During Junior High (Grades 6 to 9), students transition from a class-based program to a subject-based program curriculum. The Junior High Program is taught by a team of teachers, each specialized in one or more subjects.
Our expert teachers collaborate across classrooms and subjects to coordinate their lessons in creative ways. This allows our students to make connections between subjects and better retain learned topics and further develop their mental acuity via non-linear thought processes. The curriculum consists of the following subjects: French, English, Mathematics, History and Geography, Sciences (Biology, Geology, Technology, Physics and Chemistry), Social Studies, Spanish, Arts and Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.
Students are challenged to demonstrate understanding and application of knowledge as well as encouraged to explore new ideas, solve problems, and analyze information. Time management skills and self-sufficient study habits are instilled throughout these grades to prepare students for greater autonomy and independent critical thinking.
Spanish is added to the curriculum in Grade 6. Students have two to three hours of Spanish class each week and instruction focuses on both language and culture. The course is taught by a Spanish speaker and further develops students’ abilities to acquire and apply key language skills.
Junior High (Grades 6 to 9) prepares students to write the Brevet Exam in Grade 9 and Alberta Provincial Achievement Tests in Grades 6 and 9.
Lycée students are prepared for success in varied testing methodologies including:
• Multiple-choice testing (the primary method employed by Alberta Education and by most post-secondary institutions in Canada and the US)
• Essay-type questions (the primary method employed by the French Ministry of Education)
Students benefit from the best each approach has to offer and develop critical thinking skills.
As part of the Lycée’s Junior High Program, Grade 8 students are encouraged to participate in a field trip abroad. The trip is designed to broaden their horizons and, whenever possible, allow them to experience a French-speaking culture first-hand. The cost of the trip is the responsibility of the parents and is announced at the beginning of the year.