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I like how flexible this class is. It’s a lot less structured than normal courses and allows you to be creative and portray your personal style in your work. It is a great pathway to a future in an artistic field, as it teaches the basics of sewing, creating patterns to fit your preferences and expressing yourself through fashion. This course provides all the supplies and information you will need to be successful in your high school fashion class.

Sophie Jamieson 

Program Overview


The Career & Technology Studies (CTS) program helps you acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude for a career that is relevant to your interests. The entire CTS program centers around five industry clusters and 28 occupational areas organized into one-credit courses. Are you interested in culinary arts, robotics, or manufacturing? Perhaps you want to explore how to build your own website, cook an international meal, or stream your own video content to viewers around the globe? At Louis St. Laurent you have many opportunities to pursue your interests within multiple CTS course clusters at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels through the following pathways:

  • Business Administration & Information Technologies Studies (BIT)
  • Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH)
  • Media, Design & Communication (MDC)
  • Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)

In addition, Louis St. Laurent has a tremendous Sports Performance program which runs underneath the CTS clusters. In CTS students are encouraged to follow their own interests to expose themselves to new career pathways that they may have not even considered.

Program Features


Junior High

Career development requires students to develop enthusiasm for lifelong learning, which begins early. The Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) program encompasses students in grades 7 through 9. Students within the Louis St. Laurent Junior High have access to excellent teachers and facilities within Design, Fashion, Foods, Robotics, Construction and Communication Technologies. Students within CTF have an opportunity to develop and apply the skills, knowledge and technologies associated with those occupational areas.information.

MYP Construction Technology - This program introduces students to the wood working shop and simple hand tools. Students will learn basic safety rules and learn the basics of using simple hand tools. Students will be introduced to The Design Cycle and encouraged to use the different stages of this cycle to complete actual hands-on tasks using different building materials such as wood, glass, and ceramics. Throughout the course, students will also have the opportunity to explore various career options within the construction field.

MYP Design Studies - This course gives students a hands-on introduction to the digital world. Students will learn the basic skills in Adobe Production Suite and develop basic skills to produce a product using computer-based software and plotting equipment. This course is part of the IB program.

MYP Food Studies - Students prepare and eat recipes typical of Canada’s Food Guide as recommended by Food Basics student learning guide. Nutrition and principles of food acquisition are covered.

MYP Fashion Studies - The Fashion Studies 7 program provides introductory opportunities for students to develop basic hand sewing skills. Students will explore a CTF challenge as they design and create a hand sewn project.

MYP Construction Technology - This program introduces students to a wood working shop, simple hand tools, and smaller power tools as well as work with different building materials such as wood, glass and ceramics. Students will learn basic safety rules and learn the basics of using simple hand tools and power tools. Throughout the course, students will also have the opportunity to explore various career options within the construction field.

MYP Design Studies - This course builds on the competencies developed in Design Studies 7. Students will learn intermediate skills in Adobe Production Suite®, make a digital presentation in Movie Maker® and develop basic competencies in design.

MYP Lego Robotics - This course gives students a hands-on introduction to computer coding and Lego Robotics. Students develop basic skills relating to coding using Scratch and Lego Robotics. Students will complete basic programming design and building of Lego robots to find a solution to a given problem.

MYP Fashion Studies - The Fashion Studies 8 program provides intermediate level opportunities for students to build on their hand sewing skills. Students will explore an Eco-Fashion CTF challenge as they create their own design and pattern and complete a hand sewn project.

MYP Food Studies - Students prepare and eat recipes typical of Canada’s Food Guide as recommended by Food Basics student learning guide. Nutrition and principles of food acquisition are covered

MYP Construction Technology - This program introduces students to a wood working shop, simple hand tools, and larger shop tools as well as work with different building materials such as wood, glass and ceramics and learn how to use them in different applications. Students will learn basic safety rules and develop a basic competency with simple hand tools and small and large power tools.

MYP Design Studies - Students will learn intermediate to advanced skills in Adobe Production Suite®, helping them to design, photograph, market, and produce a product. Students will focus on applying these design skills to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, and market a personal brand. 

MYP Lego Robotics - Students will learn intermediate and advanced skills in computer coding using Scratch and Lego Robotics to develop solutions to given problems. 

MYP Fashion Studies: The Fashion Studies 9 program provides advanced level opportunities for students to explore machine sewing to meet a CTF challenge. Students will create a project using hand and machine sewing skills.

MYP Food Studies - Students are given some choices for recipes to complete in the Snacks and Appetizers unit and Food and Nutrition Basics. Main course preparation and some baked items will also be included.


