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

Aboriginal Studies

NEW in 2024/2025!

Aboriginal Studies 10–20–30 is based on Aboriginal worldviews and experiences, and incorporates the following concepts:

  • there is a need to respect, honour and celebrate Aboriginal cultures in Alberta, Canada and the world
  • Aboriginal values and beliefs are resilient and relevant to global issues
  • Aboriginal nations have strong, diverse and evolving cultures that have adapted to a changing world
  • language/communication in all its forms is one of the essential means by which culture is learned.

Currently, we offer Aboriginal Studies 30 for 5 credits asynchronously with support from a teacher. Students need to have social studies 20 as a prerequisite for this course. 


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

All Religious Studies courses are new for the 2024/2025 school year.

The courses are engaging, self-reflective, and accessible to all learning abilities.

Religious Studies 15 (3 or 5 credits)

The focus of this program is to help students learn how to effectively engage in the shaping of culture as young Catholics. The content explores major cultural issues from the perspective of Jesus Christ and his message. Beginning with their own life experiences, students acquire a deeper knowledge of what it means to be human, and what influences their cultural identity. Connections between the Church and today’s culture are explored in a way that helps adolescent Christians understand how to live responsibly in our complex culture.  

Religious Studies 25 (3 credits)

This course is designed to engage you, challenge you, and help you to answer the deepest questions in your heart. Why am I here? What is truth? What is the secret to happiness and a meaningful life? The human heart aches for perfect joy, perfect beauty, fullness of truth and lasting happiness. By faith and reason, we can seek and find the remedy for our restless hearts: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s gift of salvation for every person in every age.

As you learn about Salvation History, you will be invited into a deeper relationship with your Heavenly Father, your Savior Jesus Christ, and your Comforter the Holy Spirit who offer you a peace that this world cannot give.

Religious Studies 35 (3 or 5 credits)

In Religious Studies 35, challenge yourself to personally reflect on a variety of topics covered in this course. Regardless of where you are on your faith journey, this course will ask you to objectively and philosophically questionanalyze and apply your understanding of what it means to live a moral and ethical life, in an individual and societal context. You will also be asked to integrate Catholic Scripture, Tradition and moral teachings to both historical and contemporary moral issues. Finally, we will analyze the spiritual dimensions of relationships, marriage and family life in our modern world.

As humans, granted free will and created in God’s own loving image, we are called to pursue a life in relationship with Jesus Christ who teaches us to follow two simple commandments: Love God our Father with all our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as He has loved us, a love that would die for us! This course is designed to look at why we may find this calling so challenging and how we can, with God’s strength, compassion and grace, recognize and overcome such challenges! Integrated in Units 1 and 2 are world view perspectives that incorporate a variety of World Religions and how they view contemporary moral issues and their use of Sacred Scripture as guides to their moral living. I look forward to journeying with you as together, we “search for the good”, for the betterment of not only ourselves, but our greater human family!


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.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Green Certificate

At St. Gabes students are able to work and gain apprenticeship hours in the RAP program. 

Students can also gain credit for working in agricultural places of work such as greenhouses, landscaping, farming, veterinarian clinics etc. 

If you are interested in either of these programs, contact Mrs. Monique Webb (mwebb@gsacrd.ab.ca) for more information. 


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