Grade 8 Information
Grade 8 Registration Information 2020-21
Complementary Course Descriptions and Fees
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Grade 8!
Lakeland Ridge is a K-9 school that follows a 6-day, 6-period timetable. This will be a new timetable compared to last year’s, 6-day, 7-period timetable. Just as in grade 7, grade 8 students will take a combination of “core” courses and “complementary” courses.
Core courses are courses that all students take, as mandated by Alberta Education. They are English Language Arts, Health, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.
Complementary courses are courses that are more often referred to as option courses. These are the courses that students choose based on areas of interest. Students at Lakeland Ridge take 6 options courses throughout the year. The options courses are split into 2 semesters, meaning students will take 3 option courses during Semester 1 (September - January) and 3 options courses in Semester 2 (February - June). There are 2 exceptions to semestered options, they are French and Band. Each of these options are full-year courses. If students select French or Band, that course would count as 2 options in their group of 6.
All fees charged for complementary courses are for cost-recovery. The course fee covers supplies that are consumed during the course. The field trip fee covers the expected expenses of anticipated field trip(s). Field trips are excellent opportunities for students to experience the course’s learning outcomes in a unique way outside of the classroom. The field trip fee is paid at the beginning of each semester so teachers can plan and budget for the proposed field trips. New, this year, field trips are an option for complementary courses. Students and families can make the decision to opt-out of the field trip fee. If the decision is made to opt-out of the field trip fee, students will not attend the course’s planned field trip(s). Student attendance at school is expected and work will be arranged for students who remain at school. For course field trips to move forward, a minimum number of students opting in will be required. There are three courses where opting out of the field trip is not an option: Performing Arts, Recreation Fitness, and Technical Theatre. The performing arts and technical theatre field trip is an all-day, in-class workshop with outside guest experts who are paid a fee to come in and host sessions. Recreation fitness is a field trip-base course. If students do not wish to participate in recreation fitness field trips, sports acceleration would be a good alternative option to choose.
Below is the list of complementary courses offered to Grade 8s at Lakeland Ridge. The list includes a variety of courses representing a diverse range of interest areas. There are also a number of no-cost and low-cost options for families.
For course descriptions and fees please click this link. To select and rank complementary choices, we will be using the same online booking system that we use for school interviews. The website is www.schoolinterviews.ca. Our event code is 789cc.
Students, in consultation with their parents, will identify and rank their top 12 course choices. The administrative team at Lakeland Ridge will do its best to accommodate students' requests. In some cases, due to lack of student interest, courses in the list may not be offered as courses require a minimum number of students to move ahead.
- Advanced Construction
- App Savvy
- Creative Crafts
- Digital Media and Design
- Learning Strategies
- Outdoor Education
- Performing Arts
- Recreation Fitness
- Snacks and Appetizers
- Sports Acceleration
- Technical Theatre
- Textile Arts