Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH)


Cosmetology & Hairstylist Trade

Cosmetology is the scientific study of the hair, skin and nails. This course has theory components and practical components. During the practical components, students will learn and practice on each other. Participation is mandatory in order to succeed in all modules. All modules offered are a pre-requisite to the next level.

Cosmetology Introductory 1 (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: none
Modules offered introduce students to the art and science of the hair, skin and nails. Emphasis is placed on personal image for success in all careers dealing with customer service. 6 modules offered

Cosmetology Introductory 2 (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: Introductory 1
Modules offered introduce the students to hairstyling techniques and designs. Students begin preparation for apprenticeship standards. 6 modules offered

Cosmetology Intermediate 1 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Introductory 1&2
Students must enroll in both afternoon classes and all modules are focused on meeting the criteria of the FIRST PERIOD of the Apprenticeship Hairstyle Trade. Students will learn hair cutting, chemical texturizing, hair services and students will transfer these skills to customer service. 12 modules offered

Cosmetology Intermediate 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Cosmetology Introductory 1, 2 & Intermediate 1
Students must enroll in both afternoon classes and all modules are focused on completing the criteria required for the FIRST PERIOD and starting the SECOND PERIOD of the Apprenticeship Hairstyle Trade. Students will focus on hair colour and hair cutting at a customer service level. 10 modules offered

Cosmetology Advanced 1 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Introductory 1, 2 Intermediate 1 & 2
Students must enroll in both afternoon classes and all modules are focusing on the SECOND PERIOD of the Apprenticeship Hairstyle Trade. These modules focus on hair texturizing and decolourization. All work in this level is customer service based.
11 modules offered

Cosmetology Advanced 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Introductory 1, 2, Intermediate 1, 2, & Advance 1
Students must enroll in both afternoon classes and all modules are focusing on the completion of the SECOND PERIOD of the Apprenticeship Hairstyle Trade. All modules at this level are customer service based. Completion of the 50 modules listed are the specified CTS modules that meet the Apprenticeship Hairstyling Trade.
10 modules offered


One of the most important life skills a student can learn is how to cook and eat well. In Domestic Foods students will gain knowledge and experience in all aspects of food and its relationship to health, values and lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to cook and eat the food prepared in a home environment.

Foods Domestic is a course for students who would like to be comfortable using equipment that everyone finds in their kitchens at home! We follow the Canada Food Guide - “Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyle” is what we say!

We cover from Food sanitation, baking to milk, eggs and cheese. Dive into Fruit, Vegetables and Grains and end with a meal for a social function of choice!

We learn also about the Meat industry, vegetarian cooking and cooking around the world! This course is a truly amazing life course to take! Hope to see you in class!

Career paths include:

  • Nutritionist/Dietician 
  • Caterer 
  • Baker 
  • Event Planner 
  • Cookbook Author or Layout Artist 
  • Health Inspector 
  • Teacher 
  • Chef

Foods Domestic – Intro

Here students begin an adventure into foods. Students taste gourmet delights prepared while learning the basics of successful cooking and the benefits of healthy food choices. Students will be cooking all of the food groups contained in the Canada Food Guide and learning about food safety and sanitation. As students gain confidence in their cooking skills, they can share results with family and friends.

Foods & Cook Trade

Everyone has to eat. About one out of every 3 meals is eaten out of the home. Students will explore the world of cooking and baking, from the theory of why things taste the way they do to practical cooking for the home, the staff room and the school cafeteria. The student will learn basic cooking skills as well as gain experience in using hand tools and equipment used at home and commercial kitchens.

Commercial Foods is an option that is offered to grade 10, 11 and 12 students. Students in grade 10 have the opportunity to explore cooking and baking basics. The basic skills acquired in in grade 10 can then be built upon in grades 11 and 12.This course has a significant hands-on component, and is taught as a life skill. Students may choose to carry on with this trade to pursue a career as a chef through post-secondary schooling or via the apprenticeship route which is also offered at James Fowler High School.

Career paths include:

  • Chef 
  • Cook 
  • Baker 
  • Butcher

Foods Culinary - Intro

Students are introduced to the field of cooking and baking. This course is exploratory in nature and is designed to create further interest in this field and take some of the mystery out of food preparation by exposing students to different types of food and food preparation techniques. Students will acquire knowledge and skills for informed decision-making in the market place. The student will be cooking and baking a variety of tasty and nutritious items. The student will be given recipes which can be used in the home to impress family and friends.

Foods – Pre-Apprentice

James Fowler is currently developing a Pre-Apprentice for the Culinary Foods program. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to challenge the first period exam and if successful, be given advanced standing in their trade. Students have access to an industry grade kitchen facility and food service outlets. Students will build on core skills knowledge, and attitudes for long term success in the cooking industry. The opportunity to take pre-apprenticeship courses can be built upon to get preferred seating in SAIT’s Professional Cooking Program.

