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Screen Shot 2018-01-18 at 4.02.50 PM.png2018-2019 High School Common Course Book

Please click on the icon to the right to view the 2018-2019 High School Common Course Book.

The Common Course Book has been designed to provide course information and address questions that arise as students make the transition to their senior years. Information about compulsory courses is organized by grade and subject area. The book covers common course information, high school profiles and optional courses offered at each facility, as well as information that will assist you in the selection process.

Senior Years (Grade 9 to 12)
The Senior Years in St. James-Assiniboia School Division offer a varied curriculum to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of students. The program provides a sound basis for further education or immediate employment.

Structure: Manitoba Education, Training and Youth's senior year structure includes Grade 9 to Grade 12.

Semester System: The majority of senior courses in collegiates are taught on a semester system;  the course runs from September to the end of January or February to the end of June. Some courses are taught from September to June and are referred to as 'non-semestered.' Each student is "timetabled" individually depending on the courses selected.

Credit System: The credit system provides a framework enabling students to pursue programs best suited to their individual needs and aspirations. A student may earn one credit by successfully completing a course of study. Half credits may be earned in a similar manner. A minimum of 30 credits is needed to complete the senior level for students in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be in their scheduled classes on time. With the exception of Grades 9 and 10 students who are fully timetabled, schools have an open campus for those students with unscheduled time. Students may choose to study/read in the library, to socialize in the cafeteria, or to leave the building. The granting of course credits on a per subject basis is conditional on meeting the school attendance requirements. School administration may grant excused absence status for student illness, religious holidays, family emergencies and other special circumstances arranged and confirmed before hand by the parent or guardian.

Internet Use Policies: Acceptable use policies for information technology access are in effect in the St. James Assiniboia School Division. Students and parents should read and be familiar with these acceptable use policies. All students accessing the Internet from Divisional facilities must have signed and turned in the Student Internet Acceptable Use Agreement and Parent Permission Form, which is handed out at the start of the school year. Use of the computers in the school with or without a signed form is subject to the rules in the Acceptable Use Policy as all students are provided with the information at various points throughout the year.

Rights and Responsibilities: The Division's goal as set out in the Division's Code of Behaviour is to provide a caring environment, which develops creative thinking, a love for learning, self-esteem and respect for others. Policies describing the rights and responsibilities of students, parents and teachers within the Division are published in our Code of Conduct.

Course Selection: The course numbering system is made up of a 3-character, alphanumeric code. The first and second characters are numbers, while the third is a letter.

First Character
1 - courses developed for Grade 9
2 - courses developed for Grade 10
3 - courses developed for Grade 11
4 - courses developed for Grade 12
Second Character
0 - developed or approved by the province for 1 credit
5 - developed or approved by the province for 1/2 credit
1 - developed by the school or division and approved or registered by the province
2 - developed elsewhere, such as university, out of province, and out-of-country
Third Character
Courses in each subject are identified as foundation, general, specialized, advanced, modified, individualized, or English as a Second Language.
F - Foundation: educational experiences, which are broadly based and appropriate for all students.
G - General: general education experiences for all students.
S - Specialized: learning experiences and skills leading to further studies at the post-secondary level.
A - Advanced: academically challenging courses, which go beyond curriculum expectations for general and specialized courses.
M - Modified: educational experiences intended for students with specific cognitive disabilities and where the provincial subject area curriculum outcomes have been modified by 50% or more to take into account the learning requirements of a student; Individual Education Plan (IEP) is required for each student.
I - Individualized: educational experiences intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities and that are developmentally and age appropriate and highly individualized to take into account the learning requirements of the student; an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is required for each student.
E - ESL: educational experiences designed to assist students for whom English is not a first language in making a transition into the English program.

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Graduation Certificates: 
The Academic Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits, including Grades 9, 10 and 11 compulsory subjects, and four Grade 12 level credits (two of which must be English and Mathematics).

The Advanced Academic Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits, including Grades 9, 10 and 11 compulsory subjects, English 40S (2 credits), Mathematics 40S, a science at the 40S level, plus one other 40S level credit.

The Technology Education Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits including compulsory academic and technology requirements.

