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CALM

This course is a mandated course for all students who wish to satisfy the requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma. CALM is the acronym for Career and Life Management. The course aims to help students recognize and develop critical skills which will enable them to handle the challenges of our dynamic world. Content is organized around several themes including self-management, well-being, relationships, human sexuality, careers and the world of work, and independent living.

Electives

A variety of electives are currently available at all levels: Sports Psychology, Second Languages, Career & Technology Studies and Fine Arts. Please see the Registration Course Booklet under Registration Info for a complete description.

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English

Language Arts 9 is a compulsory course for all students. It encompasses six strands of language arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking, representing and viewing). This course introduces formal essay writing and continues work in technical writing skills. Reading material includes short stories, media studies, poetry, novels, non –fiction and drama appropriate to the maturity and reading levels of this grade. A unit on media studies is introduced at this level. All Grade 9 students write the Provincial Achievement Test at the end of the course.

The senior high Language Arts programme extends the experiences and growth begun in elementary and junior high school in six strands of language arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking, representing and viewing). Students engage in all six strands as they study texts and create their own texts in relevant situations for a variety of purposes and audience.

Two course sequences have been developed in order to accommodate a diverse range of student needs, interests, and aspirations. Movement from one sequence to another is possible upon consultation with the teacher. It should be noted that since enrolment in the 10/20/30-2 stream is traditionally small at the Sport School, both courses will be offered within a class at the appropriate grade level. All students will start at 10-1 level, and adjustments to 10-2 will be made after evaluation, and discussion between teacher, student, TA and parents. Please see the Registration Course Booklet under Registration Info for a complete description.

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Math

Mathematics 9 covers four major strands: numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space as well as statistics and probability. The mark in this course will determine the first high school course the students will take. Although Alberta Education allows for three streams in mathematics, limited enrollment, resources, and student preference at the National Sport School may result in limited course choices for grade ten students. Please see the Registration Course Booklet under Registration Info for a complete description.

Physical Education

Please see the Registration Course Booklet under Registration Info for a complete description.

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Science

In science, students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that help them understand and interpret the world around them. Students learn basic concepts from earth, physical and life sciences and are challenged to apply what they have learned. Through their studies, discussion, on line resources and activities, and laboratory experiments, students learn how to experiment, evaluate, and apply problem-solving skills to real world problems. The Grade 9 program consists of five units of study. Each unit focuses on a particular topic and develops three common themes: the nature of science, science and technology and science and society.

Students are required by Alberta Education to complete Science 10 before taking another science course at the 20 and 30 level: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Students who desire all three science courses, that is, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30 will have time for very few other options in their timetable, and should consider beginning a 20 –level course in their grade 10 year (biology or chemistry). Please see the Registration Course Booklet unde Registration Info for a complete description.

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Social Studies

Social Studies 9 introduces and examines three economics systems and the effects economic growth and technology have had on the quality of life in each. Using Canada, the USA and the former Soviet Union as representative of these different approaches to the basic economic problem of scarcity, we develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to address issues arising from different economic points of view. In addition to the above the following concepts central to this study are: industrialization, technological change, role of geography and economic change. A significant goal of the social studies program is the development in each student of a responsible and active citizen utilizing critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems and make defensible decisions. Please see the Registration Course Booklet under Registration Info for a complete description.