# High School Courses

Mathematics

This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, statistics, probability, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines and will determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking. A major emphasis of this course will be placed on the skills and methodology used in problem solving.

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

IMAT3U – Grade 11 Functions – University
This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions, represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically, solve problems involving applications of functions, investigate inverse functions, and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

English

This course is designed to develop rhetoric, or the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from historical periods, interpret informational and texts, and create oral, written, and texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication in the rhetoric phase of study. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication both verbally and in writing. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

IENG3U – English Literature and Composition – University Prep
This course is designed to do two things: to prepare students for the Innova Grade 11 English Language and Composition exam and to function as a culminating English course that allows our students to encounter important writing of the past and present in order to reflect on the specifically Christian and classical education they’ve received and to consider seriously the role that they and their education play in the modern world. As the American President, Calvin Coolidge pointed out, the world is something we encounter, not make. What then does it mean to receive a “Christian classical education”? How do we reconcile the two traditions? How have these traditions informed our civic responsibilities? Do permanent things exist? Do such things matter? What are the challenges and pitfalls of being human in this digital age? Student reading will address these and other enduring questions, chosen with the aim of teaching students to address topics across the humanities and sciences, primarily in short essays, employing the rhetorical and intellectual skills they have developed during their years at Innova Academy, as well as throughout this course.

History

This course explores the history of various societies and civilizations around the world, from earliest times to around 70 CE. Students will investigate a range of factors that contributed to the rise, success, and decline of various societies throughout the world and will examine life in and the cultural and political legacy of these societies. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras.

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Medieval Europe. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in European society, Europe’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on multi-cultural European identity and heritage. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events throughout the Middle Ages.

IHIS3U – Grade 11 Western Civilizations – University Prep
This course examines Western Civilization from the mid-fourteenth century to the mid-to-late twentieth century. Western Civilization is a striking and important combination of achievement, disaster, blessing, failure, consequence, presumption, hubris, and piety. The persons who built it, great and small, have passed on to their descendants a heritage, which is, to say the least, mixed. In other words, this course explores “modernity”—that time period and distinctive way of life, beginning in the Renaissance and Reformation, and extending to our time, characterized by the autonomous quest of human beings to understand and master the world in order to live more freely, comfortably, and enjoyably within it. The course aims to help students identify the historical sources of some of our most deeply held and taken-for-granted ideas, beliefs, feelings, bodily practices, and institutions.

Civics and Careers

ICIV2O – Grade 10 Civics and Citizenship – Open
This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as community planning and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.

ICAR2O – Grade 10 Careers – Open
This course focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in their education and career/life planning. Students will learn about global work trends and seek opportunities within the school and community to expand and strengthen their transferable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. Students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their postsecondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace.

IMMJ2O – Grade 10 Multimedia Journalism – Open
This course will allow students to develop a clear concept of objective reporting and its vital role in assisting citizens to be accurately informed so that they may participate effectively in the self-governance required of a free and democratic society. Students will critically evaluate how important topics such as racism, patriarchy, sexual identity, environmentalism, and terrorism are presented by the mainstream television and print media. Non-traditional media will be compared with major media presentations on several topics. We will attempt to identify bias in both traditional and new media, bias of commission and omission. The students will develop skills in presenting objective and opinion journalism through varied media. Designing a blog, producing a podcast, organizing and producing video interviews, and developing their own individual topics of interest in a multi-media format are a few of several projects. Students will collaborate on projects using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, and photo and video editing software. Students will be introduced to expert guests in multi-media production who will make use of the media.

Science

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid/base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

IBIO3U – Grade 11 Biology – University Prep
This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

ICHM3U – Grade 11 Chemistry – University Prep
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds, chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions, solutions and solubility, and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

IPHY3U- Grade 11 Physics – University Prep
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore physics by first understanding the history of the development of the theories. Students will explore kinematics with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Geography

This course examines interrelationships within and between the world’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world and especially Canada. Students will explore each continent’s countries and learn their names, topography, cultures, and economy. Students will also understand how these countries impact Canada economically, socially, and historically. The course is intended to showcase God’s world as whole and how we, as humans, fit into it.

