Program Guide - McNally - Edmonton Public Schools



Program Guide - McNally - Edmonton Public Schools
2016-2017 High School
Program Guide
You belong here.
Here, there are people who see you as
a leader of today and tomorrow.
You deserve to be here.
Here, there are new opportunities to
explore and high expectations to exceed.
You want to be here.
Here, you have time and resources to
prepare for your future.
You will thrive here.
Here, friendship, collaboration and
creativity flourishes.
You will be inspired here.
Here, learning illuminates new possibilities,
and these possibilities will become
your legacy.
You belong here.
Welcome to McNally — You belong here.
Our District
Transforming the learners of today into the leaders
of tomorrow
We inspire student success through high quality
learning opportunities, supported by meaningfully
engaged students, parents, staff and community.
Supporting the Vision, Mission and Priorities are
the District’s cornerstone values of accountability,
collaboration, equity and integrity.
District Priorities 2014-2018
• Foster growth and success for every student
by supporting their journey from early learning
through high school completion and beyond.
• Provide welcoming, high quality learning and
working environments.
• Enhance public education through communication,
engagement and partnerships.
Table of Contents
Welcome to McNally—You belong here................. 2
District Vision, Mission, Values and Priorities............2
Nothing but the Best..................................................3
Making the move to high school—
You deserve to be here........................................... 4
The McNally advantage—You want to be here..... 5
A school of spirit and leadership...............................5
A school of community service .................................5
A school of excellence................................................5
A school of global learning opportunities.................6
International Baccalaureate program (IB)..................7
Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual program......................8
Special needs programs
(Community Living Skills, Interactions)............................9
Supports for students—You will thrive here....... 10
Student Support Services ........................................10
Career Pathways (Off-Campus Education, Work
Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Program)............11
Get involved—You will be inspired here.............. 12
Student life (GO program, student clubs, academic
competitions, athletics team, fitness centre)..................12
School procedures....................................................16
Planning your future—You belong here.............. 18
Course list................................................................18
Core subject transfer charts.....................................19
Course planner.........................................................20
Planning for success.................................................21
Did you know?
McNally has the highest number
of computer devices per student
in the entire school District.
Alberta High School Diploma requirements............22
Transitioning to post-secondary education..............23
Open house..............................................................24
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Welcome to McNally — You belong here.
NIHIL SED OPTIMUM — Nothing but the Best
Choosing the right high school is a big decision for students and parents. It is important to examine all your
options and decide which school will meet your needs and goals.
At McNally, our commitment to our students is expressed
in our school motto, Nihil Sed Optimum—Nothing but the
Best. The staff and students of McNally strive to live up to
this motto every day.
McNally provides an inspiring and dynamic academic
environment with a long history of excellence in
languages, athletics, community involvement, career
and technology studies, and fine arts. Our students work
in an inclusive environment, using a range of resources
and technology to develop foundational knowledge,
skills and attitudes across different subject areas and
to foster international-mindedness. Five programs
are offered at McNally High School: regular, Chinese
(Mandarin) Bilingual, International Baccalaureate
Diploma and Certificate, Interactions and Community
Learning Skills. Our students select from a full range
of core subjects with additional courses provided in
construction, computer science, multimedia, food
studies, physical education and sports performance.
Students may also take fine arts offerings such as art,
dance, drama, musical theatre and band. Language
courses are available in English, French, Mandarin and
At McNally, we are committed to assisting you with
planning for your future. Our focus on Career Pathways
and Student Leadership prepares students for postsecondary studies, responsible citizenship and the world
of work [including Work Experience and the Registered
Apprenticeship Program (RAP)]. Our Student Support
Services are available any time for college and career
planning as well as personal guidance. McNally also
offers a variety of opportunities outside of the regular
school calendar, such as summer school programming.
This program guide is designed to help you explore the
rich and varied programs offered at McNally. Become
part of a school with spirit, leadership opportunities
and academic excellence—make McNally your choice
next year!
Visit to learn more about high school
programming­—you just might discover that you
belong here.
Dr. Lisa Wright
Programming in and outside of the classroom
encourages students to engage in service work, develop
leadership skills and commit to high standards of
conduct. McNally’s Tiger Pride is alive throughout
our school hallways in recognition of our academic
achievements, champion sports teams, community
service work and other student accomplishments. We
also have a fitness centre and onsite athletic therapists
to support our emphasis on comprehensive health,
athletics programs and wellness.
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Making the move to high school — You deserve to be here.
At McNally, we’re committed to making your transition to high school
as smooth as possible.
The most important step is choosing a high school that
best suits your needs and goals. Visit open houses, attend
information sessions and read through print material
such as this program guide carefully.
If you have decided that McNally is the right school for
you, great! The next steps are to plan your high school
program and learn more about our school so that you will
feel ready and eager to attend in September.
“I like coming to school
everyday. I like the atmosphere
and opportunities at McNally.”
