Calmar Secondary School


Core Programming

Career and Life Management (CALM)

The aim of Career and Life Management (CALM) is to help students to make well-informed, considered decisions and choices in all aspects of their lives and to develop behaviours and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of self and others, now and in the future.

CALM is a vital component of comprehensive school health education. It emphasizes knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, competencies and values, and provides students with opportunities to enhance their capacities in problem solving, critical thinking and reflection.

English Language Arts (ELA)

Study in English Language Arts (ELA) enables students to use language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communicating, personal satisfaction and learning.

Students become confident and competent users of language arts through many opportunities to listen and speak, read and write, and view and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts.


Alberta’s math program encourages students to develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills and make connections between mathematics and its applications. Our program also builds students’ confidence in their mathematical skills and appreciation of the subject.

Alberta’s math programs require that students can not only add, subtract, multiply and divide, but that they also know how to reason and solve problems in real-life situations.

The Grade 7-9 and Grade 10-12 math programs were developed in collaboration with post-secondary institutions, teachers, administrators, and parents, and they are aligned with the most up-to-date research into the teaching and learning of math.

Physical Education

The aim of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 physical education program is to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

Alberta’s vision for education focuses on children and their ability to achieve their individual potential, creating a positive future for themselves, as well as enhancing their quality of life.

The Kindergarten to Grade 12 physical education program contributes to the development of life skills for the personal management of health, for the use of physical activity as a strategy for managing life challenges, and for a setting within which to practise the ability to work with others.

The program provides an equitable opportunity for all students to realize the benefits of participation in physical activity.


The secondary science program is guided by the vision that all students have the opportunity to develop scientific literacy.

Students will develop the science-related knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to solve problems and make decisions, and at the same time help them become lifelong learners— maintaining their sense of wonder about the world around them.

Social Sciences (10-12)

The social sciences 20–30 program is intended to complement the Alberta social studies program by encouraging increased understanding of “humans and their world.”

Courses in this program are distinct from the social studies program in that they focus on the structure, concepts and methodologies of specific social science disciplines.

Social sciences courses include:

  • anthropology
  • economics
  • geography
  • history
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • psychology
  • religious studies
  • sociology

These electives are not intended to provide an alternative to the existing social studies courses. Rather, they have been developed to meet diverse student interests and to provide enrichment.

Social Studies

Social studies provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens.

Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social studies helps students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.