Course Catalogue

Grade 1-9 Courses (Not available to adult students)

Grade 1

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 2

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 3

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 4

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 5

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 6

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

Grade 7

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Personal Life Skills
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

English Language Arts 7 Novels & Descriptions:

  • Cowboys Don’t Cry by Marilyn Halvorson: Shane Morgan’s world is shattered when his mother is killed in a car accident. His father and hero, a famous rodeo star, drowns his sorrow in booze and soon is just a rodeo clown with a drinking problem. Then the two inherit a small ranch, and Shane looks forward to having a real home, making friends, and getting through a whole school year in the same place. But things don’t go well at school or at home. In fact, Shane and his father seem to be growing further and further apart. Will his father ever change? Will things ever be different?
  • I Am David by Anne Holm: David’s entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it.
  • Peacekeepers by Dianne Linden: Thirteen-year-old Nell Hopkins has to share her mother, a Canadian peacekeeper, with the world when she just wants her mom home in Edmonton to help her deal with the bullies at school.
  • Who is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie: Part ghost story and part time-shift fantasy, this mystery novel dramatizes the connections between teenage Lizzie and her ancestors.
  • Smile by Raina Telgelmeier: This is a graphic novel about Raina who just wants to be normal. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in junior high, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik: This story is a combination of pictures and words about orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo. Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks — like the gears of the clocks he keeps — with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
  • The Wreckers by Ian Lawrence: Fourteen-year-old John Spencer is on his father’s boat when wreckers on the coast of Cornwall lure the ship onto their rocky shore with a false beacon. The story is very exciting and somewhat graphic and violent with many twists and surprises. Each chapter ends on a note of suspense.

Grade 8

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Personal Life Skills
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Success Maker

English Language Arts 8 Novels & Descriptions:

  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park: Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters’ village. For a long time he is content to live with Crane-man under a bridge. All that changes when Tree-ear sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery.
  • Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff: A graphic novel is a light-hearted adventure starring the wildly capable Delilah Dirk. She and her friend Selim escape captivity, steal from an evil pirate, and get into lots of dangerous situations.
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick: “I never had a brain until Freak came along….” That’s what Max thought. The two eighth-grade misfits become fast friends through their adventures. This is a wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick: This is a true story of one girl who spoke out when the Taliban took over Swat Valley in Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school and few expected her to survive.
  • Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes: Ten graduates of the class of 2154 are assigned by the government to a routine of unemployment and ostracism in this overcrowded future of robotized services and thought police. The ten stumble upon a secretive and elite contest that promises to raise their status should they win.
  • The Tuesday Café by Don Trembath: Ordered by a judge in Edmonton to write a two-thousand-word essay on how he is going to turn his life around, Harper has some problems. He is a wise-cracking teenage cynic who learns about himself and connects with others through an unlikely writing group.
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick: Set fifty years apart, two independent stories — Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures — weave back and forth to merge in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.

Grade 9

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Personal Life Skills
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • French Language Arts 9
  • Études Sociales 9

English Language Arts 9 Novels & Descriptions:

  • Alone at Ninety Foot by Katherine Holubitsky: Written by a Canadian author, this powerful story of insight and growth is revealed through the journal entries of a fourteen-year-old girl as she struggles to accept her mother’s suicide.
  • Cardboard by Doug TenNapel: In this graphic novel Cam’s father buys him the only present he can afford, a cardboard box. The gift is stolen by Marcus, a neighborhood boy. When Marcus’s plans go horribly awry, he discovers he needs one thing that money can’t buy: a friend to help him.
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: This “dark edgy novel” explores the negative aspect of military training through the events of a futuristic world where government manipulates individuals to prepare for a perceived possibility of an attack by an alien force.
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: The novel is an easy read about the plight of a young widow in India. 13-year-old Koly must marry and when her husband dies, rebuild her life using her skillful, creative fingers and quick mind.
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen: A Native program (Circle Justice) requires Cole Matthews to live alone on an isolated island off the British Columbia coast. Graphic violence and difficult issues are explored through the events of Cole’s life.

Successmaker: SuccessMaker is an online program that provides differentiated instruction at the student’s learning level to enhance reading and math skills. This instructional program provides students with adaptive, personalized paths to mastery of math and reading concepts. SuccessMaker delivers content through a highly engaging, age-appropriate interface that makes instruction, practice, and assessment fun. Vista Virtual School provides support through an individualized program monitored by a professional teacher, as well as monthly reports that outline progress and adjustments made to meet the needs of the student.

The program makes use of positive reinforcement in an interactive environment with built-in tutorials, guided lessons, and individualized pacing. SuccessMaker also uses audio to guide learners through lessons that capture attention, aiding in retention and building increased confidence.

Senior High Career and Life Management

Career and Life Management – Human Sexuality

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Explore the various steps of personal development, and equip yourself with the necessary skills to make healthy, well-informed decisions and choices throughout your life.

Career and Life Management – without Human Sexuality

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Explore the various steps of personal development, and equip yourself with the necessary skills to make healthy, well-informed decisions and choices throughout your life.
Senior High English Language Arts

English Language Arts 10-1 (ELA1105)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: This is the academic English Language Arts course. It is designed for students with a mark in English Language Arts 9 over 65%, who are planning to attend post-secondary immediately from High School in the future. Students taking this course will gain a full appreciation of the skills of reading and writing, learn to use language confidently in various situations, and discover the significance and artistry of literature. Texts for the course include short stories, poetry, non-fiction, a modern play, a Shakespearean play excerpt, and a novel.

There is an adult version of this course. The required materials are the same.

Required Materials:

Descriptions of Novels for English 10-1

  • Textbooks:
    – Reading and Writing for Success ($58.00), and
    – Sightlines 10 ($56.00)

and

  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson ($9.00),

– The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ($18.00),

– To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee ($9.00), or

– A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ($10.00).

English Language Arts 10-2 (ELA1104)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF (Please contact the teacher for information about Print PDF version)
  • Course Description: This is the non-academic English Language Arts course. It is designed for students with a mark in English Language Arts 9 below 65%. Focus will be placed on basic communication skills through the study of short stories, non-fiction, poetry, a modern play, a feature film, and a novel. This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing post-secondary programs that do not have a primary focus in English.

There is an adult version of this course. The required materials are the same.

Required Materials:

Descriptions of Novels for English 10-2

  • Textbooks:
    – Reading and Writing for Success ($58.00), and
    – Sightlines 10 ($56.00)

and

  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson ($9.00),

– Deathwatch by Robb White ($8.00),

– Waiting for the Rain by Sheila Gordon ($8.00), or

– The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ($18.00).

English Language Arts 20-1 (ELA2105)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 20-2 (recommended mark over 65%)
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: Explore the rich world of English Literature. In this course, you will study and create various types of English text. Texts for the course include short stories, poetry, non-fiction, a graphic novel, a modern play, a Shakespearean play, and a novel. This course is designed for students interested in pursuing university or college programs. 

Required Materials:

English 20-1 Novel & Film Choice Descriptions

  • Shakespearean Play: Macbeth (Global Shakespeare series is recommended) ($38.00)
  • Graphic Novel: The Arrival by Shaun Tan ($16.00)
  • Modern Play: The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod ($16.00)
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– Obasan by Joy Kowaga ($16.00),

– The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.00),

– Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson ($17.00),

– Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ($17.00),

– Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt ($18.00), or

– The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater ($20.00). 

English Language Arts 20-1 ADULT (ELA2105)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1, English Language Arts 20-2, or mature student status (recommended mark over 65%)
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: The English 20-1 Adult course is designed for adults who want to complete or upgrade their high school English requirements. Explore the rich world of English Literature. In this course, you will study and create various types of English text. Texts for the course include short stories, poetry, non-fiction, a graphic novel, a modern play, a Shakespearean play, and a novel. This course is designed for students interested in pursuing university or college programs.

Required Materials:

English 20-1 Adult Novel & Film Choice Descriptions

  • Shakespearean Play: Macbeth (Global Shakespeare series is recommended)
  • Graphic Novel: The Arrival by Shaun Tan  
  • Modern Play: The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.00),

– Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson ($17.00),

– Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom ($15.00),

– The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ($17.00),

– The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ($16.00), or

– The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater ($20.00).

English Language Arts 20-2 (ELA2104)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
  • Course Delivery: Online with print options available
  • Course Description: This course will help you build skills for practical application of English Language Arts in your personal or working life. Emphasis is on effective spoken and written communication, peer-to-peer communication, and critical thinking as applied to literature and the world around you. The course has been embedded with opportunities to learn and build skills in a way best suited to you, the individual learner.

