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Core Curriculum

​Kindergarten

Kindergarten programs encompass research-based early childhood education practices that reflect principles of early learning. These principles focus on children’s competence, holistic learning, relationships and learning environments. The main features of the program are the environment, conversations and play. Developmentally and culturally appropriate practice for young children is emphasized. In 2010 – 2011, the renewed kindergarten curriculum will be introduced.

 

Elementary (grade 1 to 5)

At the elementary level there are seven required areas of study:

  • language arts
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • health education
  • arts education
  • physical education

 

The mathematics elementary curriculum has been implemented and classroom teachers use Math Makes Sense as the key resource. In 2010-2011, the renewed elementary curricula in all other subject areas will be introduced and explored. Elementary teachers will continue to use the existing curricula while exploring the new concepts and instructional practices found in the renewed curricula.

 

Middle Years (grade 6 to 9)

At the middle years level there are seven required areas of study:

  • language arts
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • health education
  • arts education
  • physical education


Career Education is introduced in grade 6 and Practical and Applied Arts in grade 7. In 2010-2011, the renewed middle years curricula will continue to be implemented. The majority of curricula used in the middle years classroom will be from the renewed curricula with occasional reference to the preexisting curricula.

 

Secondary (grade 10 to 12)

At the secondary level students must earn credits in:

  • required areas of study
  • specified areas of study
  • electives


Required areas of study are compulsory courses in the core subject areas such as English Language Arts, mathematics and science. Specified areas of study include special project credits which provide an opportunity for students to study in individualized areas of interest. Electives are specialized courses offered based on local programming needs. The minimum graduation requirement for students is 24 credits with at least five 30 level course credits.

 

During the 2009-2010 school year, programs, resources and services were introduced or enhanced at a variety of grade levels such as the purchase of new equipment and resources to support renewed curricula, online calculus, and the UR Accelerated program (from the University of Regina).

 

Increased program options and accessibility translate to improvements in student learning and student engagement.