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Robert Thirsk High School Detailed


Registration Guide
2014 2015 (January 2014 Edition)

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Table of Contents
Principals Welcome .................................................................................................. 4
General Guidelines to Course Selection .................................................................. 5
Academics................................................................................................................... 6
Grade 10 Core Subjects ........................................................................................... 6
English Language Arts (ELA).................................................................................... 7
Recommended Sequence of ELA courses .............................................................. 7
Social Studies (SS) ................................................................................................... 10
Recommended Sequence of SS courses .............................................................. 10
Mathematics .............................................................................................................. 12
Recommended Sequence of Mathematics Courses .............................................. 12
Science ...................................................................................................................... 14
Recommended Sequence of Science Courses ..................................................... 14
Physical Education & Wellness .............................................................................. 17
Physical Education (Phys. Ed) ............................................................................... 17
Career & Life Management (CALM) ....................................................................... 18
Complementary Courses ......................................................................................... 19
Global Studies ........................................................................................................ 19
English Language Learners (ELL) .......................................................................... 19
Recommended Course Sequence in Languages .................................................. 19
French as a Second Language .............................................................................. 19
Spanish Language and Culture .............................................................................. 20
Global Studies Courses .......................................................................................... 21
Fine Arts Programs .................................................................................................. 21
Art (Visual) .............................................................................................................. 21
Dance ..................................................................................................................... 22
Film Studies ............................................................................................................ 22
Music ...................................................................................................................... 23
Technical Theater / Performing Arts ....................................................................... 24
Musical Theater ...................................................................................................... 25
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses ....................................................................... 27
Recommended Sequence for AP Courses ............................................................ 27
Career & Technology Studies (CTS) Registration Guide ..................................... 29
Work Experience, RAP and Green Certificate ....................................................... 30
Business Administration, Finance and Information Technology (BIT) .............. 31
Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH) ........................................................ 31
Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC) ....................................................... 34
Natural Resources (NAT) ......................................................................................... 35
Outdoor Pursuits ...................................................................................................... 36
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT) .................................................... 36
Alberta High School Diploma Requirements .......................................................... 39
Alberta Certificate of High School Achievement Requirements ............................. 40
AREA 1 Course Offerings ........................................................................................ 41
AREA 1 Complementary Course Offering that are Unique .................................... 42
CT Centre Introduction ............................................................................................ 44
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation ............................................................... 45


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Auto Body | Auto Body Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice ............................................ 45
Welding | Welder Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice ..................................................... 45
Pre-Engineering ...................................................................................................... 46
Supply Chain Management | Logistics ................................................................... 46
Health, Recreation & Human Services ................................................................... 47
Cosmetology | Hairstylist Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice ......................................... 47
Culinary Arts | Cook Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice ................................................. 47
Health Sciences: Pharmacy Assistant | Health Care ............................................. 48
Natural Resources .................................................................................................... 48
Business, Administration, Finance, Information & Technology ......................... 49
Business Information Technology Enterprise and Innovation ............................... 49
Media, Design & Communications ......................................................................... 49




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Principals Welcome
At RTHS, we challenge you to think about what it means to thrive? We recognize that
your goal is to graduate and be prepared for next steps with at least 100 diploma
credits or 80 certificate credits (as identified on the last pages of this booklet). But
thriving is more than that it is that feeling that you get when you do something well or
discover something new. Consider how you will prosper in high school.

To help you, we have connected you to a Learning Community a place in our school
where you are welcomed daily by a group of people who will come to know you well. We
have also structured our environment so that you can work with others to strengthen
connections between subjects, developing the knowledge and skills necessary to meet
your goals.

To personalize your learning, we will give you choices. We encourage you to be a
responsible self-advocate. Help us understand your preferences, your needs and your
strengths as part of your learning plan. Reflect deeply on the course outcomes and what
you need to achieve them. Think in terms of possibilities and get involved. Use your
voice to be a leader, a learner and a citizen.

Our Comets have worked hard to create a positive opening culture at Thirsk.
We welcome you to bring your unique gifts to our community.

Chris Meaden,
Principal



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General Guidelines to Course Selection
The information in this guide is based on our current program and may change after the
time of printing. Some changes in the actual programs available may occur as a result of
student requests, staffing, facility availability or Alberta Education programming changes.
Check our website at: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b880/ for up-to-date program information.
You should become familiar with the requirements for obtaining a High School Diploma
or Certificate of High School Achievement - see the last page of this guide. As future
grade 12 graduates you should pay particular attention to this document and ensure all
requirements for the Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of High School
Achievement will be met. We would also encourage you to use Career Cursing which is
available to all RTHS students this program allows you to track your high school
courses, as well as, research career options.
Program selection should be based on your current achievement, capabilities, interests,
goals, and teacher recommendations. As you progress through high school, goals may
change. Flowcharts in this guide for English, Social Studies, Math, and Science set out
pathways for changing program levels, provided curricular outcomes are met.
You are advised to select courses carefully as the school schedule is ultimately based on
students initial registration requests. Once the Master Timetable is completed, change is
difficult, if not impossible.
Course Sequences
Courses numbered 10-1, 20-1, 20/30 and 30-1 are most challenging they will require
complex thinking/tasks necessary for university entrance (Math 30-2 can be used for a
number of university programs). Courses numbered 10-2, 20-2, 30-2, 10-3, 20-3, 30-
3, 14 or 24 are appropriate if you are planning on transitioning to college/technical
programs and apprenticeships. Both sequences contribute to a High School Diploma.
Courses numbered 10-4, 20-4, and 30-4 are Knowledge and Employability (K&E)
courses and lead to a Certificate of High School Achievement. Students must have
parent/guardian consent to be enrolled in any K&E course. Should you be
experiencing growth and success in a subject area, there are opportunities for
enrichment. You may also consider a more challenging course sequence or prepare to
write the Advanced Placement exam.
Within your program, you will need to add complementary courses from CTS, Fine Arts,
and Global Studies. These courses should be chosen from the following list of
complementary courses starting on page 16. If you are in grade 10 you must register
in complementary courses and maintain a minimum of 40 credits at Robert Thirsk
High School (i.e. you must fill all blocks within your timetable with courses each
semester).



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Course Selection Information
Example:
English 30 - 5 credits each
ELA 30-1 (3105): I want to demonstrate critical thinking about literature and
communication. In ELA 30-1, students analyze and respond to literature, including
extended texts (a novel or nonfiction book, a feature film or modern play, and a
Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia,
essays, and popular nonfiction) that relate to cultural and societal issues in Canadian and
global contexts. They also create their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction/persuasive
writing, presentations/media. This course is for students considering careers that may
require strong reading and communication skills and for those interested in post
secondary education.
Prerequisite: successful completion of ELA 20-1
Academics
Grade 10 Core Subjects
As you begin your grade 10 core classes (ELA, SS, Math and Science) everyone will be
together and not be placed into a particular sequence right away. As you progress
through your core classes, you will be placed in a particular sequence based on
curricular outcomes being met. You will have opportunities to move between each
sequence as you meet various curricular outcomes. This will allow you to gain a better
understanding of your abilities and which sequence is best suited for you.
The following are descriptions of each course sequence taken from Alberta Educations
My Childs Learning: A Parent Resource (for ELA, SS, Math, Sci, Phys Ed and CALM).
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/highschool_calm.html

Required course to
be completed before
moving to this level
Specific course
name (ELA 30-1)
and request number
(3105)
Course Sequence
description

General subject area and
total credits earned upon
successful completion of
course


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English Language Arts (ELA)
The ELA program has two basic aims: to provide you with an understanding and
appreciation of a broad range of literature and to enable you to use language to
communicate effectively for a multitude of purposes. In addition to these broad aims, the
ELA program specifically focuses on an integrated approach to skill and concept
development in six areas listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and
representing.
Recommended Sequence of ELA courses








Note | Moving into a higher-level sequence will be based on the curricular outcomes
students attain and teacher recommendations.

All students working towards a diploma or K&E certificate will register in this combined class.
Midterm report cards and letters near course end will communicate to parents about current level
of achievement. All successful students in the course will move on to a combined ELA 20-1, 20-2,
20-4 classroom.
Course descriptions from Alberta Educations, My Childs Learning
English 10 (1000) - 5 credits each
ELA 10-1: I want to explore literature and develop strong communication skills. In ELA
10-1, students analyze and respond to literature, including extended texts (a
novel/nonfiction book, a feature film and a modern or Shakespearean play) and shorter
texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia, and essays) that relate to cultural and
societal issues in Canadian and global contexts. They also create their own texts; e.g.,
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, presentations/media. This course is for students considering
careers that require strong reading and communication skills and for those who may be
interested in post-secondary education
ELA 10-2: I want to begin to study material I am comfortable with and communicate well
with others. In ELA 10-2, students with diverse abilities and goals study different types of
texts, written at various levels, that explore issues in Canadian and global contexts. They
study extended texts (a novel or nonfiction book, a feature film, and a modern or
Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia, and
popular nonfiction). Students are also encouraged to create their own texts; e.g., fiction,


ELA 20-1 ELA30-1

ELA 20-2 ELA30-2

ELA 20-4 ELA30-4

ELA 10
Includes:
10-1
10-2
10-4

ELA 20
Includes:
20-1
20-2
20-4

ELA 20 Credits
Earned



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nonfiction and reports, poetry, and presentations/media. Material will often have daily life
or practical applications for students. This course is designed for students considering
careers that require basic reading and communication skills and for those interested in a
range of post-secondary education or other opportunities (not including university).
ELA 10-4: I want to develop language skills that will help me succeed. In Knowledge and
Employability ELA 10-4, students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their
skills in ELA are shown additional strategies for success. Materials have practical
applications for students and support development of reading comprehension,
communication and other occupational skills. Students may also be required to create
their own brief texts. This course is part of a sequence designed for students who may
transition directly into the world of work, pursue further training/courses or pursue other
opportunities that may not require post-secondary education.
English 20 (2105) - 5 credits each
Prerequisite: successful completion of ELA 10-1, or 10-2, or 10-4
All students working towards a diploma or K&E certificate will register in this combined
class. ELA 20 students will receive regular feedback about their current level of
achievement as well as sequencing options/recommendations for ELA 30.
ELA 20-1: I want to explore literature more deeply and develop my communication skills.
In ELA 20-1, students analyze and respond to literature, including extended texts (a
novel, a nonfiction book or feature film, and a Shakespearean play) and shorter texts
(poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia, and essays) that relate to cultural and
societal issues in Canadian and global contexts. They also create their own texts; e.g.,
fiction, nonfiction/persuasive writing, presentations/media, scripts. This course is for
students considering careers that require strong reading and communication skills and
for those who may be interested in post-secondary education.
ELA 20-2: I want to continue to study material that is relevant to my life and that
strengthens my communication with others. In ELA 20-2, students with diverse abilities
and goals study different types of texts, written at various levels, that explore issues in
Canadian and global contexts. They study extended texts (a novel, a nonfiction book or
feature film, and a modern or Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short
stories, visuals and multimedia and popular nonfiction). Students are also encouraged to
create their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction and proposals, scripts, and
presentations/media. Material will often have daily life or practical applications for
students. This course is designed for students considering careers that require basic
reading and communication skills and for those interested in a range of post-secondary
education or other opportunities (not including university).
ELA 20-4: I want to continue to develop my language skills to be more successful in
ELA. In Knowledge and Employability ELA 20-4, students who have experienced
challenges or difficulty with their skills in ELA are shown additional strategies for success.
Materials have practical applications for students and support development of reading
comprehension, communication and other occupational skills. Students may be required
to create their own brief texts. This course is part of a sequence designed for students
who may transition directly into the world of work, pursue further training/courses or
pursue other opportunities that may not require post-secondary education.


