Assumption School Academics

Option Courses:

Art 10/20/30

This course deals with the organization of visual material and teaches students how to think and behave as artists. Students will develop an appreciation for art and develop the ability to express their creativity in a variety of art forms like drawing, painting and sculpture. Some mediums used in art include pastels, acrylic paint, watercolour, pottery, pen and ink, collage, print-making, charcoal and chalk.

Communication Technology

This course explores various technologies that are used in the design and communication industries. Students will be put in the position of a designer and be asked to solve real world job-related design problems. They will work both individually and in groups to complete various projects that challenge them to reach a specific audience with a message. Students will be given freedom (within limits) to choose the topics and messages to communicate in many of the projects. In Communication Technology, we will be using programs such as Adobe CS6 Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Aperture and Final Cut Pro. We will have access to digital SLR cameras and HD video cameras, as well as a studio with professional lighting equipment and a green screen. We will also be learning the basics of computer programming with regards to game design, as well as incorporating robotics programming. Students will be also be presented with opportunities to use Lego Robotics to build models and program movement using those models.

Construction Technologies

All students new to Construction Studies will take a drafting course which will help them plan and design projects, which must be completed before choosing any other courses. Drafting assists students in understanding layout and design. It also helps the teacher determine what areas they are best suited for. Prior to starting any course, students must also complete a mandatory safety review. Courses available include: Construction (framing, cabinetry, plumbing, electrical, drywall), Welding (mig, stick, plasma, tig, oxy-acetylene), Drafting and Engines.


Students will develop increased appreciation for the significance of personal grooming in various life situations, as well as the knowledge and skills required to maintain a personal health and safety plan. Students will learn to handle hair confidently, brush, comb and part hair correctly and create ropes, knots and two- or three-strand braids. Students will demonstrate basic principles of client service, consultation and retail sales related to the various sectors of the cosmetology industry. Students use photos or other images as guides to recreate a variety of hair designs using long hair techniques. Students develop an understanding of the importance of knowledge of anatomy and physiology as it relates to the cosmetology and esthetics industry. The offering of this course is dependent on a grant from Alberta Education.

Drama 10/20/30

This course will include many aspects of drama. Students will be exploring pantomime, improvisation, skits, and scripted plays. Students will be expected to participate in solo, duo and group activities. Evaluation will be based on a combination of strategies based on process, progress (emphasizing participation), assessed assignment mark (presentation grade), self-evaluation, and other notations. The course introduces students to the art and the craft of drama through participation. It develops skills necessary for effective public speaking and dramatic presentation and enhances student’s sense of self-esteem and confidence.

English as a Second Language

The goal of this program is to provide English as a Second Language students with planned, systematic instruction and support that will enable them to speak the English language fluently, further their education, and become productive and contributing members of Albertan and Canadian society. Throughout the five levels, students are expected to grow in their ability to demonstrate the following general outcomes. Students will use spoken and written English to gather, interpret and communicate information, establish and maintain relationships, make decisions, solve problems, and plan and carry out projects as well as explore, respond to and extend ideas and experiences. This program is meant to supplement and support ESL learners in their regular school programming.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is designed to expose students to application of The Scientific Method. How we use our planet today will affect the lives of future generations of all creatures on Earth. In this course we will discuss stewardship of the environment, fostering that stewardship, consumerism, and living with the environment. Students will then apply their knowledge to create a novel science project that will be presented and evaluated in the same fashion as a science thesis.

Food and Fashion Studies

Foods and Fashion is a course where students will gain knowledge, practical experience and an appreciation in the areas of Food studies, as well as Fashion studies. In Fashion studies, students will have the opportunity to manufacture and market clothing and other textile products as well as study the history, sociology and economics of clothing and textile arts. In Food Studies, students will have the opportunity to examine the role of food, looking beyond consumption to production, visual appreciation, nutrition, meal planning, economics and preparation, as well as practical application in the kitchen. This course is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the fashion or Food industries, as well as students who wish to gain some practical knowledge that will be applicable to them once they graduate and form their own independent lives.