Required Materials:

Descriptions of Novel & Graphic Novel Choices for English 20-2

  • Textbooks:
    – Between The Lines 11
     ($63.00), and
    – Communicate! ($83.00)

and

  • Modern Play: The Boy in the Treehouse/Girl Who Loved Her Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor ($19.00)  
  • Choose ONE of the following graphic novels:

– American Born Chinese (Graphic Novel) ($9.00),

– Essex County (Graphic Novel) ($43.00), or

How I made it to Eighteen (Graphic Novel) ($19.00).

  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– Forbidden City by William Bell ($8.00),

– Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos ($8.00),

– Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ($11.00), or

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown ($10.00).

English Language Arts 30-1 School-Aged (ELA3105)

  • Credits: 5 with a mandatory diploma examination administered by Alberta Education
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Course Delivery: Online (contact teacher to inquire about Print PDF version)
  • Course Description: This course is designed to lead the student to fulfill high school graduation requirements in Alberta and as a culminating High School English Language Arts course, it is intended to be completed by students who are attempting English 30-1 for the first time and plan to apply to post-secondary programs at a university or some colleges and trade schools. It is an intense, demanding, and rigorous course as outlined by Alberta Education to prepare students for post-secondary requirements. In English 30-1, you will explore a variety of mediums (poetry, graphic novel, visuals, short stories, fan fiction, Shakespearean play, modern drama, film, and novel) to showcase your understanding of how the English Language is used to convey thoughts and emotions.

Required Materials: 

Description of Novel Choices for English 30-1

  • Shakespearean Play: Hamlet (Global Shakespeare Series is recommended) ($39.00)
  • Graphic Novel: Lost and Found  by Shaun Tan ($20.00)
  • Modern Play: Someday by Drew Hayden Taylor ($10.00)
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– 1984 by George Orwell ($10.00),

– The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ($15.00),

– The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway ($17.00),

– The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ($16.00).

English Language Arts 30-1 Adult (Upgrade) (ELA3105)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Previous passing attempt at English 30-1 and/or diploma exam, successful completion of English 30-2, or Mature Student Status (contact teacher to see if you qualify).
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: The English 30-1 Adult course is designed for either school-aged students or adults who want to complete or upgrade their high school English requirements. This course satisfies all the criteria mandated by Alberta Education. A wide assortment of novels and films allows you to easily focus on your interests.

Required Materials:

Descriptions of Novel Choices for English 30-1 Adult

  • Shakespearean Play: King Lear (Global Shakespeare Series is recommended) ($39.00)
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– 419  by Will Ferguson ($18.00),

– Born to Run by Christopher McDougall ($16.00),

– The Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd ($17.00),

– All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ($16.00),

– The Cellist of Sarajevo  by Steven Galloway ($17.00),

– The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King ($17.00), or

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld ($15.00).

Please be aware that a number of the novels and films for this course deal with mature content and strong language.

English Language Arts 30-2 (ELA3104)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: If you are intending to pursue a college diploma program or a technical trades (note that requirements for trades vary, so we recommend that you investigate prior to registering in this course) this is the course for you. In English 30-2, you will explore a variety of texts (visuals, poetry, modern drama, film, and novel). You will also receive lots of instruction and practice writing in a variety of contexts, especially in preparation for the required provincial diploma exam.

Required Materials:

Descriptions of Novel Choices for English 30-2

  • Modern Play: Selfie by Bradley Hayward ($16.00)
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– The Fault in our Stars by John Green ($11.00),

– The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson ($9.00),

– The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten ($12.00), or

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom ($15.00).

English Language Arts 30-2 ADULT (ELA3104)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Completion of English 20-1, English Language Arts 20-2, or mature student status.
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF
  • Course Description: If you’re an adult student wishing to pursue a college diploma program or a technical trade, this is the course for you. The English 30-2 Adult course is designed for adults who want to complete or upgrade their high school English requirements. You will explore a variety of texts (visuals, poetry, modern drama, film, and a novel). You will also receive lots of instruction and practice writing in a variety of contexts.

Required Materials:

Description of Novel Choices for English 30-2 Adult

  • Turning Points (Anthology Textbook, $14.00). 
  • Choose ONE of the following novels:

– The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ($17.00),

– The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ($16.00),

– Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom ($15.00),

– The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.00), or

– Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson ($17.00).

Senior High Fine Arts (Not available to adult students)

Art 10 (FNA1400)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials not sold by VVS: Set of tempera, watercolour, or acrylic paints (or a combination of these), Brushes of several sizes, Variety of drawing pencils of various softness of leads (2B, 4B, 6B, etc., Package of coloured pencil crayons, Package of wax crayons, Basic geometry set (including a ruler and eraser), Ink pens (one with a calligraphic tip).
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll undertake an in-depth journey through the world of visual communication as you create 2-D and 3-D images using various media and processes and examine the role of art in past and present societies, including various art movements and forms. As you move through the course, you’ll increase your artistic competence, sophistication, and complexity and further develop creative thinking, problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. The 5-credit Art 10 course includes activities in drawing, colour theory, collage, negative/positive space composition, calligraphy, poster creation, weaving, cartooning, surrealism, mixed media, art analysis, portraiture, landscape painting, sculpture, printmaking, and form and function. This course provides a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration and imagination, as well as the opportunity to enhance cultural, historical and contemporary understanding.

Art 20 (FNA2400)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials not sold by VVS: Set of tempera, watercolour, or acrylic paints (or a combination of these), Brushes of several sizes, Variety of drawing pencils of various softness of leads (2B, 4B, 6B, etc., Package of coloured pencil crayons, Package of wax crayons, Basic geometry set (including a ruler and eraser), Ink pens (one with a calligraphic tip).
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: This course encourages you to build upon your current levels of artistic ability and creativity as you apply and engage with various artistic processes, mediums, and products. Additionally, you’ll continue on your in-depth journey through the world of visual communication as you learn how to connect with what holds real meaning for you and to explore and express what you know to be true, developing a strong sense of self through mindfulness-based activities & processing through art. Art 20 includes activities in drawing, design, painting, printmaking, architecture, sculpture, and art history. You’ll also be encouraged to use non-traditional approaches, such as metamorphosis or accidental occurrences, as the basis for certain compositions. This course provides a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration and imagination, as well as the opportunity to enhance cultural, historical, and contemporary understanding.

Art 30 (FNA3400)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials not sold by VVS: Variety of drawing pencils of various softness of leads (2B, 4B, 6B, etc.) Water-based paints and several brushes of various sizes, Package of coloured pencil crayons, Package of wax crayons, Basic geometry set (including ruler and eraser), Ink pens, Charcoal or conté crayon, Calligraphy pen, India ink, Watercolour paint and paper, Coloured chalk, Clay or any other self-hardening material for sculpting assignments, Other required supplies used in the course can usually be found at home.
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of the world, build upon your own authentic creativity, and explore greater depths of critical and imaginative thinking through the application of various artistic activities. Art 30 provides various encounters with art—including the study of composition and various drawing and mark-making methods, as well as sculpture—to promote the enhanced development of art skills and personal creative styles. Composition activities involve the development of form and purposeful manipulation of the elements of art according to principles of design. Drawing activities include contour, gesture, stippling, and crosshatching activities. Expressive drawing activities employ bamboo, felt brushes, calligraphy pens, and other unique media forms. You will expand your skills in colour theory, relief sculpture, and assemblage sculpture, and will study the influence of various artists, art movements, and artistic styles. Your own culminating art exhibition will showcase your learning and growth in this course. This course provides a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration and imagination, as well as the opportunity to enhance cultural, historical, and contemporary understanding.
Senior High Mathematics

Mathematics 10C (MAT1791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Mathematics 10 By McGraw-Hill Ryerson – Mathematics 10C ($95.00)
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: This course is an introductory course preparing students to enter the -1 and -2 sequences of high school mathematics. Topics include measurement, trigonometry, exponents and radicals, polynomials, functions and relations, linear equations, and linear systems.

Mathematics 10-3 (MAT1793)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Scientific Calculator
  • Course Description: Math for real life! In this course, you’ll gain the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into the majority of trades or direct entry into the workforce. You’ll study topics such as income, personal income taxes, working with money, measurements, geometry, and more.

Mathematics 20-1 (MAT2791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 10C
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Pre-Calculus 11 Textbook – Mathematics 20-1 ($99.00)
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description:  This course is designed to provide students with skills needed to progress into Math 30-1, who will then be entering post-secondary studies in engineering or other science related programs. Topics include: Quadratic Function and Equations, Radicals, Trigonometry, Rational Expressions and Equations, Absolute Values and Reciprocal Functions, Equations and Inequalities, and Sequences and Series.