Human & Social Services


Prerequisite: An Interest in creating positive change within the James Fowler School Community

This course is designed to build positive relationships by engaging students in practical service experiences that build the school and surrounding community. Students are encouraged to develop their own leadership skills and take risks by organizing and implementing programs and special events during the school year. This class will be scheduled OUTSIDE of the regular timetable at lunch during the week. Students need to commit 1 hour of time per week of scheduled class meeting.

If you want to be involved in awesome pep rallies and spirit days, fundraising and charity work, communications, athletic promotions, and intramural activities, then Leadership is for you. Students in this course determine the direction of the school and build school culture. Make a difference and join Leadership. 

Legal Studies

Legal Studies is an academic option where students learn basic and practical legal information and develop skills and attitudes to enable them to respond appropriately to the impact of law on their daily lives. Good reading and comprehension skills are required, as students must be able to understand legal terminology. This is a participative class where students will be grouped and attendance will be counted on by group members.

What are an individual’s rights? Students look at real life case studies and realistic scenarios to help gain a better understanding of our Canadian Legal System. They look at the different aspects that involve Public Law where we explore the criminal code. In Private Law, students examine the differences and variances between civil and criminal law and explore federal and provincial court systems

This course also includes Employment Law where we look at human rights legislation, contracts of employment, employment standards and unions. Students also have the opportunity through Law and the Traveler to learn their rights when traveling domestically and internationally. Lastly, in Relationship Law, students learn the legal requirements of marriage, what happens during a divorce and what the rights of a child are. Throughout the course, students will participate in presentations, group projects, case study discussions, film and documentary studies and a mock trial.

Legal Studies – Intro

In this course students study the laws within Canada. The focus at this level will be on Private Law, Public Law, Relationship Law, Family Law and Employment Law.

Health Care Services

“I knew that the digestive system took stuff in and then something happened before it came out, but I didn’t know it was so disgusting...and awesome.” - Mankarman, Introductory Medical Studies

Course Description
Medical Studies is a program that looks to take students interested in the medical sciences both a direction for their future careers and a solid grounding in many of the skills that they will need as 21st century medical professionals.

Inquiry Into Anatomy and Physiology 

The class takes students’ studies beyond what they learn in Biology class and enhances their knowledge around human anatomy and physiology while challenging students to collaborate and work as groups in order to research common pathologies (illnesses) surrounding those anatomical structures. The basis that students gain in this course will assist them in future studies in medicine.

Career Exploration 

Frequently, students enter this course with an idea that they want to be a medical professional, but no idea what kind they want to be. This course offers a platform for students to explore all facets of the healthcare industry. This is done through in class research projects as well as class visits from health professionals that have, in the past, included Nurses, Massage Therapists, Paramedics and Emergency (911) Operators.

Research Skills 

Medical Sciences is, at its base, an evidence-based discipline. for this reason, a heavy focus is placed on good research skills including secondary research such as print and online sources. Also included in this focus is frequent labs that challenge the students to both test and design tests for common human physiological markers.

Career Pathways

  • Nurse 
  • Physician 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Paramedic 
  • Medical Diagnostic Technician 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Physical Therapist

Medical Studies – Intro

Students will identify the determinants of good health and examine how these determinants affect personal wellness. Students will gain an appreciation for the importance of an active living lifestyle and develop an understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body using medical terminology. Students will demonstrate safety strategies to prevent infection from blood borne pathogens in health care and recreation settings and examine other basic safety and reporting protocols for these settings.

Recreational Leadership

This is a course for students who are interested in working as trainers with one of the school’s athletic teams. The curriculum offers a logical beginning for students who are interested in such fields as: sports medicine, physiotherapy, kinesiology, physiology, physical education or basic first aid. In addition to class time, students are also required to work as trainers for a minimum of 20 hours with school teams.

Sports Medicine 15

This is a full semester class for those students interested in the medical field, as well as developing skills as an athletic trainer. Included is an introduction to basic human anatomy. The basic divisions and structure of the skeleton are examined as well as its musculature. Each student will receive certification in Standard First Aid. An introduction to basic athletic training, including various taping skills will be covered.

Sports Performance 15/25/35

The focus of the class is to engage students in training principles to enhance both athletic development and overall fitness. Students will learn both theory and application of training principles as it applies to personal development.  Students will be actively participating in aerobic, anaerobic, flexibility and strength training programs that include speed, agility and power development. In addition, students will study areas of nutrition and sports psychology, as they relate to human performance. A basic understanding of anatomy and physiology will be explored to provide a framework of how individuals respond  to  a  highly  developed  training  program.  Students  must  be  prepared  to participate in a highly active and physically demanding training class on a daily basis. Fees : $60.00

Forensics Science 25/35 (6 credits) 

Connect scientific concepts and technologies related to solving crime. Learn about topics like crime scene investigation, forensics, toxicology and ballistics, police protective equipment, criminal profiling, arson and police service canines.

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