Biology 12 is a lab-oriented course focused on human biology. Starting with cell biology it investigates the structure of the cell, its structures and chemical composition, and the processes that operate within it. The course expands on how these cellular processes relate to the larger systems of the body. This includes the digestive system, circulatory system, respiratory system and nervous system, urinary system and reproductive system.
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Students wishing to take a paper-based course must first contact the school to speak with a Program Advisor. Paper-based courses are self-paced, may be started at any time during the school year and can be applied to graduation, to upgrade pre-requisites for post-secondary or for general interest.
In Family Studies 12 students analyze family trends in Canada to identify social and global issues that may affect their families; learn to identify family support resources and to develop strategies to cope with crisis situations; describe changes and evaluate factors that affect human growth and development; explore care-giving opportunities; study various types of relationships experienced throughout life; and examine how consumer decisions affect family and society.
Food Studies 12 focuses on planning and preparing nutritious food for individuals, groups, and families. Students develop a variety of skills from planning menus to presenting attractive meals. They also increase their knowledge of nutritional, social, and economic factors that affect food selection and preparation. Other topics include safety and the prevention of food-borne illnesses, budgeting food purchases, time management, and global issues related to food production and consumption. Opportunities to research careers in the food and hospitality industry are also provided.
Completion of Grad Transition is required for graduation in the 2004 Graduation Program. It focuses on the transition from high school to post-secondary or career options, as well as on personal wellness. It includes components to do with stress management, personal fitness, career exploration as well as job readiness. These are assessed through the completion of S.D. 34’s Grad Transitions Booklet.
Independent Directed Studies courses enable students to initiate their own learning and receive credits toward graduations. These courses intend to:
- expand course options for students
- allow students to pursue curriculum in greater depth and further develop their passion
- provide students with the opportunity to pursue further studies of interest.
An IDS course is an extension of one or more learning outcomes already identified in an existing Grade 10, 11 or 12 course (available for either MInistry Authorized or Board Authorized courses). The course must be rigorous, well thought-out and developed through a consultative process involving the student and the teacher. THe standards for IDS courses are designed to maintain a high level of quality in the work undertaken. An IDS course is taken as an additional credit outside of the student's regular timetable. Following the submission of applications, successful applicants will work with their IDS teacher to identify and develop the IDS course learning outcomes.
How many credits are assigned?
An IDS course can be one, two, three or four credits depending upn the number of learning outcomes, depth of the proposal and the number of hours allocated for completion.
Secondary School Apprenticeship is a provincial career program that enables students who already have a job in an apprenticeable trade to move directly into the standard apprenticeship training system while still in high school. Become a registered apprentice, 'earn while you learn' and be eligible for a $1000 SSA Scholarship.
4 courses with 4 credit each
Designed for Grade 11 and 12 students who wish to combine school with career exploration through practical, hands-on work experience. The school's Career Facilitator will arrange volunteer work experience placements for you that fit your strengths and interests.
Writing 12 is an Open School Course that covers many aspects of creative writing. In this course, a student will learn how to write poetry using metre, how to develop character in prose fiction, and how to create smooth transitions in drama and film, among many other techniques used by professional writers. As a culminating assignment, the student creates a polished portfolio of his or her best work.