Special Interest Courses

Aboriginal Studies 10, 20, 30

Aboriginal Studies 10:

5 credits

Aboriginal Studies 10 is a provincial course designed for ALL Alberta students. The purpose of the course is to engage, enlighten, and educate students about the historical, cultural and societal issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and across the globe. Aboriginal Studies 10 affords students the opportunity to acknowledge and understand Origin and Settlement Patterns, Aboriginal World views, Political and Economic Issues and Aboriginal Symbolism and Expression. As part of the course students will be participating in a variety of outdoor activities including trips to Elk Island National Park, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, and Blackfoot Provincial Park.

Aboriginal Studies 20:

5 credits

Prerequisite: 50% in Aboriginal Studies 10
Aboriginal Studies 20 is a provincial course that builds upon the foundation of Aboriginal Studies 10. The course focuses on Indigenous people from a Canadian and Alberta perspective and includes the study of policies, legislation, conflict, and cultural change under the three major themes: The Metis Treaties, Legislation, and Schooling. Content delivery includes text, guest speakers, interactive learning, artistic expression and representation, film/literary exploration, and outdoor adventure (Elk Island National Park, Blackfoot Provincial Park, etc.).

Aboriginal Studies 30:

5 credits
Prerequisite: 50% in Aboriginal Studies 20
Aboriginal Studies 30 (classified as a Group A Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages other than English subject according to Alberta Education) is a provincial course for all Alberta students. The objective of the course is to gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues. The course is innovative and engaging and allows students to learn about Aboriginal issues and history from an indigenous perspective. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences (both on and off campus), as well as interact with Elders and guest speakers.

Aviation - Flight

Aviation - Flight 15, 25

6 credits
Prerequisite: None

Aviation - Flight aims to expose students to the relevant skills, training and knowledge required to explore the world of aviation. This program has two goals: develop understanding of Transport Canada standards of pilot knowledge and introduce practical skills required to pilot an aircraft in a simulated environment. The course will also look into career possibilities, including post-secondary pathways toward achieving that goal. Possible field trip costs could include Alberta area flying clubs. These courses are taken in the same block of time.

Aviation - Flight 35

5 credits
Prerequisite: Aviation - Flight 25

Aviation - Flight 35 has two aims: further expand knowledge and skills regarding advanced aspects of aviation and refine prior knowledge with the goal of writing the Transport Canada Private Pilot written exam. Students will explore flight on instrumentation alone: simulated in-flight procedures, instrumentation systems, Transport Canada regulations and adverse meteorological conditions. We will explore avenues to post-secondary goals and investigate the machines commonly used in the aviation industry. Finally, students will refine their prior knowledge as they work towards certification in aviation radio operatory and flight licensing. Aviation – Flight 35 is offered every other year. The next offering will be in the 2024 – 2025 school year.

Career and Life Management (CALM)

CALM is designed to help students make informed decisions about choices impacting all aspects of their life. This course analyzes and develops behaviors and attitudes that contribute to student wellbeing, now and in the future.

Career Choices investigates career development through self-assessments, portfolio building, occupation and post-secondary research skills, and school to work transition planning.

Resource Choices builds financial literacy skills reflective of personal values and lifestyle planning.

Personal Choices emphasizes the emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical dimensions of health, managing well-being and investigating adolescent health issues.

Also covered are two CTS modules:

  • CTR 1010 Job Preparation - Resumes, Cover Letters, Job Search and Interview Skills
  • CTR 2010 Job Maintenance - Employment Standards, Workplace Legislation and Support Agencies.

Early Learning and Child Care

5 credits
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2

Students will develop skills to assist in promoting the social-emotional and creative development with children from birth to age 6. Students will also examine the development of learning through play and learn appropriate practices related to routines in a childcare program. Completion of this course can lead to a Level 1 – Early Childhood Educator Qualification.

