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

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What your teen is learning

Social Sciences 20–30

In the social sciences, your teen will sample disciplines that interest them, such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies and sociology. Three-credit courses in these disciplines do not have to be taken in any particular order, and they will give your teen an opportunity to explore topics that complement their social studies course. Social sciences courses are different from the social studies curriculum in that they focus on the structure, concepts and methodologies of specific social science disciplines. These courses do not replace the existing social studies curriculum, but they have been created to meet student interests and to add to the richness of the total learning experience for students. For more about the Social Sciences 20–30 courses, refer to the programs of study.

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 LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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