The Senior School French Immersion Diploma is awarded to students who earn a minimum of 30 credits in Grades 9 to 12 including 14 credits earned in courses taken in the French language, and who complete all the other requirements for graduation. French Immersion students must complete the compulsory English Language Arts courses in Grades 9 to 12. In Grade 9, français, mathematiques, sciences humanes, and sciences de la nature are required subjects. In Grade 10, français, mathematiques, sciences de la nature and geographie are required subjects. In Grade 11, français, histoire and mathematiques are required. In Grade 12 required subjects include français, mathematiques, and one other course taken in French. Students in French Immersion also may receive an Advanced Academic Diploma by completing all the requirements of both diplomas.

Specific Programs: These programs are subject to sufficient student enrollment. There are several unique programs offered at the senior level. These programs are designed to meet the varied needs of a student population and to provide challenging learning opportunities for students of all abilities. Please read further for more information on these programs.

Advanced Placement: This program gives students the opportunity to take university level courses in Grade 12 while still at the senior level. Upon entering college or university, students may receive advance placement and/or university course credit for the AP subjects they complete. With the flexibility of the program, students may select a single subject or more depending on their areas of interest. Students first complete the Manitoba curriculum and go on to the challenge of an advanced curriculum.

Performing Arts Program: The Performing Arts Program offers students a full range of academic courses, as well as an enriched arts education for students with a demonstrated talent in music, drama, dance and visual arts. The students' days consist of academic classes and the arts. In this milieu, the arts become the focus of the program, which develops the creative potential of the artistically talented students. The goals of the program are to enrich and to accelerate aesthetic development, to stimulate creativity and critical thinking, and to create a lasting respect for learning within the climate of academic and artistic excellence.

Cooperative Education: This is a unique on-the-job learning experience offered to students. Job placements are found for each student accepted into the program and in each of Grade 11 and Grade 12, credits may be earned for time spent at the work site. Cooperative education allows the student the opportunity to explore a career path, which may lead directly to employment or apprenticeship upon graduation.

French Immersion: This challenging program is for students who have successfully completed at least two years in the French Immersion program, and who want to continue to improve their French language speaking, reading and writing skills. The ultimate goal of this program is functional bilingualism, and the minimum of 14 courses taken in French in Grades 10, 11 and 12 should ensure that students who complete the program successfully will be prepared to pursue the study of French in university, or to attend a French language or bilingual university, if that is their desire. All subjects in the Immersion program meet the same objectives as subjects taken in the English program, with the added benefit of intensive work in the French language.

International Baccalaureate (IB): This comprehensive curriculum challenges students at the upper secondary level. Students complete the Manitoba curriculum and then go on to the challenge of an advanced level curriculum. IB covers all compulsory courses in a regular senior level program and then encourages students to achieve their full potential by emphasizing the philosophy of learning in addition to the acquisition of knowledge. It is an enriching, stimulating, and motivating academic program that meets the needs of students intent on entering university. Upon entering college or university, students may receive advanced placement and/or university course credit for the IB subjects they complete. Skills Manitoba DIgital Camera.jpg

Technology Education: Courses in this program are structured to provide job-entry skills in a specialized area. Students may combine Technology Education courses with general and specialized courses. Emphasis is focused on helping the student make a successful transition from school to the working world. Students with appropriate credits may continue their education at post-secondary institutions. Courses are available in the following areas at specific schools: Auto Body, Commercial Aviation Pilot Ground School, Hairstyling, Electronics, Culinary Arts, Graphic Arts, Industrial Welding, Jewellery and Metalsmithing, Autobody Technology. Note: Auto Body is offered at St. James Collegiate. Hairstyling is offered at St. James Collegiate and Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate. All other courses are offered at Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

Students with Special Needs: This program provides for students with special learning needs by emphasizing the development of practical academic skills based on individual programming in an integrated setting. Independent living skills and desirable work habits and attitudes are the focus of an extensive community-based work experience program.

Student Services: Student Services is comprised of counsellors and resource teachers whose primary goals are to assist students in overcoming academic, vocational, personal, or emotional problems, which may interfere with the pursuit of their educational goals. Information is provided on post-secondary and career planning. Parents/students should contact universities, colleges, and/or institutions for specific entrance requirements. Institutions will usually mail their program requirements to you on request or you can check their websites.
Awards and Scholarships: A number of financial awards are available each year to Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. Students in all programs are encouraged to be aware of and to strive for these awards.

Questions from Parents:

How may I ensure the success of my son/daughter in his/her senior years program?
There must be ongoing communication among the student, parent, and school. Parents should help their children balance the time spent on school-related work, part time jobs, and any co-curricular activities.