Our staff and students are here to support you and make
you feel welcome. Here are a few things we do to help you
prepare for your high school experience:
• Host the McNally Open House and IB Information
Session (Wednesday, March 9, 2016)
• Assist you in course selection and planning for
the future
• Provide regular updates in newsletters and on
• Organize Registration Day and Orientation for Grade 10
students (usually during the last week of August)
‒‒ You’ll have a chance to tour the school, meet some
friends and teachers, set up your locker and more!
• Show you how to use to help develop
your three-year high school plan
— McNally student
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The McNally advantage — You want to be here.
Overlooking the river valley, McNally High School’s relatively small student population
offers you a unique and personal high school experience. We have dedicated, caring
and professional staff who are recognized for excellence in teaching and care about
student success.
At McNally, our students and staff honour and celebrate our many diverse cultures. As true Tigers, our students are
proud to represent and support the range of backgrounds, heritage countries, cultures, religions, languages and life
experiences integral to our McNally community.
A school of spirit and leadership
A school of excellence
We are proud of how active our students are in creating
the culture at McNally. A large and welcoming Students’
Union and Leadership Team works hard to build Tiger
Pride and plan fun activities such as:
“Nothing but the best” is our motto. Excellence is what
we strive for in our school.
• Tiger Pride Week
• Provincial leader in International Baccalaureate (IB)
student enrolment
• Pep rallies
• Focus on digital literacies and skills
• Theme days
• Celebrations and ceremonies
• Annual participation in many academic competitions
(skills, science and math)
• McNally alumni festivities
• Nationally recognized Computing Sciences program
• Community and global activism
• Annual Dance and fine arts showcases and our Big
Band Ball and Band Coffee House events
• Student governance opportunities
• Welcome Week
A school of community service
Here at McNally, we are fully invested in our community
and seek ways to make a difference in the lives of others.
We develop and/or participate in a number of service
initiatives including:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program
• 24 hour bike-a-thon for medical research
• Holiday pancake breakfast charitable fundraiser
• Walk for Water to bring clean drinking water to people
in Africa
• Award-winning theatre productions and opportunities
to participate in technical production and/or
• Musical groups like concert band, jazz ensemble and
jazz choir
Learning environments
• 18 portable computer labs with SMART Boards in most
• Learning Resource Centre equipped with 60 laptops
and e-readers
• Multiple science labs
• Reading Buddy program
• McNally Assists Students Serving in Volunteer
Experiences (M.A.S.S.I.V.E.) supports the Edmonton’s
Food Bank, Red Cross, United Way, Adopt-a-Teen and
Cops for Cancer
• Red Cross blood drives and awareness campaigns
“McNally youth give back to our
community and we try to make
a difference in the world.”
— McNally student
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The McNally advantage — You want to be here.
A school of global learning opportunities
McNally is proud of the opportunities we provide students to become global learners and
citizens. Our students participate in global citizenship efforts, take advantage of worldwide
travel opportunities and gain a global advantage through our internationally recognized
International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
Learning partnerships
McNally has established student learning partnerships
with Finland, Spain, and China that typically offer
opportunities for student exchanges. Through McNally’s
partnership with the Centre for Global Education,
students can work with a variety of organizations,
educational institutions, students, teachers and
researchers around the world.
Community service and citizenship
Our students are involved in many service projects
that provide them with real-life learning outside the
classroom. In the past, students have raised funds to
purchase a computer network for an impoverished rural
school in Uganda, attended the annual Gall Human
Rights Conference, and volunteered and participated
in activities sponsored by the John Humphrey Centre
for Peace and Human Rights. McNally students have an
ongoing partnership with a co-operative where students
import and sell African-made handcrafts in support of a
community devastated by AIDS.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
At McNally, there are many ways for students to get
involved by learning how to lead and implement
activities to develop school spirit and serve societal
needs through community service initiatives.
As an IB school, our students think globally and act
locally to make a significant difference in the world
through service activities. Students can serve the
global and local community through leadership and
International Baccalaureate Creativity-Activity-Service
(CAS) projects and coursework as part of their timetable,
outside of the timetable, or after school. We encourage
potentially life changing experiences through service
and community work!
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The McNally advantage — You want to be here.
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Diploma and Certificate
International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality international education to a worldwide
community of schools in 140 countries. IB is academically challenging and balanced to
prepare students for success at university and beyond. This internationally recognized
program is respected by the world’s leading universities. International Baccalaureate (IB)
programming challenges students to be successful in school, prepare for post-secondary
education and to be active lifelong learners in a global society.
The International Baccalaureate Programme is a twoyear course of study. To ensure readiness, Grade 10
students complete a pre-IB year prior to entering IB in
Grade 11. The focus of instruction is on giving students
skills that will prepare them to be successful in IB in
Grades 11 and 12.
