Option Courses

At SGEC we offer a variety of options and CTS courses which vary from year to year based on student interest and teacher availability. For those wishing to graduate from St. Gabe's, we offer enough option choices to fulfill your high school graduation requirements. 

Orientation COM1255

Orientation (COM1255) - Digital Citizenship and Online Learning

  • This is a 1 credit prerequisite for all new students to St. Gabes

Career and Life Management (CALM)

The aim of senior high school Career and Life Management (CALM) is to enable students to make well-informed, considered decisions and choices in all aspects of their lives and to develop behaviours and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of self and others, now and in the future. CALM is the core course for health literacy at the senior high school level in Alberta.

CALM is a required course for graduation in Alberta. 

Religion 15, 25, 35

Religious Studies 15 (3 or 5 credits)

Religious Studies (Roman Catholic) 15 – Christ and Culture
The principal aim of Christ and Culture is to assist students, with the help of the Gospel,
to participate as Christians in the shaping of our culture. The program explores major
cultural issues from a Christological perspective. Beginning with their own life experiences,
students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of themselves, Christ's
message, and the Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are
explored in term of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member
of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a broader culture.
Twenty percent of the course will also be spent studying how the stories, signs, symbols,
and rituals from other World Religions and Canada’s indigenous communities have
influenced cultures both in Canada and throughout the world.

Religious Studies 25 (3 credits)

Religious Studies (Roman Catholic) 25– Jesus Christ: God’s Gift of Salvation
Jesus Christ: God's Gift of Salvation invites students to deepen their relationship with
Jesus through a study of Scripture. Students will explore the Jewish historical, religious,
and cultural world into which the Messiah was born and the Old Testament covenant
fulfilled. Using the Gospels as primary sources, the course explores Jesus' birth, early life,
and ministry; his preaching of the Kingdom of God; his special teachings, particularly the
parables; and his miracles. It then focuses on the scriptural accounts of his death and
Resurrection, and the Ascension, and their central significance for the church’s
understanding of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. In addition to the study of the
history of the Jewish faith, students will study salvation doctrines of other World Religions,
as well as the way that contemporary Christians (both Catholic and from other Christian
traditions) cooperate to total twenty percent of the course.

Religious Studies 35 (3 or 5 credits)

Religious Studies (Roman Catholic) 35– In Search of the Good
In Search of the Good challenges students to understand themselves as moral persons
called to discipleship by living the way of Christ. Through an examination of ethical
theories, the revelation of Sacred Scripture, and the lived experience and teaching of the
Catholic Church, the course invites students to mature as active participants in their faith.
At the heart of catechesis is the human search for happiness as the completion of the
superabundant love of God. The same tension which exists between the revelation of
God's love and the explorations of human reason are worked out in the areas of freedom,
justice, human relations, ecology, reconciliation, life in community and political life. For
twenty percent of the course, students will learn how other World Religions understand
their own sacred texts as guides to moral living, plus how they approach current moral

Physical Education 10, 20, 30

The aim of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 physical education program is to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

PE10 (3 or 5 credits) - Required course for graduation

Through activities, your teen will explore their physical abilities and improve their fitness level. They will understand that fitness impacts well-being and body image. By communicating with others, your teen will develop a sense of fair play and exercise their leadership abilities. They will discover the importance of safe, active living for life; set goals; and challenge themselves as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. For more about Physical Education 10, refer to the program of studies.

PE20 and 30 (3 or 5 credits) - Optional

Fitness is fun and good for me. Through activities, your teen will explore what they are capable of and improve their physical abilities. They will enjoy better fitness and well-being and an improved body image. By communicating with others, they will develop a sense of fair play and exercise their leadership abilities. Your teen will understand the importance of safe, active living for life; and they’ll set goals and challenge themselves as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Want to know more about Physical Education 20 and 30? Refer to the program of studies.

Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35

Learning Strategies is a series of courses designed to assist high school
students in developing the understandings, literacies, skills, and values to be
successful in learning in all high school subjects and in lifelong learning. Students will explore, develop, deepen, and apply a range of strategies for
academic success.

