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Focus Programs

Focus Programs are packages of courses that concentrate on a particular field of interest or training to provide students with both (academic) curriculum-specific and workplace experience, which help build a foundation for a career sector. They enable students to come together to benefit from specialized equipment and teacher expertise.

These programs are designed to help high school students make well-informed career decisions and to assist with a smooth transition to either post-secondary education or the world of work. At the Grade 9 and 10 level, Focus Awareness Programs engage learners who may benefit from an experiential approach to learning. At the Grade 11 and 12 level, Focus Exploration Programs provide students the opportunity to concentrate on a targeted area of study.

SAWS (Students Achieving Workplace Skills) Focus Program

Offered at Notre Dame High School
Grade 9, Program Length: 1 Year, No Cost
Prerequisites: None

This two semester package of courses will concentrate on all aspects of work as a general contractor, from student client meetings, research, design, cost analysis and fabrication of community based projects. A wide variety of construction disciplines will be utilized to complete these projects. The courses will be construction oriented and will include: measurement; technical reporting; research; analysis; sketching; and detailed drawing. In addition, community involvement is an integral part of this course through projects, presentations and community contacts. Students will have the opportunity to work with skilled professionals, thereby enhancing their career options. Students will spend the mornings in the regular courses and the afternoons in the Construction room for their Focus Program courses.

SAWS Focus Program full year credit package

Semester 1

  • Credit 1: Exploring Technologies (TIJ1O)
  • Credit 2: Religion (HRE1O)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Semester 2

  • Credit 1: Construction (TCJ1O)
  • Credit 2: Geography (CGC1P)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Caring for Others Focus Program

Offered at Immaculata High School
Grade 10, Program Length: 1 Year, No Cost
Prerequisites: ENG1L, ENG1P or ENG1D

This Focus Program will center on the various careers that are dedicated to caring for others in our community. Students will explore employment opportunities at local daycares, schools, community health centres, non-profit organizations and nursing homes. Hands-on experiences will help Caring for Others students gain valuable skills and confidence allowing them to further consider this work in the future. Each semester, after their morning classes, students will gather to work collaboratively developing and implementing ongoing initiatives in the community. Students will also appreciate how we can be sent to be the Good News through our work with others, and making a connection between our faith and our life work.

Caring for Others Focus Program full year credit package

Semester 1

  • Credit 1: Health Care (TPJ2O)
  • Credit 2: English (ENG2L/2P/2D)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Semester 2

  • Credit 1: Careers & Civics (CHV2O/GLC2O)
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Credit 2: Religion (HRE2O)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Transportation Focus Program

Offered at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School
Grade 10, Program Length: 1 Year, No Cost
Prerequisites: None

This program is comprised of a selection of transportation-related courses. During semester one, the Transportation Technologies course will focus on transportation-related curriculum and the math course will support projects and assignments from the technology course. During semester 2, the English course will include the development of literacy skills through transportation-related content and the Discovering the Workplace course will provide opportunities to investigate career opportunities in the transportation sector. The remainder of their courses will follow the regular grade 10 curriculum.

Transportation Focus Program full year credit package

Semester 1

  • Credit 1: Transportation (TTJ2O)
  • Credit 2: Math (MFM2P/MAT2L)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Semester 2

  • Credit 1: English (ENG2P/2L)
  • Credit 2: Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O)
  • Credit 3: Compulsory of student’s choice
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice

Emergency Response Services (ERS) Focus Program

Offered at Mother Teresa High School
Grade 11 or 12, Program Length: Semester 1, Cost: $200
Prerequisites: None

This Focus Program will centre on the various careers that contribute to Emergency Care (policing, firefighting, paramedics, nursing). The program will provide development of the knowledge, skills and theory needed to explore these careers in a high school setting. Opportunities for experiential learning and access to current professionals in the respective fields will support career exploration. Please visit a Youtube video of the program in action by visiting www.ss.mths.ca and select Specialized Programs. It is intended to be a lead-in course of study for those interested in pursuing one or more of the careers linked to it as well as provide an opportunity for all students to explore related careers in a school setting. Note: This course fee is used to allow students to obtain certifications in CPR, First Aid and AED. They will also be able to keep their fitness clothing.

ERS Program semester 1 credit package

  • Credit 1: Police Sciences/Foundations (IDC3O2)
  • Credit 2: Police Services and Fire Protection (IDC4O2)
  • Credit 3: Health Care (TPJ3C/4E)
  • Credit 4: Compulsory of student’s choice English or Math or Religion