Footprints to Your Future 2018 - Calgary Catholic School District
Footprints to Your Future 2018 - Calgary Catholic School District
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. — Jeremiah 29:11 Loving God, you invite me to rely on your goodness as I prepare for high school and my future. Help me to trust in the plans you have for me that I may readily commit to the unique tasks to which you call me as your beloved child. Spirit of God, you are the source of wisdom and understanding. Guide and fill me with your grace as I set out to discern and identify the skills and interests that will direct my educational and career paths. Sustain me in my efforts to develop that I may become an engaged and successful life-long learner who brings you glory.
Lord Jesus, you invite me to learn from your gentle and humble heart. Teach me your ways that, as I live and learn in our Catholic faith, my life might be rooted in love and mercy and I may contribute to the building of a school community that is marked by the spirit of the Gospel. Amen
Please be aware that the information contained within Footprints to Your Future: A Guide to High School is subject to change throughout the year. Information related to program availability, school attendance areas, course offerings, etc. may change to accommodate factors including changing demographics, the opening of a new school, the closing of an existing school, to relieve overcrowding in schools, etc.
This information has been provided for the convenience of parents and students for reference as a guide only, and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) cannot guarantee the accuracy or precision of the information after the printing of this booklet. The Calgary Catholic School District will not be held liable for any actions taken, decisions made, or actions not taken from reliance on any information presented in the attached booklet. The most current information can be found online at www.cssd.ab.ca, by contacting a school directly, or by phoning 403-500-2000.
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Message from Your Chief Superintendent Catholic High School Education Philosophy Guidelines for Admission Alberta High School Diploma Requirements Certificate of High School Achievement Certificate of School Completion Calgary Catholic High Schools District Recognized Programs District Supports Student Supports in High Schools Building Your Future My Style Worksheet Career Options Setting Your Goals Course Descriptions Religious Education English Language Arts Social Studies Mathematics Science Physical Education Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Fine & Performing Arts French and International Languages Senior High English Language Learners (ELL) Selecting Your Courses Post-Secondary Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees Student Finance Information Post-Secondary Information Additional Information Summer School Returning Grade 12 Students Alexander Rutherford Scholarship Lifelong Learning High School Attendance Areas High School Regular Program Advanced Placement Program Extended French Program International Baccalaureate Program Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program Spanish Bilingual Program Table of Contents 10 12 17 19 20 23 28 32 32 33 35 36 38 39 40 42 44 46 48 50 51 51 51 51 51 52 53 55 56 57 58 59 60 61
DEAR STUDENTS: The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is a learning community that is dedicated to providing each and every student with the high-quality education they deserve. We are committed to ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed. High school is an important chapter in your education and the three years spent in senior high will be a journey of self-development and discovery. To prepare you for this exciting new chapter in your life, CCSD has developed Footprints to Your Future: a Guide to High School. This guide will help identify subjects of interest to you, and determine what courses and careers might suit your goals.
Selecting courses, which can have a significant influence on post-secondary options and career choices following your high school years, might seem overwhelming at first. When making course selections, consider your talents, interests, skills and strengths carefully. There are no right or wrong decisions when it comes to course selections; however, it is important to keep possible career aspirations and future goals in mind. We encourage you to work collaboratively with your family as you make these selections. If you are planning to attend college or university, it is important to obtain the necessary information regarding admission requirements into post-secondary programs and tailor your course selections accordingly.
Planning to seek employment immediately after high school is also something you should seek information about in order to ensure you have the requirements to pursue this goal. Support from teachers, guidance counsellors and school administration is always available and can provide useful insight and information. Calgary Catholic is committed to providing diverse environments and pathways that meet the unique needs of all high school students. We believe the foundation of education will help you thrive in life, work and continued learning. The future will hold many opportunities and challenges.
Wherever the next chapters in your life story may take you, we hope your journey includes joy, faith and fulfilment. As an organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of our students, we are proud of each and every one of you. I wish you the best in all your future endeavours.
Sincerely, Gary Strother Chief Superintendent Message from the Chief Superintendent Calgary Catholic School District 1 Footprints to Your Future 2018
The Catholic school pursues cultural goals and the natural development of youth to the same degree as any other school. What makes the Catholic school distinctive is its attempt to generate a community climate in the school that is permeated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and love.” – (Second Vatican Council) Catholic Education Philosophy EDUCATION The goal of Catholic schools is to help develop students whose knowledge, skills and attitudes will prepare them to deal with the challenges of life and help them grow in understanding towards the teachings and traditions of the Church.