Theology/Logic

This course equips students with the foundation of logical principles, the ability to analyze statements, and to detect and correct logical fallacies. Students will learn how to define terms and how to relate terms to other terms in genus and species charts. They will then study statements, discovering ways to determine the truth of a given statement, and will examine how statements relate to each other. Next, they will learn how to put statements together into arguments. And gather strategies for distinguishing valid arguments from invalid ones. Once they have gained the skills of analyzing the arguments of others, they will take a brief foray into constructing arguments to establish conclusions of their own. They will then finish this course by learning to detect fallacies that litter arguments in daily life.

ICTH1O – Christian Theology I – Open
This course provides a survey of the main doctrines and controversies in the history of Christian theology. Students will study Bibliology (The Doctrine of Scripture), Theology (The Doctrine of God), Christology (The Doctrine of Christ), Pneumatology (The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit), Anthropology (The Doctrine of Man), Soteriology (The Doctrine of Redemption), and Ecclesiology (The Doctrine of the Church). Students will explore these doctrines through the lens of a variety of Christian traditions as they study the Biblical texts, engage with the writings of leading theologians, and discuss these ideas in small group contexts. Part of the course will also be devoted to the application of these doctrines to their lives, in order that what is understood in the head might be celebrated and believed in the heart.

Note: This course will explore various viewpoints as they appear throughout history, and parents are encouraged to continue the dialogue at home regarding one’s denominational views.

ICTH2O – Christian Theology 2 – Open
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Physical Education

IPEH1O – Grade 9 Healthy Active Living – Open
This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.

IPEF1O – Grade 10 Fitness – Open
This course enables students to further develop the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.

IPEO(1-3)O – Grade 9-11 Healthy Living and Outdoor Studies – Open
This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of enjoyable outdoor physical activities that have the potential to engage students’ interest throughout their lives. Students will be encouraged to develop personal competence in a variety of movement skills through a variety of outdoor activities (e.g., ultimate, in-line skating, orienteering, hiking, snowshoeing, climbing, wilderness survival, etc.) to enhance their personal competence and personal fitness. They will be given opportunities to practice goal-setting, decision-making, social and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components of healthy relationships, mental health, and personal safety.

Arts

IIAM1O - Grade 9 Integrated Arts and Music – Open
This course integrates two or more of the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts), giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated artwork created individually or collaboratively. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply concepts, styles, and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges.

IMAW2O – Grade 10 Media Art Works – Open
This course enables students to create media art works by exploring new media, emerging technologies such as digital animation, and a variety of traditional art forms such as film, photography, video, and visual arts. Students will acquire communications skills that are transferable beyond the media arts classroom and develop an understanding of responsible practices related to the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create and interpret media art works.

International Languages

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using and building on language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. Students will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

ISPA2D – Spanish 1 – Academic
How can I use Spanish to connect with people around me? What are the ways that Spanish has already influenced me? Does learning Spanish relate in any way to the other courses that I study? Can I use my study of Spanish to bring depth to my understanding of God and the beauty of his creation? Will I embrace opportunities to take what I learn and use it in the real world? These are some of the questions that should guide each student’s purpose for studying Spanish this year.

In order to accomplish these purposes, Innova students will be involved in a variety of tasks designed to heighten understanding of written and spoken Spanish, the people who speak it, and where Spanish is spoken. We will enjoy a number of virtual field trips and create cultural experiences in class to enhance our understanding of these foreign worlds.

Our journey toward language acquisition requires that the students work on the following skills: learning introductory vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, building foundational skills in reading, speaking, writing, and understanding spoken Spanish, participating in verbal exercises designed to develop accurate pronunciation, including memorization/recitation. They will practice conversation and make oral presentations. They will be examined and graded for accuracy in grammar, reading and written skills, pronunciation, and general knowledge. Students will learn about Spanish history and culture by exploring the rich tradition of legends and myths in Spanish literature.