• Develop academic skills in a challenging learning
• Improved ability to handle rigorous and advanced
• Improved ability to research, analyze and present
• Development of independence and responsibility
for learning
• Improved understanding of using different approaches
to learning and understanding concepts
• Development of intercultural understanding and
Program delivery
• Curriculum with a global perspective
• Instruction that demonstrates how concepts learned
in one subject could apply in other subject areas
• Choice in earning the full Diploma Programme or a
certificate in individual Diploma Programme courses
• International Baccalaureate ( organization
sets specific learning standards and practices
IB curriculum
Students can obtain an IB Diploma (full IB) or IB
Certificate (partial IB). Students may also take
individual IB courses to receive an IB Certificate.
To obtain the diploma, three higher level (HL) and three
standard level (SL) courses, a Theory of Knowledge
course, an extended essay and participation in CAS
(Creativity, Action, Service) are required. The right
course of study depends on the student’s career goals
and academic interests.
IB learner profile
Within the International Baccalaureate® (IB) program,
a learner profile also describes a broad range of student
(human) capacities and responsibilities that go beyond
academic success. At McNally, our program develops
learners who are:
• Inquirers
• Knowledgeable
• Thinkers
• Communicators
• Principled
• Open-minded
• Caring
• Risk-takers
• Balanced
• Reflective
IB Information Session
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
In the school library
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The McNally advantage — You want to be here.
Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program
The Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual program provides students opportunities to acquire and
maintain language skills in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.
Our Chinese Bilingual program is supported by the
Confucius Institute of Edmonton. The Confucius
Institute provides classroom support in a variety of
ways, including working with the school to have teachers
(who are visiting from China) help in Chinese Bilingual
• Proficiency in English and Chinese
• Develop language and literacy skills in both Chinese
(Mandarin) and English
• International language certification opportunities
• Improved academic achievement through secondlanguage learning
• Improved skills in the student’s first language
• Knowledge and appreciation of different cultures
• Opportunities for scholarships to summer and winter
camps in Shandong Province, China
• Learn about Chinese culture through enrichment
programs such as Tai Chi, traditional Chinese
painting, dough art, calligraphy, and traditional
Chinese paper cutting and knots
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The McNally advantage — You want to be here.
Special needs programming
Our McNally students enrolled in special education programming receive instruction
determined by Alberta Education, as well as specialized supports based on their needs and
abilities. We provide programming in both Community Living Skills and Interactions Programs.
Community Learning Skills programming supports
students who have severe delays in most or all
developmental areas. These students may have physical,
sensory, medical or behavioural disabilities.
Interactions programming supports students with
autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD impacts how
people understand what they see, hear and sense.
This lifelong disability can result in difficulties in
communication, social relationships, behaviour or
• Improve academic, communication, personal and
social skills
• Improved reading, writing, listening and math skills
• Improve communication, social interaction and
behaviour while developing academic skills
• Improved ability to communicate and interact with
others using appropriate behaviours and social skills
• Demonstrate growth in communication skills
• Improved work ethic and study habits
• Demonstrate growth in building and maintaining
relationships, and understanding social situations
• Improved life skills
Program delivery
• A safe, structured environment with regular routines
• Close, constant supervision
• Consistent behavioural expectations
• Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
• Opportunities to interact with other students in
school-wide and community activities
• Demonstrate growth in managing frustration and
• Improved ability to handle change or challenging
• Development of life skills to support independent
living and employment
Program delivery
• Structured environment with regular routines
• Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
• Visual aids, concrete examples and hands-on activities
• Frequent praise and other meaningful rewards to help
students adopt positive behaviours and attitudes
• Opportunities to join other classes for instruction in a
student’s areas of strength
“Everyone belongs here
regardless of their background,
program or grade level.”
— McNally student
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Supports for students — You will thrive here.
Student Support Services
At McNally, our students explore their interests, passions and skills while learning and making
connections to potential career choices and post-secondary education.
Student Support Services helps students do their best
at school while planning for the future. This means
we are here to assist you with personal development,
educational planning and career exploration. Students
may see a counsellor by appointment or on a drop-in
The following services are provided to students:
• Personal - Issues arising out of conflicts between
friends and family members, or personal concerns or
worries about oneself that make it difficult to carry
on normal school studies and interfere with students’
well-being. Our counsellors also serve as a liaison
between students, families and community services or
other support agencies.
• Educational - Assistance with program planning,
course selection, tutorial help, and other academic
concerns. Study skills, exam writing, learning how
to handle anxiety and other relevant topics will be
handled both through lunch break seminars and
individual counselling sessions. Parents and students
can also contact Student Support Services to get
information about scholarships, grants and loans.
• Career - Helping students realistically define possible
future career pathways. We are here to provide
information on career trends and post-secondary
prerequisites for colleges, universities and technical
schools. We’ll find opportunities for students to spend
a day in classes at the University of Alberta, NAIT or
MacEwan University, or to attend orientation sessions
and open houses at post-secondary institutions.
