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To help your teen select appropriate courses and course sequences, refer to the High School Graduation Requirements.


High School


What your teen is learning

Art 10–20–30

What does this painting say? How can I communicate the feelings inside me? Your teen will explore a variety of media and ways of expressing themselves visually. Exploring art and imagery across history and tradition, they will understand how images are designed. As your teen develops artistically, technically and critically, they will discover how images evoke responses and a variety of interpretations. They will convey meaning through creating their own visual artwork. Want to know more? Refer to the program of studies PDF.

Art 11–21–31

Why is art created and valued? Your teen will take on the role of critic and art historian. They will explore how images express and reflect our values, beliefs and issues and how people see and respond to the visual qualities in works of art. Your teen will recognize the achievements of artists throughout history and in other cultures, and they’ll explore the many methods artists use to communicate. For more about Art 11–21–31, refer to the program of studies PDF.

How your teen is assessed

Learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask the teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you, your teen and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well they are doing throughout a course. At the end of the course, your teen will be assessed and their achievement will be reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for the course.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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