Is my son/daughter able to drop a course without my knowledge?
No. You will be informed by phone or letter. However, once the student has reached the age of 18, he/she may drop a course without parental knowledge.

Can program/courses be changed at certain times during the Senior Years?
Yes, in consultation with the administration and/or school counsellor.

Is there financial assistance available to students while they are in school?
Financial assistance may be through City Welfare or Income Security for students aged 18 or older. Families/students must give evidence of financial need to the respective agencies.

What options exist for students who fail a course?
If the course is compulsory, the student will have to repeat it -- either at summer school or during a subsequent school year. An advantage of the semester system is students may be able to retake the course the next semester. If the course is not compulsory, students may take a different course.

How/when will I be informed of my son/daughter's attendance?
Attendance profiles are sent home on a monthly basis. As well, you are advised by phone, on a daily basis, if your son/daughter has an unexcused absence. Student attendance is included on the report cards issued in November, February, April and June. If parents are concerned, they are encouraged to contact the school. Poor attendance does affect you son/daughter's standing.
Note: Collegiates keep track of senior level student attendance on an individual subject period by period basis.

What courses are required in Grade 9?
All students must take English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, plus option courses to ensure they are fully timetabled. Please contact the high schools and request a copy of their course description booklets for a complete listing of compulsory and complementary courses.

Community Involvement Activity: Every student who begins senior years (Grade 9) in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division will be required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive a Division diploma. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging within the community.

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Current research indicates that there is a strong connection with community involvement activities and a higher level of community involvement in adult years. Participating in community involvement activities enriches the lives of all students. It provides development opportunities that promote personal, social and intellectual growth, as well as civic responsibility and career exploration. Many favourable results occur in each of the above noted areas through participation in community involvement activities. These include:

- developing self-confidence and self-esteem
- openness to new experiences and roles
- ability to take risks and accept challenges
- a sense of usefulness and purpose
- ability to work cooperatively with others
- a sense of caring for others
- acceptance and awareness of others from diverse backgrounds
- critical thinking skills
- a sense of responsibility to contribute to society
- awareness of community needs
- human service skills
Information on the community involvement diploma requirement for students and parents, as well as for the persons and organizations who are asked by students to sponsor a particular community involvement activity is available in our policy manual.
Students will select one or more community involvement activities in consultation with their parents. Selection of activities should take into account the age, maturity, and ability of the student, the location and environment of the proposed activity, and the need for any special training, equipment, and preparation. The safety of the student is paramount.
It should be noted that students will not be paid for performing any community involvement activity. A parent is not required to sign a form or to be consulted if the student is eighteen years of age or older.
Principals are required to provide information about the community involvement requirement to parents, students, and community sponsors. Principals are also required to provide students with the information and forms they will need to complete the community involvement requirement, including the list of ineligible activities. After a student completes the 40 hours of community involvement and submits all documentation of their completion to the school, the principal will decide whether the student has met the community involvement requirement and if so, will record it as completed on the student's official transcript.
Parents should provide assistance to their child in the selection of their community involvement activities. Parents are also encouraged to communicate with the community sponsor and the school principal if they have any questions or concerns. A parent must sign the "Community Involvement Activity Proposal" form and the "Community Involvement Activity Log" form if the student is under the age of eighteen years.
One of the purposes of the community involvement requirement is to develop strong ties between the students and their community, fostering valuable and long-term relationships. Persons and organizations within the community may be asked by the student to sponsor a community involvement activity. Any training, equipment, or special preparation that is required for the activity should be provided by the person or organization. It is crucial that students are able to fulfill their community involvement requirement in a safe environment. The person overseeing the student's activity must verify the date(s) and the number of hours completed on the "Community Involvement Activity Log" form.
Ineligible Activities: An ineligible activity is an activity that:
• is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g. IB, cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
• takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch breaks or "spare" periods is permissible;
• takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age;
• takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age;
• takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and not accompanied by an adult;
• would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;
• involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
• involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
• involves handling of substances classed as "designated materials" as listed in Manitoba Regulation 53/88 - Workplace Health Regulation pursuant to the Workplace Safety and Health Act W210
• requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
• involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, or other valuables;
• consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities;
• involves a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders probationary program).