Mathematics 20-2 (MAT2791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 10C
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Principles of Mathematics 11 By Nelson – Mathematics 20-2 ($113.00)
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: Get a grip on math! In this course, you’ll gain the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into post-secondary programs that do not require the study of calculus. Topics you’ll study include radicals, quadratic functions, logic and reasoning, geometry, proportional reasoning, and statistics.

Mathematics 20-3 (MAT2793)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 10C or Mathematics 10-3
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Scientific Calculator
  • Course Description: Hands-on Math! In this course, you’ll gain the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into the majority of trades or direct entry into the workforce. This is a hands-on course that allows you to apply your knowledge of subjects to real-world situations. Topics include personal finances, representing 3D objects visually, algebra, statistics, and more.

Mathematics 30-1 (MAT3791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 20-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Pre-Calculus 12 – Mathematics 30-1 ($101.00)
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: Love math? Then this course is for you! In this pre-calculus course, you’ll gain the mathematical knowledge and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into post-secondary programs that are math-intensive and require the study of calculus. Topics of study include trigonometry, transformations, logarithms, function operations, permutations, combinations, and binomial theorem.

Mathematics 30-2 (MAT3792)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 20-1 or Mathematics 20-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Principles of Mathematics 12 – Mathematics 30-2 ($109.00)
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator  (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll gain the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into post-secondary programs that don’t require the study of calculus. Topics of study include set theory, counting methods, probability, rational expressions, polynomial functions, and more. If you’re considering post-secondary fields such as arts, nursing, civil engineering technology, medical technologies, or some apprenticeship programs, this is the math course for you.

Mathematics 30-3 (MAT3793)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 20-2 or Mathematics 20-3
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Scientific Calculator
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll gain the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into the majority of trades or direct entry into the workforce. This is a hands-on course that allows you to apply your knowledge of subjects to real-world situations. Topics include probability, statistics, measurement, business plans, and more.

Mathematics 31 (MAT3211)

  • Credits: 5
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Mathematics 30-1, or Co-requisite: Mathematics 30-1
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: This non-calculator based course is intended to prepare students for entering post-secondary studies in engineering or other science related programs. Topics of study include pre-calculus, limits, derivatives, curve sketching, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and integration. Students are able to take Math 31 at the same time as Math 30-1.
Senior High Off-Campus Education

To register for any Off-Campus Education course (other than Community Volunteerism), please contact the Off-Campus Coordinator before applying online.

Career Internship

Career Internship 10 (OTH1910)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) required, 15 credits in Work Experience recommended as prerequisite or co-requisite
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: In this course, you will actively work on-the-job. You will be supervised cooperatively by your VVS Off-Campus Coordinator and your employer’s onsite representative. Plan to earn one credit for every 25 hours of work.

Community Volunteerism

Community Volunteerism 1 (CCS1080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Materials: Volunteer Proposal Form, Volunteer Log Sheet, Volunteer Self-Assessment Form
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: In this course, you will volunteer, examine the role of volunteers in a community, and evaluate your experience.

Learn more about Community Volunteerism through Vista Virtual School.

Community Volunteerism 2 (CCS2080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisite: Community Volunteerism 1 (CCS1080)
  • Materials: Volunteer Proposal Form, Volunteer Log Sheet, Volunteer Self-Assessment Form, Volunteer Assignment
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: In this course, you will evaluate the basic structure and function of nonprofit organizations in society, with focus on the rural or urban community of your choice in Alberta.

Learn more about Community Volunteerism through Vista Virtual School.

Green Certificate

Green Certificate (Course Codes Vary)

  • Credits: 16
  • Prerequisite: Agriculture Safety (AGR3000)
  • Materials: Workbook provided by Alberta Agriculture
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: The Green Certificate Program is an agricultural training program. Through an apprenticeship-style delivery, you will learn through practicing the skills required in your chosen area of specialization. You will be supervised cooperatively by your VVS Off-Campus Coordinator, an Alberta Agriculture specialist, and an on-site farmer trainer. If you complete this program successfully, you will earn a Level 1 Technician Certificate.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)  (Course Codes Vary)

  • Credits: Up to 40
  • Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) and Work Experience 35 (10 cr) are required, HCS3010 is recommended
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Are you looking to apprentice as an autobody technician, cook, hairstylist, or another trade? RAP is an apprenticeship program made up of five-credit trade-focused courses for senior high school students 15 years of age or older. In this course, you will be counted as both a registered apprentice in the trade of your choice and a full-time student working toward completing high school. To enrol in the RA Program, you must work for a qualified employer, with supervision by a qualified journeyperson. During the RA program, you will be expected to take on the same responsibilities as a standard apprentice. To help accommodate your RAP courses, your high school course schedule will be adjusted. You may earn up to 40 high school credits in this program by completing eight five-credit RAP courses associated with your trade.

Special Projects

Special Projects 10 (OTH1999)

  • Credts: 3 or 5
  • Prerequisite: None. Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) is recommended
  • Materials: Special Projects Student Package
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Are you interested in or passionate about something special that isn’t covered in the curriculum? You may be able to earn high school credits through Special Projects.

Learn more about Special Projects through Vista Virtual School.

Special Projects 20 (OTH2999)

  • Credits: 3 or 5
  • Prerequisite: None. Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) is recommended
  • Materials: Special Projects Student Package
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Are you interested in or passionate about something special that isn’t covered in the curriculum? You may be able to earn high school credits through Special Projects.

Learn more about Special Projects through Vista Virtual School.

Special Projects 30 (OTH3999)

  • Credits: 3 or 5
  • Prerequisite: None, Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) recommended
  • Materials: Special Projects Student Package
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Are you interested in or passionate about something special that isn’t covered in the curriculum? You may be able to earn high school credits through Special Projects.

Learn more about Special Projects through Vista Virtual School.

Work Experience

Work Experience 15 (OTH1998)

  • Credits: 5–10
  • Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) required, Workplace Safety Practices (HCS3010) recommended
  • Materials: Work Experience Forms Booklet
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Work Experience courses allow you to explore your career interests and gain valuable experience through your current job or volunteer work while earning credits.

Learn more about Work Experience courses through Vista Virtual School.

Work Experience 25 (OTH2998)

  • Credits: 5–10
  • Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) is required, and Workplace Safety Practices (HCS3010) is recommended
  • Materials: Work Experience Forms Booklet
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Work Experience courses allow you to explore your career interests and gain valuable experience through your current job or volunteer work while earning credits.

Learn more about Work Experience courses through Vista Virtual School.

Work Experience 35 (OTH3998)

  • Credits: 5–10
  • Prerequisite: Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000) is required, and Workplace Safety Practices (HCS3010) is recommended
  • Materials: Work Experience Forms Booklet
  • Delivery Method: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Work Experience courses allow you to explore your career interests and gain valuable experience through your current job or volunteer work while earning credits.

Learn more about Work Experience courses through Vista Virtual School.

Senior High Physical Education

Physical Education 10 (PED1445)

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Physical Education 9
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Keep moving! Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. In this course, you’ll participate in 50 hours of activity from all five dimensions of the PE curriculum: Alternative Environments, Dance, Games, Flexibility Development, and Individual Activities.

Physical Education 10 (PED1445)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Physical Education 9
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Keep moving! Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. In this course, you’ll participate in 80 hours of activity from all five dimensions of the PE curriculum: Alternative Environments, Dance, Games, Flexibility Development, and Individual Activities.

Physical Education 20 (PED2445)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Physical Education 10
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Stay healthy! In this course, you’ll participate in various activities from three of the five dimensions of the PE curriculum: Dance, Games, Gymnastics/Flexibility, Alternative Environments, and Individual Activities. You’ll also discover how to set fitness goals, ensure you’re eating habits support your health, and participate in volunteering/coaching within your community.

Physical Education 30 (PED3445)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Physical Education 20
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Healthy for life! In this course, you’ll participate in 70 hours of various activities from four of the five dimensions of the PE curriculum: Dance, Games, Gymnastics/Flexibility, Alternative Environments, and Individual Activities. You’ll also explore activities that lead to life-long physical activity.
Senior High Sciences

Science 10 (SCN1270)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 9
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Addison Wesley – Science 10 ($158.00)
  • Course Description: Get the skinny on science! In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the four main disciplines of science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.

Science 14 (SCN1288)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 9
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Science Connect 1 ($126.00)
  • Course Description: Science matters! In this course, you’ll investigate the properties of matter, including matter and energy in living systems and the environment. You’ll also learn about energy transfer technologies and complete lab activities using common household materials.