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English 30 Courses - 5 credits each
ELA 30-1 (3105): I want to demonstrate critical thinking about literature and
communication. In ELA 30-1, students analyze and respond to literature, including
extended texts (a novel or nonfiction book, a feature film or modern play, and a
Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia,
essays, and popular nonfiction) that relate to cultural and societal issues in Canadian and
global contexts. They also create their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction/persuasive
writing, presentations/media. This course is for students considering careers that may
require strong reading and communication skills and for those interested in post
secondary education.
Prerequisite: successful completion of ELA 20-1
ELA 30-2 (3104): I have a deeper understanding of relevant materials and can
communicate clearly with others. In ELA 30-2, students with diverse abilities and goals
study different types of texts, written at various levels, that explore issues in Canadian
and global contexts. They study extended texts (a novel or nonfiction book, a feature film,
and a modern or Shakespearean pal y) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals
and multimedia, essays, and popular nonfiction). Students are also encouraged to create
their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction, presentations/media. Material will often have daily
life or practical applications for students. This course is designed for students considering
careers that require basic reading and communication skills and for those interested in a
range of post-secondary education or other opportunities.
Prerequisite: successful completion of ELA 20-2
ELA 30-4 (3780): I want to demonstrate clear language skills and success in ELA to
support my goals for work and life. In Knowledge and Employability ELA 30-4, students
who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills in ELA are shown additional
strategies for success. Materials have practical applications for students and support
development of reading comprehension, communication and other occupational skills.
Students may be required to create their own brief texts. This course is the last in a
sequence designed for students who may transition directly into the world of work,
pursue further training/courses or pursue other opportunities that may not require post-
secondary education.
Prerequisite: successful completion of ELA 20-4



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Social Studies (SS)
Social Studies will help you develop the basic knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes of
active and responsible citizens both locally and globally. At the heart of Social Studies
are the concepts of citizenship and identity in the Canadian context history, geography,
economics, social and behavioural sciences, and humanities. Incorporated into all areas
are critical and creative thinking skills.
Recommended Sequence of SS courses

v






Notes | Moving into a higher-level sequence will be based on the curricular outcomes
students attain and teacher recommendations.
All students working towards a diploma or K&E certificate will register in this combined
class. Midterm report cards and letters near course end will communicate to parents
about current level of achievement. All successful students in the course will move on to
a combined SS 20-1, 20-2, 20-4 classroom.
Course descriptions from Alberta Educations, My Childs Learning
Social Studies 10 (1000) - 5 credits each
Social Studies 10-1: 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.
Social Studies 10-2: 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 that globalization has on peoples identity and citizenship,
while addressing emerging issues that globalization presents.
Social Studies 10-4: What is globalization and how does it affect me? Knowledge and
Employability Social Studies 10-4 students will look at the history of globalization and
understand various viewpoints on the effects that globalization has on individuals, local
communities and the world as a whole. Students who have experienced challenges or
difficulty with their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the
Knowledge and Employability -4 course sequence.


SS 20-1 SS 30-1

SS 20-2 SS 30-2

SS 20-4

SS 10
Includes:
10-1
10-2
10-4
SS 20 Credits
Earned

SS 20
Includes:
20-1
20-2
20-4


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Social Studies 20 (2771) - 5 credits each
Prerequisite: successful completion of Social 10-1, or 10-2, or 10-4
All students working towards a diploma or K&E certificate will register in this combined
class. SS 20 students will receive regular feedback about their current level of
achievement as well as sequencing options/recommendations for SS 30.
Social Studies 20-1: 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. They examine issues related to nationalism and consider impacts on
individuals, international relations and citizenship.
Social Studies 20-2: What is nationalism and how does it affect me? In 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.
Social Studies 20-4: What is nationalism and how does it affect us? In Knowledge and
Employability Social Studies 20-4, students explore the development of nationalism as
well as its effects, considering various perspectives on the idea of nation in Canada.
They develop an understanding of the impact of nationalism on individuals, international
relations and citizenship. Students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with
their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the Knowledge and
Employability -4 course sequence
Social Studies 30 Courses 5 credits each
Social Studies 30-1 (3771): What are ideologies and how do they affect us? Social
Studies 30-1 students examine multiple perspectives on various ideologies and on the
influence of these ideologies, focusing particularly on liberalism. They develop an
understanding of how ideologies can shape our world and us.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Social 20-1
Social Studies 30-2 (3772): What are ideologies and how do they affect us? Social
Studies 30-2 students will examine multiple perspectives on various ideologies, focusing
in particular on liberalism. They will develop an understanding of how ideologies can
shape our world and us.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Social 20-2



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Mathematics
Mathematics is another way of understanding and describing our world. When selecting
mathematics courses, choose those that are appropriate to your abilities, interests and
future goals. Due to the complexity of mathematics in higher sequences, you may need
to enrol in more mathematics courses than are required to graduate. This is to ensure
you are building the foundational knowledge to be successful.
** Note | As mandated by Alberta Education, a graphing calculator is required for Math 30-1
and 30-2.
Recommended Sequence of Mathematics Courses








Notes | All grade 10 students who successfully earn credits in grade 10 will move into the
appropriate grade 11 course sequence (see chart). Moving into a higher-level sequence will
be based on the curricular outcomes students attain and teacher recommendations.
Course descriptions from Alberta Educations, My Childs Learning
Math 10 (1000) - 5 credits each
Math 10C: Mathematics 10C students determine the surface area and volume of 3-D
objects and use trigonometric ratios to solve problems involving right triangles. They
simplify expressions that involve powers with integral and rational exponents and simplify
or factor polynomial expressions. At this level, students also analyze linear relations,
solve systems of linear equations and solve problems related to both of these sets of
skills.
Math 10-3: Mathematics 10-3 students solve linear and area measurement problems of
2-D shapes and 3-D objects using SI and imperial units. They use spatial reasoning to
solve puzzles; solve problems involving right triangles and angles; solve unit pricing,
currency exchange and income problems; and manipulate formulas to solve problems.
They also use scale factors and parallel and perpendicular lines to solve problems.
Math 10-4: Knowledge and Employability Mathematics 10-4 students solve everyday
problems involving numbers and percents; explore patterns, variables, expressions and
equations to solve problems; and solve problems involving estimation, measurement and
comparison of objects. Students use visualization and symmetry to explore objects,


Math 20-1 Math 30-1 Math 31

10C Math 20-2 Math 30-2

10-3 Math 20-3 Math 30-3

10-4 Math 20-4

Math 10
Includes:
10C
10-3
10-4
Math 10 Credits
Earned



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shapes, patterns and designs; develop and apply a plan to collect, display and analyze
data and information; and connect mathematical ideas to their everyday lives. Students
who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills will be provided with
additional strategies for success in the Knowledge and Employability -4 course
sequence.
Math 20 Courses - 5 credits each
Math 20-1 (2791): Mathematics 20-1 students investigate arithmetic and geometric
patterns and use the sine and cosine laws to solve problems involving triangles. They
investigate the properties of radicals and rational expressions. Mathematics 20-1
students also analyze the characteristics of absolute value functions and quadratic
functions, solve quadratic equations and systems of equations in various ways, and
analyze the relationship between a function and its reciprocal.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 10C
Math 20-2 (2792): Mathematics 20-2 students use proportional reasoning to solve real-
life problems involving 2-D shapes and 3-D objects. They use the properties of angles
and triangles, including the sine and cosine laws, to solve problems; use reasoning to
prove conjectures; use spatial reasoning to solve puzzles; and solve problems that
involve radicals. They interpret statistical data, solve problems involving quadratics and
research and present a mathematical topic of their choice.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 10C
Math 20-3 (2793): Mathematics 20-3 students solve surface area, volume and capacity
problems. They use primary trigonometry to solve problems involving two or three right
triangles, and model and draw 3-D objects and their views to scale. They use numerical
reasoning to solve puzzles; create and analyze personal budgets; use proportional
reasoning, unit analysis and manipulation of formulas to solve problems; and create and
interpret graphs. Students use their understanding of slope and rate of change to
interpret graphs.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 10-3 or 10-4
Math 20-4 (2782): Knowledge and Employability Mathematics 20-4 students solve
everyday problems involving numbers and percents, and decide if the processes used
are reasonable. They explore patterns, variables and expressions, and interpret
variables, equations and relationships, to solve problems in practical situations. They
estimate, measure and compare objects; read and interpret scale drawings and maps;
develop and apply a plan to collect, display and analyze information; and use probability
and statistics to make predictions and decisions. In most of their studies, Mathematics
20-4 students connect mathematical ideas to their everyday lives. Students who have
experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills will be provided with additional
strategies for success in the Knowledge and Employability -4 course sequence.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 10-4
Math 30 Courses - 5 credits each
Math 30-1 (3791): Mathematics 30-1 students investigate the properties of logarithms;
study the characteristics and transformations of trigonometric, polynomial, exponential
and logarithmic functions by sketching and analyzing their graphs; and solve equations
and problems related to these functions. Students also use basic counting principles to
determine the number of permutations or combinations of the elements of a set to solve
problems.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 20-1


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Math 30-2 (3792): Mathematics 30-2 students use numerical and logical reasoning to
solve puzzles, and solve real-life problems about the probability of events occurring.
They solve problems algebraically involving rational equations; investigate exponential,
logarithmic, polynomial and sinusoidal functions; and research and present a
mathematical topic of their choice.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 20-2
Math 30-3 (37930): Mathematics 30-3 students investigate the limitations of measuring
instruments, use trigonometry to solve problems involving triangles, and describe and
illustrate properties of polygons. They investigate slides, rotations, flips and size changes
of 2-D shapes or 3-D objects; they use logical reasoning to solve puzzles; and they solve
various other problems involving financial situations, linear relations and probability.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Math 20-3
Math 31 (3211): Mathematics 31 students determine the limit of a function at finite or
infinite values of the independent variable. They use derivative theorems to determine
the derivative of a function, either explicitly or implicitly, and use derivatives to sketch
graphs of functions and solve optimization problems. They also investigate the
relationship between differentiation and integration.
Prerequisite for Math 31: successful completion of Math 30-1 and teacher
recommendation.
Science
One of the goals of senior high science programs is to help you develop a scientific
awareness by exploring the world around you and using scientific knowledge and
processes. You will be using methods of inquiry and investigation to study connections
among science, technology and society.
Recommended Sequence of Science Courses










Note | All grade 10 students who successfully earn credits in grade 10 will move into the
appropriate grade 11 course sequence (see chart). Moving into a higher level sequence will
be based on the curricular outcomes students attain and teacher recommendations.



