Calgary Board of Education

Personal Development

Calgary Board of Education Detailed High School Course Guide (pdf)

Career & Life Management 20 (3 credits)

No Prerequisite Standard
Career and Life Management (CALM) 20 is a compulsory 3 credit course for all Alberta high school students who wish to qualify for a high school diploma.  CALM is the core program for health literacy at the senior high level and is designed to help students make well-informed decisions and choices in all aspects of their lives.  It is also intended to assist them in their development of behaviors and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of themselves and others, now and in the future.

The three units and corresponding topics include:

  • Career & Life Choices:
    • Developing skills for lifelong career development,
    • Understanding the connection between self-awareness, personal assets, values, and career goal setting,
    • Examining the career and educational planning process,
    • Participating in presentations from post-secondary institutions such as the University of Calgary and SAIT,
    • Doing career research including occupational profiles or job shadowing,
    • Exploring workplace rights and responsibilities.
  • Personal Choices:
    • Understanding the holistic nature of well-being,
    • Examining thinking and learning processes and communication and personality styles,
    • Investigating addictions, high risk behaviors and current health issues,
    • Exploring the nature of safe and healthy human sexuality,
    • Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy relationships,
    • Acquiring conflict resolution strategies,
    • Becoming familiar with community support resources.
  • Resource Choices:
    • Differentiating between needs and wants,
    • Identifying personal resources of time, energy, knowledge, community and money,
    • Developing a financial planning vocabulary,
    • Understanding credit,
    • Preparing a post-secondary budget.

This course is one term (1/4 year) in length and open to grade 11 and 12 students. In addition, this course can be taken online  through CBe-learn.

Learning Strategies 15/25/35  (5 credits)

This locally developed course is offered at the 15, 25 and 35 level. This course is designed for students who have an Individual Program Plan (IPP). Curriculum is organized to assist students in becoming actively involved in their learning. Modules of completion lead students to take greater responsibility for homework, develop planning skills, study skills and learn how to evaluate their learning process. It includes developing an understanding of themselves as learners, increasing their ability to become organized, managing human and material resources, planning long - and short - term goals, and practicing self advocacy skills. In this course, students may earn 5 credits.

 Should this course be a support to your learning and you are not on an IPP, please see our Student Services counsellors to arrange entry.

Work Experience 15/25/35 (5 – 15 credits)

The Work Experience Program provides an opportunity for grade 11 and 12 students to earn credits for on the job learning in the workplace.  Work Experience is an opportunity for students to explore possible career paths, start on a career path they have chosen to pursue, and to develop employability skills and technical skills that will benefit them in the future.

Work Experience students can earn up to 15 credits towards graduation requirements and are allowed to work during regular school hours, week-ends, and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Work Experience positions must be approved by the Off Campus Coordinator and once their worksite has been approved, students are covered by Worker’s Compensation.

As part of Work Experience, students develop a learning plan in which they identify the skills they want to learn and develop through their job.  The success of this Learning Plan and the student’s performance on the job forms the basis of the marks and credits earned in Work Experience.

Students wishing to take Work Experience must have a paid or volunteer position with an employer that is supportive of Work Experience.  Students can start at any time in the school year and need to speak to their Counsellor or the Off Campus Coordinator to initiate the process.

CTR1010: Job Preparation (1 credit)

This course helps prepare students for their next job search and provides essential information about workplace safety and employment standards.  After completing CTR 1010 students will be able to confidently apply for a new job with a strong resume and cover letter, they will understand how to interview effectively for a job, and will know how to complete an application form.  Students will assess their interests and employability skills, and research career decisions of interest to them.  To promote their safety in the workplace, students will also learn about their rights and responsibilities, employment standards, Occupational Health & Safety, and Worker’s Compensation.

CTR 1010 is offered in a blended online/face-to-face format with some course activities completed online and some with our Career Practitioner in the Career Centre.  Support for students in CTR 1010 is available from the Off Campus Coordinator and from the Career Practitioner.

Completion of this one credit CTS course is necessary before earning credits in Work Experience.  Students can enroll in CTR 1010 at any point in the school year by speaking to the Off Campus teacher in Student Services.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)  (up to 40 credits)

The Registered Apprenticeship Program allows students to earn high school credits while employed as apprentices in one of Alberta’s 52 certified trades.  RAP students may work part time, or they may work full time for one semester in grade 11 and 12 and attend classes for the other semester. Five credits are granted for every 125 hours worked towards the student’s apprenticeship and they earn minimum wage or more, depending on their job. 

Many RAP students begin their RAP program in the summer after grade 10, but can also begin in the summer after grade 11.  Information about the summer program will be available at school in March, or from

Potential apprentices wishing to be a RAP student are encouraged to find a suitable job with a journeyman willing to apprentice them.  Some support for this job search is available upon request.

RAP students can earn up to 40 high school credits toward their diploma requirements.  It is possible for a RAP student to complete their first year apprenticeship hours will in high school, becoming a second year apprentice after graduation.  This is a significant head start on their career path and provides a real earning power advantage.

Students interested in apprenticing in the trades, please contact their Counsellor or the Off Campus Coordinator.

Psychology 30 (3 credits)

Content:  Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  Such study can involve both animal and human behaviors.  When applied to humans, psychology covers what people think, feel and do.  The content of this 3 credit course includes:

  • Psychology as an experimental science
  • The past, present and future of this field
  • Thought and memory processes
  • The connection between mind and body
  • Human and animal consciousness
  • Sensation and perception
  • Emotions and motivation
  • Altered states or consciousness
  • The nature of personality
  • Stress and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Abnormal behavior, therapy and treatment
  • Stages of development in one’s life
  • Social psychology (relationships, love, marriage)


Sociology 30 (3 credits)

Content:  Sociology is the study of social behavior and human groups.  The goal of this 3 credit course is to help students feel they are a part of society, to understand its influence on their lives and to visualize their roles in societal change.  The course content includes:

  • Scientific methods of study
  • Social institutions like the family
  • Elements of culture and subculture
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Minority groups
  • Public opinion, mass communication and  propaganda
  • Social control and deviation
  • Crime and delinquency
  • Dating and marriage


World Religions 30  (3 credits)

No Prerequisite Required.

Content:  World Religions 30 introduces students to an exploration of religions from around the world including: Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Sufism.  This course will provide participants with an awareness of the nature, place and function of religions.  It will look at the development of the religious traditions, shared aspects of the faiths, myths and misconceptions surrounding religion and some of the many ways religion influences the world.  The course will also explore holy books, people, places, beliefs and rituals including prayer and meditation. Using research and inquiry skills, students will explore the history and contemporary manifestations of religions.  Students will be required to provide a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.  This term long (1/2 semester) course is open to grade 11 and 12 students.

Please note: This course is a survey of world religions and is NEITHER religious instruction NOR religious education.  It will be offered if there is sufficient interest and enrollment.

Mentorship 15, 25, 35  (5 credits)

No Prerequisite Required.  Letter of reference from a former/current teacher indicating student readiness for the program [i.e. attendance, punctuality, maturity, academic performance, flexibility, ability to work with others]

Content: Mentorship provides the opportunity for high school students to mentor young elementary students in the surrounding community.  Resiliency Theory has proved that the presence of a mentor assists mentees in realizing their true potential.  Requiring the highest level of commitment and professionalism, this program proves to offer a rewarding and enriching experience for all involved. 

There are 2 major components to the Mentorship Program:

  • In-Class
  • Preparing students to mentor younger students.
  • Reflecting and improving mentoring practice.
  • Researching issues that affect learning.
  • Off-Site
  • Mentoring young students at an elementary school site.