Course Offerings

At PAA we work hard to provide classes that our students both need and want. We survey our students before making the schedule to ensure we are providing a broad range of classes in areas that our students are interested. We are a small school doing great things!

Grade 10

Core Classes

Social Studies 10

English 10

Religion 10

PE 10

CALM/Worksafe

Science 10

Math 10C & 10-3

For more information about each grade, head over to the class pages

Grade 11

Core Classes

Social Studies 20-1

Social Studies 20-2

English 20-1

English 20-2

Religion 25

Science 20

Biology 20

Chemistry 20

Physics 20

Math 20-1

Math 20-2

Math 20-3

Grade 12

Core Classes

Social Studies 30-1

Social Studies 30-2

English 30-1

English 30-2

Religion 35

Science 30

Biology 30

Chemistry 30

Physics 30

Math 30-1

Math 30-2

Math 30-3

Math 31

Options Classes

Elective Courses change each year based on the students survey put out the previous spring. While this is what we are currently offering, there will be new options available next school year! Click on each class for a brief description of that class.

Here are some of the courses we are possibly adding for next school year

Psychology

Leadership

Aboriginal Studies

Forensic Studies

Creative Writing

Political Thinking

Learning Strategies

Coding

Course Descriptions

  • PE 10/20/30 -Mrs Purviance/Mr. Ndekezi

Physical Education is about developing the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to become lifelong lovers of movement. Through team sports, individual activities, and research, students will learn that exercise is not simply something that is done for a few minutes here and there but can be a way of life that allows them to become all that God made them to be.

  PE 10 is required for high school graduation and needs to be completed at some point during your high school career. It is recommended to complete it in your 10th grade year. PE 20/30 is optional.  

  • Yearbook/Media Design -Mrs. Lintan

This class is a great place for creative students to make a HUGE contribution to the school in a FUN setting while collaborating with others that have similar interests. In this course, you will develop skills in basic journalism, photography and layout. You will also learn the ethics of journalism, the responsibilities and demands of creating and funding a publication - the school's yearbook, and what it means to capture and document the memories and activities of students’ lives. This course does require yearlong commitment as the yearbook captures both first and second semesters.

  • French- Mrs. Fernandez

Even if you have never spoken a word of French, through French as a second language you will use French to speak in simple terms about familiar things and to carry out simple conversations that reflect life experiences, such as buying an item or making a hotel reservation. They will explore Francophone cultures and understand the interaction patterns used by French-language speakers. 

  • Creative Writing- Mr. MacDonald

Creative Writing is designed to be a fun, survey course where the students can explore their creative sides in the language arts.  The course is designed for students to assess samples of quality writing, take appealing elements and apply them in a creative manner, as well as examine various authors and the opportunities available for publishing written work.  Various types of writing are explored:  short stories, novellas, screenplays and scripts, poetry, speeches, and specialties (practicing different types of genres).  It is a course that complements the traditional English courses, helping students to build and transfer writing skills to other aspects of their academic and personal lives

  • Leadership (tentative-TBA)

The CTS Leadership course teaches students to take initiative and engage in various leadership opportunities throughout the school year. Students will be planning and leading programs, creating video announcements, working in a Mentorship Program, going through a book study and much more. This is an interactive and exciting course! 

  • Psychology (tentative-TBA)

High school psychology is an elective course that aims to give students an understanding of human behavior. Psychology classes for high school students typically cover several important aspects such as the history of psychology, research methods, classification and treatment of disorders, and more.

  • Personal Finance- Mr. Greenlaw

Personal Finance is a custom made course designed to help you understand how to deal with money. You’re learn the fundamentals of how money works, how to manage it, effective ways for growing and protecting wealth, how taxes work, how to invest and save for retirement, and much much more. One day you will be making money, and it is vital that you understand what to do with it when that time comes. Prepare yourself now by learning what you should be doing with money, so that you don’t make life-altering mistakes in life later on that are difficult to reverse.

  • Video Production- Mrs. Lintan

Video Production, a CTS (Career and Technology Studies) course, provides learning experiences that explore the essential elements of video production. Students discover the essence of a story, experience the struggle to shape and express ideas in the visual medium using the technologies of audio-visual equipment and computer-based editing software, and explore a variety of roles in working with others to produce collective short video projects. Principles of video basics, DV technology, the development and creative process, editing, production, effects and presentation are stressed. Opportunities for creativity, problem-solving, individual and group interactions and decision making are incorporated.

A basic understanding of computer use and software operation is assumed.  

  • Environment/Outdoor Education- Mrs. Purviance

Do you think you have what it takes to survive in the wild? You will discover what it takes in this class as you learn to navigate, cook food, and survive your outdoor adventures. Be prepared for outdoor classes, weekend trips (hopefully), and learning to respect the environment along the way. As Bear Grylls says, "You don't need to go to the ends of the earth, you don't need to climb Everest to have a great adventure - it's invariably on our doorstep."

  • Art 10/20- Mrs. Kay

Based on the days of Creation this class is not hard, but it is heavy. There are a lot of projects and assignments to complete and while there is no final there is an Art History Assignment that you work on throughout the entire semester. We will also do an Art show during Finals week to which you are required to submit pieces of art. Basic art skills in drawing are helpful but not required.

  • Foods-(TBA)

Foods Basics, Meal Planning, Milk Products and Eggs, Regional Cuisine, and Vegetarian Cuisine are the 5 modules you will look at in this hands on, lab based course. Work in groups to recreate recipes, learn knife skills, and the basics of cooking to not just stay alive but stay healthy! When you are done, you will have 25 recipes that you can confidently create for your loved ones, or for your own consumption

  • Choir- (TBA)

We are looking forward to starting our own PAA choir. We will meet during lunchtime and all work to choose songs we would like to sing together. This is a new endeavor and we would like to turn it into a touring group so come out and see what we all can create together!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us:

Ph: 403.782.3381 x 4112

 

Office@paa.ca

6940 University Drive
Lacombe, AB T4L 2E7

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