Biology 20 (SCN2231)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 10
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Inquiry into Biology ($158.00)
  • Course Description: Now how does that work? Discover some of the answers in Biology 20, where you’ll study topics like energy and matter exchange in the biosphere, ecosystems and population change, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and human systems (circulatory, respiratory, excretory, muscular)

Chemistry 20 (SCN2796)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 10
  • Course Delivery: Online & Hybrid (Online Lessons and Printable Assignments). Please note that the hybrid course is only available to school-aged students.
  • Materials: Nelson Chemistry – Chemistry 20 & 30 ($121.00)
  • Course Description: Delve into the world of Chemistry and study the diversity of matter! Learn about chemical bonding; the nature of matter in the context of solutions, acids, and bases; and the quantitative relationships in chemical change.

Physics 20 (SCN2797)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 10
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Pearson Physics – Physics 20 & 30 ($175.00)
  • Course Descriptions: How do things move? And why? Find the answers to those questions as you learn about a variety of objects in motion, from bullets to planets to waves.In this course, you’ll focus on kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, and gravitational and mechanical waves.

Science 20 (SCN2270)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 10
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Science 20 Textbook ($72.00)
  • Course Description: Everything changes! If you’re interested in science but don’t plan to pursue a post-secondary program with a focus on science, this is the course for you. In Science 20, you’ll explore the concept of change, including chemical changes and changes in motion, and get an overview of topics in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Science 24 (SCN2288)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 10 or Science 14
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Science Connect 2 ($136.00)
  • Course Description: Everyday science! In this course, you’ll study topics that relate to everyday life, like energy use, safe driving, human health, defenses against disease, and fundamental chemistry.

Biology 30 (SCN3230)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Biology 20
  • Course Delivery: Online or Print
  • Materials: Inquiry into Biology – Biology 20 & 30 ($158.00)
  • Course Description: Have questions about how things work? Luckily, Biology 30 has the answers. In this course, you’ll build on the knowledge you gained in Biology 20 as you learn about interesting topics such as night vision, in-vitro fertilization, gene mapping, and mimicry. The course includes four units, Nervous and Endocrine Systems, Reproduction and Human Development, Cell Division, Genetics and Molecular Genetics, Population and Community Dynamics.

Chemistry 30 (SCN3796)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry 20
  • Course Delivery: Online Lessons and Assignments with some print assignment PDF’s
  • Materials: Nelson Chemistry – Chemistry 20 & 30 ($121.00)
  • Course Description: Dig even deeper into the world of chemistry as you explore fascinating topics like thermochemistry and how to find the heat of a reaction, electrochemistry including how batteries work, organic chemistry with an interest in fossil fuel reactions, and acids and bases equilibrium systems.

Physics 30 (SCN3797)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Physics 20
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Pearson Physics – Physics 20 & 30 ($175.00) & Physics 30 Workbook ($18.00)
  • Course Description: Pushing physics further! In this course, you’ll build on the knowledge you gained in Physics 20 as you learn about interesting phenomenon related to fiber optics, going wireless, crash test dummies, and fission. The course has four units, Momentum and Impulse, Forces and Fields, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Atomic Physics.

Science 30 (SCN3230)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Science 20
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Materials: Science 30 Textbook ($72.00)
  • Course Description: Taking science further! In this course, you’ll investigate topics such as circulation and genetics, acid-base chemistry, organic chemistry, electromagnetic radiation, and energy resources. This course is an academic science course that covers biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.
Senior High Social Studies

Social Studies 10-1 (SST1771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: Engaging in society! In this course, you’ll explore what it means to be a citizen of your community, your province, and your country. You’ll also consider a variety of perspectives as you explore the impact of globalization on identity, lands, cultures, economies, human rights, and quality of life. This is the first course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Social Studies 10-2 (SST1772)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: Going global! In this course, you’ll explore globalization, beginning with what it means and how it works. You’ll also consider a variety of perspectives as you explore the impact of globalization on identity, lands, cultures, economies, human rights, and quality of life. This course is the first in the stream for students who want to achieve the basic Social Studies requirements.

Social Studies 20-1 (SST2771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: Nationalism defined! In this course, you’ll explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts, including the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international, and global relations. You’ll consider a variety of perspectives as you consider how nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada. This is the second course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Social Studies 20-2 (SST2772)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1 or Social Studies 10-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Understanding Nationalism ($126.00)
  • Course Description: To what extent should we embrace nationalism? Explore the answer to this question as you examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world. Examine the origins and impacts of nationalism on individuals and communities from a variety of perspectives through examples of nationalism, ultra-nationalism, supra-nationalism, and internationalism. Topics include the French Revolution, World War I, Nazi Germany, and the development of foreign policy in the Global Village. This is the second course in the stream for students who want to achieve the basic Social Studies requirements.

Social Studies 30-1 (SST3771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1 or Social Studies 30-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Perspectives on Ideology ($136.00)
  • Course Description: Investigating ideologies! What is an ideology and how do ideologies develop and impact individuals, communities, and societies as a whole? Uncover the answers to these questions and more as you investigate topics such as ideology and identity, liberalism, individual and collective rights, and democratic citizenship. This is the third and final course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Social Studies 30-2 (SST3772)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1 or Social Studies 20-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Understandings of Ideologies ($166.00)
  • Course Description: To what extent should we embrace an ideology? This question will guide you as you explore what an ideology is, and how it forms. You’ll also consider issues such as the relationship between identity and ideology as you investigate liberalism and the values attached to it and explore your personal rights, roles, and responsibilities as a citizen. This is the third and final course in the stream for students who want to achieve the basic Social Studies requirements.
Senior High Forensic Studies

Forensic Studies 25 (LDC2569)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: CSI anyone? Discover how evidence from crime scenes is gathered and analyzed. Explore the principles behind fingerprinting, breathalyzers, polygraphs, and DNA analysis. Apply what you learn to the analysis of real-life crimes, including the Laci Peterson murder, the infamous John Dillinger case, the Zodiac killer case, the O.J. Simpson case, the Atlanta Child Murders, and the tragic death of Princess Diana. Due to the graphic nature of the course material and its focus on real events, this course may not be suitable for everyone. This course includes discussions about substance abuse, rape, and semen analysis. It also involves experiments using simulated blood made from household materials.

Forensic Studies 35 (LDC3569)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Take your knowledge of crime scene investigation further as you learn about forensic anthropology, entomology, and toxicology; ballistics; police protective equipment; police dogs; arson investigation; and criminal profiling. Analyze real-life crime cases, including the Romanov remains, the Washington sniper shootings, Clifford Olson, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Forensic Studies 35 (LDC3754)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Dig deeper into the world of crime scene investigation. Learn about forensic anthropology and entomology; forensic toxicology; autopsies; ballistics; police protective equipment; police dogs; arson investigation; criminal profiling; investigation processes; and footwear, tire, and tool mark impressions. You’ll also analyze real-life crime cases, including the Karla Homolka serial killings, the Washington sniper shootings, Clifford Olson, Paul Bernardo, Ted Bundy, Geoffrey Dahmer, the Mayerthorpe quadruple Mountie murder case, the North Hollywood Shootout, the Laci Peterson murder case, the Reena Virk murder case, the Jonestown mass suicide, and the Robert Pickton serial killings. Due to the graphic nature of the course material and its focus on real events, this course may not be suitable for everyone. This course includes descriptions of violent crimes, firearms, and deviant behavior.
Senior High French Immersion (Not available to adult students)

French Language Arts 10-1 (FLA1304)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: French Language Arts 9
  • Materials: Lire et dire autrement – Le texte poétique, Lire et dire autrement – Le texte narratif, Lire et dire autrement – Corpus
    Play : Zone (Marcel Dubé)
    Novel: Stupeur et tremblements (Amélie Nothomb)
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: French for real life! In this course, you’ll engage in a diversity of learning situations to acquire the French language and use it for personal, intellectual, social, and cultural development. To achieve that goal, you’ll study informative writings, novels, poetry, and drama

French Language Arts 20-1 (FLA2304)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: French Language Arts 10-1
  • Materials: Lire et dire autrement – Textes, LIre et dire autrement – Unités d’apprentissage
    Novel: La neige en deuil (Henri Troyat) Play: Tit-coq (Gratien Gélinas)
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: French for real life x 2! In this course, you’ll engage in a diversity of learning situations to heighten your knowledge of the French language and use it for personal, intellectual, social, and cultural development. To achieve that goal, you’ll study informative writings, novels, poetry, and drama

French Language Arts 30-1 (FLA3304)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: French Language Arts 20-1
  • Materials: Bilans – Connaissances et activités, Bilans – Recueil de textes, Novel : Un sac de billes (Joseph Joffo)
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Why stop now? In this course, you’ll engage in a diversity of learning situations to apply the French language and use it for personal, intellectual, social, and cultural development. To achieve that goal, you’ll study informative writings, novels, poetry, and drama.

