (Girls) – None. Prerequisite: Physical Education 20 (Girls) – 50%+ in Physical Education 10 (Co-ed or Girls). Prerequisite: Physical Education 30 (Girls) – 50%+ in Physical Education 20 (Co-ed or Girls). 

Physical Education 20 Off Campus     >     Physical Education 30 Off Campus

5 credits
Students participate at school and off campus in a wide variety of activities such as, but not limited to, curling, bowling, kayaking, bouldering, tennis, billiards, downhill skiing, rowing, canoeing, mountain biking, and more. Prerequisites: Physical Education 20 OFF CAMPUS – 50%+ in Physical Education 10 (3 or 5 credit).  Physical Education 30 OFF CAMPUS – 50%+ in Physical Education 20. 

Physical Education 20 On Campus     >     Physical Education 30 On Campus

3 or 5 credits
Students will be involved in a variety of activities around the complex lead by teachers and guest instructors.  The goal of this course is to expose students to activities within the school environment that encourage an activity as a lifestyle choice. Prerequisites: Physical Education 20 ON CAMPUS – 50%+ in Physical Education 10 (3 or 5 credit). Physical Education 30 ON CAMPUS – 50% in Physical Education 20 (3 or 5 credit).