The Bishop Grandin Learning Centre is a unique service provided to all students who request additional support in their classes. The growth of the Learning Centre is reflected in the high degree of academic success of our students. During the day students can drop into the Learning Centre and work with the support of teachers and assistants as they progress through their courses. Laptops are available for loan during the day.
Learning Strategies 15 (5 credits)
This course explores learning strategies and helps students become better, more independent learners while increasing their personal management skills, both in school and in other contexts. Students will learn how to develop and apply a range of strategies to improve their learning and achievement, particularly their literacy, numeracy, communication, and planning skills. This course will increase students’ confidence, motivation, and ability to learn.
Learning Strategies 25 (5 credits)
This course improves students’ learning skills, for continued academic success in high school and in preparation for successful transitions to work and post-secondary education. Students will learn how to assess their learning abilities and use critical reading, time management, and other techniques for promoting effective learning. In addition, they will investigate learning requirements for employment and post-secondary education or training.
Learning Strategies 35 (5 credits)
This course improves students’ learning skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work and post-secondary education and become independent, lifelong learners. Students will learn how to assess their learning abilities and use critical reading, time management, and other techniques for promoting effective learning. In addition, they will investigate learning requirements for employment and post-secondary education or training and develop plans for learning after secondary school.
Educational Support (ES) Programs
Our Educational Support (ES) programs are offered in a congregated setting for students who have significant intellectual disabilities and, as a result, will not be able to complete a high school diploma. Our ES I and II programs are staffed with three experienced special education teachers and several assistants who meet the needs of about twenty five students.
The ES Programs look to provide meaningful integrated experiences in program areas of the school as well as support students in life, work and social skills that assist them in becoming independent members of our community. By the time that our ES students leave Bishop Grandin High School, they will master basic academic skills in communication, numeracy and life skills. ES students also build experience and employability skills in work settings both in and out of the school environment.
English Language Learners (ELL)
Students are placed in the appropriate level by their ELL teacher.
Level II (5 credits)
This course is intended for students with previous educational experiences who have little or no experience with English prior to arriving in Alberta schools. Students require intensive support in all areas of English language development and can expect to spend at least half of their school day in level 2 programs that focus on oral language experiences integrated with reading and writing development.
Level III (5 credits)
This course is intended for students who have basic English language competency and need a program that is focused on academic language development. These students require extensive support in all aspects of reading, an emphasis on writing and academic skill development that will support learning in all subject areas.
Level IV (5 credits)
This course helps prepare students for future success in English classes. These students require continued support in reading,comprehension, an emphasis on writing and skill development that will allow them to consolidate their knowledge into the structures of the English language.
ESL Introduction to Canadian Studies 15-5
The intent of this course is to provide the pre-requisite background knowledge of Canada, to address cultural values and to offer instruction in language, skills and approach of the Alberta Social Studies Program of Studies. It is designed to meet the needs of ELL students who have recently arrived in Canada and need to further their language skills.
ESL Introduction to Mathematics 15-5
The goal of this course is to enable students to acquire academic language skills while mastering the key foundational mathematical ideas and basic math content necessary for entry into grade-level mathematics classes. It is appropriate for those English Language Learners who require academic language, literacy, and numeracy skills.
ESL Introduction to Science 15-5
This course addresses the conceptual and linguistic gaps that newcomer English Language Learners have when they enter high school. The course is designed to provide the necessary pre-requisite skills to assist the eventual integration into grade-level science classes. This course is appropriate for those English Language Learners who require academic language, literacy, and science skills.
Certificate of Achievement
Knowledge and Employability Skills (K&E)
The Knowledge and Employability Skills offerings from Alberta Education are available in all high schools in the Calgary Catholic School District. These series of classes are designed to meet the needs of students by developing skills to support success in the world of work after high school.
Knowledge and Employability Skills courses are available in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In addition, courses that focus on employability skills in areas as diverse as foods, mechanics, fabrication and construction are offered through our Career and Technology Studies programs.
Students are able to build course work through the Knowledge and Employability (K&E) stream that will lead to a Certificate of Achievement. Completion of the entire series of K & E core classes and occupational electives leads to a K & E certificate; students seeking a high school diploma need to take advantage of K & E class’s transfer points to engage in diploma-level core instruction.
It is important to note that K & E core classes can be used for a student’s general credit count towards a high school diploma, but do not satisfy the high school diploma’s core class requirements. This approach to K&E students and their programs ensures that students are able to design a program that meets their needs, interests and their career and life goals.
Many K & E students are enrolled in our Learning Strategies classes and are supported by staff in the Learning Centre. This additional support assists students working towards a high school diploma.
English 10-4 K & E (5 credits)
This grade 10 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. The intent of K & E English is to prepare the student for the literacy demands of the workforce as well as assist the student in transition to higher level classes in this subject area.
English 20-4 K & E (5 credits) Prerequisite 50% English 10-4, 40% English 10-2
This grade 11 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. Successful completion of English 20-4 can transition to English 30-4 (K & E) or English 20-2 (diploma route).
English 30-4 K & E (5 credits) Prerequisite 50% English 20-4, 40% English 20-2
This grade 12 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. English 30-4 is the final English course required for the K & E certificate and can also transfer directly to English 30-2 in the diploma route. Note: Although moving from 30-4 to 30-2 is a permissible transfer, it may be in an upgrading K & E student’s best interest to enroll in 20-2 first in order to gain greater exposure to English/Language Arts content at the high school diploma level.
Social Studies 10-4 K & E (5 credits)
This grade 10 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. The intent of K & E Social Studies is to provide students a historical, political and economic knowledge, critical thinking and practical writing skills required to be a successful worker, Canadian and global citizen.
Social Studies 20-4 K & E (5 credits)
Prerequisite 50% Social 10-4 or 40% Social 10-2
This grade 11 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. Social 20-4 K & E is the final level of Social required for the K & E certificate and is also a transition point for Social 20-2 in the high school diploma route.
Mathematics 10-4 K & E (5 credits)
This grade 10 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. The intent of K & E Math is to give the student the numeracy skills required to be a successful worker.
Mathematics 20-4 K & E (5 credits)
This grade 11 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. Math 20-4 is the final Math course required for the K & E certificate. Students intending to upgrade to high school diploma can transfer directly to Math 20-3 but are cautioned that this math course is a significant step up in difficulty from K & E and that they should consider taking Math 10-3 first to improve their skills and background.
Science 10-4 K & E (5 credits)
This grade 10 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. The intent of K & E Science is to provide students the knowledge and skills required to be a successful worker.
Science 20-4 K & E (5 credits)
Prerequisite 50% Science 10-4 or 40% Science 14
This grade 11 course is from the Knowledge and Employability series of courses. Science 20-4 is the final Science course required for the K & E certificate and transfers to Science 24 in the diploma route.