Required Course Descriptions

Required Courses

English program students must take English Language Arts, Math, Science, Physical Education, Health, and Social Studies. French immersion/Francophone students must take all of the above courses plus take French Language Arts. All of these courses listed above are yearlong courses.

Here is the Alberta Education curriculum guide for grade seven.

Here is the Alberta Education curriculum guide for grade eight.

Here is the Alberta Education curriculum guide for grade nine.

These curriculum guides have excellent, in depth, descriptions of what is covered in in each junior high grade.

In grade 9, An Alberta Education Achievement Test will be administered in English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies at the end of each course.


Physical Education

This course will provide students with an opportunity to experience a wide range of activities to develop both physical and social skills, cooperation, participation, and awareness of self and to others. Areas of study include aquatics, dance, fitness, games, individual and team sports, individual activities and outdoor pursuits. A variety of activities have been selected to ensure a balance of these activities.

All students participating in this course are required to have a Physical Education uniform, which includes sweat suit or shorts, T-shirt(paid for through course fees and given out in class), and non-marking running shoes.


Health and Life Skills

The aim of the junior high Health and Life Skills Program of Studies is to enable students to make well-informed, healthy choices and to develop behaviours that contribute to the well-being of self and others. Health and life skills involves learning about the habits, behaviours, interactions and decisions related to healthy daily living and planning for the future. It is personal in nature and involves abilities based on a body of knowledge and practice that builds on personal values and beliefs within the context of family, school and community. Some examples of these learnings include the ability of students to:

  • make effective personal decisions for current and future issues and challenges
  • plan and set goals
  • employ critical reflection
  • cope with change and transition
  • manage stress
  • analyze and manage career and health-related information
  • recognize and expand personal skills
  • recognize, explore and expand career opportunities and options
  • explore service learning/volunteerism
  • commit to lifelong learning.


French Language Arts/Français

Prerequisite: previous Immersion/Francophone study

This course is a continuation of the skills acquired at the elementary, and any previous junior high, levels. This course enables students to increase their proficiency in the skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening through the use of a variety of literary genres and activities.