French Language Arts 30-2 (FLA3132)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: French Language Arts 20-2 and French Language Arts 20-1
  • Materials: Cahiers de l’élève – Print  – PDF (available either from the school or print from course) Novel : Zone d’ombre  from Laurent Chabin
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Stretch your French language skills even further! In this course, you’ll apply your French language skills to planning, overviewing, and/or monitoring projects. Sound like a big job? Don’t worry; you’ll find lots of charts, outlines, and diagrams to help you along your way.

Études sociales 10-1 (SST1771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: Engaging in society! In this course, you’ll explore what it means to be a citizen of your community, your province, and your country. You’ll also consider a variety of perspectives as you explore the impact of globalization on identity, lands, cultures, economies, human rights, and quality of life. This is the first course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Études sociales 20-1 (SST2771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: No course materials
  • Course Description: Nationalism defined! In this course, you’ll explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts, including the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international, and global relations. You’ll consider a variety of perspectives as you consider how nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada. This is the second course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Études sociales 30-1 (SST3771)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Regards sur l’idéologie
  • Course Description: Investigating ideologies! What is an ideology and how do ideologies develop and impact individuals, communities, and societies as a whole? Uncover the answers to these questions and more as you investigate topics such as ideology and identity, liberalism, individual and collective rights, and democratic citizenship. This is the third and final course in the stream for students with an interest in and aptitude for Social Studies.

Études sociales 30-2 (SST3772)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1 or Social Studies 20-2
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Comprendre les idéologies
  • Course Description: To what extent should we embrace an ideology? This question will guide you as you explore what an ideology is, and how it forms. You’ll also consider issues such as the relationship between identity and ideology as you investigate liberalism and the values attached to it and explore your personal rights, roles, and responsibilities as a citizen. This is the third and final course in the stream for students who want to achieve the basic Social Studies requirements.

Mathematiques 10C (MAT1791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 9
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Fondements et pré-calcul
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: Demystify math! In this course, you’ll learn all about measurement, trigonometry, exponents and radicals, polynomials, functions and relations, linear equations, and linear systems. You’ll also examine how these functions of math are applied in the real world.

Mathematiques 20-1 (MAT2791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 10C (Mathematiques 10C)
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Mathématiques pré-calcul 11 
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: Math matters! The course, based on the Alberta Education Program of Studies, will provide you with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills required for entry into post-secondary programs that are math-intensive and require the study of calculus. Topics include, Quadratic Functions and Equations, Radicals, Trigonometry, Rational Expressions and Equations, Absolute Values and Reciprocal Functions, Equations and Inequalities, Sequences and Series.

Mathematiques 30-1 (MAT3791)

  • Credits: 5
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 20-1 (Mathematiques 20-1), Mathematics 30-2 (Mathematiques 30-2)
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Materials: Mathématiques pré-calcul 12 
  • Required Materials (not sold by VVS): Graphing Calculator (TI-83 or 84 recommended)
  • Course Description: Love math? Then this course is for you! In this pre-calculus course, you’ll gain the mathematical knowledge and critical thinking skills appropriate for entry into post-secondary programs that are math-intensive and require the study of calculus. Topics of study include trigonometry, transformations, logarithms, function operations, permutations, combinations, and binomial theorem.
Senior High International Languages (Not available to adult students)

French 10-3Y (FSL1093)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: Discovering French Nouveau! Level 1 and Discovering French Noveau 1! Workbook
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Ooh la la! If you’ve always wanted to learn French, here’s your chance. French 10-3Y is the beginner course in the three-year program. In this course, you’ll focus on the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is hosted by an outside website—Vista Higher Learning—and provides a modern glimpse of what life is like in Europe. Vocabulary and language structures are introduced in an engaging way and practiced through interactive activities. Students will complete written, spoken, and conversational assignments, which are assessed by our fluent team of French teachers. By the end of this course, you should be able to communicate in French using complete sentences about a variety of topics, such as school, family, and free time.

French 20-3Y (FSL2093)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Amp up your French skills with French 20-3Y. This is the intermediate course in the three-year French programs. Besides building on your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, you’ll also explore various aspects of today’s francophone world.

French 30-3Y (FSL3093)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Take your French even further with French 30 -3Y. This is the advanced, and the last, course in the three-year French program. Besides building further on your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, you’ll also engage in a more in-depth study of today’s francophone world.

German Language and Culture 10 -3Y (GER1315)

  • Credits: 5
  • Required Materials: Planet 1 (Textbook) & Planet 1 CD’s
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Willkommen! (Huh?) Learn the fundamentals of communicating in German, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You’ll even get to practice correct pronunciation using CDs to guide you.

German Language and Culture 20-3Y (GER2315)

  • Credits: 5
  • Required Materials: Planet 2 (Textbook) & Planet 2 CD’s
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: What’s that you say? Build on the knowledge you acquired in GER1315 and increase your German vocabulary. Reading, writing, listening and speaking: this course covers them all.

German Language and Culture 30-3Y (GER3315)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: Planet 3 (Textbook) & Planet 3 CD’s
  • Course Delivery: Online & Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: More German please! In this, the final course in the 10-20-30 series that integrates all four communicative skills, you’ll increase your German vocabulary even further while putting some spit and shine on your pronunciation.

Spanish Language and Culture 10-3Y (SPN1345)

  • Credits: 5
  • Required Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Hola! Explore the vibrant culture of various Spanish-speaking countries as you learn the language. Develop the essential skills for listening to, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish through a variety of activities, including interactive multimedia.Spanish 10 has 8 units. Each unit is organized into 4 sections:  Lesson, Structures, Practice, and Assessment. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to new words as you practice reading and saying them. You’ll also view videos, play interactive games, and do self-check quizzes to solidify and broaden your learning.Writing and speaking assignments will be submitted online, and interactive conversation assessments with your teacher and online exams are completed at the end of each unit.For many, the best learning resource is the teacher! In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to work with 2 fluent Spanish speakers (teacher and marker) throughout the course.

Spanish Language and Culture 20-3Y (SPN2345)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Bienvenido! Spanish 20 is the second year of the Spanish program. Build on your Spanish skills as you continue to explore the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of activities, including interactive multimedia.Spanish 20 has 9 units. Each unit is organized into 4 sections:  Lesson, Structures, Practice, and Assessment. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to new words as you practice reading and saying them. You’ll also view videos as you partner up with Gael on our version of the Amazing Race. Interactive games, work in our Language Lab, and self-check quizzes will solidify and broaden your learning.You’ll submit writing and speaking assignments online, and interactive conversation assessments with your teacher and online exams are completed at the end of each unit.For many, the best learning resource is the teacher! You’ll have the opportunity to work with 2 fluent Spanish teachers (teacher and marker) throughout the course.

Spanish Language and Culture 30-3Y (SPN3345)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Buentrabajo! Put the spit and shine on your Spanish as you explore vocabulary, language structures, idioms, and expressions that’ll help you communicate more effectively in both written and spoken Spanish. You’ll also be introduced to Spanish literature and art to further your understanding of both the language and the culture.
Senior High Social Sciences (Not available to adult students)

Abnormal Psychology 35 (LDC3155)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Have you ever wondered about mental illnesses and how it affects those who suffer from it? In Abnormal Psychology 35, you’ll get an overview of abnormal behaviour and mental conditions that afflict individuals in Canadian society. Learn about views of abnormality, causal factors, and types of disorders, as well as assessment, prevention, and treatment. With successful completion, you’ll gain a basic understanding of the major concepts in abnormal psychology and the complicated nature of psychological illness.

Aboriginal Studies 30 (SSN3154)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course suitable for all students in Alberta schools. Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing aboriginal peoples worldwide. The course consists of four themes: Aboriginal Rights and Self-government, Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Society, Indigenous Land Claims, and Indigenous World Issues. Assessment includes several online assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and a Capstone Project. There is no final exam for this course.

General Psychology 20 (SSN2172)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: What a curious thing the human brain is. In this course, you’ll get a general overview of psychology, including its history and the psychological principles of learning and thinking. You’ll also learn about stress and aggression, the influence of small groups, and the status of roles while gaining insights into neurosis and psychosis.