Film and Media Art 15

Film and Media Art 15

5 credits

Film and Media Art 15 challenges students to engage in the study of film as art, as well as to embrace the technological and literary aspects of the medium. Students will examine both historical and contemporary films and begin to take steps to create a short film of their own that integrates narrative, technical, and artistic elements.

Film and Media Art 25

5 credits
Prerequisite: Film and Media Art 15

Film and Media Art 25 is a direct continuation of Film and Media Art 15 and engages students in a comprehensive analysis of the technical and artistic aspects of filmmaking, to enhance their critical appreciation of film, and to immerse students in film as a distinct form of art, technology, and communication. The focus in this class is to develop a deeper understanding of the art of direction and in doing so, students will watch a wide variety of directing styles. Students also spend time watching a favorite director, analyzing one aspect of that director’s style and then editing together a video essay about that director and her/his stylistic elements. These video essays will be shown in a Film Festival at the end of May.

Film and Media Art 35

5 credits
Prerequisite: Film and Media Art 25

Film and Media Art 35 is focused on writing, storyboarding, casting, directing, and producing a short film. Analysis of significant directors is aimed at understanding the art and process of film direction. Final film shorts will be showcased in a Film Festival organized by the students at the end of May.

Forensic Science

Forensic Studies 25, 35

Forensic Science addresses many of the techniques used in criminal investigations from a scientific point of view. Topics will include body fluid analysis and toxicology, fibre, hair and fingerprint analysis, DNA fingerprinting, ballistics (firearm examination), arson and explosives, entomology, careers in Forensic Science, and crime scene (examination of human remains).

Graphic material may be disturbing to some. These courses are taken in the same block of time.

General and Personal Psychology 20

6 credits
Prerequisite: None

General Psychology will provide you with a general background in psychology including the history and various approaches to understanding behavior. Personal Psychology deals with the social science of psychology with a particular focus on the psychological development of the individual.


These courses are taken in the same block of time.

Experimental/Abnormal Psychology 30/35

6 credits

Prerequisite: General and Personal Psychology 20

Experimental Psychology 30 is designed to develop, with the student, the skills and understandings that make it possible for more effective living in our complex environment. The student’s attention will focus on the scientific approach to understanding human behavior so that he or she may appreciate more fully the reasons that underlie one’s own acts and those of others.

Abnormal Psychology 35 provides students with an overview of normal and abnormal behavior within the conditions that affect individuals in our society. Students learn about perspectives of abnormality, causal factors, types of disorders, as well as assessment methods, preventions, and treatment.

These courses are taken in the same block of time.

Psychology 1040: Introduction to Psychology - University Credit

Prerequisite: There are no pre-requisite courses required, however, course work is at a university level. It is recommended that students are in Grade 12 or returning for an additional year.

The history of psychological science, psychological research methods, the brain and nervous system, learning, perception, consciousness, thought and language. This course is designed to give students an introduction to psychological science and a post-secondary learning experience. Upon completion of this course, students will earn five 30-level high school credits, in addition to three university transfer credits. This course is recognized by most major post-secondary institutions in Alberta.

Reading 15

5 Credits
Prerequisite: None


Reading 15 is a course for students who love to read. In it, students will read and examine a wide range of texts and reading strategies required to be successful in their senior high courses. The goal of these courses is to help students develop an increased vocabulary in English and a wider range of reading strategies and skills.

Sabres Active in Leadership (SAIL)

5 credits per grade

The SAIL (Students Active in Leadership) is a program that combines the fun of team building with the meaning of service to create memorable experiences that last a lifetime. The class is held off the timetable. We will provide you with an opportunity to explore leadership, develop leadership skills and abilities, and, most importantly, to grow and develop as individuals while making a difference in their school and community.

Students graduating from Leadership will walk away having a collaborated and contributed to individual, group, and school-wide projects. Each level of Leadership builds upon the last with new lessons, themes and projects often decided upon by the students. Come join in on the fun and help make each school year the best it can be!