10 Biology 20 Biology 30

Chemistry 20 Chemistry 30
Physics 20 Physics 30
Science 20 Science 30

14 Science 24
10-4 Science 20-4

Science 10
Includes:
Sci 10
Sci 14
Sci 10-4
Science 10 Credits
Earned



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Course descriptions from Alberta Educations, My Childs Learning
Science 10 (1000) - 5 credits each
Science 10: What happened to that energy? Science 10 students are introduced to the
biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. By studying chemical reactions,
cellular and multicellular processes that occur in plants, the conservation and conversion
of energy, and Earths climate, they discover how energy is transformed.
Science 14: How can we conserve energy? Science 14 students learn about the atom,
the periodic table and the safe handling of chemicals. They investigate how energy is
transferred in machines, and they examine the digestive and circulatory systems,
including ways to keep these systems healthy. Students also explore how human
activities influence the flow of matter and energy in the biosphere.
Science 10-4: What should I do to keep my body healthy? Knowledge and Employability
Science 10-4 students explore the digestive and circulatory systems of the human body.
They investigate common chemicals used at home and in the workplace, and how to
safely handle them. Students discover how force and heat energy are transferred in
technologies they use in their daily lives, and they ask questions about how human
activities affect the natural world. Students who have experienced challenges or difficulty
with their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the Knowledge
and Employability -4 course sequence.
Science 20 Level Courses - 5 credits each
Science 24 (2288): Why do we need vaccines and antibiotics? Science 24 students
investigate common chemical reactions and examine energy conversions in biological,
chemical, physical and technological systems. They learn about human health and the
immune system. They also investigate the principles that describe the motion of objects
and apply their knowledge to real-life situations.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 14 or 10-4
Biology 20 (2231): How and why does energy flow through living systems? Biology 20
students examine the interactions of living systems to better understand the constant flow
of energy and the cycling of matter. Specifically, students explore the functioning of the
human body and the mechanisms that work to maintain balance in organisms, in
ecosystems and in the biosphere.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 10
Chemistry 20 (2796): How do atoms combine to create matter? Students explore matter
and how it changes in order to understand the natural world. They investigate the
chemical properties of solutions, and they apply their understanding of chemical bonds to
explain ionic and molecular compounds. Chemistry 20 students explain the behaviour of
gases, using the gas laws, and also work to balance chemical equations.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 10
Physics 20 (2797): How does a lacrosse player know when to release the ball? Physics
20 students investigate the motion of objects. They apply Newtons law of universal
gravitation to astronomical observations. They also describe how energy is transmitted
by mechanical waves and how waves relate to medical technologies, industry and
musical instruments.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 10


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Science 20 (2270): What changes do we see on Earth? Students in Science 20 extend
their study of the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences and apply their
knowledge to real-life problems. They investigate Newtons laws of motion, the properties
of hydrocarbons and the chemistry of solutions. They examine evidence of how Earths
surface, climate and life forms have changed and continue to change and cycle in
response to natural and human actions.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 10 or 14/24 with Teacher
recommendation
Science 30 Level Courses 5 credits each
Biology 30 (3230): Why is there so much diversity? Biology 30 students conduct lab
work and investigate how human systems sense and respond to the environment. They
explore human reproduction and development at the cellular level and at the organism
level. Students investigate the basic structure and role of DNA and investigate the
inheritance of traits in individuals and populations. They analyze the changes in
populations resulting from natural and human-induced changes in the environment and
discover that living systems are dynamic.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Bio 20
Chemistry 30 (3796): How can you predict chemical equilibrium? Chemistry 30 students
examine and quantify how thermochemical and electrochemical systems use or provide
energy. They explore common organic compoundsthose that contain carbonand how
they are used in technological applications and everyday life. Students also investigate
acid-base reactions and interpret how they eventually reach equilibrium.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Chem 20
Physics 30 (3797): When does a model or a theory need to change? Physics 30
students consider historical experiments and explore why the model of the atom has
changed as a result of experiments and observations of natural phenomena. Students
apply a quantitative approach to describe conservation of momentum in an isolated
system, and they investigate applications and implications of electric and magnetic forces
and fields. They also use the concept of wave-particle duality to understand both wave
and photon behaviour of electromagnetic radiations.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Physics 20
Science 30 (3270): How do we sustain our energy resources? Students sharpen their
scientific skills and explore a wide range of scientific concepts to strengthen their
foundations in science. They investigate human systems and health, and environmentally
sustainable solutions for meeting global energy needs. They also examine the impacts of
chemicals in society and the environment and examine the properties and applications of
electromagnetic energy.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Science 20 or students who successfully
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Physical Education & Wellness
How will you establish healthy habits for life? Wellness includes the knowledge, skills and
attitudes needed to grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.
These areas will be supported through our learning communities, Student Success
Centre and specific courses including the following:
Physical Education (Phys. Ed)
Physical Education 10/20/30 (Description from Alberta Educations
My Childs Learning)
I want to have fun, learn skills and be healthy. Through activities in the school and
community, students will explore their physical abilities and improve their fitness level.
They will understand that fitness impacts well-being and body image. Communicating
with others, they will develop a sense of fair play and exercise their leadership abilities.
They will discover the importance of safe, active living for life; set goals; and challenge
themselves as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. The main focus of our program is to
help students achieve overall health and wellness. **Please note that there will be extra
costs associated with Phys. Ed. classes and other sports related classes.**
For other CTS sports related classes, such as Sports Med, Sports Performance and
Outdoor Pursuits please refer to the CTS section.
Phys. Ed 10 (1445) - 5 credits; Phys. Ed 10/20/30 for Band Students
- blended full year - 5 credits
This entry-level course focuses on developing your participation in a healthy, energetic
lifestyle. Taught as a modular program, you will design individual schedules of studies
based on your interests and goals. Mandatory aspects of this exciting program include
weight room orientation, general fitness and nutrition knowledge, and social dance. Self-
selected aspects of the program include team games such as soccer, basketball, and
individual sports such as badminton and bowling.
Phys. Ed 20 (2445) - 5 credits

This intermediate course focuses on active living through experiences in a wide variety of
lifestyle sports and activities. Golf, tennis, hiking, wall climbing, snowshoeing, curling,
racquetball, squash, and billiards are a sample of what will be offered in this exciting and
energetic course. You will be expected to build on skills, knowledge, and attitudes gained
in PE 10 and should be prepared to be active each day. Parts of this course are off-site
so you must be prepared to take on the responsibilities of travel and representing our
school in the community. Prerequisite: Physical Education 10
Phys. Ed 30 (3445) - 5 credits
This senior course builds on the knowledge and experience gained in PE 20. You will be
challenged to perform at higher individual levels in various on and off campus sports and
pursuits. Class leadership, peer teaching, and self-evaluation are important aspects of
this program. Lifestyle activities such as golf, tennis and curling will be offered at a more
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Phys. Ed 20/30 and Recreational Leadership (2446) - 10 Credits
(full year)
The Phys. Ed 20/30 Recreational Leadership program is a full year course in which you
will complete your Phys. Ed 20 or 30 and 5 CTS credits related to Leadership. This
course encourages you to practice the key elements of servant leadership through
hands on Phys. Ed or recreational type projects, peer and mentorship learning
opportunities. You will be given opportunities and encouragement to develop your own
leadership skills and to take risks to grow in positive and productive ways. This
Leadership course will be of great interest for students who are passionate about making
a difference within their class, their school and their community. Prerequisite: Physical
Education 10
Yoga 15, 25 (1449/2449) - 5 credits each
The high school yoga course offers you the opportunity to study yoga as a way to
develop physical health, self-awareness, focus and relaxation; linking the body and mind
for a sense of overarching wellness. This course also helps you to develop a strong
foundation for further yoga practice, which can be a lifelong pursuit. You will refine
communication and collaboration skills as part of the yoga class community. These skills
will develop your personal management skills through the commitment to a personal
yoga practice. In Yoga 15 and 25, you will experience health benefits developing your
wellbeing and personal understanding which will help you balance school, work and other
life priorities.
Career & Life Management (CALM)
CALM 20 - 3 credits

I want to make good choices in life. You will enhance your ability to make good choices
today and in the future. Together with your Connect Teacher, you will examine health
holistically: the emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and physical dimensions. You will
learn how to make responsible choices about money and other resources, and youll
learn that your decisions are based on your values and goals. You will continue to plot
out your career path as you plan for life after high school. Outcomes for this course will
be embedded in Robert Thirsk High Schools weekly Connect Time. A major component
of the assessment for this course will be the development of your Learning Plan. This
course is a requirement for a High School Diploma and Certificate of High School
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Complementary Courses
Note: All complementary courses at RTHS will be offered based on student
interest, enrolment and school resources.
Global Studies
International studies will help you develop global citizenship in our ever-evolving world.
Learn how to connect and lead in a global society through opportunities including:
partnerships, exchange opportunities and 1 to 2 day intensive language learning events,
participation in an international youth summit, international travel opportunities or
completion of an international certificate (http://www.cbeglobalconnect.ca/students.html).
Acquire second language skills to impact your intellectual potential, achievement in
school, first language skills and citizenship. This program will be continually evolving.
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL students may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test upon arrival
to class in order to determine their language proficiency level. The focus of all levels is to
develop English communication skills, both oral and written. Besides the English
language component, Canadian Studies and Culture are also taught. Going to the next
level is dependent upon the students competency at mastering the language
requirements for advancement. Other courses will be included in a students timetable.
However, we will try to tailor each timetable to reflect the individual students situation.
Recommended Course Sequence in
Languages



Note | Any student with prior language experience will need to meet with the Language
teacher to get a recommendation for placement.
French as a Second Language
French 10 (1093) - 5 credits
This entry-level course provides a practical learning experience using a theme-based
approach. Students do not need previous language experience. Emphasis is placed on
vocabulary building through conversation and simulated real-life situations. Basic
grammar is developed through the oral and written components.

