​​Regular Program at the CBE

Even though most of our schools offer a regular program, no two are quite the same. All schools teach according to Alberta Education’s mandated curriculum, however a school’s focus, optional courses and school activities are as unique as every school.​​​

Program, Focus & Approach

English Language Learning

The ELL Program offers instruction for English Language Proficiency levels 2 to 5:

  1. Beginner Level 2; at least 50% of classes are sheltered ELL
  2. Intermediate Level 3 A & B; at least 25% of classes are sheltered ELL
  3. Advanced Intermediate Level 4 A & B; at least 25% of classes are sheltered ELL
  4. Proficiency Level 5 students are placed in the regular ELA 10-1 or 10-2 classes depending on the strength of their English reading comprehension and writing skills.

Students graduate to the next proficiency level when their skills have reached that level. Demonstrating increased proficiency beyond the next level may result in students being moved on by two classes: example, they may move from ELL 3A to ELL 4A, skipping ELL 3B. Similarly, some students may need to spend more time at a particular level than the usual time of one semester.

Projects, Assignments, Term Papers, Labs and Quizzes

Consistent and regular attention to in-class projects, assignments, term papers, labs, quizzes and homework is expected by all students at Western Canada High School. Students who do not complete their work and cannot provide a reasonable explanation to the teacher may be required to attend Tutorials (8:35-9:00 AM or 3:20-3:40 PM) or an alternate arranged time to complete their work. Students who refuse to complete their in-class assignments without valid reason will be referred to administration and face the possibility of disciplinary action.

Student Work Periods

Students on work periods are required to be out of the halls at the period bell and in one of the following locations only:

  • Library
  • Cafeteria/study hall
  • Inner courtyards
  • Off campus

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​​Dual Credit at the CBE

As a CBE student you may choose to take a dual credit program as part of your high school learning plan. Dual credit programs allow you to:

  • Study in an area of passion and interest
  • Get a jump start on post-secondary learning.
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits (transferable).
  • Build confidence and develop skills that will support a successful post- secondary transition.
  • Experience a post-secondary learning environment and learn about on-going opportunities.
  • Reduce first year course load and the time required to complete a program.

As a dual credit student, you would be enrolled in both a post-secondary institution and in your high school concurrently. You would earn credits towards both a high school diploma and post-secondary degree or diploma.

Application packages and program details will be posted on:


​​Exploring Career Choices

Career and Technology education provides CBE students with opportunities for personalized learning that are dynamic and support them to transition into education, training and work. It is a part of the Alberta Programs of Study, and is offered in every school, every day and for every student.
Career and Technology Studies (CTS) is a complementary program designed for our high school students. Students develop career and technology-related skills while enhancing employability competencies. Here is an overview of CTS pathways and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) Occupational Courses, and information on specialized facilities.

Career & Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School

The Career & Technology Centre (CTC) is a hub for CTS learning for students registered in CBE high schools across Calgary. Students who attend the CTC will take courses at their designated high schools, but they will also access the CTC to enhance their learning through credentialed, dual credit or pre-placement programs for specific periods of time.

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