Students interested in registering in Discovering Choices must
New students registering with Discovering Choices need to complete 3 credits in a commitment phase usually in either Career and Technology Studies or Work Experience before beginning any core courses. When students present with special circumstances (eg. already have 90 credits) entrance criteria and alternatives can be discussed and re-evaluated.
There is an Instructional Resource Fee of $132.00 per school year. For those unable to pay the entire fee at once, please see a staff member to arrange a payment schedule. An administration fee may be applied for NSF cheques.
Being enrolled at two schools within the Calgary Board of Education at once is a unique situation. Students who plan to attend another school while retaining Discovering Choices status should discuss course planning and fill out appropriate forms with a staff member.
When students decide to leave Discovering Choices it is their responsibility to complete a Calgary Board of Education School Transfer Form. This is critical to ensure formal closure at Discovering Choices, as well as to facilitate smooth transition to the new school. It is important that you return any school materials you have to Discovering Choices.
Most courses offered at Discovering Choices consist of correspondence materials from Alberta Distance Learning. Each course is developed in sections call modules. Each module is accompanied with an assignment booklet. Staff will grade these booklets as you complete and hand them in. Each assignment booklet is evaluated based on how well you demonstrate your understanding of the concepts, completeness, effort and legibility. The value of each assignment is stated inside the booklet. Generally, your assignment booklets will be worth up to 60% of your overall grade. A minimum of 40% or greater is required on *final exams to earn credits.*Midterms may be required for some of the courses.
This past fall, the students at Start Outreach came together along with the Community Arts Organization, Antyx to paint a community wall mural for the community of Bowness. The students worked on this project for a year, many of which were active graffiti artists within the community. Weekly meetings and reaching out to community partners, is one reason this project has been a success so far. The students applied and were awarded a Ripples Grant for the amount of $600.00. Home Depot also donated $50.00 towards supplies. When the owner of the shopping mall willing donated the pharmacy wall, the students were thankful for the encouragement they needed to know that the community also believed in them and did not see them as stereotypical troubled youth. The mural is a colourful and optimistic message for the community and public to share. The blocks of colour represent how each individual is unique in their own way while showing that despite their differences; can come together as a whole. The students were very excited to start this project in hopes that they can show their creative sides as well as share the space provided.
In the Lead is a program that uses a strength-focused approach to build innate leadership ability and character development in young people aged 14 to 18, engaging with what is strong in youth as opposed to what is wrong; increasing their resilience and reducing the likelihood of risk-taking behaviour that could lead to criminal activity or leaving school. Youth participants will be encouraged to discover and apply their strengths and abilities in a healthy, productive way to make a real difference in their lives today, and lay the foundation upon which to realize their potential. Young leaders will share their leadership journey through a positive relationship with a trained volunteer Coach, engaged from the private sector, to provide support and encouragement. Cenovus Energy has partnered with Calgary Youth Justice Society and the Calgary Board of Education to launch an innovative leadership development and coaching/mentoring program geared to build resilience in young people who are vulnerable for engaging in high-risk behaviour.