Beginner Intermediate Advanced
French 10 French 20 French 30
Spanish 10 Spanish 20 Spanish 30



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French 20 (2093) - 5 credits
Students who have successfully completed up to grade 9 French are recommended to
register for the French 20 Level.
This course is a continuation of French 10 and is designed for students who have already
developed the vocabulary and grammar basics of the beginner level. Students must have
basic proficiency in both oral and written components of the language. Using a thematic
approach, this course will continue to enhance student conversational skills.
French 30 (3093) - 5 credits
Students who have successfully completed an immersion program are recommended to
register for the French 30 Level or discuss a challenge with the teacher.
This course covers a more in-depth and intensive study of the French language and
culture. It prepares students for further experience in the francophone world. Practical
and interesting oral/written components continue to be incorporated using a thematic
approach.
Spanish Language and Culture
Note | Any student with prior Spanish language skill or courses will need to meet with the
Spanish teacher to get a recommendation for placement.
Spanish 10 (1345) - 5 credits
Spanish 10 is a beginners course designed to equip students with a practical knowledge
of Spanish, using a theme-based approach. It allows them the opportunity to use basic
language structures in simulations of everyday conversations. No previous Spanish
required.
Spanish 20 (2345) - 5 credits
This course is a continuation of Spanish 10 and is designed for students who already
have developed basic proficiency in using both the oral and the written components of
the language. Using a thematic approach, this course continues to enhance the
proficiency level of the student.
Spanish 30 (3345) - 5 credits
This course covers a more in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture. A
thematic approach is still used as it covers practical and interesting oral/written
components. This high- intermediate course prepares students for further experiences in
the Spanish-speaking world and is a great prelude to university Spanish courses.
Mandarin 10 (1090) 5 Credits
Mandarin 10 is a beginners course designed to equip students with a practical
knowledge of Mandarin, using a theme-based approach. Students will learn the
fundamentals of tone, grammar, and writing, in both pinyin and character form. Students
will practice using basic language structures in simulations of everyday conversations.
This course is designed for students with no previous Mandarin experience.


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Global Studies Courses
Comparative Governments 20 (2111) - 3 credits
The objective of Comparative Governments 20 is to compare and contrast the
Government of Canada with governments of the United States and another country
selected by the student. There will be a field experience component for this course (i.e.
Model United Nations Symposium). The course will be offered online with a weekly in-
class meeting. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the Model UN club. Prerequisite: SS 10-
1 teacher recommendation.
Fine Arts Programs
Studying Fine Arts helps develop the interests and talents that shape who we are as
individuals. In addition, participation in the arts can develop employability skills such as
improvisation, commitment, organization and problem solving. Enhance your experience
in high school by adding some Fine Arts courses and accessing our beautiful new Fine
Arts spaces. We envision that some of you will be able to highlight many of your talents
by completing the CBE Fine and Performing Arts Certificate.
Art (Visual)
Art 10 (1400) - 5 credits
This course provides an introduction to the visual arts at the high school level. No
previous art courses are required for you to experience success. Taking this course will
help you develop new skills and refine previously acquired skills through the exploration
of various materials and techniques. Opportunities to creatively express yourself through
various methods of painting, drawing, sculpting, etc will be provided. Prerequisite:
None

Art 20 (2400) - 5 credits
Art 20 is designed to develop, expand and refine your confidence and abilities when
communicating visually. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials
and techniques in both two and three dimensional work. Increasingly you will select
personal themes for expression, allowing you to assess your interest and potential
through the visual arts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art 10.

Art 30 (3400) - 5 credits
The emphasis of Art 30 is to foster within you an independent and stylistic characteristic
common to practicing artists. You are expected to achieve and exhibit a personal style
through in-depth study. Personal experiences will be used as a source of images.
Research of selected artists and periods will be incorporated into the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art 20.



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Dance
Dance 15 (1404) - 5 credits*
Senior high dance seeks to develop personal and social growth through dance
experiences, and an understanding of dance as an art and means of self- expression.
You will be provided with the opportunity to explore a variety of dance styles that may
include a combination of up to 4 styles: jazz, hip hop, ballet, creative, ethno cultural (such
as African and Bollywood), and modern dance. Dance technique, creativity,
choreography, performance, safety, anatomy, history and dance awareness are integral
components of the program. In addition, positive interaction skills such as cooperation,
consideration for others, and self-discipline will be stressed. You will be evaluated based
on your participation, dance memorization, personal growth, in-class and stage
performances. If you have previous dance experience you will need to meet with the
dance teacher to get recommendation for placement. Prerequisite: None
Dance 25 (2404) - 5 credits*
This course challenges students to improve the dance skills that were developed in
Dance 15. As you grow as a dancer, you will also have opportunity to develop leadership
skills by creating dance warm-ups, and exercises. Collaboration and contribution to class
choreography will also be explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance 15
or teacher recommendation.
Dance 35 (3404) - 5 credits*
This course sequentially develops dance technique and skills learned in Dance 25.
Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills and creating choreography. You will
also have the opportunity to teach and perform that choreography with other students.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance 35 or teacher recommendation.
*All dance classes have a performance element. Dances learned in class will be
presented at school shows, where dancers have the opportunity to learn and
demonstrate all the elements of a rehearsed and polished performance.
Film Studies
Film Studies 15/25/35 (1408/2408/3408) - 5 credits each.
In Film Studies you will view and respond to a variety of films with the aim to increase
you knowledge and awareness of film, with a focus on film history, genre, and social
implication. You will explore film from both an artistic, as well as a technological
perspective. This course is designed to provide you with the ability to appreciate film at
an advanced level and to foster critical understanding. The course will provide you with
information on the variety of post-secondary and career opportunities in film, and will
serve as an excellent basis for those interested in pursuing the study and vocation of film
beyond high school. Depending on student interest and numbers, this may be
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Music
Instrumental Music 10 (Band - 1425) / Physical Education 10
(combination) 5 credits each (10 credit combination)
If you are interested in pursuing studies in instrumental music this is a course you should
consider. The course will include all aspects of playing a wind or percussion instrument,
including development of tone, range and flexibility. Music performed will be selected
from a variety of periods and styles. The course will also include theoretical and historical
concepts as they pertain to the music. If you do not have the prerequisite, you may be
considered if you possess equivalent experience. If you are enrolled in the music
program you are expected to be involved in the performance- based course which occurs
outside of the regular timetable. This combination course is scheduled for the full year,
devoting equal amounts of time to instruction in instrumental music and physical
education. The physical education course combined with Band is restricted to Band
students. Prerequisite: Grade 9 Band or Music teacher's recommendation.
Instrumental Music 20 (Band - 2425) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Instrumental Music 10 or Music teachers
recommendation.
Instrumental Music 30 (Band - 3425) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Instrumental Music 20 or Music teachers
recommendation.
*The following performance-based courses meet outside of regular class time and do not
affect course choices within the regular timetable. The performing groups include concert
band, jazz band and possibly small ensembles. This course is offered for either 3 or 5
credits and is graded separately from the Instrumental Music course in which students are
registered.
Note | Please do not request these courses on your Course Selection form as enrolment in
these courses is managed by the teacher in September.
*Concert Band 15, Concert Band 25, Concert Band 35 5 credits
each
Students enrolled in Instrumental Music 10/20/30 will be enrolled in Concert Band
and/or permission of the teachers. Special Note: Please do not request these courses on
your Course Selection form as enrolment in these courses is managed by the teacher in
September.
*Instrumental Jazz 15, Instrumental Jazz 25, Instrumental Jazz 35 -
3 or 5 credits each
Enrolled in Instrumental Music 10/20/30 and/or permission of the teachers.
Choral Music 10 (1420) - 5 credits*
Note | Students enrolled in Choral Music 10/20/30 will be enrolled in Choir 15/25/35
This course offers an in depth opportunity to develop correct vocal techniques and
appreciation for music in the arts. Musicality will be addressed through vocal and aural
training, music theory, music composition and practical performance. A variety of
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Performance is an integral element of this course and provides the application of musical
skills, knowledge and perceptions learned throughout the semester.
Choral Music 20 (2420) - 5 credits*
This course offers continued development of vocal and aural techniques. Deeper
complexity in music composition and music theory will also be achieved. You will have
the opportunity to work as a peer coach when rehearsing songs and learning sectionals.
Prerequisites: Choral Music 10 and Choir 25.
Choral Music 30 (3420) - 5 credits*
This course offers continued development of vocal and aural techniques. Deeper
complexity in music composition and music theory will also be achieved. You will have
the opportunity to work as a peer coach when rehearsing, and take leadership as a
conductor for certain musical arrangements. Prerequisites: Choral Music 20 and
Choir 35.
*Performances are a mandatory and important part of this course. Students will have
performance opportunities such as public concerts, festivals and educational music trips.
Choir 15 (1414) - 5 credits
Note | Choir occurs outside the timetable and will count as extra credits.
This course offers the opportunity to study choral music in a variety of styles and
develop ensemble skills as members of a large vocal ensemble. You will work on
developing introductory music theory, vocal technique and skills. The focus of choir is
process driven, with rehearsal and public performance based outcomes. Prerequisites:
none
Choir 25 (2414) - 5 credits
This course offers continued development of tone and vocal production. You will
continue to develop many styles and expand your music theory. Prerequisite: Choir 15
and/ or teacher approval.
Choir 35 (3414) - 5 credits
This course offers continued development of tone and vocal production. You will
continue to develop many styles and expand your music theory. Prerequisite: Choir 25
and/ or teacher approval.
Technical Theater / Performing Arts
Technical Theatre occurs in a hands-on learning environment that deals with all of the
non-acting components of theatre. Do you have a genuine interest in lighting, sound,
costumes, make-up, management, props, set design and construction? Students will
provide technical support for Remembrance Day Services, Dance Shows, Musical
Theatre and Drama Main Stage Productions, as well as through other opportunities as
they present themselves. Students who take this course need to be able to work with
their hands and have a real desire to learn on the job. This course may be offered
outside of the timetable and you will facilitate the running of various shows in and around
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Technical Theatre 15 (1406) - 5 credits
Co-requisite: Recommend Drama 10
Technical Theatre 25 (2406) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre 15
Technical Theatre 35 (3406) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre 25
Drama 10 (1410) - 5 credits
The course has been designed to give you a chance to collaborate creatively together
with other students and to take artistic risks in a supportive and positive environment.
The goal is to ensure success for each and every person in the drama room. Drama is
based on participation, collaboration and a genuine willingness to take risks that will
improve the quality of both personal and collaborative work. The curriculum focuses on
Orientation, Mime, Movement, Improvisation, Readers Theatre, Theatre History, Story
Telling and Technical Theatre. Prerequisite: None
Drama 20 (2410) - 5 credits
This course has been designed to give you a chance to continue to grow and develop
through positive artistic experiences. Drama 20 builds upon the skills and experiences of
Drama 10 while at the same time working through: Orientation, Collective creation, Tech
Theatre/Design Scripted Mime, Acting to Script, an introduction to Playwriting,
Monologues and Improvisation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drama 10
with a teacher recommendation.
Drama 30 (3410) - 5 credits
Drama 30 is an opportunity for self-discovery and independence. In this course, you will
utilize all of the skills that have been developed to create group projects. You will
continue your work in the different disciplines. The planned program of studies includes:
Orientation, Collective Creation, Dramaturge, Improvisation, Playwriting, the One Act
Form, Tech Theatre & Design, Directing, Acting to Scripts and Monologues for Audition.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drama 20 with a teacher recommendation.
Musical Theater
Musical Theatre 15 (1979) - 5 credits*
This course provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop acting, movement,
and vocal skills. You will experience what it is like to be a part of a cast production
through teamwork, commitment and collaboration. Classwork will explore character
development, creativity, and performance. The culmination of the semesters work is the
production of a full scale musical. Prerequisite: None, but an audition is required.
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Musical Theatre 25 (2979) - 5 credits*
This course further explores the elements learned in Musical Theatre 15. Deeper
complexity and growth in character development, movement and vocal skills will be
achieved. You are expected to have leadership roles as a peer coach when rehearsing
songs and scenes with other students, as well as taking responsibility in helping fulfill
artistic elements of the production, such as dance choreography. Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Musical Theatre 15 with a teacher recommendation and
audition.
Musical Theatre 35 (3979) - 5 credits*
Success in this course is required for most post- secondary Performance Programs.
This course further explores the elements learned in Musical Theatre 25. Deeper
complexity and growth in character development, movement and vocal skills will be
achieved. You are expected to take a strong leadership role in the rehearsal and
production of the musical, including coaching peers and directing scenes. You will have
various responsibilities in helping conceptualize and realize artistic elements of the
production. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Musical Theatre 25 with a
teacher recommendation and audition.
*All levels of Musical Theatre will require performance participation; there will be after
school rehearsals and mandatory evening commitments during show performance week.
This will provide actors with the opportunity to learn and understand all the elements of a
rehearsed and polished performance including costume, technical components and a live
audience.
Note | For Advanced Acting Do not select these course as an audition is required.
Advanced Acting 15 - 5 credits
This course provides you with the opportunity to be part of the production of a play
beginning from rehearsal process and ending in a professional theatre performance. You
will learn to develop acting, vocal and characterization skills. Being a part of a production
involves commitment, teamwork, collaboration and self-leadership. Prerequisite:
successful audition for the roles available in the play being produced. Grade 9s
please contact school for more information.
Advanced Acting 25 - 5 credits
This course further explores the elements learned in Advanced Acting 15. Deeper
complexity and growth in characterization, including objectives, vocalization and
physicality will be achieved. You are expected to have leadership roles as a peer coach
when rehearsing scenes with other students, as well as taking responsibility in helping
fulfill artistic elements of the production, such as costume, set and makeup.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Acting 15 with a teacher
recommendation and a successful audition for the roles available in the play being
produced.
Advanced Acting 35 - 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Acting 25 with a teacher
recommendation and a successful audition for the roles available in the play being
produced.


