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Academic Program



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French Language Arts 
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French Language Arts 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 (5 credits each)
This three-year program concentrates on four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students will develop meta-cognitive and analytical skills using short stories, articles, poetry, films, novels and plays. The study and revision of French grammar is done at every level. Technology is integrated throughout.
French Language Arts 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 (5 credits each)
This three-year program runs concurrent to the 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 stream and focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will analyse short stories, articles, poetry, films, novels, and plays. They will develop their communication skills through functional speaking and writing pieces. The study and revision of French grammar is done at every level. Technology is integrated throughout.
French Advanced Placement (AP)
Students who are interested may discuss with their teacher the possibility of writing the French Advanced Placement exam.

Etudes sociales
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French Immersion Social Studies Requirements: It should be noted that in either the – 1 or – 2 streams, reading levels and analysis of sources differ slightly. Whereas, in the written portion of the course, the format changes as far as the depth required in thought and length of assignments.
Études sociales 10-1 and 10-2: Perspectives on Globalization (5 credits): Key Issue: To what extent should we embrace globalization?
Études sociales 20-1 and 20-2: Perspectives on Nationalism (5 credits) Key Issue: To what extent should we embrace nationalism?
Études sociales 30-1 and 30-2: Perspectives on ideologies (5 credits) Key Issue: To what extent should we embrace an ideology?


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Science courses provide students with facts, principles and concepts to offer them with a better understanding of the world around them. Learning opportunities are made meaningful so they can relate science to their life in and out of the classroom to encourage an interest in science as a lifelong learning experience.
Sciences 10 (5 credits)
It is an academic course that examines 4 broad units: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences. These units are the foundation for the further study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Sciences 14/24 (5 credits each)
General science courses intended to help students understand the scientific principles behind matter, living/biological systems, human health, energy and motion and environmental studies. Science 14, together with Science 24, fulfill the minimum 10 credits of Science required for an Alberta High School Diploma. As the course delivery is focused on a hands-on experimental approach, it also aids in the development of Science skills in preparation for the possibility of Science 10 later on in a student’s academic journey.
Chimie 20 (5 credits) Students will study matter as solutions, acids and bases, and gases, quantitative relationships in chemical changes and chemical bonding in matter.
Chimie 30 (5 credits) Students will examine energy changes in chemical reactions, electro-chemical systems, organic chemistry, chemical equilibrium and acid-base chemistry
Biologie 20 (5 credits) Students will study energy and matter in the biosphere, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, ecosystems and population change, as well as human digestive, respiratory, circulatory, defense, excretory and motor systems.
Biologie 30 (5 credits) Students will study the nervous and endocrine systems, reproduction and development, cell division, genetics, and molecular biology, as well as population and community dynamics.
Physique 20 (5 credits) Students will study how and why objects move, energy work equivalence, circular motion, gravity and waves.
Physique 30 (5 credits) Students will examine conservation laws, electric and magnetic forces and fields and the nature of the atom and light.


Mathématiques
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The -1 stream (Pre Calculus)
“This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus.” (Alberta Education, Mathematics 10-12, 2008, page 10) (Differential calculus, single variable calculus and Integration) Math 30-1 is designed for students who have the intention of studying calculus, either in high school (Math 31) or at the post-secondary level (Math 113, 114 or 100)
The -2 stream (Mathematical Foundations)
“This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and criticalthinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of calculus.” (Alberta Education, 2008, Mathematics 10-12, page 10) “This path will fulfill most students’ needs. Mathematics-2 is designed with a great deal of flexibility.” (Alberta Education: Math 411 Choosing the Right Sequence, 2008) Math 30-2 is designed for students going into a post-secondary program that does not require the study of calculus.
The -3 stream
“This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and criticalthinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force.” (Alberta Education, 2008, Mathematics 10-12, page 10)
Collaborative Math 10C/20-1
Student will complete Math 10C in the first semester and Math 20-1 in the second.


English Language Arts
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English Language Arts English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 (5 credits each)
This three-year program concentrates on critical analysis and the six communication skills: speaking, writing, reading, listening, viewing and representing. Students will study extended texts such as a novel, feature film, modern or Shakespearean play, a variety of poetry, short stories, visual and multimedia texts, essays and nonfiction. They will create a variety of responses both personal and analytical, using a variety of forms including narrative, informative and persuasive.
English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 (5 credits each)
This three-year program runs concurrent to the 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 stream but focuses on literacy and practical expression. Students will create a variety of responses both personal (to texts and contexts) and critical/analytical (literature, other print and non-print texts and contexts). Students will use a variety of forms including narrative (factual and fictional), informative and persuasive. They will also respond through poetry and oral/visual/multimedia presentation.
Advanced Placement English – 10AP, 20AP, 30AP (5 credits each)
The AP program offers university level courses and exams for High School students. Students taking AP should be motivated and willing to extend themselves, develop strong work habits, and be engaged. It should be noted that students in Advanced Placement complete both an international standard exam and a provincial standard exam in their grade 12 year.

Religion
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The staff at École J.H. Picard work together to promote a school community that reflects the values of faith, hope, charity, compassion and love as found in the Gospels and the message of Jesus Christ as understood by the Catholic Church. Since the Catholic tradition is inclusive and respectful of other religious traditions, all students at École J.H. Picard will find opportunities to develop on their faith journeys both in and out of the classroom. In High School, students will explore the life of Christ, the history of salvation, Catholic moral thought and world religions.

Academic Awards

To receive Honours, Senior High students must obtain a minimum average of 80% according to the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship criteria. All final marks must be a minimum of 65%.

To receive Principal Honours, Senior High students must obtain a minimum average of 90% according to the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship criteria. All final marks must be a minimum of 65%.




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