THE CORES

Alberta Education defines a basic education as one which provides students with a solid core program that is considered essential for academic success in school and later in life. This core curriculum consists of knowledge and skills related to academic subjects which includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In Calgary Catholic schools, Religious Education is also included in our core program. To support students in attaining the goals as stated in Alberta Education's programs of study, school authorities must ensure that all students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) have access to meaningful and relevant learning experiences that include appropriate instructional supports. In each curriculum, there are general and specific outcomes to be achieved. Each general outcome includes specific outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of each grade. Due to the cumulative nature of learning, students are also expected to retain and demonstrate the specific outcomes from previous grades.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

English 10-1

English 10-1 is intended for students who have demonstrated strengths in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts.  This course develops reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing skills. The emphasis is on reading and responding to a wide variety of literature. 

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have a Grade 9 English mark of 65% or higher to be successful in English 10-1.

 

English 10-2

English 10-2 provides additional opportunities for students to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.  The course is also designed, in part, to concentrate on the development of language arts strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of texts.

Prerequisite: Students with a mark less than 65% in Grade 9 English should enrol in this course.

English 10-1 H (Honours)

English 10-1 Honours is intended for students who have demonstrated great proficiency in their reading, writing, and oral presentation abilities.  This course develops the requisite skills for meeting the requirements of the Alberta Education English curriculum, while enhancing the program with a more rigorous and culturally diverse experience designed to introduce the students to the specific types of literary analysis, and critical writing and speaking skills that will be refined and developed in the IB English program that spans the grade 11 and 12 years. 

Prerequisite: Minimum 80% in Grade 9 English. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

English 10-1

English 10-1 is intended for students who have demonstrated strengths in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts.  This course develops reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing skills. The emphasis is on reading and responding to a wide variety of literature.  Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have a Grade 9 English mark of 65% or higher to be successful in English 10-1.

English 10-2

English 10-2 provides additional opportunities for students to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.  The course is also designed, in part, to concentrate on the development of language arts strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of texts.

Prerequisite: Students with a mark less than 65% in Grade 9 English should enrol in this course.

English 10-1 H (Honours)

English 10-1 Honours is intended for students who have demonstrated great proficiency in their reading, writing, and oral presentation abilities.  This course develops the requisite skills for meeting the requirements of the Alberta Education English curriculum, while enhancing the program with a more rigorous and culturally diverse experience designed to introduce the students to the specific types of literary analysis, and critical writing and speaking skills that will be refined and developed in the IB English program that spans the grade 11 and 12 years. 

Prerequisite: Minimum 80% in Grade 9 English. 

MATHEMATICS

Math 10C

Students completing this course will develop creative problem-solving skills, enhance their mental math skills and learn to make connections between mathematical concepts in their lives.  Students must have a minimum mark of 50% in Grade 9 Math. 

It is strongly recommended that students have a grade 9 Math mark of 60% or higher to be successful in Math 10C.

Math 10C XThis program is modified with reduced content of Math 10C but is designed to provide more reinforcement of prerequisite knowledge, mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills.  The intent of this course is to improve success in

Math 10C X and provide a superior transition into Math 20-2. 

Students must have a minimum mark of 50% in Grade 9 Math.  This course is recommended for students with marks between 50% and 60% although students with a mark up to 65% in grade 9 Math may consider this course.

Math 10C H (Honours)

Students enrolled in this Honours course will undertake a study of general mathematical concepts that will form the basis for the International Baccalaureate math program in Grades 11 and 12.  Students will cover similar content as presented in the regular Math 10C course, in addition to this they will be covering additional topics that will help prepare and fulfill the requirements of the IB Programme. 

It is strongly recommended that students have a grade 9 Math mark of 80% or higher to be successful in Math 10C H.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religion 15

The principal aim of Christ and Culture is to assist students, with the help of the Gospel, to participate as Christians in the shaping of our culture. The program explores major cultural issues from a Christological perspective. Beginning with their own life experiences, students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of themselves, Christ’s message, and the Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a broader culture.

All students in Grade 10 must take Religious Education 15

All 3 levels (RS 15, 25, 35) must be completed in order to participate in school graduation exercises

SCIENCE

Science 10

Students completing this course will understand and be able to apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences.  This background information becomes the steppingstone for students interested in pursuing further courses in science related fields.  Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students that have a Grade 9 Science mark of 60% or higher to be successful in Science 10.

Science 14 – Students completing this course will have a practical understanding of the field of science and how scientific issues are

related to daily life.  The themes developed in this course are investigating properties of matter, understanding energy transfer technologies, investigating matter and energy in living systems and investigating matter and energy in the environment.  Prerequisite: This course is recommended for students that had a Grade 9 Science mark less than 50%. 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Social Studies 10-1

This course examines the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity in Canada. Students will use the inquiry method to explore the multiple perspectives on the origins of globalization and the local, national and international impacts of globalization on lands, cultures, economics, human rights and quality of life.  

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have a Grade 9 Social Studies mark of 65% or higher to be successful in Social 10-1.

Social Studies 10-2

This course will examine globalization, the process by which the world is becoming increasingly connected and interdependent. This includes examining the history and effects of globalization on lands, cultures, economics, human rights and quality of life.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have a Grade 9 Social Studies mark of 45% or higher to be successful in Social Studies 10-2.

Social Studies 10-1 H (Honours)

Social Studies 10-1 Honours is recommended for students considering Social Studies 20IB.  This course enhances the Alberta Social Studies 10-1 curriculum specifically through source analysis as well as the development of research, writing and presentation skills.

Prerequisite: Minimum 80% in Grade 9 Social Studies.

Social Studies 10-2

This course will examine globalization, the process by which the world is becoming increasingly connected and interdependent. This includes examining the history and effects of globalization on lands, cultures, economics, human rights and quality of life.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have a Grade 9 Social Studies mark of 45% or higher to be successful in Social Studies 10-2.

Social Studies 10-1 H (Honours)

Social Studies 10-1 Honours is recommended for students considering Social Studies 20IB.  This course enhances the Alberta Social Studies 10-1 curriculum specifically through source analysis as well as the development of research, writing and presentation skills.

Prerequisite: Minimum 80% in Grade 9 Social Studies.