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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Advanced Placement (AP) is one high school route for university preparation, providing
enriched and challenging academic courses that parallel and expand on the material
covered in Alberta Education curricula. These courses are designed to help you develop
good academic habits: analytical reasoning skills and disciplined study. AP provides the
flexibility to take one or more courses depending on your interests. Successful
completion of AP examinations can lead to obtaining credit for some first year university
courses. In addition to the AP exams, you are still required to write the Alberta Diploma
Examinations in January or June. Students must purchase any required AP materials
and pay a fee to write each AP exam in May. For more information on AP courses and
university credits visit:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/intad/intad_canada.html
Recommended Sequence for AP Courses














Note | You will need to request to take AP courses offered in grade 11/12 and have a
recommendation from your teacher.
English 20 Pre-AP (2106) - 5 credits Semester II grade 11
This challenging course covers the English 20-1 Program of Studies, but in more depth
and breadth. English 20 AP is designed to provide a stimulating challenge for
academically oriented students who are passionate about the English Language Arts.
Students in this course will experience advanced level text selection, assignments, and
expectations. Prerequisite: English 10-1 and teacher recommendation.
English 30/35 AP (3106) - 8 credits Full year grade 12
This challenging course covers the same Program of Studies as English 30-1, but does
so in more depth and breadth. This is a course designed to provide challenges for
academically oriented students who have a real passion about the English Language
Arts. Students in this course expect and experience advanced level text selection,
assignments, and expectations. Prerequisite: English 20 Pre-AP or with a teacher
recommendation in English 20-1.

ELA 10-1 ELA 20-1 Pre AP ELA 30-1/35AP (full year)
ELA 20-1
Math 10C Math 20-1 Pre AP Math 30-1/31 AP (full year)
Math 20-1
Sci 10 Chemistry 20/30/35 AP (full year 2014-15) Bio 20/30/35 AP (full year 2015-16)




Grade 11 Year Grade 12 Year


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Math 20-1 Pre-AP (2790) - 5 credits Semester II grade 11
This course is designed for Math 10C AP students continuing in the Advanced Placement
program and challenges strong Math 10C students. All students require
recommendations from their Math 10 teacher. Students will cover the content of Math 20-
1 at a more rigorous and theoretical level, as well as enriched topics. Students must
demonstrate a strong mastery of math skills and a high level of motivation and
responsibility. Prerequisite: Math 10C and teacher recommendation.
Math 30-1/31 AP (3790) - 10 credits Full year grade 12
This course is designed for Math 20-1 Pre AP students continuing into the AP program.
All students require a recommendation from their Math 20-1 teacher. Students will cover
the content of Math 30-1 at a more rigorous and theoretical level, as well as enriched
topics. Students must demonstrate a strong mastery of math skills and a high level of
motivation and responsibility. Prerequisite: Math 20 Pre-AP or Math 20-1 with a
teacher recommendation.
Advanced Placement Calculus develops the students understanding of the concepts of
calculus and provides experience with its methods and applications. The course
emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results and
problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The
connections among these representations are also important. The course is intended to
be challenging and demanding. Themes include derivatives, integrals, limits,
approximation, and application and modeling. Students take this course once they have
completed Math 30-1 AP.
Note | Biology and Chemistry AP programs will alternate each year.
Biology 20/30/35 AP (2232) - 13 credits offered in the 2015-16
school year
This course is designed so that the student completes Biology 20 Pre-AP and the 30/35
AP courses in one full year. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be
granted credit in Biology 20, Biology 30 and Biology 35 AP. The aim of the Biology AP
program is to offer more depth in the core units of study and includes expanded
electives. The program covers the following topics: molecules and cells, heredity and
evolution, and organisms and populations. Students are required to do lab work that
supports the theoretical side of this course. Prerequisite: Science 10 and Math 10C
and teacher recommendation.
Chemistry 20/30/35 AP (2798) 13 credits offered Sept 2014-15
Prerequisite: Science 10 and Math 10C and teacher recommendation.
Similar to Biology AP Chemistry 20/30/35 AP is a full year course that covers the regular
Chemistry 20 & 30 course content as well as additional topics and includes a larger lab
component; some of which are of university equivalence. Upon successful completion of
the program, students will be granted credit in Chemistry 20, Chemistry 30 and
Chemistry 35 AP. Prerequisite: Science 10 and Math 10C and teacher
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Career & Technology Studies (CTS)
Registration Guide
CTS
Clusters
Business
Administration,
Finance & Information
Technology
Health, Recreation &
Human Services
Media, Design &
Communication Arts
Natural
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Trades, Manufacturing &
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Sport Medicine
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Design Studies
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Outdoor Pursuits
Construction Tech
Electro-Technologies
Did you know that you have access to courses outside of Robert Thirsk High School?
Be a student of Robert Thirsk High School and also take a course at the CT Centre. Opportunities are waiting for you!
Career & Technology Centre: Students, you are invited to consider the unique hands-on opportunities available at the CT
Centre. The CT Centre is located at the Lord Shaughnessy Campus, 2336 53 Avenue SW (403-777-7971).
For additional opportunities to personalize your educational experience, please refer to the course offerings outlined in the
Career & Technology Centre Course Guide on page 41 and check out the CT Centre website: http://www.ct-centre.ca/ .




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Work Experience, RAP and Green Certificate
Work Experience 15/25/35 (up to 30 credits)
Work experience allows students to gain practical knowledge, enhance their skills,
confirm career decisions, and form attitudes that will assist them in their transitions from
school to the world of work. Students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can enroll. The prerequisite
course HCS 3000 (Workplace Safety Systems) must be completed before any off-
campus education credits will be awarded. Existing part-time jobs may be eligible as a
work experience placement provided the student can demonstrate new learning is
occurring. Prerequisite: HCS 3000
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) (up to 40 credits)
Prerequisite: HCS 3000
The Registered Apprenticeship Program is an excellent opportunity for students who
know they want to enter a trade to earn while you learn. This program usually begins
during the summer after the grade 10 school year. The student selects a trade and is
placed into a 125 hour work experience (5 credits) which serves as a probationary
period. Successful students are then indentured and can earn up to 40 Registered
Apprentice credits toward graduation. The students timetable is adjusted to
accommodate the RAP program. By graduation the student can have completed the
hours needed for the first year of an apprenticeship and be ready to apply for the training
weeks at a post-secondary institution. Prerequisite: HCS 3000
Green Certificate Program (16 possible credits)
The green Certificate program is a apprenticeship-style training program serving the
agricultural industry. There are four areas of specialization:
1. Cow-calf, Feedlot, Sheep, Swine, Dairy
2. Field Crop, irrigated Crops
3. Beekeeping
4. Equine
Prerequisite: AGR 3000
Note | Additional information is available from the Off Campus Education Coordinator. All
of the above require special programming, planning and timetabling.



