Knowledge and Employability courses provide students in grades 8 to 12 who meet the criteria with opportunities to experience success and become well prepared for employment, further studies, citizenship and lifelong learning.
Knowledge and Employability courses are for students in Grades 8 to 12 who demonstrate reading, writing, mathematical and/or other levels of achievement two to three grade levels below their age-appropriate grade.
Students may combine K&E courses with other junior–senior high school courses or transition in and out of K&E courses throughout Grades 8 to 12.
- Students shall be enrolled in courses appropriate to their highest level of achievement;
- Students shall be encouraged to achieve:
- A Certificate of Achievement when they successfully complete 80 credits in an appropriate combination of Knowledge and Employability and other courses, and/or,
- An Alberta High School Diploma where provincial requirements have been met;
- Students will be identified, assessed and enrolled in Knowledge and Employability or other courses in accordance with provincial criteria including:
- Student is a minimum age of 12 years 6 months on September 1;
- Student’s goals:
- Include succeeding in school to become better prepared for the workplace and/or other secondary/post-secondary opportunities, and
- Parallel the philosophy, rationale, goals and outcomes of the courses;
- Student’s assessments indicate:
- That strengths, needs and abilities will be appropriately addressed and enhanced through enrolment in one or more of the courses;
- Achievement of success through learning activities that
- Focus on reading, writing and mathematical literacy in everyday living and occupational contexts, and,
- Provide practical applications and connections to the home, community and workplace;
- Students with some identified specialized learning needs may be enrolled in one or more of the courses:
- If the courses are consistent with their individual goals, abilities and needs and are deemed the most appropriate course(s), and
- If the programming for these students with special needs meets the requirements outlined in the Standards for Special Education, Amended June 2004;
- Students who are involved in off-campus activities through occupational and other courses shall meet the requirements included in the Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12 and the off-campus education guide.
- Placement of students in Knowledge and Employability or other courses will be determined by the Principal.
- Students shall be enrolled in Knowledge and Employability or other courses in accordance with the following processes:
- Review of past performance in a variety of recorded and documented standardized and classroom assessments;
- Annual written consent of the student and, if the student is under the age of 16 years, parent(s)/guardian(s);
- Consultation with the student, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), teachers, counselors and other staff
- Information shall be provided by the Principal or designate to the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) about
- The philosophy, goals and nature of the courses;
- Attainable transitions to secondary, post-secondary and workplace opportunities;
- Creation of a plan that clearly states:
- The student’s goals, and,
- Maps and tracks courses needed to achieve those goals;
- Parents shall be informed of their right of appeal of educational decisions affecting their child.
- Every effort will be made to resolve concerns of parents regarding the education of a student in Knowledge and Employability and other courses beginning at the school level and progressing to involvement of the Director of Inclusive Learning and/or the Superintendent or designate and if necessary to formal appeal in writing to the Board.
- Parents may request a review by the Minister of Education of a decision by the Board which significantly affects the education of their child.