General Sociology 20 (SSN2176)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Learn about the complicated nature of societies and the interactions between them. Explore issues like group behaviour and the meaning of cultural norms, as well as deviations from those norms. Study groups, such as families and social classes, and delve into social issues such as crime rates, slavery, and illegal drug use.

Experimental Psychology 30 (SSN3171)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Find out how scientific experimentation informs the understanding and practice of psychology. Explore the scientific method, data display and interpretation, research ethics, research methods, and how scientific experiments are designed and carried out in the field. You’ll even have a chance to conduct a practice experiment.

Personal Psychology 20 (SSN2171)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: Get a glimpse into the human brain. In this course, you’ll be introduced to the science of the brain as you study various branches of psychology, personality development, and perception. You also learn about general psychology concepts, including personality, behaviour, and intelligence.

World Geography 30 (SSN3166)

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Print PDF’s
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll be introduced to the concepts of physical and cultural geography. Discover how physical processes, weather, climate, landforms, soils, and vegetation affect the earth and its inhabitants. You’ll also learn how human activities, such as industry development, land use, settlement patterns, and resource exploitation impact the environment.
Senior High CTS - Agriculture and Animal Care (Not available to adult students)

Agriculture Safety (AGR3000)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Working on a farm or at a feedlot is tough work. But it’s a whole lot easier when you know how to stay safe. In this course, you’ll explore workplace safety principles and practices pertaining to agriculture. Whether you’re working or living on a farm or just visiting for the weekend, safety is fundamental to getting all you can out of the experience.  (We also recommend HCS3000 and HCS3010 for developing a better understanding of health and safety.)

Companion Animals (AGR2045)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Are you an animal lover? You’ll love them even more—and understand them better—once you’ve had the chance to explore the history, physiology, behavior, health and welfare, care, and husbandry of a variety of companion animal species.

Gardening (AGR1055)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Yet another dead houseplant? Don’t despair; there’s a course for that. In this course, you’ll learn basic gardening skills and learn how to pick plants based on climate, water availability, and exposure to sunlight. You’ll also have the opportunity to plan a garden designed to thrive in Alberta.

Indoor Plants (AGR2095)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Brighten up your space! In this course, you’ll study the practices involved in interiorscaping, focusing attention on plant identification and the care required for maintaining the health of indoor plants.

Introduction to Agriculture (AGR1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Get the big picture! In this course, you’ll explore and gain an understanding of the diversity of agricultural activity in Alberta, Canada, and the global community. You’ll also learn about the economic, environmental, and social significance of agriculture.

Introduction to Animal Basics (AGR1040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: A healthy animal is a happy animal. In this course, you’ll learn the basic steps for caring for, raising, and maintaining the health of domestic animals.

Plant Propagation (AGR1050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: How do you turn one plant into two? Propagating plants is an inexpensive and easy way to get new plants from plants you already have. In this course, you’ll find out how to do that. You’ll also explore cultural, technical and chemical influences on plant production and learn about plant structures and techniques for growing healthy plants.

AGR Project A Career Exploration (AGR1910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Agriculture Project A course was specifically designed for future career exploration in an Agriculture-related field. You will choose an agriculture-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - Bookkeeping and Financial Management (Not available to adult students)

Accounting Prep (FIN1015)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: If you’ve ever wondered where all your money keeps disappearing to, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s a way to track that. Whether you’re planning to make a major purchase and need to figure out how to save for it or you want to create a family budget, Accounting Prep will teach you how. You’ll even learn how to balance your chequebook. All the fundamentals for building financial literacy and success are captured in this course.

Accounting Cycle 1 (FIN1020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Accounting Cycle 1 introduces you to the accounting cycle for a service business and teaches you the terminology you need to know to speak the language. Upon completion, you’ll be qualified to apply for an entry-level position as an accounting clerk or to continue further training at the post-secondary level.

Accounting Cycle 2 (FIN1030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: In Accounting Cycle 2, you’ll complete your understanding of the accounting cycle for a service business. Learn all about end-of-year financial statements and how they’re used to determine whether a business made a profit or recorded a loss, what its expenditures were, how to maximize profits in the year to come, and how to prepare a budget.

Database 1 (INF1050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description:

Digital Presentation (INF1070)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description:

Personal Financial Information (FIN1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

Retail Accounting 1 (FIN2020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

Retail Accounting 2 (FIN2030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description:

Spreadsheet 1 (INF1060)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Too much to keep track of? In this course, you’ll develop the skills required to use basic functions and commands in spreadsheet software for general data manipulation and personal record keeping.

Word Processing 1 – Word Processing Core (INF1030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

Word Processing 2 – Word Processing Core (INF2050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

Word Processing 3 – Word Processing Core (INF3060)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

FIN Project A Career Exploration (FIN1910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Financial Management Project A course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Financial Management-related field. You will choose a financial management-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.

FIN Project C Career Exploration (FIN2920)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

HSS Project B Career Exploration (HSS2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

INF Project B Career Exploration (INF2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
Senior High CTS - Business Management (Not available to adult students)

Business in the Canadian Economy (MAM3020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Business smarts! In this course, you’ll study the Canadian economy and build on your knowledge of economics as you examine how business decisions are made within the community, the province, the nation, and the world.

Business in the Global Marketplace (MAM3030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There’s more to starting a business than one might think. Learn how to identify the opportunities and challenges that confront business people in establishing global business operations. If you’re interested in pursuing a university program with a business focus or are just interested in business generally, take advantage of the benefits this course has to offer.

Distributing Goods and Services (MAM3050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: So you’ve got the goods. Now, how do you get them to your customers? Follow the Screamin Brothers, whose venture was featured on the Dragon’s Den. Initially selling their product at farmers markets and local events in rural Alberta, their frozen treats are now sold in over 800 retail stores across Canada. Learn how to identify effective channels of distribution and modes of transportation to help distribute goods and services to customers.

Promotion: Sales Techniques (MAM3040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Making the sale! In this course, you’ll explore a wide range of practical sales experiences as you analyze both salespeople and customers during the sales process and learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making that sale. You’ll also discover ways to ensure that the customer service you’re providing is both high quality and professional. The importance of creating user-friendly online sales settings will be introduced due to the increased importance of digital marketing and sales.

The Business Organization (MAM3010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Mean business! In this course, you’ll learn how to identify and describe organizational structures, management theories, and organizations as working units. You’ll also get to try your hand at seeing into the future as you explain how you believe organizations might evolve.

MAM Project D Career Exploration (MAM3910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Marketing and Management D course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Marketing and Management-related field. You will choose a marketing or management-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - CISCO Five Credit Bundle (Not available to adult students)

** All courses must be taken together in order to receive credits. 

CCNA Discovery: Network Structures (NET2030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

CCNA Discovery: Open System Interconnection (NET2050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

CCNA Discovery: Network Protocols (NET2060)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

CCNA Discovery: Local Area Networks (NET2070)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

CCNA Discovery: Network Media and Devices, Security (NET3100)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

NET Project C Career Exploration (NET2920)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

IT Essentials: Digital Technology (NET1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

IT Essentials: Workstation Technology and Operations (NET2020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

IT Essentials: Network Media and Devices (NET2040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

IT Essentials: Laptops and Peripherals (NET2080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

IT Essentials: Telecommunications (NET2110)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online

NET Project B Career Exploration (NET2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
Senior High CTS - Communication Technology (Not available to adult students)
Computer Science Introduction to Coding (CSE 1110)
  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: This is an introduction to coding using the Python language.

E-Learning and Learning Management Systems(COM1255)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Little to no experience with online learning systems? Want to know how to form educational relationships that cross time and distance? Then this course is for you. Explore the elements of e-learning within a learning management system, and learn about the tools and skills required to complete a course successfully through an e-learning platform.

Photography Introduction (COM1205)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Take a picture! In this course, you’ll develop essential photography skills as you study basic composition, set-up, and examination of exposure. You’ll also learn how to operate a camera to capture images and how to produce final display proofs.

Visual Composition (COM1005)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Does that look right? In this course, you’ll learn all about the basic elements and principles of design while producing visual compositions using a variety of mediums. You’ll also cover topics such as typography and copyright.
Senior High CTS - Design Studies (Not available to adult students)

Sketch, Draw and Model (DES1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: It’s all about vision! In Design Studies 1010, you’ll be introduced to observational sketching, drawing, and modeling (sculpting) activities and become familiar with a selection of basic drawing and modeling materials and tools. All of this will enable you to develop creative skills that can be used and enhanced in further design studies activities. You’ll be required to create and maintain a Design Journal and to present an online Design E-Portfolio.
Senior High CTS - Fashion Studies (Not available to adult students)

Creators of Fashion (FAS3070)

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisite: Sewing Fundamentals (FAS1030)
  • Materials: Vogue Fashion
  • Course Delivery: Print PDFs
  • Course Description: Explore the world of fashion design. In this course, you’ll learn how to identify the origin of haute couture and fashion influences and discover contributions fashion designers have made to the industry. You’ll also select and present a project based on your discoveries.