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Note | in all CTS courses you will have the potential to earn up to 3 credits per term or 6
credits per semester.
Note | Students will need Prerequisite CTS credits before moving to a higher levels.
Business Administration, Finance and
Information Technology (BIT)
Business Opportunities 10 (1413)
This will be an introduction into the world of business. You will investigate market
research basics, customer service, advertising and retail management. You will explore
some of the software commonly used in a business setting. You will then apply your
knowledge and skill in a variety of ways and learn the many aspects of operating a
business.
Business Opportunities 20 (2413)
You will develop entrepreneurial skills needed to create and operate your own business.
You will continue to develop your proficiency levels in the use and application of business
software. You also will look at real-world businesses; study the theories behind business
innovation, planning, financing, and marketing, eventually implementing your own
business ideas.
Business Opportunities 30 (3413)
This will be a project focused class where you will continue to develop and deepen the
entrepreneurial skills necessary to create and operate your own business. You must
have a solid foundation in business theory and the use of different business software
programs. You will need to be an independent and self-motivated student.
Health, Recreation & Human Services
(HRH)
Cook Trade Apprenticeship
Cook Trade Apprenticeship/Foods 10 (1420)
Welcome to the world of Foods! In this class you will have the opportunity to start your
first year of Apprenticeship in Cooking. This class prepares food for the school cafeteria
and catering. Whether your emphasis is to acquire valuable life skills or to pursue a
career in the food service industry, the foods courses should interest and inspire you.
Emphasis is placed on safety, basic measurement, practical application, technique
development and employability skills. A key element of the course will be the preparation
of recipes focusing on safe and sanitary food handling practices based on industry
standards. Each course contains theory, practical and assessment components. A
provincial food safety certification is required for this level and to be able to proceed to
the next level. There is an additional cost for this certification.
Topics covered may include: Kitchen Orientation, Culinary Fundamentals, Entremetier,
Bakeshop and Meat Cooking.


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Cook Trade Apprenticeship 20 (2420)
In Cook Trade Apprenticeship 20, students will continue to develop the skills needed to
work in a commercial kitchen. Kitchen leadership skills will be encouraged to develop.
Safe and sanitary food handling practices based on industry standards will continue to be
emphasized. Each course contains theory and practical assessment components.
Topics covered may include: Breakfast, Saucer 1, Pantry, Yeast Products and Poultry,
Fish and Seafood.
Cook Trade Apprenticeship 30 (3420)
Cook Trade Apprenticeship 30 is designed to give students a chance to focus on their
own areas of interest. They will also complete the courses necessary to challenge the
first year Alberta Apprenticeship Cook Trade exam. Kitchen leadership skills will
continue to be encouraged. Safe and sanitary food handling practices based on industry
standards will continue to be emphasized. Students will be able to choose from the
different sections in the kitchen. Topics covered may include: Saucer 2 and 4 other
Service unit credits of the students choice.
Legal Studies
Legal Studies 10 (1415)
This program provides an Introduction to public, private, and relationship law and
employment law. This course will include debate, discussions and mock trials. This
course is intended to be fun, informative and inspiring.
Legal Studies 20 (2415)
This course is recommended for students who want to further their understanding of law
and current affairs. Through analysis of actual cases, we will examine the criminal justice
system, including the criminal process, and the roles and responsibilities of the
participants. We will also explore legal issues and procedures with which both citizens
and employees must deal and students will be able to further investigate a topic of
choice.
Legal Studies 30 (3415)
This course is recommended for students who want to further their understanding of law
and current affairs. Through analysis of actual cases, we will examine the criminal justice
system, including the criminal process, and the roles and responsibilities of the
participants. We will also explore legal issues and procedures with which both citizens
and employees must deal and students will be able to further investigate a topic of
choice.
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine 10 (1450)
This CTS course of study includes a detailed introduction to anatomy (bones, muscles
and joints) and their relation to sport. Modules to be covered and available to you may
include Musculo-Skeletal System #1, Injury Management #1, Health and Wellness
Fundamentals, Cardiovascular System and an Athletic Taping and Strapping Project A.
Also, Basic First Aid, CPR and ethics in sport are introduced in the field of Sports
Medicine. The practical part of the course will involve extensive athletic taping, projects


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and anatomical model construction. You will be required to complete a minimum of 20
hours of volunteer service.
Sports Medicine 20 (2450)
This CTS course concentrates on the study of human physiology and systems and their
application to athlete health and performance. Recognition and treatment of injuries is the
focus using a students background in anatomy to complement their understanding of
physiology. Modules available to you may include: Musculo-Skeletal System #2, Injury
Management #2, Pain and Management, First Aid and CPR with AED Certification, and
up to 2 CTR Projects - B and C. The opportunity to train a Thirsk team becomes available
to those registered in Sports Med 20. A significant amount of time is spent out of the
classroom and on volunteerism within a training environment. You will be required to
complete a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service within the training hour component
of this course as trainers for Thirsks athletic teams. You will also have the opportunity to
work with Robert Thirsk High Schools ALP students in fitness and rehabilitation setting.
Sports Medicine 30 (3550)
This is a CTS course designed for anyone with an interest in advanced anatomy,
physiology, kinesiology and athletic therapy and other related medical fields. You may
take modules in Human Movement, Caring for People with Disabilities 2, Injury
Management 3, First Responder Certification, and HCS Project D (Head Training Hours).
In Sports Medicine 30 you are required to work as senior trainers for Thirsks athletic
teams, and have a further opportunity to work with Robert Thirsks ALP students in a
fitness and rehabilitation setting.
Sports Performance
Sports Performance 10/20/35
With the increasing demands on sports today, this course will focus on the development
of an individuals fitness as it relates to improving performance in sport. Topics of study
include: aerobic training, strength training, flexibility training, agility training, power
training, speed training, nutrition, hydration and goal setting.
NOTE | All levels of Sports Performance are extremely rigorous and physically demanding
courses and should only be requested by students desiring high performance levels of
physical fitness.
Sports Performance 10 (1460)
Prerequisite: Grade 10 students with teacher recommendation from their Junior
High Physical Education staff.
Sports Performance 20 (2460)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Sports Performance 10 and Teacher
recommendation required.
Sports Performance 35 (3460)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Sports Performance 20 and Teacher
recommendation required.


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Leadership
The Leadership program encourages you to practice the key elements of servant
leadership through peer and mentorship learning opportunities. You will be given
opportunities and encouragement to develop your own leadership skills and to take risks
to grow in positive and productive ways. Leadership 10 and 20 are courses that will be of
great interest for students who are passionate about making a difference within their
leadership class, their school and their community. Note | Leadership T-shit required.
Leadership 10 (1414)
In Leadership 10 you will have the opportunity to develop a significant level of mastery
over character and servant leadership skills, interpersonal skills and group dynamics.
You will also be given an opportunity to identify and implement projects that meet school
and community needs.
Leadership 20/30 (2414/3414)
In Leadership 20/30 you will be given the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills
previously acquired and you will be constantly demonstrating the application of these skill
sets, modelling and teaching them to other students. Your personal growth and
development will be demonstrated through your involvement as a mentor and model for
other students in the school community. Advanced level students will demonstrate a
commitment, responsibility, accountability and work ethic fostering the development of
significant leadership projects in the school and community.
Media, Design & Communication Arts
(MDC)
Design Studies
Design Studies 10 (1416)
The Design Studies program is an exciting and engaging computer studio based program
where you will explore three different design fields: graphic design, architectural design
and industrial design (i.e. 3D printing). You will be introduced to a variety of programs
like: Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk Inventor, SketchUp and others. You will learn to
employ fundamental elements and principles of design into a variety of projects and
fields.
Design Studies 20 (2416)
This class builds on the foundational skills developed at the introductory level. You will
continue to explore and develop skills in graphic design, architectural design and
Industrial (3-D Printing) design. You will have the option of working in each area or
picking a more specific pathway and putting more time and effort into one of the three
design areas.



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Design Studies 30 (3416)
In the advanced level of Design Studies you can continue to develop skills in all three
design areas or you can choose a more specific and focus on one specific design area.
The level of technical skill requirements continues to increase. Much of Design Studies
30 will be self-passed and self-directed project work. Strong foundational skills and an
independent work ethic are important prerequisite skills.
Multimedia
Multimedia 10 (1417)
Multimedia offers students a diverse experience in areas like: photography, animation, all
aspects of video production (preproduction, filming, editing, green screen techniques,
post production and special affects) and web design. You will use a variety of software
programs in the production of your multimedia projects. The introductory level will help
students develop foundational knowledge and skills in many areas.
Multimedia 20 (2417)
This continues on from the introductory level multimedia course. You will continue to
develop knowledge and skills in many areas in the multimedia umbrella, deepening your
understanding and skill in photography, animation, video production and web-design.
Multimedia 30 (3417)
This course continues to further develop your multimedia knowledge and skills. You will
be involved all aspects needed to complete high level projects and productions.
Examples could include: TV programs, news and sports casts, documentaries and short
films. You will be responsible for creating fully finished productions complete with
needed print media, video, and web pages.
Natural Resources (NAT)
Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Stewardship 10 (1411)
This introductory program will examine the management and conservation of the
environment at the local, provincial and national levels. In addition, you will develop an
understanding of how humans interact and impact our environment. You will investigate
the concepts of stewardship, sustainability, biodiversity and plant growth and
development.
Environmental Stewardship 20 (2411)
This program will expand on the stewardship principles introduced in the previous course
but will continue the discussion on sustainability issues including a study of renewable
and non-renewable energy sources and the sustainable development of our
environments. The program will also continue the work in greenhouse management and
plant growth and production.



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Environmental Stewardship 30 (2411)
This program will continues work stewardship principles introduced in the previous
courses and will continue the discussion on sustainability issues including a wildlife
issues, natural resource utilization, consumerism and environmental issues. The program
will also continue the work in greenhouse management and plant growth and food in
schools production.
Outdoor Pursuits
Outdoor Pursuits is a course for students with an interest in outdoor activities, and the
willingness to spend time in the wilderness. Grade 11 students have registration priority;
however, if spots are available, grade 10 students may submit an application to the
Outdoor Pursuits teacher for early admission.
Note | This will be offered in Semester II based on student interest and facility resources.
Outdoor Pursuits 20 (2470)
Outdoor pursuits 20 is a 5 credit course designed for students interested in exploring
human powered activities. Students will gain wilderness experience and environmental
awareness along with an opportunity to participate in day and over-night excursions.
Outdoor Pursuits 30 (3470
Outdoor Pursuits 30 is a 5 credit course designed for students to be involved in advanced
wilderness skills development with the opportunity for practical leadership training and a
certification in Wilderness First Aid. Guiding, technical and leadership skills along with
global environmental awareness are the main focuses.
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation
(TMT)
Construction
Construction Technology 10 (14521) This course is open to all
students.
Students will develop common processes and methods relative to practical hands-on
projects. Students will learn to use a variety of hand and power tools with safety
management stressed as a major part of this course.
Construction Technology 20 (2421)
Students will develop skills gained from the introductory course by completing more
complex projects. This course is designed to help students advance their skills and
awareness of the many job opportunities available in the construction field.