In our Catholic schools, faith and culture come together so that faith becomes an active and visible part of the lives of the students and staff – in what they study and in how they relate to one another. In a climate of openness, trust and cooperation, the school, the home and the parish work together to create an authentic community and sense of partnership. Students who choose to attend a Catholic high school will have the benefit of this authentic community.
THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY A Shared Responsibility The Catholic academic tradition is strong in our schools. It remains strong through our students, our staff and our beliefs. Calgary Catholic School District teachers are role models for our students. They demonstrate Christian values in their daily teaching and in their contact with students, parents and other members of the community. These values are taught in Religious Education classes at every grade level and are reinforced in all subjects.
Opportunities for religious celebration and prayers are part of the overall program in each CCSD school.
Student are expected to be a contributing member of their high school community. When a young person chooses to attend a Catholic high school it signifies an acceptance of the teachings and values of the Roman Catholic tradition. These values are lived out when the student displays a serious attitude toward his or her academic studies, commitment to the goals of the school community, a willingness to participate in prayer and liturgical celebrations, respect for members of the community and a true sense of responsibility for his or her actions.
A chaplain is assigned to each high school. He/she brings theological knowledge to the school community and offers pastoral counselling to both students and teachers. All of our high schools have a chapel, which is open for private contemplation for all members of the school community and for the celebration of mass. 3 Footprints to Your Future 2018 Calgary Catholic School District
Students who have one or both parents/guardians who is/are Roman Catholic or students themselves have a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate, even if their parents do not present their proof of Catholicity, may register in a Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) high school.
Students whose parents are both non-Catholic and they are nonCatholic may be admitted only if sufficient resources and facilities are available. It is important to note that as with our elementary and junior high schools, CCSD has designated high school attendance areas. CCSD uses boundaries to ensure optimal student populations that support viable programming across the district. It is the expectation that students will attend their designated high school based on the resident address of their parents/guardians.
CCSD has eight district recognized programs at various schools throughout the district. These programs are International Baccalaureate (English and French), Advanced Placement, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual, Bishop Carroll Self-Directed Learning, Bishop Grandin Marching Band, Hockey Canada Skills Academy and Chamber Ensemble Strings program. Acceptance of students registering into one of these programs is based on specific program criteria, program qualifications, room and resources. Acceptance into any of the programs is not guaranteed.
District recognized programs also have defined attendance areas.
If a student chooses to withdraw from a designated program for which an exemption to high school boundaries is granted, the expectation is that the student would return to his or her designated school. For example, a student is granted acceptance to the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at Notre Dame High School and lives in the regular attendance area for Bishop McNally. The student then withdraws from the Hockey Canada Skills Academy. The expectation is that he/she will return to Bishop McNally as this is the student’s designated high school-based on the resident address of his/her parent/guardian.
As well, if a student currently attends a year-round junior high program, the student will follow the guidelines for admission to high school. For example, a student attends the year-round junior high program at St. Joseph School. For high school, the student attends the high school in his/her attendance area based on the resident address of his/her parent/guardian. Furthermore, a student attending junior high outside of his/her attendance area will transition to the high school in the student’s attendance area unless he/she qualifies for and is accepted into a district designated program at high school.
For example, a student lives south of Fish Creek yet attends St. Bonaventure Junior High, which is not his/ her regular attendance school. For regular programming, this student would attend Bishop O’Byrne High School, not Bishop Grandin High School. In another example, a student attends St. Helena for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy. The student does not plan to continue Guidelines for Admission in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy for high school. For regular programming, this student would attend the high school in his/her attendance area based on the resident address of his/her parent/guardian.
Registration of students for programs outside of their designated school are student specific. Siblings of students are not accepted unless they qualify for one of the eight district recognized programs, and there is sufficient room and resources. For example, an older sibling attends St. Mary’s for International Baccalaureate. Younger siblings who do not live in the St. Mary’s High School regular attendance boundary area would not attend St. Mary’s unless they qualify for and are accepted into one of the district recognized programs at St. Mary’s, such as International Baccalaureate or Extended French.
