Curriculum & Assessment

Programming in our schools is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education, but each school's focus, optional courses, and activities may vary depending on local student needs. Regardless of what school or program is chosen, your child will receive the same high-quality education.  GYPSD strives to ensure that all our students learn within a welcoming, safe, respectful and caring environment.

The primary purpose of assessment is to gather evidence about student progress on what the child knows and can do based on the curriculum.  This information can be in the form of assignments, quizzes, tests, and observations.  Report cards are one of the ways schools communicate with parents about their child’s progress and achievement at certain times of the year. Assessment happens every day, in every classroom, throughout the school year. This helps teachers to understand your child's strengths and areas for improvement and guide instruction to support them in their learning.

Programs

  • Locally Developed Courses
  • Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) Courses
  • Career and Technology Study (CTS) Courses
  • Dual Credit Courses
  • French Immersion
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
  • Work Experience 
  • Green Certificate

Assessments

  • Student Learning Assessments (SLAs)
  • Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
  • Diploma Exams (DIPs)
  • DELF Testing
  • Mathletics
  • AIMSWeb
  • Highest Level of Achievement Test (H.L.A.T.)
  • Right to Read
  • Reading Readiness Screening Tool (RRST)

Initiatives or Projects

  • Curriculum Redesign
  • High School Redesign

For further information, please contact:

Carra Aschenmeir, Director, Curriculum and Assessment
Phone: 780-723-4471

Email Carra

Dual Credit Program

Grande Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD) is proud to be a partner with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and Shell Canada, in offering a wide range of dual credit courses for our high school students which provides students with a head-start on post-secondary education prior to finishing high school. Piloted in January of 2015, several courses were offered to students to take on site at GPRC campuses in the communities of Edson, Hinton, Grande Cache and Jasper. Evansburg students are able to access dual credit courses through 3V (video conferencing) or online. 

As the dual credit program grows, more sessions will continue to be added based on community and student needs and interests. High school counsellors are aware of which dual credit courses are available to GYPSD students and how to register as a GPRC student.

The Dual Credit Advantage

How does the Dual Credit Program work?

Students enroll in the college course and receive instruction by the college instructor. They are considered a college student while enrolled in high school. “Dual Credit” means that grade 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to earn CTS credits towards their high school graduation as well as earning post-secondary credits. Upon successful completion of the course, students are awarded credited with five high school CTS credits and three college level credits per course. Students receive a transcript from each institution upon the completion of the course or term and the majority of the courses are transferable to all post-secondary institutions in Alberta within applicable programs. All dual credit courses are acknowledged on the high school transcript.

High school students can participate in apprenticeship training or post-secondary, college or university courses earning both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course including:

Preferred placement: Post-secondary institutions exempt students from courses (often at the first-year level) in recognition of coursework completed in high school

Workplace certification: Provincial high school curriculum, particularly Career and Technology Studies, provide students with opportunities to achieve workplace certification through defined pathways 

When can I get started? To take full advantage of our dual credit program, planning should start as early as grade 10. Students must have English 20-1 or 20-2 completed by term 1 of their grade 11 year to make room within their timetable. If you are interested in learning more about dual credit courses currently available, please work with your local high school counselor to complete the application and registration process. It is important to choose courses that will help you transition into your career path, but also to ensure that you have not duplicated CTS credits already earned. Your high school counselor can help look this up when deciding on which course(s) to take. GPRC Fall courses start September 1, 2015 and run until December 18th. Winter courses begin January 6th, 2016 and run until April 26, 2016. Some dual credit courses, (Psychology 1040), will take a 2 week break prior to Diploma exams to give high school students a chance to write exams without missing class. 

What about costs? There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 payable to GPRC. Each course requires a $400 refundable tuition fee (payable to the school), which will be fully refunded back to the parent upon successful completion of the course by the student. Additional expenses such as textbooks and supplies are the responsibility of the student.  Grande Yellowhead Public School Division pays the costs of tuition directly to GPRC for all dual credit courses.