Cultural Fashions (FAS3080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisite: Sewing Fundamentals (FAS1030)
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Where does fashion come from? Why is it so different from one culture to another? Discover how fashion and culture are related and create a fashion item that’s representative of a given culture.

Fashion Illustration 1 (FAS1000)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques
  • Course Delivery: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: This course will introduce you to the world of fashion illustration and the work of fashion artists. You will learn to learn to sketch a croquis incorporating simple gestures. Then, you will apply these skills to the creation of fashion illustrations.

Fashion Illustration 2 (FAS2000)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: Illustrating Fashion: Concept to Creation
  • Course Delivery: Online with print materials
  • Course Description: Take fashion illustration a step further. In this course, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge to the creation of fashion illustrations that focus on movement, poses, and details of heads, hands, and feet.

Fashion Illustration 3 (FAS3000)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: Fashion Sketchbook
  • Course Delivery: Print PDFs
  • Course Description: Ready to create your own fashion line? In this course, you’ll use technical and/or impressionistic techniques to do just that—right from finding the inspiration for your one-of-a-kind creations to sketching them with your target audience in mind.

FAS Project B Career Exploration (FAS2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Fashion Project B course was specifically designed for future career exploration in an Fashion-related field. You will choose a fashion-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.

FAS Project C Career Exploration (FAS2920)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Fashion Project C course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Fashion-related field. You will choose a fashion-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.

Sewing Fundamentals (FAS1030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: In Sewing Fundamentals, you will learn how to safely use and care for sewing and pressing equipment and how to apply these skills to project assembly.

Textile Arts 1 (FAS1190)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Get your arts and crafts fix! In this course, you will explore various yarn or textile art techniques and use your skills to create a unique project.
Senior High CTS - Forestry (Not available to adult students)

Forests and Society (FOR1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Why are forests so important to us? In this course, you’ll learn about the social, economic, and environmental significance of forests. You’ll also explore the impact that society and individuals have on our forests and discover how forests have been used historically by Indigenous peoples and European and Asian settlers.

Forest Ecology in Regions of Canada (FOR1020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: What’s the fuss about saving trees? Find the answer to that question, and more, in this course. Investigate forest ecosystems across the country, and learn about the structure and function of trees in relation to life processes. Learn to identify the factors that determine the distribution of forests, and research the different species of forests around Canada.

Forest Use and Protection (FOR1100)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Take a walk in the woods! In this course, you’ll learn about past and present forest development. You’ll also explore some of the major conservation methods involved in the sustainable development of forests and research career options for forest management.

Forest Protection and Stewardship (FOR2010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Are you passionate about the environment? In Forest Protection and Stewardship, you’ll learn about the protection of forests and what responsible environmental stewardship means in the context of Alberta. Examine the Land-use Framework and Alberta Land Stewardship Act as it relates to forestry, and find out what measures are being taken to promote environmental stewardship.

Forest Research and Development (FOR3080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There’s more to saving a forest than just planting a tree. In this course, you’ll learn about the development of forest resources and the need for continued research. You’ll also learn about the major components of research plans and how research activities are currently coordinated in Alberta. 

FOR Project A Simulators (FOR1910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: You’ve already tried your hand at various forestry courses; now you can use the forest simulator to explore various careers in the forestry sector. This course involves course content and hands-on experience with the various forest simulators, which will be brought to your school.To take this project, you must have booked the Forestry Simulators to come to your school.The Forestry courses have been developed by ADLC and the Woodland Operations Learning Foundation (WOLF).This course has limited access, students can only be enrolled in FOR Project A if their School has used the Forestry Simulators.

FOR Project B Career Exploration (FOR2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Forestry Project B course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Forestry-related field. You will choose a Forestry-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - Food Studies (Not available to adult students)

Cake and Pastry (FOD2040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Yummy! In this course, you’ll learn all about the role of cake and pastry products in Canadian cuisine and learn how to use correct methods for producing your own goodies.

Contemporary Baking (FOD1020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Bring on the cupcakes! In this course, you’ll learn about traditional and contemporary baking and the role of baked goods in the Canadian diet. Get started with baking by learning the basics about measuring, preparation, ingredients, and the proper use of equipment.

Creative Baking (FOD2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Put your creativity to work as you learn how to select and create specialty cakes, pastries, and desserts. Learn how to plan, prepare, and evaluate the success of an advanced baking project.

Fast and Convenience Foods (FOD1910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Chicken Strips? Pizza? Perogies? Not all fast and convenience foods are created equally.  Learn how to identify and compare the variety, availability and nutritional components of fast foods and convenience foods. Try your hand at planning, preparing, comparing, and evaluating convenience foods, partially-prepared convenience foods, and prepared food with their homemade counterparts.

Food Basics (FOD101)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Learn your way around a kitchen! In this course, you’ll find out how to handle food safely and how to follow recipes so you can plan, prepare, and evaluate basic dishes.

Food Presentation (FOD3060)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Develop creativity and flair in the kitchen! In this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for artistic food presentation that will tempt even the fussiest of eaters to take a taste.

Meal Planning 1 (FOD1040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Make your own meals! In this course, you’ll learn how to plan, prepare, and evaluate healthy and balanced meals. Not only will you explore the factors that influence food choices, but you’ll also learn how to plan meals suitable for a variety of lifestyles and special occasions.

Milk Products and Eggs (FOD2060)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Milk and eggs anyone? In this course, you’ll develop techniques for using milk products and eggs while retaining their nutritional value and quality through a variety of preparation and presentation methods.

Short-order Cooking (FOD3070)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Bring it on! In this course, you’ll investigate the principles and techniques underlying short-order cookery and learn the skills necessary to properly identify and prepare foods commonly found in short-order kitchens.

Snacks and Appetizers (FOD1030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Delicious and nutritious! In FOD1030, you’ll learn how to make your own snacks and appetizers without sacrificing nutrition. You’ll also discover how snacks and appetizers fit into Canada’s Food Guide and look at the factors that affect snack choices.

Soups and Sauces (FOD2070)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: What would the world be without soups and sauces? In this course, you’ll learn how to combine stocks with various thickening agents to produce hearty, healthy, and delicious soups and sauces.

Yeast Products (FOD3040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Bread anybody? In this course, you’ll further your skills in the handling of yeast dough as you learn techniques for preparing a variety of yeast products. You’ll also plan and produce yeast-based foods.

FOD Project A (FOD1910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Put your Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses to good use and extend your skills as you add project design and management to your repertoire. In this FOD Project A course, you’ll propose a Foods-related project and carry it through to completion while making connections between your project and two or more previous CTS courses. From planning to execution to reflection on outcomes—it’s all in your hands.

FOD Project B Career Exploration (FOD2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Foods Project B course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Food-related field. You will choose a Food-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.

FOD Project D Career Exploration (FOD3910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Foods Project D course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Food-related field. You will choose a Food-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - Legal Studies (Not available to adult students)

Criminal Law (LGS3080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: What rights does someone who’s been arrested have? What’s expected of someone attending a court appearance? What’s up with jury duty? What’s a suspended sentence? Find the answers to these questions, and more, in LGS3080. Examine the criminal justice system and become familiar with criminal justice processes and the roles and responsibilities of participants in the system.

Employment Law (LGS2020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: As an employee, do you know what your legal rights and obligations are? Do you understand things like deductions taken from your paycheque, vacation and overtime pay, fair dismissal, and harassment in the workplace? Are you familiar with your employment contract? Do you know what your obligations are to your employer and what your employer’s obligations are to you? If you work for a company with unionized employees, do you understand all the implications of that? Do you know what collective bargaining is? Find the answers to these questions, and more, in this course.

Environmental Law (LGS2030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Do you have a passion for saving the environment? Today, most of us recognize that we need to make changes if our environment is to be preserved for future generations. But relatively few of us understand much about environmental law as it exists in Canada today. In this course, you’ll get an overview of the legal aspects of environmental issues: court battles that have been fought, judgments that have been brought down, and laws that have been passed to protect the environment.

Family Law (LGS2010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: In a rapidly changing society, the law often struggles to keep up. That’s just one of the reasons family law is so fascinating. In this course, you’ll delve into issues such as child and spousal support, domestic abuse, the rights of extended families, the legal implications of marriage vs. common law, and more.

