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Regular 7-9

At Vernon Barford, we offer the full complement of core subjects approved and required by Alberta Education.  Students take English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, complementary courses, and a second language (Spanish or French).

Vernon Barford students consistently score amongst the highest in Alberta and in EPSB in the core academic classes of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  We are unique in that all students receive individualized timetables and do not travel with the same learning group all day.  In addition to providing evidence of learning (projects, assignments, tests, etc.) we also provide an indication of each student's level of learning with regard to curricular outcomes.  In essence, rather than only providing a single indicator, we provide a learner profile that highlights celebration and growth areas in each curricular area.  Finally, we see learning as a journey and as such students can gain and show higher levels of learning in all outcomes over the course of the year.

 

Complementary Courses

Complementary courses at Vernon Barford can occur in a full year, trimester, or 6 weeks rotation:

 

Full Year:

Course

Selection

Offered to grades

Second Language

French or Spanish

7, 8, 9

Fine Arts

Art, Drama or Band

7, 8, 9

CTF (Foods, Fashion, Construction)

Not Applicable

8

 

Trimester:

Course

Selection

Offered to grades

Coding

Not Applicable

8

Environmental Outdoor Education

Not Applicable

8, 9

Film Studies

Not Applicable

8, 9

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

Not Applicable

8

Clothing & Textiles Fashions

Not Applicable

9

Construction

Not Applicable

9

Foods

Not Applicable

9

Learning to Lead

Not Applicable

9

Art & Design (Photography)

Not Applicable

9

 

All Grade 7 students will take:

  • One Second Language
  • One Fine Arts course
  • Career Exploration (rotation of six different courses which includes: Fashion, Construction, Food Studies, Financial Literacy, Health & Wellness, and STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math])

All Grade 8 students will take:

  • One Second Language
  • Two other Full Year Courses OR
  • One other Full Year Course and Three Trimester Courses

All Grade 9 students will take:

  • One Second Language
  • Two other Full Year Courses OR
  • One other Full Year Course and Three Trimester Courses OR Six Trimester Courses