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Core and Complementary Catholic Programming

Core and Complementary Catholic Programming

Within the context of Catholic schools, the curriculum in all of its aspects—content, the teaching process, and the total school environment—reflect the values of faith, hope, charity, forgiveness and justice as found in the gospels and the message of Jesus Christ as understood by the Catholic Church.

Teachers make a number of decisions when planning for classroom instruction. Within any group of students, there is a range of individual differences. Teachers use the learning outcomes of the provincial curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their students and to make connections across subject areas. They choose resources, equipment and materials to help students achieve the learning outcomes. Teaching methods and schedules vary from school to school and from class to class to meet the diverse learning needs of students.

In Catholic schools, there are many opportunities for integrating gospel values and nurturing the presence of God in our midst within the curriculum. Cardinal Leger Junior High School offers both an extensive selection of core and complementary programs for student development:

Core Programs Offered

  • Language Arts*
  • Mathematics*
  • Science*
  • Social Studies*
  • Religious Education*
  • Physical Education
  • Health & Personal Life Skills

* courses used to calculate honors and merit.

Complementary Programs Offered

The primary purpose of complementary courses in Junior High School is to give students an opportunity to expand, explore, and develop individual interests, talents, aptitudes, and skills. Students should choose complementary courses which are of genuine interest to them.  Cardinal Léger School is rich in its ability to provide many up-to-date and exciting subjects, which complement the academic core.  Students are able to experience an exciting variety of subjects, which will reinforce their special gifts or will let them try new areas of interest to them.

Complementary Course Descriptions

Complementary courses offered are categorized into three areas of study.  They are listed below for your reference:

Modern Languages

  • French as a Second Language (7 - 9)
  • Italian Language and Culture (7 - 9) 

Fine & Performing Arts

  • Art (7 - 9)     
  • Drama (7 - 9) 
  • Film Studies (7 - 9) 
  • Music Instrumental Beginner (7 & 8)
  • Music Instrumental Applied  (8 & 9) Music 7 is a prerequisite to Music 8. Music 8 is a prerequisite to Music 9. 

Career & Technology Studies

  • Communication Technology (7 - 9)               
  • Food Studies (7 - 9)
  • Fashion Studies (7 - 9) 
  • Construction (7 - 9)
  • Environmental Stewardship (8 & 9)
  • Recreational Leadership (9)

Learning Support

  • Approaches to Learning (7 - 9)                                                 

 View our Look Book for detailed descriptions of the course offerings at Cardinal Léger Catholic Junior High School 


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