The Calgary Catholic School District provides a comprehensive liberal arts approach to teaching and learning in order to prepare students for post-secondary education and the world of work.
In addition to the core curriculum, other subjects are offered at various levels of education (elementary, junior high or senior high). The supplementary curriculum reinforces the learning in the core subjects while providing opportunities for students to extend their personal competencies. The supplementary curriculum includes Fine Arts, Languages, Health, Physical Education and Career and Technology Studies.
Fine ArtsThe fine arts curriculum includes music, art and drama and is part of the regular programming for elementary. In junior high and senior high school, fine arts is considered part of the options offered to students. In addition, Calgary Catholic has four designated Fine Arts Schools for students in K-9. In high school, students can select art, drama, or music as an option for credit towards their high school diploma. Each area has content that focuses on what students are expected to know and be able to express in a variety of ways. Specifically, the student is involved as a creator, a performer, a historian, a critic and a consumer. As each content area impacts society in a different way, so too, students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways.
Fine Arts Curriculum
French as a Second LanguageStudents have the opportunity to learn and understand the francophone culture while acquiring basic French language skills through French as a Second Language (FSL) in grades 4-7. Students are provided with FSL instruction, often between 30 to 45 minutes per day, which allows students to acquire basic skills in French as a starting point for pursuing fluency. Students in grades 8-12 can choose FSL as an option to continue their French language education. Students also have the option of enrolling in French Immersion beginning in Kindergarten or Grade1; or in Late Immersion beginning in Grade 7. French Immersion enables students to communicate in French in a variety of school, travel, leisure and job-related contexts and is part of the program options offered by Calgary Catholic.
French as a Second Language
Health EducationHealth education enables students to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and lifelong behaviours that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The kindergarten to Grade 9 Health Curriculum is organized around themes: self-awareness and acceptance, relating to others, life careers, body knowledge and care and, beginning at the Grade 5 level, human sexuality. The human sexuality component of Health is taught in Religious Education and Family Life and all themes are taught within the context of the Catholic Church. At the high school level, students are required to take the three credit course, Career and Life Management 20, in order to fulfill the requirements for a high school diploma.
Physical EducationThe Physical Education program emphasizes active living and focuses on physical activity that can be integrated into daily life. Four general outcomes are the basis of the kindergarten to Grade 12 Physical Education Curriculum. These include skill acquisition through a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities, the experience and appreciation of health benefits that result from physical activity, the development of cooperation skills and the decision to lead an active way of life.
In addition, schools ensure that all students in grades 1 to 9 participate in at least 30 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA) to develop positive habits that can lead to an active lifestyle.
Physical Education Curriculum
Junior High Athletics
Senior High Athletics
Career and Technology Studies (CTS)CTS is a complimentary program designed for junior and senior high school students. Courses offered may vary from school to school depending on physical facilities, student demand and teacher expertise.
CTS courses allow students to:
- Develop skills they can apply in daily living now and in the future
- Investigate career options and make effective career choices
- Use technology (processes, tools and techniques) effectively and efficiently
- Apply and reinforce learnings developed in other subject areas and
- Prepare for entry into the workplace or further learning
The program is designed to engage the learner by providing up-to-date and relevant pathways that connect with “real life” opportunities.
Current CTS Programs
More information can be found in:
- Alberta Education’s “What your teen is learning.”
- CTS Philosophy and Rationale
Calgary Catholic School District offers a variety of CTS courses from 5 CTS clusters:
BIT: Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology
Focus is on management, marketing and use of electronic technologies to access, use and manipulate information. From personal to global contexts, students are challenged to expand their confidence, experience and skills as innovators and leaders.
HRH: Health, Recreation & Human Services
Focus is on careers in health care, community supports, volunteerism, recreation, cosmetology, food services, workplace safety, tourism and law.
MDC: Media, Design & Communication Arts
Students experience a variety of situations relating to design, communication and esthetics. Courses relate to art and culture, such as the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, fashion, libraries and museums.
NAT: Natural Resources
Focus on conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. Courses relate to outdoor education and conservation.
TMT: Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation
Focus on skills and knowledge related to the design, construction, fabrication and maintenance of a product. Courses relate to manufacturing, processing, utilities, construction, mechanics, auto body, fabrication, trades supervision, trades contracting, logistics, transportation and heavy equipment.
CTF is a new digital curriculum for grade 5 to 9 students. It is designed so students can engage in hands-on learning to create real-life products, presentations and services. In creating authentic learning experiences, students have the opportunity to develop skills in business, communication, human services, resources, and technology.