Bishop Alexander Carter C.S.S.
 Academic Programs

Grade 7 & 8 Program

Welcome to Grade 7 and 8. With a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy our Grade 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to explore and learn in a vibrant, modern and safe learning environment staffed by highly skilled, caring and passionate teachers and staff. By focusing on the individual learning needs of our students, Bishop Alexander Carter’s Catholic School experience will help students develop independence and a strong foundation that will prepare them for Secondary School and beyond. 

Please review the information below and feel free to contact the School Office if you have any questions or need assistance.

Purpose and Goals

At Bishop Alexander Carter School, our Grades 7 and 8 Wing is separate from our secondary school students and is designed to optimize learning and provide students with opportunities to achieve their goals and to nurture their interests.

Choosing a 7 to 12 model provides many advantages including a smoother transition to secondary as students become familiar with the staff and the school and experience many transition opportunities that help to make the transition to secondary successful. We also offer superior, modern facilities, many opportunities to build community, leadership opportunities, technology and enhanced resources as well as a vast array of sports and extra-curricular activities for your child to enjoy.

Check out the SCDSB Grade 7-8 Program Digital Brochure to learn more!

Program Description

Grade 7 and 8 students follow a rotary system, in which students are exposed to teachers who specialize in specific subject areas. Students are assigned a homeroom, and together, this group of students moves from class to class throughout the day.

To view a sample student schedule, click here.

 Academic Programs

French Immersion

Purpose and Goals

Sudbury Catholic Schools value second language learning. We offer early French Immersion and Core French programs to all students. SCDSB French teachers are all fluent in French and trained in second language education. A variety of books, audio-visual materials and computer programs are available throughout the board for classroom use.

In all French as a Second Language programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

  • Use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings.
  • Learn about Canada, its two official language, and other cultures.
  • Appreciate and acknowledge the interconnections and interdependence of the global community.
  • Be responsible for their own learning as they work independently and in groups.
  • Use effective language learning strategies.
  • Become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as World citizens.
Program Description

The SDCSB offers an early French Immersion program option which is available to all students. This is a highly successful approach to second language learning in which students receive instruction in French for a significant portion of the day. Students study the same curriculum content as their peers in the regular English program. It is designed to provide English-speaking children with the opportunity to become highly proficient in French as well as in English. There is no expectation that parents of students in the French Immersion program are able to understand or speak French.

An Immersion program means that French is not only the medium in which subjects are taught, but it is also the means of communication between pupils and teacher in the classroom and, as much as possible beyond the classroom.

By the end of the four-year program in secondary school, students will:

  • Participate easily in conversations and discussions.
  • Be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction.

A full program is available from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

  • 10 Immersion credits
  • 4 courses in FRENCH Immersion
  • 6 courses in other subjects taught in French
  • Opportunity to challenge the DELF (French Competency Exam)

Grade 9:
Français (Immersion)
Éducation Religieuse

Grade 10:
Français (Immersion)
Études Carrières et Civisme
Éducation Religieuse

Grade 11:
Français (Immersion)
Étude des religions
Le droit Canadien

Grade 12:
Français (Immersion)
Le Canada et le monde: une analyse géographique.
Politique Canadienne et Mondiale

For more information about French Immersion, please go to the following website.

 Academic Programs

Secondary Specialized Programs

Program Description

Cooperative Education and OYAP:  Why not experience the work environment before committing to pursuing a career in a specific field?  Co-op gives students an opportunity to explore different employment sectors.  The program can be a direct transition from school to work, post-secondary college and university programs or an opportunity for students to pursue apprenticeship training in a skilled trade through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

Dual Credit Program: Students have the opportunity to earn credits of their interest at the postsecondary level, which is applied, to their OSSSD. Dual credit programs are intended for students to make successful transition to college and/or apprenticeship programs. This group could include disengaged and underachieving students who have the potential to succeed but are at risk of not graduating, and students who left school before graduating. Students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and students in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) are also eligible to participate in dual credit programs.

 eLearning: eLearning is an alternative way of learning outside of a traditional classroom to earn secondary school credits. It involves the use of electronic technologies to support learning and teaching. eLearning courses are taught by teachers online and students must complete computer-based learning modules within a set period of time. Grade 8 students may reach ahead to earn one secondary credit through elearning during the summer before high school. Students may register through their grade 8 school.

To learn more about Secondary Specialized Programs, please go to the following website.

 Academic Programs

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Purpose and Goals

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs bundles of 8-10 courses that allow students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while getting their high school diploma. Specialist High Skills Majors let students in Grades 11 and 12 focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Program Description

Bishop Alexander Carter offers 4 Specialist High-Skills Major Programs:

Green Industries:

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program where secondary school students focus their learning on a specific area of study, in this case, green industries. The Green Industries program at Bishop Alexander Carter is an exciting technological education program filled with creative, active and hands-on projects.

Students in the green industries SHSM take courses in high school that are focused on sector-specific knowledge and skills. Students in this program learn about ornamental and agricultural plants, trees, forests and also landscaping. Greenhouse plant production, design projects and the use of landscape industry software applications challenge students to be imaginative and analytical thinkers. Students learn a wide range of landscape maintenance to provide a foundation for future education or the entry into the workforce. Students wishing to pursue advance training and certifications for the Green Industries sector can apply for the Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM). In the SHSM course, students also earn certifications and complete specific training programs and two cooperative education credits that refine, extend, apply and practise their skills in the green industries (horticulture) sector.

Students in high school taking the green industries SHSM could be interested in a variety of careers at every different educational level, including:

  • Horticultural Technician/ Horticultualist
  • Arborist
  • Landscape Technologist/Architect
  • Parks Operations Manager
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Gardener
  • Tree Service Technician
  • Lawn and Garden Retail Salesperson
  • Environmental and Occupational

Health and Wellness:
Kinesiologist, child care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, youth worker are only some of the occupations our Health and Wellness program can guide you towards. Students will receive certifications in such things as: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR Level C), Standard First Aid, Personal Training, Athletic Taping, Customer Service. Did you know: According to Health Canada, the Health and Wellness sector is the nation’s third largest employer after manufacturing and the retail trade.

Information and Communication Technology:
This program addresses a number of computer applications such as 3-D graphics and animation, graphic design, web development, special effects and film production.  Students are able to gain work experience through Co-op opportunities and acquire additional training and certifications.

Manufacturing (focus on robotics and control system design):
This program provides students with a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing industry is committed to addressing skills, development, labour market and human resource issues across the sector of robotics and control system design and technician.


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