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For detailed Alberta High School Diploma requirements, please visit the Students section of Alberta Education’s website at www.education.alberta.ca. COURSES English Social Studies Mathematics Science Physical Education 10 Career & Life Management (CALM) Subtotal Career & Technology Studies (CTS) or Fine Arts or French and International Languages or French Language Arts or Physical Education 20 and/or 30 or Knowledge & Employability Courses (K&E) or Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) 30 level courses in addition to English 30-1 or 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2 Religious Education 15, Religious Education 25 or World Religions 35, and Religious Education 35 (expected for Calgary Catholic high school graduation) Other Credits Total MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS English 30-1 or 30-2 Social 30-1 or 30-2 20 level Science 20, Science 24, Biology/Chemistry/Physics 20 3 credits 3 credits 56 credits 10 credits 10 credits 9 credits 15 minimum 100 minimum Alberta High School Diploma Requirements Calgary Catholic School District 5 Footprints to Your Future 2018
- English Language Arts 20-2 or 30-4
- Mathematics 10-3 or 20-4
- Science 14 or 20-4
- Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4
- Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
- Career and Life Management (CALM) (3 credits)
- Religious Education 15, Religious Education 25 or World Religions 35, & Religious Education 35* *Required to participate in CCSD graduation ceremony 5 credits in
- 30-level Knowledge and Employability Workplace Practicum course or
- 30-level Work Experience course or
- 30-level Green Certificate courses or
- 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) course 5 credits in
- 30-level Knowledge and Employability Occupational course or
- 30-level Career and Technology Studies (CTS) or
- 30-level locally developed course with an occupational focus AND Certificate of High School Achievement PHILOSOPHY AND OVERVIEW Knowledge and Employability courses are available to students in grades 10 through 12 who meet specific criteria. The courses are intended to provide students with opportunities to experience success and become well prepared for employment, further studies, active citizenship and lifelong learning.
- Knowledge and Employability courses include and promote:
- Workplace standards for academic, occupational and employability skills
- Practical applications through on-campus and off-campus experiences and/or community partnerships
- Career development skills for exploring careers, assessing career skills and developing a career-focused portfolio
- Interpersonal skills to ensure respect, support and cooperation with others at home, in the community and at the workplace Knowledge and Employability courses are designed to provide entrylevel employment skills for students who have expressed a goal of leaving school before earning the requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma. Some students may transition successfully from Knowledge and Employability courses to other courses to achieve their diploma or to continuing education and training opportunities (e.g., some colleges, some apprenticeship programs). Reviewing each student’s learning plans on an annual basis and adjusting their goals and courses as needed are important parts of the process. Recommended transition points from Knowledge and Employability courses to other courses are identified in the chart. The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain a Certificate of High School Achievement. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional courses. Footprints to Your Future 2018 6
- The Certificate of School Completion can be awarded to students with a significant cognitive disability who meet specific qualification criteria. Individual students are nominated by the school principal for this certificate. QUALIFICATION CRITERIA
- The student is unable to achieve an Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of High School Achievement (Knowledge and Employability).
- The student is supported through an individualized program plan or instructional support plan.
- The individual has been a student for at least 12 years and is at least 17 years of age (by March 1).
- The student is in his/her last year of school programming.
- The student has one of the following codes at time of school completion: 41 43, 44, and/or 52.
- Other special education codes can also be considered and will be reviewed by Instructional Services. Certificate of School Completion Calgary Catholic School District 7 Footprints to Your Future 2018
All Saints High School 729 Legacy Village Road SE 403-500-2133 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/allsaints District Recognized Programs: Advanced Placement, Extended French, Hockey Canada Skills Academy Parent Meeting: November 21, 2017 (Bishop O’Byrne High School) Information Night: January 17, 2018 (Prince of Peace School) 6:30 p.m.
General info 7:00 p.m. Advanced Placement info 7:30 p.m. Extended French info Open House: January 31, 2018 (Bishop O’Byrne High School) Please monitor website for updates Bishop Carroll High School 4624 Richard Road SW 403-500-2056 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/bishopcarroll District Recognized Programs: Self-Directed Learning, Advanced Placement, Hockey Canada Skills Academy, Chamber Ensemble Strings Open House: November 22, 2017 and February 6, 2018 Bishop Grandin High School 111 Haddon Road SW 403-500-2047 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ bishopgrandin District Recognized Programs: Advanced Placement, Extended French, Senior High Marching Band, Hockey Canada Skills Academy, Spanish Bilingual Open House: February 7, 2018 Bishop McNally High School 5700 Falconridge Blvd.