Senior High

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses have common characteristics: • The emphasis is on “hands on learning” and activity centered learning. • Many courses are modular; therefore, students possibly can earn additional credits. Each module completed earns the student 1 credit toward their High School Diploma. • Introductory courses are meant to be exploratory and offer wide varieties of experiences. • Courses offer an awareness of possible career opportunity • All CTS courses can be applied toward the 10 required complementary course credits required for their high school diploma. • Use up to date software (i.e. Adobe CC) and computers for courses where required. At LSL, we offer CTS courses that complement the Fine Arts Program. All strands are available at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level.

Do you want to be on the leading edge of technology? Do you like solving and building solutions to problems? Perhaps you want to explore the far reaches of the universe building and creating robots. If this sounds like you, then you might be interested in Computer Science. The Computer Science program at Louis St. Laurent will give students the opportunity to apply skills they learn in Math, Science and Language to create Solutions to various scenarios using a common programming language, modeling and Robotics. Computer Science 10 MYP students will complete credits in CSE1010 Computer Science 1, CSE1110 Structured Programming 1, CSE1120 Structured Programming 2.

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of photographic composition, basic functions of a digital camera, and basic to advanced digital editing in Photoshop. Students will learn different photographic techniques and apply special effects to photographs. They will learn manual and automatic settings on cameras as well as studio lighting and metering techniques.

This course will provide students experiences in digital video production, audio editing, and the world of media. As video, film and television production is a collaborative field, students will learn to function as members of an integrated production team, including creating a plan and following through to editing. Students acquire basic and advanced products on skills including planning, recording and editing through the product on simple and full length audio/video projects, including animation, using digital camcorders and microphone.

Design is an integral part of our society. Everyone designs every day. From young children that design physical structures to shoe designers to various types of engineers, architects and automobile designers, design shapes our lives. Students planning to enroll in any technical (urban and regional planning, interior design, architectural technology, landscape architecture) or engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, petroleum) post-secondary program should consider taking Design Studies. Students will be exposed to the principles of design, freehand sketching and modeling, working with CAD software, and designing simple structures. Design Studies is offered at the Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels of study.

Students develop hand tool and production of skills to transform common building materials safely into useful products. Using a “hands on” approach to developing awareness and career skills in the carpentry and building trades, students develop basic shop drawing, planning and estimating skills and apply them to build products. One credit is earned for each module completed. Students should be able to complete 3 modules per semester. Mandatory prerequisite for all Industrial Arts modules is CON1010.

The Foods Studies courses are among the most popular of all the CTS courses. Enroll early. Expand your cooking, baking and nutrition skills. Impress your friends and family and watch them ooh and ah as you CREATE CULINARY MASTERPIECES. Food Studies is offered at the Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels of study. Mandatory prerequisite for all Food Studies modules is FOD 1010 Food Basics. LOUIS IRON CHEF: each spring Louis St. Laurent holds its own Iron Chef competition. Open to the entire school, students work in groups of 3-4 to create a winning dish based on predetermined ingredients. Winners from both the junior and senior high competitions  go on to compete at district Iron Chef.

Louis St. Laurent offers a flexible Fashion Program at the 10, 20 and 30 levels. All Fashion 10 students begin with Sewing Fundamentals as they explore machine sewing and lab safety. Students will explore Textile Arts and Fashion Dynamics as they continue to develop the skills necessary for Intermediate level modules. Fashion 20 students will build on their Textile Art knowledge and continue to develop their machine skills.  A variety of projects and techniques will be explored. Fashion 30 students will continue to explore Textile Arts and take on more challenging sewing projects at the advanced modules. Students will have opportunity to choose projects that are geared to their skill level and personal style. Students must have the required prerequisite before moving on to more advanced modules, allowing the continued building of the required skills.  Our Fashion Lab is equipped with brand new sewing machines, sergers, and a computerized embroidery machine. Students may complete projects such as pajama shorts, knit hoodies and sweatshirts, zippered totes and backpacks and home decor items. All items can be personalized with embroidery or iron on designs created by the student.

LEGAL STUDIES (3 CREDITS) The law is fundamental to society. Legal Studies presents students with basic and practical information on about the law. The students will develop an understanding of certain aspects of law as they pertain to their everyday lives. Negligence law, criminal law and controversial issues that evoke responses that may bring about changes in the law will be introduced to the student in Legal Studies.


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Junior HighSenior High
Mark KlopoushakEvan Chalupiak DH
Ryan McCarvilleAndrew Gerla


Linda JohnsonLinda Johnson
Evan ChalupiakTay Nsaliwa
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