We also provide interest and vocational tests upon
request, and career-related information in a number
of ways:
‒‒ Regular updates posted on SchoolZone and Tiger
‒‒ Bulletin board displays
‒‒ One-on-one career counselling
‒‒ Post-secondary planning meetings
‒‒ Post-secondary noon-hour sessions offered by
representatives from across Canada (University
of Alberta, McGill, Queen’s, University of Toronto,
Simon Fraser, University of British Columbia,
Dalhousie, Military, etc.)
‒‒ Post-secondary and scholarship events
‒‒ Career Fairs
‒‒ Career and Life Management (CALM) course
“I can’t believe how friendly
the students and teachers
are here...”
— McNally student
‒‒ In class, teacher-led discussions
Sound planning is beneficial for high school students,
as they work to earn the qualifications for an Alberta
High School Diploma. Following the completion of high
school, commonly referred to as the post-secondary
phase of one’s education, many choices await McNally’s
graduating students. Beginning to plan for postsecondary in Grade 10 and Grade 11 is essential. Visit
Student Support Services (in the Student Learning
Centre) for more information.
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Supports for students — You will thrive here.
Career Pathways
Our Career Centre is located in the Student Learning
Centre. Visit the Career Centre to find information
related to post-secondary studies and scholarships. Our
school counsellors can help guide students to create an
educational and career plan, develop a personal resume
and make course selections and other choices related
to various career pathways. Learn about some of our
specialized programs that can help you discover your
career pathway to the future.
Off-Campus Education
Some of the best learning experiences happen outside of
the classroom. Off-Campus Education allows students to
step outside the school environment to gain knowledge
and skills in the world of work. These programs involve
the school, our students, and local employers in a
collaborative effort to enhance, support and extend our
students’ learning and experiences.
Work Experience Program
Work Experience is an experiential way of learning that
integrates classroom studies with on-the-job experiences
obtained at a qualifying business or organization.
Students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes related
to work and other valuable life roles through their
participation at a placement of their choice. Students can
work or volunteer part time after school or on weekends
in a variety of work sites. They will earn high school
credits as they develop valuable employment skills.
• Potential employers recognize the value of the Work
Experience Program.
• Marks from Work Experience can be used for the
Alexander Rutherford Scholarship.
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is for
students who would like to experience the trades before
entering the world of work or post-secondary studies.
Students who are on-track to graduate and meet
attendance requirements are encouraged to apply.
RAP is also designed for students who want to get a
head start in the world of apprenticed trades. Students
can choose to work in one of Alberta’s 51 trades, gaining
experience working towards an apprenticeship, and/or
NAIT requirements. RAP students:
• receive on-the-job training
• earn high school credits
• complete hours counting toward their registered
• earn competitive wages
• may move to post-secondary school
• receive 5 CTS credits for every 125 hours worked
(to a maximum of 45 credits)
• can receive an hourly wage, become a registered
apprentice in Alberta, and get a jump-start on a
possible career in the trades.
Work Experience advantages:
• Work Experience is available through all three years of
high school.
• Whenever a student is motivated and ready for
employment, they can enter the program.
• Students may be paid a wage or honorarium while
participating in the program.
• Students can also work on a volunteer basis with a
sponsoring organization.
• Students can earn as many as 15 credits towards
diploma requirements.
• Work Experience 35 also qualifies as a 30-level course
that can be used for completing Diploma requirements.
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Additional resources for students
The Government of Alberta: Learning Information
Services website contains information on career
profilles, post-secondary planning and scholarships.
The myBlueprint website is useful for creating an
educational and career plan.
General information about the Alberta curriculum
and Diploma exams.
Get involved — You will be inspired.
Student life
GO Program
Would you support an impoverished
rural school in Uganda, help to disarm
child soldiers in South Sudan or engage
in classroom learning in China, Spain or
The Global Opportunities (GO) Program and the
McNally International Club gives students a chance
to meaningfully engage with other students and
schools around the world. Student exchanges, travel
opportunities, online networking or working closely
with non-profit organizations allow you to go beyond the
classroom to gain a truly international experience that
will benefit you in the future. Through fun and exciting
curriculum-based activities, you’ll build important
planning, communication and interpersonal skills.
Where would you like to GO?
Student Clubs
McNally offers a wide variety of student clubs and
extracurricular programs. If you are interested in
forming a new club, we welcome it—let us know!
McNally Student Governance
Triple C (Chinese Culture Club)
Yearbook committee
Grad council
Students’ Union
Best Buddies
Citadel Theatre student’s club
McNally Assists Students Serving in Volunteer
Experiences (M.A.S.S.I.V.E.)
McNally International club
Multicultural club
Multi-media club
Science Olympics
Ski club
Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.)
Cappies (Critics and Awards Program)
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program
Music club
Hip Hop Collective
Running club
Dr. Who club
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Get involved — You will be inspired.