Progressively, students gain confidence, realize increased independence, and apply their strategies to other learning contexts. While the nature of learning is complex and not always strictly linear, Learning Strategies content progresses in rigour from remembering and comprehending (15 level), to applying and analyzing (25 level), to creating and evaluating (35 level).

Level 15 (5 credits): As students transition to the expectations of high school, they will explore, comprehend, and begin to select for their personal learning strategies toolkits a range of learning strategies with direct instruction and guidance from their learning team.

Level 25 (5 credits): As students work to become independent they will analyze, strengthen, and continue to apply to their personal learning strategies toolkits with increasing confidence.

Level 35 (5 credits): As students prepare to transition to post-secondary and life-long learning, they will innovate and implement learning strategies with increased independence for successful high school completion and assemble their personalized toolkit that will be beneficial in further learning endeavours.

Art 10, 20, 30

What does this painting say? How can I communicate the feelings inside me? You will explore a variety of media and ways of expressing yourself visually. Exploring art and imagery across history and tradition, you will understand how images are designed. As you develop artistically, technically and critically, you will discover how images evoke responses and a variety of interpretations. You will convey meaning by creating your own visual artwork. Want to know more? Refer to the program of studies PDF.

Art 10, 20 and 30 have 3 and 5 credit options. 

Work Experience 15, 25, 35

Work Experience 15–25–35 are separate courses for credit that provide experiential learning activities undertaken by a student as an integral part of a planned school program under the cooperative supervision of an off-campus education coordinator. Work Experience 15–25–35 courses are components of an off-campus education learning experience. These courses, like other off-campus education courses and course components, provide opportunities for students to:

• apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work • discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based workstations and work sites in business, industry, government and community service.

Work experience courses also provide opportunities for the school and its community to combine resources to further the student’s personal development, career planning and employability skills through placements in off-campus workstations or work sites.

Work Experience 15–25–35 courses, at each level, are being offered for 5 or 10 credits at SGEC. Each course is time-based; i.e., 25 hours per credit and a student may enroll in Work Experience 35 without having completed Work Experience 15 and/or Work Experience 25. Students may earn up to 30 credits in work experience, but the number of work experience credits that may be counted toward the Alberta High School Diploma is 15.

HCS3000: Workplace Safety Systems is the required prerequisite of the first work experience course taken by a student.


You can choose to take 3, 4 or 5 courses in Foods. 

Introductory Courses

FOD1010: Food Basics (1 credit)

Level: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

Description: Students learn safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes and the importance of efficient work habits.

FOD1020: Contemporary Baking (1 credit)

Level: Introductory

Prerequisite: FOD1010: Food Basics

Description: Students develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary baking focusing on basic measuring techniques, preparation methods, the role of ingredients and the proper use of equipment for baked goods.

FOD1030: Snacks and Appetizers (1 credit)

Level: Introductory

Prerequisite - FOD1010: Food Basics

Description: Students apply the importance of snacks and appetizers related to lifestyle, by making nutritious, as well as delicious, snacks and appetizers. 

Intermediate Courses:

FOD2070: Soups and Sauces (1 credit)

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: FOD1010: Food Basics

Description: Students combine stocks with various thickening agents to produce hearty soups and sauces. 

FOD2180: Vegetables & Fruits (1 credit)

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: FOD1010: Food Basics

Description: Students learn about the wide range of vegetables and fruits available, and how to retain their nutritional value and quality through a variety of preparation and presentation methods.


The objectives of the 3-credit courses in psychology are designed to develop within the student the skills and understandings that make it possible for more effective living in our complex environment. The student’s attention will focus on the scientific approach to understanding human behaviour so that he or she may appreciate more fully the reasons that underlie one’s own acts and those of one’s fellows.

At St. Gabriel Education Centre we offer the following 3 credit psychology courses:

Personal Psychology 20:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality
  • Behaviour
  • Intelligence
  • Heredity and Environment
  • Biological Influences on Behaviour
  • Understanding Perception

General Psychology 20:

  • History of Psychological Schools of Thought
  • Principles of Learning
  • How to Learn Efficiently
  • The Process of Thinking
  • Facing Frustration and Conflict
  • Emotional Problems of Adolescents
  • Behaviour Disorders and Their Treatment
  • Career Opportunities in Psychology



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