Grade 11-12 Curriculum
High School Upper Program – Ages 16-17 years
Personalised learning and mixed age classes with continuous assessment of progress. Leading to a Canadian Alberta diploma which gives access to universities worldwide & great career opportunities. Canada consistently ranks among the top three countries for education worldwide. Holistic* high standard education is perfectly adapted to the new internet driven world with focus on passion for learning, project work, problem solving, and collaboration.
Grade 11 – Year 16 Upper High School
Grade 11 – English Language Arts
English Language Arts 20-1: I want to explore literature more deeply and develop my communication skills. In ELA 20-1, students analyze and respond to literature, including extended texts (a novel, a nonfiction book or feature film, and a Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia, and essays) that relate to cultural and societal issues in Canadian and global contexts. They also create their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction/persuasive writing, presentations/media, scripts. This course is for students considering careers that require strong reading and communication skills and for those who may be interested in post-secondary education. More information
English Language Arts 20-2: I want to continue to study material that is relevant to my life and that strengthens my communication with others. In ELA 20-2, students with diverse abilities and goals study different types of texts, written at various levels, that explore issues in Canadian and global contexts. They study extended texts (a novel, a nonfiction book or feature film, and a modern or Shakespearean play) and shorter texts (poetry, short stories, visuals and multimedia, and popular nonfiction). Students are also encouraged to create their own texts; e.g., fiction, nonfiction and proposals, scripts, and presentations/media. Material will often have daily life or practical applications for students. This course is designed for students considering careers that require basic reading and communication skills and for those interested in a range of post-secondary education or other opportunities.
Knowledge and Employability English Language Arts 20-4: I want to continue to develop my language skills to be more successful in ELA. In Knowledge and Employability ELA 20-4, students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills in ELA are shown additional strategies for success. Materials have practical applications for students and support development of reading comprehension, communication and other occupational skills. Students may be required to create their own brief texts. This course is part of a sequence designed for students who may transition directly into the world of work, pursue further training/courses or pursue other opportunities that may not require post-secondary education. More information
Grade 11 – Mathematics
Mathematics 20-1: Mathematics 20-1 students investigate arithmetic and geometric patterns and use the sine and cosine laws to solve problems involving triangles. They investigate the properties of radicals and rational expressions. Mathematics 20-1 students also analyze the characteristics of absolute value functions and quadratic functions, solve quadratic equations and systems of equations in various ways, and analyze the relationship between a function and its reciprocal. More information
Mathematics 20-2: Mathematics 20-2 students use proportional reasoning to solve real-life problems involving 2-D shapes and 3-D objects. They use the properties of angles and triangles, including the sine and cosine laws, to solve problems; use reasoning to prove conjectures; use spatial reasoning to solve puzzles; and solve problems that involve radicals. They interpret statistical data, solve problems involving quadratics and research and present a mathematical topic of their choice.
Mathematics 20-3: Mathematics 20-3 students solve surface area, volume and capacity problems. They use primary trigonometry to solve problems involving two or three right triangles, and model and draw 3-D objects and their views to scale. They use numerical reasoning to solve puzzles; create and analyze personal budgets; use proportional reasoning, unit analysis and manipulation of formulas to solve problems; and create and interpret graphs. Students use their understanding of slope and rate of change to interpret graphs.
Knowledge and employability Mathematics 20-4: Knowledge and Employability Mathematics 20-4 students solve everyday problems involving numbers and percents, and decide if the processes used are reasonable. They explore patterns, variables and expressions, and interpret variables, equations and relationships, to solve problems in practical situations. They estimate, measure and compare objects; read and interpret scale drawings and maps; develop and apply a plan to collect, display and analyze information; and use probability and statistics to make predictions and decisions. In most of their studies, Mathematics 20-4 students connect mathematical ideas to their everyday lives. Students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the Knowledge and Employability -4 course sequence. More information
Grade 11 – Physical Education (PE)
I’m challenging myself to develop an active, healthy lifestyle. Students will enjoy and improve their skills in a wide variety of activities in the school environment and within the community. They will experience better health and well-being, play cooperatively and embrace activity as a lifestyle choice. More information
Grade 11 – Science
Biology 20: How and why does energy flow through living systems? Biology 20 students examine the interactions of living systems to better understand the constant flow of energy and the cycling of matter. Specifically, students explore the functioning of the human body and the mechanisms that work to maintain balance in organisms—in ecosystems and in the biosphere. More information
Chemistry 20: How do atoms combine to form different substances? Students explore matter and how it changes in order to understand the natural world. They investigate the chemical properties of solutions, and they apply their understanding of chemical bonds to explain ionic and molecular compounds. Chemistry 20 students explain the behavior of gasses, using the gas laws, and also work to balance chemical equations. More information
Physics 20: How does a lacrosse player know when to release the ball? Physics 20 students investigate the motion of objects. They apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation to astronomical observations. They also describe how energy is transmitted by mechanical waves and how waves relate to medical technologies, industry and musical instruments. More information
Grade 11 – Social Studies
Social Studies 20-1: What is nationalism and how does it affect us? Social Studies 20-1 students look at the origins and effects of nationalism and weigh its benefits and limitations. They examine issues related to nationalism and consider impacts on individuals, international relations and citizenship. More information
Social Studies 20-2: What is nationalism and how does it affect me? In Social Studies 20-2, students examine the origins and effects of nationalism from various perspectives, developing an understanding of the impact of nationalism on individuals, international relations and citizenship in Canada.