Athletic Teams
McNally Athletics provide an opportunity for student
athletes to develop their individual athletic ability and
teamwork while emphasizing the McNally character
virtues of respect, responsibility, fairness, forgiveness,
honesty and integrity. McNally has a strong tradition
of success in athletics—including numerous city and
provincial championships.
Academic Competitions
McNally students participate and succeed in a range
of academic competitions and tournaments:
Alberta High School Mathematics Competition
Canadian Mathematics League
Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge
Cayley, Fermat and Euclid Mathematics contests design competition
High School Model United Nations
National Biology Competition
APEGA Science Olympics
Skills Canada
National Chemistry Exam
Create in 8 - art partnership
Iverson Computing Science Competition
Cross country
Outdoor soccer
Track and field
Dragon Team
“Really great
and athletic
— McNally student
We have many successful, high-level athletic teams and
outstanding coaches who have played and worked at
an elite level. All these players and coaches continue to
build upon our history of excellence. Together, we strive
to achieve team and individual goals; this is how we
define success.
Fitness Centre
“Field trips and travel
opportunities are great...”
— McNally student
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Students have access to our fitness facility outside of
instructional programming. In addition, an on-site
athletic therapist is available to students through the
McNally Fitness Centre. Our athletic therapist also
assists in providing support to our Sports Recreation and
Physical Education programs and athletics offerings. In
the Fitness Centre, students may also receive assistance
with training and injury rehabilitation.
Get involved — You will be inspired.
School procedures
Regular attendance is extremely important because
of the amount of work covered in class periods
and emphasis is placed on class discussions and
collaborative projects. All teachers keep attendance
records for students in their classes. All parents and
students have access to SchoolZone—a secure webbased communication system which provides up-to-date
attendance information.
At McNally, our committed teachers are focused on
delivering of the curriculum and providing students with
every opportunity to achieve success. Since academics
is a priority, we advise parents not to plan extensive
holidays during school time or any holidays which
conflict with final exams in January and June.
Diverse learner needs
At McNally High School, all students are welcomed into
an inclusive setting or in our Community Living Skills
and Interactions programs. Because we believe every
McNally student needs relevant learning opportunities
to achieve success, we base instruction and supports on
individual students needs.
Field trips
Field trips are among the most memorable of school
experiences. Our staff will plan a range of field trips to
engage students in enriched learning opportunities
outside the classroom.
Parental engagement
Education is about relationships­—within and outside of
our classrooms. At McNally School, we appreciate the
support and involvement of our parents and guardians
who speak to classes, tutor, assist in the library, help with
school functions and support our school in many other
Parent groups associated with our school include:
• McNally School Council
• McNally Program Support Association
• Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association
All parents of students in McNally High School are
welcome and encouraged to attend parent meetings
and volunteer at the school. These meetings give
parents opportunities to share ideas and provide the
administration with input into school decisions. Please
take the opportunity to be part of these dynamic groups
of parents who continue to make a real difference in the
lives of McNally School students and staff.
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Get involved — You will be inspired.
Safe and caring school
We consistently rank very highly on provincial standards
as a safe and caring school, and our staff and students
strive to treat each other well in all interactions. We
emphasize respect and appreciation of each other so
that ALL our students know and understand that Respect
Happens at McNally!
School Resource Officer (SRO)
Our School Resource Officer (SRO) can discuss personal
and legal matters with staff and students at any time.
Students needing advice and assistance regarding law
enforcement may contact the Constable in his office or
through the school receptionist.
Student Identification (I.D.) cards
At McNally, our students are issued an identification
card at the beginning of the school year. For safety and
security reasons, students must carry their ID cards
at all times and present their card to staff members
upon request. Student ID cards are also used to sign
out textbooks, purchase bus passes, access computer
terminals in the library and enter the Fitness Centre.
Student-owned devices
We believe that technology can be a powerful tool to
enhance learning and enable students to access, work
with and communicate knowledge and information.
Using the Google platform, students can now access their
documents, presentations and school-assigned Gmail
account anywhere, any time on any device. Students
are encouraged to bring their own devices so that they
may take notes, do research and have quick access to
any of their stored data during the day. Students who
bring their own devices still fall under the Responsible
Use of Technology Agreement when at school; however,
our school continues to provide students with access to
ChromeBooks and laptops for class work as needed.
Did you know?
Our school colors are
orange, brown and black.
School teams are called the Tigers.
“I feel safe to be
myself here...”
— McNally student
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Our school mascot is Roary the Tiger.
Our school motto is “Nihil Sed Optimun”
– Nothing but the Best.
your future — You belong here.
Course list
The following chart provides a list of courses typically offered at McNally. Please note that course offerings will
vary based on interest and demand. Also, sequencing of courses may vary depending on an individual student’s
program and high school plan.