NE 403-500-2091 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ bishopmcnally District Recognized Programs: Advanced Placement, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual Open House: January 17, 2018 Bishop O’Byrne High School #500, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE 403-500-2103 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ bishopobyrne District Recognized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Hockey Canada Skills Academy Open House: February 8, 2018 Calgary Catholic High Schools HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION NIGHTS/OPEN HOUSE DATES NEWEST CALGARY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, All Saints High School is situated in the community of Legacy in south Calgary and has the capacity to serve 1,500 students.
With a focus on meeting the needs of all students, including diverse learners, All Saints High School will offer a wide range of programs to maximize opportunities for student success. The importance of community, the development of Catholic values and positive relationships will be emphasized in all aspects of school life. Students residing in the St. Isabella School attendance area will have the choice to attend All Saints High School or their designated school - Bishop O’Byrne. This will be reviewed in 2021.
Registration for Grade 10 and 11 students will begin in late fall 2017. Students currently in Grade 11 moving into Grade 12 in the 2018-2019 school year will remain at their present school for their Grade 12 year.
For more information, please visit www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ allsaints. Our district high schools must always accommodate the students within their defined attendance area first. Please consult the list below to determine which high schools offer specialized programs for which boundary exemptions may be granted. For more information, please refer to the specialized programs on page 10 and the High School Attendance Areas beginning on page 55. All high schools host open houses and/or information sessions for prospective students and parents. Please refer to the high school’s website for details.
St. Anne Academic Centre 1010 - 21 Avenue SE 403-500-2012 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stanne District Recognized Programs: Returning Grade 12 students Father Lacombe High School 3615 Radcliffe Drive SE 403-500-2066 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ fatherlacombe District Recognized Programs: International Baccalaureate Open House: January 18, 2018 Notre Dame High School 11900 Country Village Link NE 403-500-2109 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/ notredame District Recognized Programs: Advanced Placement, Hockey Canada Skills Academy Open House: February 7, 2018 St. Francis High School 877 Northmount Drive NW 403-500-2026 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stfrancis District Recognized Programs: Advanced Placement, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual Open House: February 7, 2018 St.
Gabriel the Archangel High School 197 Invermere Drive, Chestermere 403-500-2110 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stgabriel District Recognized Programs: Hockey Canada Skills Academy Open House: February 8, 2018 St. Martin de Porres High School 410 Yankee Valley Blvd. SW, Airdrie 403-500-2041 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stmartin District Recognized Programs: Extended French Open House: February 7, 2018 and February 21, 2018 St. Timothy High School 501 Sunset Drive, Cochrane 403-500-2106 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/sttimothy District Recognized Programs: Hockey Canada Skills Academy Please note: students living west of Stoney Trail have the choice to attend St.
Timothy or St. Francis high schools.
Open House: February 6, 2018 District St. Mary’s High School 111 - 18 Avenue SW 403-500-2024 www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stmarys District Recognized Programs: Extended French, International Baccalaureate, Combined Extended French/International Baccalaureate Open House: November 22, 2017 and February 7, 2018 O P E N HOUSE DATES Calgary Catholic School District Footprints to Your Future 2018 9
Recognized Programs To meet the diverse needs of all students, some senior high schools offer a number of district recognized programs. Not all programs are available at all high schools.
A student who wishes to access one of these district recognized programs, outside of their school attendance area must meet specific criteria for the program. It is expected that students attending these programs need to register in a minimum of two classes in order to be accepted. These designated programs are listed below. Please inquire at your local school regarding specific attendance area for schools and programs. There may be exceptional circumstances where students are admitted to schools outside their attendance area. Students should speak with their junior high principal for further information.
High school attendance areas are also included in this booklet, beginning on page 55. Please be advised that Footprints To Your Future is printed at the beginning of each school year and changes to attendance area information may occur throughout the year after the document is printed. ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a co-operative educational endeavour between secondary schools, colleges and universities. AP allows high school students to take college level academic learning in AP courses and gives them the opportunity to show that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP exams.
Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the Advanced Placement program. Please check with your school counsellor for more details.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme students come to know and understand. Designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education, IB Diploma Programme prepares students for success at university and beyond. The program is normally taught in grades 11 and 12, though students may enter honours courses in Grade 10 to help them better prepare for the program.AP & IB PROGRAMS - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUCCESS Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme are instructional program options that provide enriched and challenging academic opportunities for CCSD high school students. Students interested in registering in AP or IB programs/courses located outside of their designated high school area should meet the following general criteria:
- Consistent junior high academic course average of 75 per cent or higher
- Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the AP or IB program in which they wish to register
- Are prepared to continue in their AP or IB course work through Grade 12 Further information is available from the coordinators of AP and IB programs at each school. EXTENDED FRENCH PROGRAM Six of our high schools offer courses in the Extended French program for students choosing to continue in French Immersion. French Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies are offered in French. CCSD maximizes course availability according to demand. Students who are currently enrolled in Grade 9 French Immersion may register in an Extended French program. Thirty per cent of their subjects are taught in French. The Extended French program enables students to maintain and extend the level of French proficiency they have already achieved. Students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits in Extended French including FLA 30 will receive CCSD’s Certificate of Bilingual Competence.
