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Administrative Procedure 219

Locally Developed Courses

Background

Preamble:

 

Wild Rose School Division supports the local development and authorization of junior and senior high school complementary courses which do not duplicate provincially authorized courses, to further develop and cultivate the unique interests and abilities of students, to foster educational improvement and excellence through innovation at the local level to meet the unique needs of a local community.

 

Procedures

Procedures:

 

  1. Locally developed courses must:

 

1.1  Not duplicate provincially authorized courses;

 

1.2  Further develop and cultivate the unique interests and abilities of students;

 

1.3  Foster educational improvement and excellence through innovation at the local level to meet   the unique needs of a local community;

 

1.4  Be endorsed by the school council;

 

1.5  Be reviewed by the Office of the Superintendent each school year if they are to be used in senior high school; and

 

1.6  Comply with the procedures described in Alberta Learning’s Policy 1.2.1 –Locally

      Developed/Acquired and Authorized Junior and Senior High School Complementary Courses.

 

  1. Senior High School:

 

2.1  All locally developed/acquired and authorized courses and learning resources shall be

      consistent with:

2.1.1       the Ministerial Order made under section 39(1)(f) of the Act; and

 

2.1.2       Recognizing Diversity and Promoting Respect.

 

2.2   When submitting a course for review (using Form 219A), the description for each locally-

       developed senior high course should include:

 

2.2.1       the title of the course;

 

2.2.2       the senior high school grade levels at which the course is to be offered;

 

2.2.3       The hours of instruction to be offered (minimum 62.5 hrs for 3-credit, 125 hrs for 5

             credit) and credit allocations, (Note: credit values of less than 3 are not acceptable

             for senior high courses);

 

2.2.4       Implementation date;

 

2.2.5       The anticipated enrollment;

 

2.2.6       Course description (detailed);

 

2.2.7       A listing of any pre-or co-requisite courses;

 

2.2.8       A statement of philosophy;

 

2.2.9       Rationale: why is this course necessary?;

 

2.2.10    A detailed listing of learner outcomes with concurrent assessment plan;

 

2.2.11    The special resources, facilities or equipment necessary;

 

2.2.12    Risk Assessment – safety components;

 

2.2.13    Consideration of any sensitive or controversial issues. All sections of Form 219A need to be completed fully.

 

2.3  The principal/designate shall monitor locally developed/acquired and authorized courses to

       ensure instruction is consistent with the program’s intent.

 

  1. Junior High School:

 

3.1  The following applies to locally developed/acquired and authorized Junior High School

       complementary courses:

 

3.1.1       Schools shall offer two provincially authorized complementary courses except where

             instruction in a language other than English (School Act, sections 10 and 11) is

             offered, then only one provincially authorized complementary course is required.

 

3.1.2       Using form 219B, Schools shall maintain a written description of each locally

             developed/acquired and authorized junior high school complimentary course on file

             and accurately submit a list of these courses to the Superintendents’ Office by

             September 30 each year.

 

3.2  The description for each junior high course should include:

 

                  3.2.1 The title of the course;

                  3.2.1 The junior high school grade levels at which the course is to be offered;

 

                  3.2.2 The hours of instruction to be offered

 

                  3.2.3 The implementation date;

 

                  3.2.4 The anticipated enrollment;

 

                  3.2.5 A Course description (detailed)

 

                  3.2.6 A listing of any pre-or co-requisite courses

 

                  3.2.7 A statement of philosophy

 

                  3.2.8 Rationale: why is this course necessary?

 

                  3.2.9 A detailed listing of course outcomes with concurrent assessment plan.

 

                  3.2.10 the special resources, facilities or equipment necessary.

 

                  3.2.11 Risk Assessment – safety components.

 

                  3.2.12 Consideration of any sensitive or controversial issues. All sections of Form 219B need

                               to be completed fully.

 

3.3  The principal/designate shall monitor locally developed/acquired and authorized AP 218

       Outreach Programs.

 

 

 

Revised:                 October 2012

Next Review by:            August, 2016

References

Legislative References:

 

School Act Section 60, 61

Policy 1.2.1 Locally Developed Acquired and Authorized Junior and Senior High Complementary Courses

Policy 1.2.2 Locally Developed Religious Education Courses

 

Board Policy:

 

Policy 11 Delegation

Policy 13 Establishment, Expansion and Reduction of

 

Cross Reference:

 

AP 217 Special Projects

AP 218 Outreach Programs