Option Courses

Please see below for a description of the Option Courses available at Assumption Jr/Sr High. For more information, please contact the school office.


Assumption Junior/Senior High School

Options - Course Descriptions

Art 10/20/30

These courses deal with the organization of visual material and teaching students how to think and behave as artists. They also help students appreciate art and develop the ability to express their feelings in a variety of art forms. Some mediums used in art include: drawing, sculpture, pastels, oil painting, watercolors, pen ink, collage, print-making, digital art, charcoal, and chalk.

Communication Technology

This course explores various technologies that are used in the design and communication industries. You will be put in the position of a designer and be asked to solve real world jobrelated design problems. You will work both individually and in groups to complete various projects that challenge you to reach a specific audience with a message. You will be given freedom (within limits) to choose the topics and messages you wish 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.

Concert Band 10/20/30

Students entering Instrumental or Concert Band 10/20/30 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.

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.

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

Students in ELCC will complete a series of single-credit courses that, when finished, will qualify them for their Childcare Assistant Certification from the province. In the course, students learn about child development and the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a child care setting.Students also complete a number of practicum hours at daycare, day-home, Headstart, and preschool facilities as part of the program. This course will be useful for students considering careers in Education, daycare programs, preschool program or day-homes.

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.

French as a Second Language 10/20/30

These courses are recommended for students who have previous French as a Second Language instruction at the junior high level. Students will engage in various language activities based on a variety of communicative tasks. Students will learn how to use French correctly in many situations that resemble authentic experience. Students will acquire knowledge of correct grammar usage as well as knowledge of the best verb tenses to use depending on the situation. Students will also learn about French culture such as foods, music and appropriate conventions for formal and informal oral and written requests.

French Language Arts 10/20/30

The FLA Senior program 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.

Construction Technologies

Placement of chosen fields is related to level of maturity and responsibility. All grade 10's enrolled in IA complete an introductory drafting module before choosing any other courses. The drafting helps them understand layout and design. It also helps the teacher determine what areas they are best suited for. Before machines are used a safety component, related to that module, is completed. Other courses available include: Welding (stick, MIG, plasma, gas), Carpentry (framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, foundations, surveying), Media (photography, movie making, silk screening, sandblasting), Cabinetry (furniture, lathe), Small Engines (vertical and horizontal shaft, 5-8 hp) and Advanced Drafting (manual, CAD).

Jazz Band 10/20/30

Senior Jazz band is for those students interested in learning about jazz and other forms of music. The most significant difference for students in jazz band will be their exposure to improvisation –the art of creating a solo/melody as they play it. Students will also learn about the different styles of jazz and other forms of music such as latin, rock, and funk and their associated characteristics. Woodwind, brass, drum set, piano, and guitar players may take this course and should have 1-2 years of playing experience.

Mathematics 31

Math 31 is designed to bridge the gap between the Pure Math 10-20-30 program 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.

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.

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, kinesiologyrelated careers, orthopedic surgeon, doctor, chiropractor and occupational therapist.

Work Experience 15/25/35

Work Experience is an opportunity for students to gain experience with an employer in an area that they think they may be interested in pursuing a future career or to gain general experience in the world of employment. 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. The Work Experience Coordinator must approve the work site prior to the student starting the program. Students can complete up to 10 credits in each of the Work Experience levels: 15, 25, and 35. 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. This course is completed during CALM 20 in grade 10.


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