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SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING Bishop Carroll High School is a unique self-directed learning environment, which puts students in the driver’s seat of their educational journey. Students have the freedom to customize a learning program that is best suited for their unique goals, abilities and interests. With the guidance of a teacher-advisor and parents, students choose the program and courses they want to follow. Students can then progress through these courses at a personalized rate reflecting their individual needs and learning pace.
Although students study at their own pace, they must still follow the curriculum set out by Alberta Education and must fulfil the requirements mandated by the province to receive their Alberta High School Diploma. MARCHING BAND Students from any area of the city are eligible to attend Bishop Grandin High School to participate in the Senior High Marching Band program. The Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts is western Canada’s only high school based marching show band. The marching band has won awards internationally, has garnered gold medals in the Calgary Stampede competition for marching show bands and has earned Canadian marching band championships.
In addition to performance repertoire, the concert band program focuses on individual, sectional and ensemble development in instrumental technique, music reading, theory and history. CHAMBER ENSEMBLE STRINGS PROGRAM Bishop Carroll is the only high school in the Calgary Catholic School District that offers a Chamber Ensemble Strings program. This program affords students the opportunity to continue their study of music on a string instrument while engaging in numerous ensemble settings. In this environment, students will continue to develop advanced music performance skills from an already established foundation of music performance skill sets.
The Chamber Ensemble Strings program has performed for numerous events in and outside of the city of Calgary and has won a multitude of awards.
HOCKEY CANADA SKILLS ACADEMY Hockey Canada has partnered with the Calgary Catholic School District to assist with the hockey portion of the program. In addition to hockey, this program offers a dry land component that consists of training in a variety of sports, fitness, nutrition, sports history and some athletic therapy. HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT RECOGNIZED PROGRAM(S) All Saints Advanced Placement, Extended French, Hockey Canada Skills Academy Bishop Carroll Self-Directed Learning, Advanced Placement, Hockey Canada Skills Academy, Chamber Ensemble Strings Bishop Grandin Advanced Placement, Extended French, Hockey Canada Skills Academy, Senior High Marching Band, Spanish Bilingual Bishop McNally Advanced Placement, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual Bishop O’Byrne International Baccalaureate, Hockey Canada Skills Academy Father Lacombe International Baccalaureate Notre Dame Advanced Placement, Hockey Canada Skills Academy St.
Francis Advanced Placement, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual St. Gabriel Hockey Canada Skills Academy St. Martin de Porres Extended French St. Mary’s International Baccalaureate (English and French), Extended French St. Timothy Hockey Canada Skills Academy SPANISH BILINGUAL PROGRAM Bishop McNally High School, Bishop Grandin High School and St. Francis High School offer the Spanish Bilingual program. This is a continuation of the junior high bilingual program. Spanish Language Arts and Film and Media Art are offered in Spanish (25 per cent of subjects are taught in Spanish). CCSD maximizes course availability according to demand.
Students who are currently enrolled in the Grade 9 Spanish Bilingual program or who successfully complete a placement exam may register in the Spanish Bilingual program at Bishop McNally, Bishop Grandin or St. Francis high schools. The program enables students to maintain and extend the level of Spanish proficiency they have already achieved. Students who have completed a minimum of 25 credits in the Spanish Bilingual program and a mandatory completion of SLA 30, will receive upon graduation from Grade 12 a certificate from the government of Spain. Calgary Catholic School District Footprints to Your Future 2018 11 4 5 6 7 8
Centres of Excellence District Supports CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (CTS) FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS AND INUIT (FNMI) All high schools can access First Nations, Métis, and Inuit liaison staff and family support workers. Students are encouraged to utilize the expertise of these individuals. All high schools have a diverse learning teacher who will support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. School staff have access to a district First Nations, Métis, and Inuit district teacher and consultants who can provide support in embedding indigenous perspective into lessons and programming.
PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS A wide range of programming and instructional supports are available for students with diverse learning needs.
Parents and students are encouraged to participate as members of the student’s Diverse Learning team. This team consults and collaborates regarding individual student learning needs to develop a Learner Support Plan (LSP). The LSP is a written agreement, which guides instruction designed for student success. Learning Strategies The learning strategies courses of study have been designed to assist high school students in developing an in depth understanding of strategies they can use to be successful learners. Through explicit instruction, guided practice and ongoing feedback students will have the opportunity to apply a broader scope of strategies to maximize their learning and achievement.
It is the mission of the learning strategies staff to provide students with the information, opportunity and assistance to achieve to their highest level and work towards greater self-advocacy. Students can earn up to 15 high school credits in Learning Strategies.
HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMS The Calgary Catholic School District offers outreach programming for those students who find it challenging to be successful in a traditional learning environment. These outreach programs provide new and different opportunities for students to engage in learning environments that are based on individual student learning needs. They serve as alternative educational settings for students who require a different type of structured learning environment in order to assist them to engage in a delivery model at the high school level that is also linked to other academic and community supports.
For further information, students and parents should contact a guidance counsellor at their designated high school.
The Centres of Excellence chart lists programs offered at specific district high schools. Students may travel to other high schools to take these courses. Students can earn high school credits for these courses, and may also choose to write the external certification exam offered by an outside agency such as the Alberta Apprenticeship Board, Microsoft, etc. If interested in these programs, students can check with their high school counsellor or career practitioner. These programs are tentatively offered, based on student interest, teacher expertise and availability at the host school. A student accessing Centres of Excellence at a host school is still considered an enrolled student of their home school.
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- Adobe Certification
- Microsoft IT Academy Certification
- A+ Computer Repair Certification
- Welder First Year Apprenticeship Technical Training
- Carpenter First Year Apprentice Technical Training
- Mechanics: First Year Apprenticeship Technical Training
- Culinary Arts/Cook Apprenticeship First Year Apprenticeship Technical Training (starts in Grade 10)
- Cosmetology/Hairstylist Trade First Year Apprenticeship Technichal Training (starts in Grade 10)
- Fashion Design Sewing Certification
- Advanced English Critical Reading and Writing Program SCHOOL Bishop Carroll Bishop Grandin Notre Dame St. Mary’s Bishop Grandin Bishop Grandin All Saints Bishop Grandin Bishop McNally Notre Dame All Saints Bishop Grandin Bishop McNally Father Lacombe St. Francis St. Mary’s Notre Dame Notre Dame Bishop Carroll Calgary Catholic School District Footprints to Your Future 2018 13
Personalize your high school experience PROGRAM Carpentry (starts in Grade 11) Health Care Aide (starts in Grade 11) Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles (starts sem. 2 in Grade 10 or 11) Pharmacy Assistant Program (starts in Grade 11) Production Field Operations (starts in Grade 11) Veterinary Technicial Assistant (starts in Grade 11) Welding Program (starts in Grade 11) POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL SAIT Bow Valley College SAIT SAIT SAIT - Online course Olds College Calgary Campus @ Bow Valley College SAIT Kickstart your future by earning post-secondary credits and workplace certification while in high school.
The Calgary Catholic School District’s Dual-Credit programs provide opportunities for students to personalize their high school experience by exploring their interests. In partnership with post-secondary institutions in Alberta, grades 10, 11 and 12 students can earn high school credits in conjunction with either post-secondary credits or workplace certification. Offered at minimal cost, these programs allow students to discover career pathways, progress at a quicker pace through post-secondary studies or transition easily into workplace settings. Dual-Credit Programs Discover career pathways Footprints to Your Future 2018 14
CARPENTRY Students are exposed to drafting and blueprint reading and comprehensive safety training, while covering all first-year Carpentry Apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules. There are 240 hours of practical handson skill development and 135 hours of classroom instruction. HEALTH CARE AIDE This program prepares students to take care of clients in the health care field including: personal care, assisting with mobility and feeding needs, communication, assisting with medication delivery and clinical skills. Delivery combines on-campus labs, online and classroom learning and a five week clinical/practicum placement.
NUTRITION FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLES The focus of this program is nutrition as it relates to human development and disease, current trends and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition. Topics such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process and education are also taught. PHARMACY ASSISTANT Working under the supervision of a pharmacist, this program prepares students for retail operations by compounding, dispensing and packaging prescriptions and sterile products. The program covers inventory management, pharmaceutical information and education while teaching business basics.
