​Our school offers options to suit our students’ unique learning needs, interests and abilities. All of our courses follow the Alberta Programs of Study​

Complementary Courses


At Thomas B. Riley School, students are able to study Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), Fine Arts, French as a Second Language, and Locally Approved Courses as part of their complementary program. These experiences are designed to help students:

  • Explore - discover their gifts and talents
  • Integrate - connect their knowledge and skills from other subject areas
  • Extend - delve into an area of interest

Student Choice

Students select from a variety of programs based on their conversation with parents and teachers and by applying knowledge of themselves as a learner. Please be aware that some courses may be cancelled due to demand, timetable constraints, expertise, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Semester System

Our school year will be divided into two semesters. Students will take four complementary courses in each semester. French and Band are full year courses. TLC students are required to take French and Band at all grade levels.


The complementary program allows students to try different courses and experiences. By providing a variety of courses within any given area, students are able to delve into areas of passion, or experiment with up to eight different complementary courses over the course of the year.

Locally Developed Courses

Power Up Your Learning 7, 8, 9

This class is ideal for students who require extra time and support to complete assignments from their core classes. Students will identify and strengthen the focus of their learning goals. They will learn how to use their learning preferences and strengths as a learner. Students will participate in small group and/or individual instruction of new strategies to support their personal learning style, including organizational skills, study strategies, remedial math, reading, and writing.

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