Grade 10 courses
Grade 11 courses
Grade 12 courses
Science 10 (Pre-IB)
Science 10
Science 20
Biology 20 (IB)
Biology 20
Chemistry 20 (IB)
Chemistry 20
Physics 20 (IB)
Physics 20
Science 30
Biology 30 (IB)
Biology 30
Chemistry 35 (IB)
Chemistry 30 (IB)
Chemistry 30
Physics 35 (IB)
Physics 30 (IB)
Physics 30
Sport Exercise and Health Science 35
Science 14
Sport Exercise and Health Science 25
Science 24
Mathematics 10C (Pre-IB)
Mathematics 20-1 (IB)
Mathematics 10C
Mathematics 10-3
Mathematics 20-1
Mathematics 20-2
Mathematics 20-3
Mathematics 30-1 (IB)
Mathematics 31 Calculus (IB)
Mathematics 31 Calculus
Mathematics 30-1
Mathematics 30-2
Mathematics 30-3
English Language Arts 10-1 (Pre-IB)
English Language Arts 10-1
English Language Arts 10-2
English Language Arts 20-1 (IB)
English Language Arts 20-1
English Language Arts 20-2
English Language Arts 30-1 (IB)
English Language Arts 30-1
English Language Arts 30-2
Social Studies 10-1 (Pre-IB)
Social Studies 10-1
Social Studies 10-2
Social Studies 20-1 (IB)
Social Studies 20-1
Social Studies 20-2
Social Studies 30-1 (IB)
Social Studies 30-1
Social Studies 30-2
Physical Education 10
Sports Performance 15
Dance 15 (Pre-IB)
Dance 15
Yoga 15
Physical Education 20
Sports Performance 25
Dance 25 (IB)
Dance 25
Yoga 25
Career & Life Management
Physical Education 30
Sports Performance 35
Dance 35 (IB)
Dance 35
Art 10 (Pre-IB)
Art 10
Music 10 (Pre-IB)
Instrumental Music 10
Guitar 10
Drawing 15
Ceramics 15
Drama 10
Art 20 (IB)
Art 20
Music 20 (IB)
Instrumental Music 20
Guitar 20
Drawing 25
Ceramics 25
Drama 20
Art 30 (IB)
Art 30
Music 30 (IB)
Instrumental Music 30
Guitar 30
Drawing 35
Ceramics 35
Film Studies 35
French 10-9Y (Pre-IB)
French 10-9Y
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 10 (Pre-IB)
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 10
Chinese Language & Culture 10-3Y (Pre-IB)
Chinese Language & Culture 10-3Y
Spanish Language & Culture 10-3Y (Pre-IB)
Spanish Language & Culture 10-3Y
French 20-9Y (IB)
French 20-9Y
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 20 (IB)
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 20
Chinese Language & Culture 20-3Y (IB)
Chinese Language & Culture 20-3Y
Spanish Language & Culture 20-3Y (IB)
Spanish Language & Culture 20-3Y
French 30-9Y (IB)
French 30-9Y
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 30 (IB)
Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts 30
Chinese Language & Culture 30-3Y (IB)
Chinese Language & Culture 30-3Y
Spanish Language & Culture 30-3Y (IB)
Spanish Language & Culture 30-3Y
Computing Science 10 (Pre-IB)
Computing Science 10
Multimedia & Design 10
Foods 10
Construction Technology 10
Computing Science 20 (IB)
Computing Science 20
Multimedia & Design 20
Foods 20
Construction Technology 20
Personal Psychology 20
General Psychology 20
Computing Science 30 (IB)
Computing Science 30
Multimedia & Design 30
Foods 30
Construction Technology 30
Business: Entrepreneurship & Innovation 10
Photography 15
Yearbook 15
Student Leadership 15
Photography 25
Yearbook 25
Forensics 25
Student Leadership 25
Theory of Knowledge 25 (IB)
Forensics 35
Student Leadership 35
Theory of Knowledge 35 (IB)
Western World History 30 (IB)
Works in Translation 35 (IB)
Extended Essay 35 (IB)
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Course transfer charts
*70% or better
Language Arts
l ow
or b
*60% or better
English 10-1 Pre-IB
B elo
et te
*60% or better
English 20-1 IB
B elo
*60% or better
English 10-1
B elo
*60% or better
English 20-1
B elo
English 30-1 IB
English 30-1
Typical Progression
50% or better
English 10-2
Possible Progression
50% or better
English 20-2
English 30-2
* Indicates our school-recommended transfer points to set you up for success.
Social Studies
Social Studies 10-1
*70% or better
Social Studies
l ow
or b
et te
*60% or better
B elo
Social Sutides 20-1 IB
*60% or better
B elo
Social Studies 30-1 IB
*60% or better
Social Studies 10-1
B elo
Typical Progression
B elo
50% or better
Social Studies 10-2
*60% or better
Social Studies 20-1
50% or better
Social Studies 20-2
Social Studies 30-1
Social Studies 30-2
Possible Progression
* Indicates our school-recommended transfer points to set you up for success.