PRODUCTION FIELD OPERATIONS Introduces students to the technical and operational aspects of the oil and gas industry. Students will learn about the history of oil and gas exploration, discovery and production in Canada, specifically in Alberta. Topics range from drilling and development to processing and marketing.
VETERINARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANT This entry level program is designed to introduce students to the veterinary industry and animal care. It gives students the opportunity to work alongside veterinary professionals, animal health technicians and shelter staff. WELDING Students receive 260 hours of practical hands-on skill development in SAIT’s state-of-the-art welding labs and 117 hours of classroom instruction. Welding processes, techniques and filters are taught. Students are exposed to following directions provided in layouts, blueprints and work orders; cleaning parts; checking for defects and welding parts together.
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Designed to help students discover their talents and interests, the Off-Campus Education program provides opportunities for senior high school students to explore their career interests, skills and knowledge related to work and other life roles. There are a variety of off-campus opportunities for students. Each one of our district high schools has an off-campus teacher who will assist with student placement, safety, learning plans and supervision while at the workplace. Work Experience Students have the opportunity to explore different careers in a variety of programs offered while earning high school credits through part time /full time work, during the school year or the summer months.
This program is for all high school students. The prerequisite courses needed for this and all off campus experiences are HCS3000 or Workplace Safety. The student must accumulate at least 75 hours of career-related experience at a work site. Each student will have a learning plan and evaluation agreed upon by the teacher and employer. Student progress is monitored on a regular basis.
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) This is a program that allows students to begin training in any one of the 49 apprenticeship trades while still in senior high school. The program is for students who have made definite career choices and a commitment to enter a specific trade. There are a variety of arrangements that may be made to accommodate students who are interested in any of the trades. Green Certificate A Green Certificate and 16 Grade 12 credits can be earned by students who are involved in any of the 10 areas of agriculture offered by Alberta Agriculture. There is a prerequisite safety course students must complete for 1 credit.
The 10 areas include: Equine, Cow Calf Beef Production, Feedlot, Bee Keeping, Sheep, Greenhouse, Field Crop, Irrigated Crop, Dairy, Swine Production.
There is a 1-credit prerequisite safety module (AGR 3000) which students must complete before taking further modules. Off-Campus Education Footprints to Your Future 2018 16
COUNSELLORS The counsellor provides services designed to assist students to solve problems related to choosing, planning, adjusting and achieving goals in educational, career, personal, social and spiritual areas. The counsellor provides counselling, student appraisal, referral and educational/occupational planning services in an attempt to meet the developmental needs of students.
The Catholic counsellor is concerned with all aspects of a student’s growth. The counsellor also accesses district and community programs to support students in all aspects of their development. TEACHER ADVISORS Each student is matched with a teacher who acts as mentor, liaison and advocate for the student. As mentor, the teacher guides students through program and course selection, career options and minor personal problems. As liaison, the teacher monitors and initiates communication between students, teachers, parents/guardians and school administrators. As advocate, the teacher assists students in conflict situations and promotes action plans that will benefit the student.
With this teacher advisory system, parents/guardians can contact a specific teacher who will have a personal involvement and special interest in their son or daughter.
SCHOOL CHAPLAIN School chaplains work with staff, administration and students to create and sustain a consistent, coherent Catholic educational environment for our school communities. Chaplains coordinate liturgical celebrations in the schools, act as a liaison between schools and Catholic parishes, chair their high school pastoral care teams, and deliver comprehensive retreat programs for the students. They are available for pastoral counselling for both staff and students, providing an essential service in keeping spirituality an explicit component of Catholic education. SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER The Calgary Police Service, through its School Resource Officers (SROs), assigns a police officer to high schools in Calgary.
The officers are resource persons for anyone in the school community. They engage in a variety of activities in the schools, from formal classroom presentations to individual consultations with students. Officers also provide additional connections for referrals to many social service agencies as needed. SROs are an essential component of the support system in our district high schools.
CAREER PRACTITIONER Within the career centre at each high school, a career practitioner is available to help students make informed decisions about their futures. Using a variety of resources, the career practitioner helps students begin their journey toward discovering the opportunities available in today’s constantly changing world. Students may ask for assistance in career exploration activities, interest inventories, resume writing, job interview preparation and work experience programs. Student Supports in High Schools Calgary Catholic School District Footprints to Your Future 2018 17
- Your abilities
- Your interests
- Your values
- Your future career goals
- Alberta High School Diploma requirements Building Your Future Footprints to Your Future 2018 18 SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLS In senior high school, you will discover more about yourself, including what you are good at and what you enjoy. These discoveries may cause you to change your career goals and re-evaluate your selection of courses. It is important to set career goals and work toward them, but also to be realistic and adaptable. The following tools are intended to assist you with the process of learning more about yourself and beginning to plan for your future.
