2017-2018 High School Common Course Book
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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)
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
Structure: Manitoba Education, Training and Youth's senior year structure includes Grade 9 to Grade 12.
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
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.
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
1 - courses developed for Grade 9
2 - courses developed for Grade 10
3 - courses developed for Grade 11
4 - courses developed for Grade 12
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
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.
- 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
E - ESL: educational experiences designed to assist students
for whom English is not a first language in making a transition into
the English program.
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.
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
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.
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?
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?
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
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?
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?
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
How/when will I be informed of my son/daughter's 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
Note: Collegiates keep track of senior level student attendance on an individual subject period by period basis.
What courses are required in Grade 9?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
• 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
• 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).