*70% or better
t te
Math 10 Pre-IB (Sem 1)
Math 20 IB (Sem 2)
*60% or better
l ow
Math 10 C
B elo
Math 30 IB
6 0%
t ter
or be
Math 20-1
Math 20-2
Typical Progression
Math 10-3
50% or better
*60% or better
Math 20-3
Math 31 IB
6 0%
*60% or better
*60% or
Math 31
6 0%
50% or better
Math 30-1
Math 30-2
50% or better
Math 30-3
Possible Progression
* Indicates our school-recommended transfer points to set you up for success.
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*70% or better
t te
*60% or better
Science 10 Pre-IB
*60% o
r better
r be
t ter
Biology 20/35 IB
Chemistry 20/35 IB
Physics 20/35 IB
Science 10
*60% or better
l ow
*60% o
r better
5 0 or b et te
t te
l ow
Biology 20
Chemistry 20
Physics 20
Science 20
Typical Progression
Science 14
Possible Progression
50% or better
*60% or better
*60% or better
*60% or better
*60% or better
*60% or better
*60% or better
50% or better
Biology 30 IB
Chemistry 30 IB
Physics 30 IB
Biology 30
Chemistry 30
Physics 30
Science 30
Science 24
* Indicates our school-recommended transfer points to set you up for success.
Course planning worksheet
Use what you learn from this guide to make decisions about your studies over the next
three years. By planning ahead, you can make sure your studies meet requirements and
serve your goals and interests.
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
English 10-1Pre-IB / 10-1 / 10-2
English 20-1 IB / 20-1 / 20-2
English 30-1 IB / 30-1 / 30-2
Social Studies 10-1 Pre-IB / 10-1 / 10-2
Social Studies 20-1 IB / 20-1 / 20-2
Social Studies 30-1 IB / 30-1 / 30-2
Math 10C Pre-IB / 10C / 10-3
Math 20-1 IB / 20-1 / 20-2 / 20-3
Math 30-1 IB / 30-1 / 30-2 / 30-3
Science 10 Pre-IB / 10 / 14
Science 20 / 24
Science 30
Biology 20 IB / 20
Biology 30 IB / 30
Chemistry 20 IB / 20
Chemistry 30 IB / 30
Physics 20 IB / 20
Physics 30 IB / 30
Physical Education 20
Physical Education 30
Physical Education 10
Make sure you:
☐choose core and
option courses
needed for your
☐have the
prerequisites you
need for each
course selection
☐consider what you
need to apply for
studies and
achieve your
career goals
Recommended credits: 40
Recommended credits: 35 minimum
Recommended credits: 30 minimum
areer and Life
Management (CALM)
is not a core course,
but it is required for an
Alberta High School
Diploma, so don’t forget
to add it to your list!
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Planning for success
Know your needs and aspirations.
• Consider your future goals and personal interests
when selecting academic and option courses.
• Keep future successes in mind. Consider postsecondary admission requirements and employability.
• Be realistic.
Understand the high school credit, course numbering,
and semester system.
• Credit system
To earn credits in a course, you need a mark of at least
50%. Each course is assigned a number of credits
(usually 3 or 5), and credits can only be earned once in
any course.
You need to meet course requirements and have
100 credits to graduate from high school.
A course number tells you both the grade level and
level of academic challenge.
‒‒ Grade 10 courses are numbered 10 through 15
(for example, Science 10 and Science 14).
‒‒ Grade 11 courses are numbered 20 through 25
(for example, Biology 20).
‒‒ Grade 12 courses are numbered 30 through 35
(for example, Mathematics 31).
level of academic challenge
(the smaller the number, the
more challenging the course)*
English 20 - 1
grade level
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
English 10-1
English 20-1
English 30-1
• Prerequisites:
A prerequisite is something you need to do or know
before doing or learning something else. Most Grade 11
and 12 courses have prerequisites. In most cases, you
need to earn a grade of at least 50% in a prerequisite
course to take the next course in a sequence.
For example, you’ll need at least 50% in Social Studies
10-1 to take Social Studies 20-1.
If you earn less than 50%, you may:
‒‒ choose to repeat the course or
• Course numbering and sequencing
course name
Course numbers are arranged in sequences. For
example, an English course sequence might involve
taking English 10-1 in Grade 10, English 20-1 in
Grade 11 and English 30-1 in Grade 12.
‒‒ continue to the next level in a less challenging
course sequence and earn credits retroactively
For example, if you earn less than 50% in Social Studies
10-1, but continue to Social Studies 20-2 and complete
the course, you will earn credits for Social Studies 10-2
and Social Studies 20-2.
Make sure your plan meets Alberta High School
Diploma requirements.
• Choose courses that are required for your present
• Schedule required courses that you were unable to
take previously or have to repeat.
Build a 3-year plan for your time in high school.
* Not used for all courses
• Plan for balance in your credit load as you choose
courses for each of the three years spent in high school.