What am I good at? Learn more about your personality, interests, work values, employability skills and multiple intelligence. What occupations are out there? Use these resources to research occupations of interest, including information on duties, working conditions, education requirements and salary. What education is right for me? Find information on schools, programs and admission requirements and procedures. You will also find tips on planning your high school completion. How do I pay for my education? Explore information on scholarships, bursaries and student finance.
What are my next steps? Find resources to help you make the transition from high school to work or to post-secondary.
Worksheets The worksheets included in the following pages will also assist with the process of self-discovery and planning your future goals. Calgary Catholic School District 19 Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS) The website www.alis.alberta.ca is the perfect place to start planning for your future. It has up-to-date information for young Albertans regarding career planning, educational programs, occupational profiles and scholarship information. The topics addressed on the website under the section for high school students include: Footprints to Your Future 2018
1. I really enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and rock climbing. 2. I want to fix problems with my hands instead of talking about them. 3. I am good at noticing differences in colours, shapes and sounds. 4. I can think clearly and focus only on the facts of a problem. 5. I am good with people and can teach or help others. 6. I feel comfortable selling my ideas to other people. 7. I often think of clever, creative, useful ideas. 8. I am very interested in protecting nature. 9. I want to take care of others and help them feel better. 10. I like to find creative ways to express my ideas and feelings.
11. I achieve my goals by bargaining or making deals. 12. I feel pride in growing plants or caring for animals. 13. I usually put personal feelings aside when dealing with a crisis. 14. I enjoy watching court trials and political talks. 15. I carefully keep records of how I spend money. 16. I use my energy to guide and advise others. 17. I work well alone where I have room to reflect on my thoughts. 18. I prefer places where I do not have to dress up. 19. I would feel successful if I could lessen pain for other people. 20. I feel my highest honour would be to serve my country. 21. I have talent in using colours and in knowing fashion trends.
22. I express myself by making something instead of talking. 23. I enjoy seeing unique paintings or musical performances. 24. I will take personal risk to ensure safety for all people. 25. I enjoy being outdoors and like changes in the weather. 26. I can give bad news in a caring and honest way. 27. I like business settings that require professional dress. My Style Worksheet Footprints to Your Future 2018 20 INSTRUCTIONS You are unique in the combination of things that interest you. From early in life you have found some activities more interesting than others. As you gather information about your interests, needs and wants, you can better understand careers that match your unique self.
Review the characteristics in the statements below. Make a check in the box next to each statement that matches your style. Check as many boxes that apply to you.
Count the number of boxes checked in each column from both pages and write the totals at the bottom of the columns. Transfer your totals to the results on page 17. 28. I value knowledge and the sharing of information with others. 29. I enjoy mental challenges like puzzles or riddles. 30. I am very concerned with money and profit. 31. I am good at knowing when a person needs to talk to someone. 32. I prefer a flexible work schedule with time for creativity. 33. I like to explore all possible reasons for something. 34. I am happy when I can work in the garden and make it look nice. 35. I enjoy helping others with travel or purchase plans.
36. I prefer to see charts and data than hear a summary with words. 37. I am not bothered by treating cuts or minor injuries. 38. I have a special talent for working with animals. 39. I have good ideas on how to solve personal problems. 40. I am really moved emotionally by music, color and sounds. 41. I prefer to keep good records and pay attention to details. 42. I want to make things happen instead of talking about them. 43. I would rather create ideas than study them. 44. I use talking to support and sell my ideas. 45. I like to be busy, being fully involved in a project. 46. I solve problems by trying a new method or making a new tool.
47. I am more interested in a project’s results than how it was done. 48. I feel useful when I can help a sick friend feel better. 49. I enjoy a physical task most when it helps someone else. 50. I like animals for their natural and sometimes surprising behaviours. 51. I like to try new things even if they are not always popular things. 52. I can understand how global events affect a person’s life. 53. I am talented in managing projects and people. 54. I usually ignore distractions to focus on my most important task. 55. I am good at helping other people with their problems. 56. I am very curious and enjoy solving science or math problems.
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