2016-2017 SMdP Course Offerings
We offer a well-rounded, faith-based education in a caring, inclusive and nurturing community to meet each student’s unique needs. In addition to core curriculum programming mandated by Alberta Education, we are pleased to offer our students a variety of supplementary courses, options and services in collaboration with our many community partners. The values of Catholic faith permeate all programming options within Calgary Catholic schools.
The Calgary Catholic School District believes in the importance of providing students with expanded opportunities to learn a second language. We believe that language learning is an important part of a student’s education. Learning a second language greatly contributes to a student’s educational experiences, personal growth and development of higher level thinking skills. French Immersion is a form of bilingual education. The Early French Immersion program enables students to develop functional fluency in French while ensuring they receive the advantages of an all-English program. Students are taught the curriculum mandated by Alberta Education using French as the medium for instruction. Students also have opportunities to participate in cultural events and extracurricular activities that enhance their understanding of the French language. Students typically enter the Early French Immersion program at the kindergarten or Grade 1 level. This is because your child's progress in each grade will depend, in part, on the French language skills he or she has acquired in previous grades. No background in French is necessary to enter the program.
Extended French describes the continuity of
the French Immersion program into high school. Students are able to take a
maximum of three courses in French per year: French Language Arts, Etudes
sociales and Mathématiques. Students graduating from the Extended French
program with a minimum of 30 credits including FLA 30, receive a certificate of
completion. The senior high Extended French program is offered to students
entering Grade 10, who have completed the Early or Late French Immersion
program in Grade 9.
English Language Learning (ELL)
Assessment of English language development is ongoing throughout the year. ESL levels are updated based on the student’s English language development, achievement in coursework and annual assessment. Students may or may not progress through one ESL level per semester. Many students require more than one semester to complete an ESL course.
Depending on factors such as the student’s level of English proficiency upon entering senior high, background knowledge and literacy in home language, and intended graduation pathway, it may take more than three years for a student to meet requirements for a high school diploma.
Diverse Learning Classroom (DL)
This class may include students with both mild (Code 51) and moderate (Code 52) cognitive disabilities. Each student’s learning is guided by his/her Learner Support Plan. Students receive instruction in one or more core subjects as well as life skills within this congregated setting.Participation in the regular classroom setting for other subjects areas is also considered where success is indicated. Students also participate in the Work Study Program which may include on-campus work assignments as well as off-campus work placements.