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Construction Technology 30 (3421)
Students will develop skills more appropriate to post-secondary technical studies specific
to identifying, describing and planning design features and event sequencing. The
fabrication, assembly and finishing of a cabinet making project may include a product of
the students own design which would demonstrate an understanding and application of
strategies to minimize or mitigate degradation of the environment.
Electro-Technologies
Electro-Technologies 10 (1418) This course is open to all students
In this course you will have the opportunity to work in and explore a variety of areas
associated with electro-technologies. Some of these areas include: electronics,
pneumatics, robotics, 3D design, and automation. You will use the skills developed in
this class to complete one or more integrated projects. This is an independent and
diverse working environment; therefore, you will need to be a strong and independent
learner.
Electro-Technologies 20 (2418)
At the intermediate level you will continue to build on the skills developed in Electro-
Technologies 10. As you continue to work in the electro-technologies lab you will move
forward in solving more challenging problems and creating increasingly sophisticated
projects. You may also endeavour into new and uncharted territory and work with your
instructor to develop knowledge, tasks and projects to share with other students. This is
an independent and diverse working environment; therefore, you will need to be a strong
and independent learner.
Electro-Technologies 30 (3418)
At the advanced level you will continue to build on the skills developed in Electro-
Technologies 20. As you continue to work in the technical/construction lab you will
move forward in solving more challenging problems and creating increasingly
sophisticated projects. You may also endeavour into new and uncharted territory and
work with your instructor to develop knowledge, tasks and projects to share with other
students. This is an independent and diverse working environment; therefore, you will
need to be a strong and independent learner.

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Grade 10 Credits




High School Diploma Requirements K&E Certificate of Achievement Requirements

English 30-1 or 30-2

Phys Ed 10 English 20-2 or 30-4 Phys Ed 10
Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
Math any grade 11 Math
Science - any grade 11 Science
CALM
100 Credits or more
Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4
Math 10-3 or 20-4
Science 14 or 20-4
CALM
80 Credits or more
10 credits in CTS, Second Languages, Fine Arts, or PE 20 & 30 5 credits in RAP 30 OR
10 credits in 30 level courses in addition to English & Social Studies 5 credits in each of Work Experience 30 AND a 30 Level CTS course


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CORE AND COMPLEMENTARY COURSES
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
ENGLISH 10 Includes (1000):
English 10-1 (5)
English 10-2 (5)
English 10-4 (5)


English 20-1 Pre-AP (2770) (5)
ENGLISH 20 Includes (2771):
English 20-1 (5)
English 20-2 (5)
English 20-4 (5)
English 30-1/35 AP 3106) (8)
English 30-1 (3105) (5)
English 30-2 (3104) (5)
English 30-4 (3780) (5)
S.S. 10 Includes (1000):
Social Studies 10-1 (5)
Social Studies 10-2 (5)
Social Studies 10-4 (5)
S.S. 20 Includes (2771):
Social Studies 20-1 (5)
Social Studies 20-2 (5)
Social Studies 20-4 (5)

Social Studies 30-1 (3771) (5)
Social Studies 30-2 (3772) (5)
MATHEMATICS 10 Includes (1000):
Mathematics 10C (5)
Mathematics 10-3 (5)
Mathematics 10-4 (5)
Mathematics 20-1 Pre AP (2790) (5)
Mathematics 20-1 (2791) (5)
Mathematics 20-2 (2792) (5)
Mathematics 20-3 (2793) (5)
Mathematics 20-4 (2782) (5)
Mathematics 30-1/31 AP (3790) (10)
Mathematics 30-1 (3791) (5)
Mathematics 30-2 (3792) (5)
Mathematics 30-3 (3793) (5)
Mathematics 31 (3211) (5)
SCIENCE 10 Includes (1000):
Science 10 (5)
Science 14 (5)
Science 10-4 (5)
Science 20 (2270) (5)
Science 24 (2288) (5)
Science 20-4 (2783) (5)
Biology 20 (2231) (5)
Chemistry 20/30/35 A.P. (2797)
(13)
Chemistry 20 (2796) (5)
Physics 20 (2797) (5)
Science 30 (3270) (5)
Biology 30 (3230) (5)
Chemistry 30 (3796) (5)
Physics 30 (3797) (5)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND
CALM
Physical Education 10 (1445) (5)
Yoga 15/25 (1449)
CALM 20 (5)
Physical Education 20 (2445) (5)
Yoga 15/25 (1449)

Physical Education 30 (3445) (5)
Phys. Ed 20 or 30 & Rec Leadership
(2446) (10) full yr.
COMPLEMENTARY COURSES
Introductory Intermediate Advanced
GLOBAL STUDIES
French 10 (1093) (5)
Spanish 10 (1345) (5)
Mandarin 10 (1094) (5)

French 20 (2093) (5)
Spanish 20 (2345) (5)
Comparative Governments 20 (2111)
(3)

French 30 (3093) (5)
Spanish 30 (3345) (5)
FINE ARTS
Art 10 (1400) (5)

Band 10 (1425) (5)
Choir 10 (1414) (5)
Musical Theater 15 (1979) (5)
Dance 15 (1404) (5)
Drama 10 (1410) (5)
Film Studies 15 (1408) (5)
Technical Theatre 15 (1406) (5)

Art 20 (2400) (5)

Band 20 (2425) (5)
Choir 20 (2414) (5)
Musical Theater 25 (2979) (5)
Dance 25 (2404) (5)
Drama 20 (2410) (5)
Film Studies 25 (2408) (5)
Technical Theatre 25 (2406) (5)

Art 30 (3400) (5)

Band 30 (3425) (5)
Choir 30 (3414) (5)
Musical Theater 35 (3979) (5)
Dance 35 (3404) (5)
Drama 30 (3410) (5)
Film Studies 35 (3408) (5)
Technical Theatre 35 (3406) (5)
CTS
Business Opportunities 10 (1413)
Cook Trade Apprentice/Foods 10
(1420)
Legal Studies 10 (1415)
Sports Medicine 10 (1450)
Sports Performance 10 (1460)
Leadership 10 (1414)
Design Studies 10 (1416)
Multimedia 10 (1417)
Environmental Stewardship 10 (1411)
Construction Technology 10 (1421)
Electro Technologies 10 (1418)

Business Opportunities 20 (2413)
Cook Trade Apprentice 20 (2410)
Legal Studies 20 (2415)
Outdoor Pursuits 20 (2470)
Sports Medicine 20 (2450)
Sports Performance 20 (2460)
Leadership 20 (2414)
Design Studies 20 (2416)
Multimedia 20 (2417)
Environmental Stewardship 20 (2411)
Construction Technology 20 (2421)
Electro Technologies 20 (2418)

Business Opportunities 30 (3413)
Cook Trade Apprentice 30 (3410)
Legal Studies 30 (3415)
Outdoor Pursuits 30 (3470)
Sports Medicine 30 (3450)
Sports Performance 30 (3460)
Leadership 30 (3414)
Design Studies 30 (3416)
Multimedia 30 (3417)
Environmental Stewardship 30 (3411)
Construction Technology 30 (3421)
Electro Technologies 30 (3418)
Note: All complementary courses will be offered based on student interest, enrolment and
school resources.


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Alberta High School Diploma Requirements
You must complete a minimum of 100 credits to be eligible to receive a High School
Diploma, however, most students graduate with more than 100. Academic or
complementary courses are generally worth 3 or 5 credits. Individual CTS courses are
equal to 1 credit each.
Grade 10 Required Courses Grade 11 Required Courses Grade 12 Required Courses
English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2 English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2 English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
Social Studies 10-1 or 10-2 Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2 Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
Science 10 or 14 Science: Biology 20 or Chemistry 20 or
Physics 20 or Science 20 or 24
Additional Gr. 12 Science courses can
be taken
Math 10C or 10-3 Math 20-1 or 20-2 or 20-3 Additional Gr. 12 Math courses can be
taken
Physical Education 10 Career and Life Management 20
(CALM)

10 additional credits from any Career and Technology Studies (CTS), Fine Arts, Second Languages, Phys Ed. 20/30,
Work Experience/RAP/Green Certificate.
10 additional credits at a 30 level (grade 12) in addition to ELA/SS 30 classes these can be academic courses or
complementary courses
Remaining credits come from additional academic or complementary courses.
Diploma Exams: All students must write English Language Arts 30 level and Social Studies 30 level diploma exams.
Additional Diploma exams are required for students taking Math, Science and French Immersion at 30 levels.
Final marks in these courses are a blend of school marks and Diploma exam mark each worth 50% of the final mark.



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Alberta Certificate of High School Achievement
Requirements
If you are working towards a Certificate of High School Achievement you must be
enrolled in one or more Knowledge and Employability courses, which are identified as a
-4 sequence. You will only be enrolled in a K&E course after consultation with you and
your parents/guardian and only after consent is given. These courses focus on reading,
writing, and math literacy skills, in addition to employability skills. You must complete a
minimum of 80 credits and the requirements listed below are the minimum needed to
attain a Certificate of High School Achievement. In order to enter into post-secondary
schools or trades apprentice programs, additional or specific courses maybe needed.
There are also opportunities, depending on your abilities, to complete a High School
Diploma.
Required Academic Courses 5 Additional 30 Level Credits 5 Additional Credits
English Language Arts 30-4 or 20-2 30-level Knowledge and Employability
Occupational Course
30-level Knowledge and Employability
Work Practicum
Social Studies 20-4 or 10-2 30-level Career and Technology
Studies (CTS) course
30-level Work Experience course
Science 20-4 or 14 30-level Locally developed course
with occupation focus
30-level Green Certificate Course
Math 20-4 or 10-3
Physical Education 10
CALM 20
In order to qualify for a Certificate of High School Achievement you must have been enrolled in one Knowledge and
Employability course.
No Diploma Exams in Knowledge and Employability courses



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AREA 1 Course Offerings
We recognize that you may have many questions as you consider high school
programming for your child and hope that this initial information will provide you with
some guidance regarding the similarities and differences among our Area 1 high
schools. Please visit our websites for more information:
Bowness High School: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b847
Robert Thirsk High School: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b880
Sir Winston Churchill High School: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b857
Similarities
High School Design
High Schools across the world are currently considering how to evolve to meet the
needs of 21Century learners. In our CBE high schools, we use information from Alberta
Educations Inspiring Education and Ministerial Order to frame our work around these
nine design elements: mastery learning, rigorous/relevant curriculum, personalization,
flexible learning, professional development, meaningful relationships, home/community
involvement, assessment, welcoming/caring respectful/safe environments.
For more information visit this Alberta Education website:
https://ideas.education.alberta.ca/hsc/
High School Completion
We put processes in place to help students achieve and track the credits necessary for
high school completion 100 credits for a high school diploma and 80 credits for a
certificate. Requirements are listed on this website:
http://www.education.alberta.ca/students/grad.aspx
Differences
School Culture
Each of our schools continues to evolve unique traditions that have been established by
their communities.
High School Programming
While we all offer a variety of credit courses that will contribute to a high school diploma
or certificate, we do specialize in specific areas depending on our facilities, student
choices and staff expertise.
Bowness Advanced Placement (AP) course
Robert Thirsk Advanced Placement (AP) course
Sir Winston Churchill International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
See complementary course offerings on the reverse.