Forensic Science

Forensic Science is the study of criminal investigations. Students will explore crime scenes, trace evidence, glass and soil evidence, fingerprinting, imprints, entomology and chromatography. This course looks at how all of the different sciences are brought into forensic science, so students gain an appreciation for how biology, chemistry and physics play into that field. Students will study and investigate real crime scenes. Students will be taught how to recognize the steps in securing a crime scene, identify various types of evidence that may need to be collected, and the various procedures to help carry out a proper investigation. Due to the graphic nature of the course material and its focus on real events, this course may not be suitable for everyone. This course includes discussions about substance abuse, sexual assault, blood spatter analysis and may contain graphic content. This course has a prerequisite of Science 10 or Science 14. Students will not be able to take this course unless they are taking Science 10 or 14 in the same semester or have taken one of these courses and passed it previously.

French Language Arts (French Immersion)

FLA is for students who come from a francophone family that use French as a first language or for students who have been in a French Immersion program at least since grade seven. This course will develop students’ critical thinking and will help them in situations where they will develop intellectually, personally, socially and culturally in the French language. Four main abilities will be developed in French: oral comprehension, reading comprehension, writing skills and speaking.

Instrumental Music (Concert Band)

Students entering Instrumental or Concert Band must have had a minimum of one year, and preferably two years’ experience playing one of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, and music theory will be covered as it arises in the repertoire. Participation in concerts is a required part of this course.

Mathematics 31 (Grade 12 only)

Math 31 is designed to bridge the gap between the Math 10C, Math 20-1 & Math 30-1 programs and the calculus courses offered by post-secondary institutions. The emphasis is on the theoretical and practical developments of topics in the algebra of functions, trigonometry, differential calculus and integral calculus. This course has a prerequisite of Mathematics 30-1 (grade 12) which must be completed either before or concurrently at the same time as Mathematics 31.

Medical Science and Technology

Students will study the history and development of medical sciences from ancient times until the present. Several body systems will be studied both in historical contexts and using current day technologies and therapies. The focus will be on functional anatomy, physiology, and diseases common throughout history. Some related careers for this course include laboratory technician, medical imaging technologists (x-ray, ultrasound, CAT scan, MRI), nurse, doctor, dentist, pharmacist, researcher, research assistant and bioengineer.

Military Studies

Military organizations in Canada and abroad play a significant role in cultivating patriotism, humanitarian values and peace as well as preserving a country’s heritage, sovereignty, environment, economic stability and security. In an increasingly interconnected world, the military plays an important role in terms of assisting governments to imagine, maintain and spread collective ideals in peaceful and conflict situations. Students in this course will inquire into, explore, assess and evaluate the origins of the military, its diverse roles, its involvement in domestic and international affairs and its relationship to political decision-making processes in times of war and peace in Canada and in international contexts. This course provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the military and its diverse roles in depth and with attention to historical, contemporary and emergent real-world issues.

Sport Medicine

Sport Medicine is a course that involves the completion of a variety of single-credit courses over the course of a semester that assist individuals interested in the field of personal training, kinesiology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Students have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge about the human body through biomechanical assessment and human physiology. Students also gain an understanding of the wellness factors required to ensure overall health from birth to adulthood by creating training programs that suit their needs or the needs of future clients. Related careers include personal trainer, coach, physical therapist, physiotherapist, kinesiology-related careers, orthopedic surgeon, doctor, chiropractor and occupational therapist.

Work Experience (Grade 11 and 12 Only)

Work Experience is an opportunity to gain experience with an employer in an area that students think they may be interested in pursuing a future career or to gain general employment experience. Work Experience can be completed within a specific block of the day or outside of school hours. The student is responsible for making contact with the employer in finding a placement. Students can complete between 3 – 10 credits in each of the three Work Experience levels. However, only 15 of those credits can be used toward the requirements of a high school diploma. The pre-requisite for this course is the completion of HCS3000 – Workplace Safety Systems, which must be completed before the student is permitted to do a Work Experience placement. This course is available to grade 11 and 12 students that have completed Workplace Safety Systems.