The fine arts program at Queen E. provides instruction in two main areas: Instrumental Music and Art.
Instrumental Music is offered to grades 7,8, and 9 students. The "band" affords students the opportunity to experiment with a number of instruments to determine their preference. Once an instrument is selected, students progress to a point where they are prepared to participate in a public concert presentation at Christmas. Throughout the year, several opportunities for performance are provided and encouraged. For grade 8 and 9 students, a Band Camp in March offers students the opportunity to participate in music workshops with a variety of notable clinicians.
Art Education provides students with the opportunity to explore and pursue their artistic talents with a variety of mediums. Art 9 students have painted several murals throughout the school.
CTS (Career and Technology Studies):
Information Processing teaches a wide range of computer skills. The lab is a PC lab, and MAC computers are used in some of the classrooms and the I. A. lab. Consequently, students have the opportunity to learn both platforms. Keyboarding, word processing, multimedia productions and Internet usage are just some of the areas covered in Information Processing courses. Technology outcomes are integrated throughout the curriculum, seeing students use computer technology for class projects.
Industrial Arts offers several strands in the Fabrication and Design and Construction and Fabrication strands of the CTS curriculum. Modules completed in the lab see students producing wood, plastic and metal projects as well as having the opportunity to learn about digital photography and be involved in developing and producing multimedia projects.
Foods and Fashion modules of the CTS curriculum are offered in the Home Economics Lab. Students have the opportunity to learn about proper nutrition and prepare light snacks to full meals. A variety of sewing projects are completed, from stuffed pillows to spring dresses and pyjama pants. Computerized sewing machines allow students to explore projects involving embroidery and designing their own patterns.
Sports Excellence: This course is available to Grade 7 and 8 students and promotes healthy eating and a positive lifestyle combined with Fitness training.
Students follow the curriculum as set out by Alberta Learning. Total program hours exceed the 950 hours required by Alberta Education, offering a focus on academic achievement. The timetable provides for the core subjects to be taught each day, providing consistency and enhancing achievement. Ecole Queen Elizabeth exceeds the minimum time requirements as prescribed by Alberta Education.
Language Arts: 185-hours/year
Mathematics: 155-hours/ year
Science: 155-hours/ year
Social Studies: 155-hours/ year
Guidance/Health: 54- hours/year
Physical Education: 78-hours/ year
FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM:
Students in the French Immersion receive 60% of their instruction in French. In addition to French Language Arts, French Immersion students must take English Language Arts. Students are integrated for Homeroom, English Language Arts, Phys. Ed., Guidance and Complementary Courses.
French Language Arts: 150-hours/ year
English Language Arts: 185-hour/ year
French Mathematics: 150-hours/ year
French Science: 150-hours/ year
French Social Studies: 150-hours/ year
MODIFIED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS:
In Grades 8 & 9 the K&E (Knowledge and Employability Skills) Provincial Curriculum is followed for the core subject areas.
The Transition Program supports students whose ability to succeed may be delayed because of cognitive challenges. The program is intended to provide learning opportunities so that students may enter High School within the expected timeframe as their peers. The program is flexible allowing multiple entry and exit points. After their first year many students partially exit the program and continue their studies in a blended program at the school. All students in the program are integrated for complementary courses.