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AREA 1 Complementary Course Offering that are
Unique
Calgary Board of Education supports students who want to access courses at various
campuses. Below is a list of courses offered at Bowness High School, Robert Thirsk
High School and Sir Winston Churchill High School.

Students wishing to take courses at another campus or transfer schools** are asked to
meet with the Administration of their home school to discuss program possibilities and
availability. Accessibility will be determined by resources available at each high school.
Detailed information regarding each course can be found at each schools website.

Bowness High School Robert Thirsk H. S. Sir Winston Churchill H. S.
Second Languages

Second Languages

Second Languages
Chinese
German

Fine & Performing Arts
Advanced Acting
Concert Choir
Dance
Directing
Film Studies
Guitar
Instrumental Jazz Studies
Music
Professionalism in the Arts
Vocal Jazz
Vocal Studio

Fine & Performing Arts
Advanced Acting
Choral Music & Choir
Dance
Film Studies
Fine & Performing Arts
Choral Music
Music (brass)
Music (wood wind
CTS
Art/Design
Advanced Cosmetology
Cosmetology
Fashion Studies
Foods
Graphic Design
Mechanics
Money Smarts
Multimedia
Registered Apprenticeship
Program (RAP)
Trade Centre
Workplace Practicum

CTS
Business Opportunities
Cook Trade Apprentice/Foods
Design Studies
Electro Technology
Environmental Stewardship
Leadership
Multimedia
Outdoor Pursuits (11/12)
CTS
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Cosmetology
Design Studies
Electronics
Financial Management
Food Studies
Management & Marketing
Mechanics
OTHER
Psychology
Reading
Yoga

OTHER
Comparative Governments
Yoga
OTHER
Psychology

** Student transfers may be considered for specific programming based on resources and our
CBE policies. Transfer deadline is March 15, 2014.


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Note | The following courses are offered at the CT Centre ONLY not at RTHS.
Special course planning and timetabling will need to be discussed with the
Success Centre before enrolling in these courses.


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CT Centre Introduction
Note | The following courses are offered at the CT Centre ONLY not at RTHS.
Special course planning and timetabling will need to be discussed with the
Success Centre before enrolling in these courses.
The Career and Technology Centre (CTC) provides continuous access to academic,
industry-standard programs, certificated journeyman instructors, facilities and equipment
for students seeking industry-standard credentials in high demand, highly skilled
occupations. In journeyman trades, students can simultaneously earn credits in Career
and Technology Studies (CTS) while completing equivalent Alberta Industry and
Training (AIT) courses for their journeyman technical training. Many other
specializations are offered and described in the course overview section below.
Students may choose courses at explore, specialize or credential levels.
Explore level programs are for student seeking an introduction to an occupational field
they may be interested in as a career.
Specialized level programs are for students seeking local certificates or detailed
study of a particular occupational field in which they have previously explored.
Credential level programs are for students wishing to complete the technical
training of a journeyman trade.
The Centre's programs are organized by the following Career Clusters:
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation
Auto Body | Auto Body Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice
Fabrication | Welder Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice
Pre-Engineering
Supply Chain Management | Logistics

Health, Recreation & Human Services
Cosmetology | Hairstylist Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice
Culinary Arts | Cook Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice
Health Sciences | First Responder

Natural Resources
Environmental Stewardship
Oil and Gas Exploration

Business, Administration, Finance, Information & Technology
Enterprise and Innovation

Media, Design & Communication Arts
Communication Technology | Broadcasting
Design Studies



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Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation
Auto Body | Auto Body Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice
Students practice and develop skills required to identify and demonstrate knowledge
and competency for damage repair, restoration and enhancement of the exterior finishes
of a vehicle. Students develop skills related to sheet metal forming/finishing, paint
preparation, paint spray techniques, automotive knowledge, windshield/glass repair and
replacement, detailing/graphics, tool usage and knowledge as it relates to the
transportation industry. Students will be encouraged to engage in pre-apprenticeship
courses that will prepare them to challenge the 1st year apprenticeship theory exams.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (5 credits available)
Specialized (10 credits available)
Credentialed (10 credits available)
Welding | Welder Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice
Students in Fabrication (welding) will study metal technologies and learn the fine art of
design and metal fabrication. Welder apprentices and pre-apprentices learn the
knowledge and skills related to the unique techniques of oxy-fuel welding and cutting,
gas metal arc welding, flux core arc welding, submerged arc welding, and shielded
metal arc welding. Students will be encouraged to engage in pre-apprenticeship courses
that will prepare them to challenge the 1st year apprenticeship theory and practical
exams.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (10 credits available)
Credentialed (17 credits available)

ct-centre.ca/fabrication.asp

ct-centre.ca/auto-body.asp



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Pre-Engineering
Students in pre-engineering will access a dynamic, state-of-the-art program that
provides students with practical hands-on experiences in an interactive technical lab
environment which is supported by a full spectrum of digital resources. Students will
work with robotic, pneumatic, electrical, wind, solar, automation, and other technologies
to apply their knowledge and skills to solve authentic engineering problems in many
fields of engineering, such as electrical, mechanical, chemical, structural, computer, and
environmental. The program is delivered by dual credentialed teacher/engineers.
Students will have opportunities to connect with staff and students in the applied
technologies program at SAIT to further their understanding of engineering in post-
secondary settings.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (25 credits available)
Specialized (25 credits available)
Supply Chain Management | Logistics
Students participate in the exploration of distribution systems, inventory management
and purchasing practices. They are encouraged to connect with our industry partners for
off campus experiences that include the examination of supply chain systems with
respect to specific industries in Canada. Students in technical training for journeyman
trades at the CTC are encouraged to access courses at the specialized level for flexible
and experiential learning directly related to the journeyman trade in which they are
concurrently enrolled. Students at the explore level have the opportunity to support
supply chain process related to customer service sectors of the Career and Technology
Centre.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (5 credits available)
Specialized (8 credits available)

ct-centre.ca/pre-engineering.asp

ct-centre.ca/supply chain.asp



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Health, Recreation & Human Services
Cosmetology | Hairstylist Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice
Students will develop skills and theoretical knowledge in a dynamic, client based, full
service salon. Cosmetology is an excellent introduction to many careers that include,
hairstylist, esthetician, make-up artist, nail technician, massage therapist, tattoo or body
piercing artist, sales representative, educator, teaching assistant, platform artist,
salon/spa owner and entrepreneur. Students explore all aspects of the beauty industry,
including budget, client relationships, inventory management and extensive full
spectrum product knowledge.
Classes and detailed information:
Exploratory/Specialized (10 credits available via first period apprentice)
Credentialed (50 credits available via first and second period apprentice)
Culinary Arts | Cook Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice
Students will have access to an industry grade kitchen facility and multiple food service
outlets, ranging from a modern Market Place Deli, Classic Dining Room for buffet and
la carte service, catering and hosting special events. Learning basic classical cuisine
techniques as well as current food styles, students will build on core skills, knowledge
and attitudes for long term success in the cooking industry.
Students will participate in all areas of the kitchen and food service outlets to help
develop a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry. As cook apprentices,
students will go beyond culinary skills to begin developing more business-focused skills.
Students are encouraged to connect with SAITs Culinary Arts Program and the
Hospitality Industry through networking opportunities..
Classes and detailed information:
Exploratory (10 credits available)
Specialized (leading to preferred seating in SAIT Professional Cooking
Program) (9 credits available)
Credentialed (24 credits available as first period apprentice)

ct-centre.ca/cosmetology.asp

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Health Sciences: Pharmacy Assistant | Health Care
Students will develop specialized skills and knowledge associated with a variety of
health care occupations. These include anatomy, physiology and medical based
practices. Students will investigate responsibilities of health care occupations and
demonstrate communication and observation skills for working in health care related
fields. Opportunities include Pharmacy Assistant, a specialization offered in coordination
with SAIT.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (10 credits available)
Specialized (10 credits available)
Credentialed (8 credits available)
Natural Resources
Environmental Stewardship | Oil and Gas Exploration
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to be effective decision makers, project
planners, participants, and leaders in school and community activities that promote the
sustainable use of natural resources and a detailed understanding of Albertas Oil and
Gas Exploration.
Students will investigate topics in environmental stewardship, resource exploration,
processing, natural resources, and resource management through experiential, inquiry
based learning.
Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively with fellow students as well as field
and industry experts. Projects developed by students involve investigating current uses
of natural resources and exploration with analysis of the local environment, energy
systems and occupational areas related to this industry. In addition to the block
schedule, students will also be offered field experiences with industry that are provided
via the open seminar schedule.
Classes and detailed information:
Exploratory (Environmental Stewardship 8 credits available)
Exploratory (Oil and Gas Exploration 5 credits available additional credits in
development)

ct-centre.ca/nat.asp

ct-centre.ca/medical-sciences.asp



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Business, Administration, Finance,
Information & Technology
Business Information Technology
Enterprise and Innovation
Students will examine the organization and management of a project, undertaking or
innovation. They will plan, plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operation of
an accountant, auditor or financial service. Students will learn how to process and
transfer information across multiple platforms. They will be active participants in the
promotion of goods and services associated with owning and operating a small
business. Students may also connect their learning with industry partners such as Junior
Achievement and the wide range of customer services available at the Career and
Technology Centre.
Classes and detailed information;
Exploratory (Financial Management, Enterprise and Innovation, Information
Processing, Management and Marketing)
Specialized (Junior Achievement Company Program (evenings)
Media, Design & Communications
Media Design & Communication | Broadcasting
Students will complete courses in four distinct pathways that include: Animation,
Photojournalism, Videography and Broadcasting. They will plan, capture and produce
photography, animation and/or video assets using advanced equipment, techniques,
and software that are the current standard for post-secondary and commercial facilities.
Students may arrive in the program with different levels of experience and course
completion from their high schools and are matched to an appropriate curriculum at the
CTC to complete studies in the pathway(s) of their choice. Teamwork and collaboration
on authentic, relevant projects for specific audiences is emphasized, and will culminate
in the opportunity to experience a real-time broadcast of finished projects in the live-
production broadcast facility.
Students are also strongly encouraged to explore a variety of specializations in new
media software applications such as the Adobe Certified Associate, in alignment with
media design content produced via the CTC Broadcast studio.
Classes and detailed information:
Exploratory (5 credits available)
Specialized (15 credits available)
Credential (Adobe Certified Associate)
ct-centre.ca/media-design.asp

ct-centre.ca/bit.asp