Knowledge and employability Social Studies 20-4: What is nationalism and how does it affect us? In Knowledge and Employability Social Studies 20-4, students explore the development of nationalism as well as its effects, considering various perspectives on the idea of nation in Canada. They develop an understanding of the impact of nationalism on individuals, international relations and citizenship. Students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the Knowledge and Employability -4 course sequence. More information
Grade 11 – Thai Language
The Thai language programme will follow the standards of the Ministry of Education (MOE). Students have access to resources used in Thai schools as well as teacher created materials. The extended curriculum includes Art
Grade 12 – Year 17 Upper High School
Grade 12 – English Language Arts
English Language Arts 30-1: In ELA 30-1, students will be given an opportunity to explore their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences. They will be given literature and various media to respond personally, critically, and creatively to. The course will test their ability to manage their ideas and the information they receive to enhance their communication skills, all the while improving their collaborative skills with group activities. More information
English Language Arts 30-2: This course will give students an avenue to analyze and evaluate different themes, topics, and text types. They will be given a chance to respond to a variety of literature and media through oral and visual presentations, as well as writing their own texts. Aside from this being a way to test and further improve their communication skills, it will also broaden their perspectives and prioritize respect, support, and collaboration with others through various group activities.
English Language Arts 30-4: The ELA 30-4 course encourages students to experiment with language, image, and structure in their works. Their activities include keeping a journal, taking part in a sharing circle, interviewing members of a community, and a local employer or coworker. They will also be analyzing literature and other texts in various forms, gaining skills that allow them to create their own texts later on. More information
Grade 12 – Mathematics
Mathematics 30-1: Students will be solving problems using trigonometric concepts, including the unit circle, the six ratios, and functions both algebraically and graphically. Their reasoning skills will also be tested through relations and functions. They will be demonstrating their understanding of operations on and compositions of functions, as well as the ins and outs of graphing functions. Students will also be going back to the fundamental counting principle, an essential concept in permutations, combinations, and the binomial theorem. More information
Mathematics 30-2: This course will tap into students’ numerical and logical reasoning skills. They will also be solving probability-related problems, such as the probability of two events and mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive events, before revisiting operations involving relations and functions. At the end of the course, students will be asked to come up with a presentation on a current event or area of interest that involves mathematics.
Mathematics 30-3: In Mathematics 30-3, students will revisit integral concepts in measurement, geometry, numbers, algebra, statistics, and probability, this time with additional topics and more in-depth discussions. This course involves a great deal of problem-solving, which in turn requires adequate algebraic reasoning, number sense, and critical thinking skills.
Grade 12 – Physical Education (PE)
This course will give students an opportunity to improve their basic locomotor and non-locomotor skills through dance, games, types of gymnastics, and other various activities. The goal of this course is to instill in students the benefits of an active lifestyle as well as the importance of working together as a team.
Science 30: How do living and nonliving things interact with the environment? Students will be introduced to concepts involving the human body, particularly the circulatory system and the immune system, and how they react to pathogens and diseases. They will also discuss energy and matter in chemical change, electromagnetic energy, and sustainable development.
Grade 12 – Science
Science 30: How do living and nonliving things interact with the environment? Students will be introduced to concepts involving the human body, particularly the circulatory system and the immune system, and how they react to pathogens and diseases. They will also discuss energy and matter in chemical change, electromagnetic energy, and sustainable development. More information
Biology 30: This course provides an avenue for students to consider careers in science-related fields. It also encourages students to conduct scientific inquiries. Important topics include the nervous and endocrine systems, reproduction and development, cell division, genetics and molecular biology, and population and community dynamics. More information
Chemistry 30: Students will be encouraged to develop positive attitudes that support the responsible acquisition and application of knowledge related to science and technology. They will be dealing with thermochemical changes, electrochemical changes, chemical changes of organic compounds, and chemical equilibrium focusing on acid-base systems. The goal of the course is to have students develop an appreciation for scientific inquiry and responsible experimentation. More information
Physics 30: Students will be introduced to Newton’s second law of motion as it relates to momentum and impulse. They will be dealing with electric and magnetic forces and fields, as well as electromagnetic radiation, all present in devices they use every day. They will also be building on previous topics to better understand how the atom is organized and how it can be subject to experimental tests. More information
Grade 12 – Social Studies
Social Studies 30-1: This course is an introduction to ideologies and their various perspectives, particularly that of classical and modern liberalism. Students will be learning about various political and economic systems to better understand liberalism and its viability in current times. They will also tackle modern-day issues related to citizenship. More information
Social Studies 30-2: Students will explore competing ideologies, such as individualism, liberalism, common good, and collectivism. They will be conducting in-depth analyses of how these ideologies influence various political economic systems. Paired with a continued discussion on citizenship, this course aims to give students a better understanding of global issues.
Learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teachers about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout their courses. Your child’s teachers can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of each course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.
After School Activities
Lighthouse is continually growing and developing after school extra curricular activities. Extra study / grade options:
ELS English Language Support – 2 lessons per week
Coding class (beginner / middle / advanced)
Muay Thai Boxing / Fitness
Guitar / Ukelele
A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. To learn more about the resources, visit the LearnAlberta.ca website.
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