Negligence (LGS3040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Excited about her unexpected promotion at work, Mrs. Taylor races into her house to share the news. In her excitement, she leaves her standard-shift car in neutral and neglects to apply the parking brake. Minutes later, she glances out the window to discover that her car has rolled down the slope of her driveway, across the street, and through her neighbors beautiful picket fence, expensive new lattice arbor, and prize-winning rose bush. Even though Mrs. Taylor didn’t mean to hurt anyone or anything, she could face a court appearance if she and her neighbor can’t work things out. Her behavior was negligent. But what does that mean? In Negligence, you’ll explore the meaning of negligence and the difference between negligent behavior and criminal behavior. You’ll also investigate how those harmed by the negligent behavior of others can take legal action to pursue restitution.

Private Law (LGS1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Is that legal? In this course, you’ll explore the law as it applies to the workplace, consumer issues, the buying and selling of goods and services, and the rental market.

Property Law (LGS3010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description:  Everything on the up and up! In Property Law, you’ll examine the laws that govern buying and renting both personal (things that can be moved around) and real estate (things that can’t) property. You’ll also explore laws that protect consumers when they buy goods and services, rent a property, buy a home, build a house, or make investments. You’ll even take a look at the legal implications associated with Internet transactions.

Public Law (LGS1030)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: The law in day-to-day life! In Public Law, you’ll examine the basic rights and responsibilities of Canadians, particularly as they apply to young people and the law. Topics of study include the rights of minors, the rights of students, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Relationship Law (LGS1020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Families and the law. In this course, you’ll discover how laws apply to issues that affect families. You’ll also learn about the roles and responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments with respect to family law, including issues such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and the preparation of wills.

Small Business Law (LGS3050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: If you could start your own business, what would it be? In this course, you’ll begin with an idea for a business venture then follow the process for turning that concept into reality. Along the way, you’ll study the laws related to starting a business, operating a business, and—if need be—closing a business. You’ll examine everything from valid contracts to employer/employee relations.

LGS Project B Career Exploration (LGS2910)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Legal Studies Project B course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Legal Studies-related field. You will choose a legal studies-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - Parenting and Child Care (Not available to adult students)

Nurturing Children (HSS2020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Learn how to care for the children in your life. In this course, you’ll explore the developmental characteristics of toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children at various stages of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. You’ll also learn care-giving skills related to each developmental stage and see why nurturing skills are so important in promoting health and wellness in childhood.

HSS Project C Career Exploration (HSS2920)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin thinking about pursuing a potential career opportunity, trying something new, or enhancing existing skills. This Human and Social Services Project C course was specifically designed for future career exploration in a Human and Social Services-related field. You will choose a Human and Social Services-related career, fully research all aspects of this career, and then present the research to the teacher in a creative manner.
Senior High CTS - Recreation Leadership

Coaching 1 (REC2120)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll work through the five National Coaching Certification Program modules of Teaching and Learning, Planning a Practice, Basic Mental Skills, Making Ethical Decisions, and Designing a Sport Program.  Upon completion of this 2-credit course, you may be eligible to receive trained coaching status from the National Coaching Certification Program. This course is part of the Coaching bundle, which consists of two courses. You must also register in REC 3120 (Coaching 2) to take this course (courses can’t be taken individually). You’ll need work with a local mentor/coach and run a practice with a local team, class, or individual as one of the assessments in the course. It will be your responsibility to find your own mentor/coach. You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of course completion to qualify for Coaching certification.

Coaching 2 (REC3120)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: In this course, you’ll continue to work through the five National Coaching Certification Program modules of Teaching and Learning, Planning a Practice, Basic Mental Skills, Making Ethical Decisions, and Designing a Sport Program. Upon completion of this 2-credit course, you may be eligible to receive trained coaching status from the National Coaching Certification Program.

Foundations for Training 1 (REC1040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Get in the fitness groove! In this course, you’ll apply basic training and movement principles to health- and performance-related components of fitness training. Focus on basic resistance training techniques and develop and carry out your very own 16-week fitness plan.

Foundations for Training 2 (REC2040)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Get healthy and stay healthy! In this course, you’ll engage in training and movement principles related to core and cardiovascular development and the development of speed, agility, quickness, and flexibility. You’ll also develop your own 16-week to achieve personal fitness goals related to course concepts.

Injury Management 1 (REC1020)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Ouch! That hurt! Learn about prevention, assessment, and management techniques for common injuries that may occur during recreation and sporting events and activities.

Nutrition for Recreation Activities and Sport (REC2010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Eat well and play hard! In this course, you’ll explore the role of food and hydration in helping individuals achieve optimal physical performance and learn to plan effectively for nutrition and hydration for a variety of recreational activities and athletic events. You’ll also examine food labeling and explore the role of recreation leaders and coaches in promoting nutrition for improved performance.

Sport and Society (REC3140)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: How does sport impact society and vice versa? Explore the answer to this question as you investigate the structure and function of community, amateur, and professional sport organizations and examine the role and structure of sport in society.

Sports Psychology 1 (REC1050)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Keep your head in the game! In this course, you’ll explore the effect of mental training on sport, artistic, and/or academic performance. You’ll also examine and demonstrate strategies for strengthening mental fitness, including motivation, goal setting, relaxation, visualization, and positive self-talk. And you’ll create a mental plan to apply to your current sport or performance-based activity.
Senior High CTS - Religious Studies (Not available to adult students)

Religious Studies 15-5 (LDC1018)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Understand the Old Testament. In this course, you’ll study the Old Testament and gain a spiritual understanding of history and the story of God through the ages. You’ll also explore links between the Old and New Testaments.

Religious Studies 25-5 (LDC2018)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Learn more about the life of Christ. In this course, you’ll learn how to understand the Bible and apply your learning to the study of Christ’s life, beginning with Old Testament prophecies. You’ll delve into topics such as Christ’s birth and His ministry, atonement, and Second Coming. You’ll also reflect on His work in our daily lives. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to compare and contrast the life of Christ with the lives of other religious leaders, such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, and Mohammed.

Religious Studies 35-5 (LDC3018)

  • Credits: 5
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: How did Christianity come to be? In this course, you’ll find the answer to that question as you study the origins, foundations, basic beliefs, and practices of Christianity. From the perspective of the Christian faith, you’ll explore six other world religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Humanism, and Baha’i) through the lens of God and His Word, the Bible.
Senior High CTS - Robotics (Not available to adult students)

**We recommend registering in both ELT1130 AND ELT1140 at the same time.

Control Systems 1 (ELT1080)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Descriptions: Learn how to construct process control systems and demonstrate their basic operations and testing procedures in this introductory, project-based CTS course.

Electro-Assembly 1 (ELT1010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Descriptions: Learn how to develop basic fabricating and servicing techniques as you construct and test electronic devices, electromagnetic devices, and cables.

Robotics 1 (ELT1130)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Descriptions: It’s all about the robots! Learn how to apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotic functions in this introductory CTS course. You’ll even get to design, build, and program your own robot.

Robotics Applications (ELT1140)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Descriptions: It’s all about the robots! Learn how to apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotic functions in this introductory CTS course. You’ll even get to design, build, and program your own robot.
Senior High CTS - Workplace Safety

Introduction to System Scaffolding (LDC1007) Not available to adult students.

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: The Introduction to System Scaffolding course will provide students general knowledge of scaffolding safety and scaffolding principles enabling students to develop precursor skills and knowledge to be able to use basic scaffold equipment and better prepare them to pursue employment in scaffolding. Students will develop knowledge of scaffolding safety, principles and techniques.  Students will receive an orientation to scaffolding equipment, scaffold construction methods, protection from falling objects or tools, stable access, scaffolding hazards, worksite Inspection and fall protection. Through taking the Introduction to System Scaffolding course, students will acquire a number of employment tickets that may increase their chances of securing employment as a scaffolder or in other construction-related careers.

Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000)

  • Credits: 1
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Safety first! In this course, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to apply health and safety standards in the workplace.

Workplace Safety Practices (HCS3010)

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Workplace Safety Systems (HCS3000), or mature student status
  • Materials: No materials required
  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Course Description: Stay safe! In this course, you’ll explore workplace safety principles and practices and learn how to apply them in a variety of contexts.
Senior High Prerequisite Chart

Vista Virtual School uses a Prerequisite Chart in order to help students choose courses in the correct sequence.

Senior High CTS Prerequisite Chart

Vista Virtual School follows Alberta Education’s Prerequisite Chart for CTS courses, in order to help students choose courses in the correct sequence.