• Students in Grade 10 are not permitted to have spares.
• Students should plan their program to ensure that they
will meet all diploma requirements within three years.
To participate in graduation ceremonies at McNally,
you must be on track to earn 100 credits by the end
of your Grade 12 year, including Alberta Education
requirements for courses.
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Alberta High School Diploma
To obtain an Alberta High School Diploma, you must
earn at least 100 credits by taking required courses, plus
other courses that interest you and help you achieve
your goals. Earn at least 56 credits from these required
English 30-1 or 30-2
Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
Mathematics 20-1 or 20-2 or 20-3
Science 20 or 24 or Biology 20 or Chemistry 20
or Physics 20*
• Physical Education 10
• Career and Life Management (CALM)
Research post-secondary requirements and apply
for entrance to post-secondary programs or select a
career pathway that is right for you!
• Research the entrance requirements for postsecondary programs before finalizing your individual
high school plan. Find information on individual
school websites, or obtain viewbooks from our postsecondary library within the McNally Career Centre.
Visit Student Support Services for more information on
post-secondary entrance requirements, scholarships,
and career information.
Check out possible achievement awards and
• Research available awards for academic achievement
(e.g. Alexander Rutherford Scholarships, postsecondary scholarships). Attend the scholarship
information sessions offered at the school. Watch Tiger
News and SchoolZone for updates.
Ask others to review and provide feedback on your
• Talk about your choices and plan with your parents
and teachers. If you still have questions, seek out the
advice of a school counsellor or administrator.
Attend class and take advantage of the great learning
opportunities at McNally. Good luck!
Earn 10 credits, in any combination, from:
Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
Fine arts
Second languages
Physical Education 20 and/or 30
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Knowledge and Employability courses
Earn 10 credits in any 30-level course (in addition to
English and Social Studies), in any combination, from:
• 30-level mathematics, science, fine arts, second
languages, CTS, or physical education
• 30-level locally developed courses
• 30-level Work Experience
• 30-level Registered Apprenticeship
• Program (RAP)
• 30-level Knowledge and Employability courses
• Advanced level (3000 series) in CTS courses
• 30-level Green Certificate Specialization courses
• Special Projects 30
* The science requirement may also be met with the 10-credit
combination of Science 14 and Science 10.
Diploma exams are tests given to Alberta high school
students who are taking 30-level diploma examination
courses. Final marks in these courses are a blend of
school and diploma exam marks. Diploma exams
are required in English 30-1 and 30-2, Social Studies
30-1 and 30-2, Mathematics 30-1 and 30-2, Biology 30,
Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Science 30, Français 30-1, and
French Language Arts 30-1.
More info:
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Transitioning to post-secondary education
Entrance to university
Entrance to colleges and technical institutes
Entrance to university normally requires an Alberta
High School Diploma which includes completion of five
specific Grade 12 courses. Each program may require
different subjects and entrance averages; therefore,
it is recommended that students check admission
requirements on a yearly basis. This can be done by
checking with the McNally counsellors in Student
Support Services in addition to contacting universities
directly. As well, plan to visit these institutions during
yearly open house sessions to clarify the specific
requirements. Students should be aware that many of
these programs have limited enrolment policies.
The majority of college programs in Alberta require
a High School Diploma. As well, technical programs
at NAIT and SAIT prefer a High School Diploma for
students entering directly after Grade 12. Prospective
students are encouraged to consult with McNally
counsellors in Student Support Services or to view
the website of the respective college in which they
are interested. As well, plan to visit these institutions
during yearly open house events to clarify the specific
requirements. Students should be aware that many of
these programs have limited enrolment policies. Visiting
specific college websites and looking at Academic
Requirements is useful in understanding which high
school courses are needed for certain programs.
“This school is small enough that your teachers get to
know you and care about you as an individual; and yet
large enough to have great school spirit and lots of
course offerings.”
— McNally student
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Open house
Join us for our Open House and IB Information
Session on March 9, 2016.
Come to McNally’s open house and experience
some of the many things we have to offer:
It’s your chance to see our school first-hand, meet
our students and faculty, and check out the array of
programs, services and activities we have to offer!
• Art gallery expo
Looking for more open house dates?
• Baking, building and computer graphics experiences
Visit for a list of school open house
events happening across the District and learn how you
can prepare for an open house.
• IB information sessions (5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. )
• Fine arts performances
• Interactive science labs
• Sports and athletic demonstrations
• Math games and mini-competitions
• Registration info session
• Robotics laboratory
Pre-enrol on SchoolZone
This spring, parents of students currently enrolled
at Edmonton Public Schools can pre-enrol for the
2016-2017 school year online.
Sign in to SchoolZone between March 14 and
April 15, 2016 to select your child’s preferred
school. You can even use the mobile version of
SchoolZone to complete the process directly from
your smartphone!
• 21st century digital learning integration
and more...
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6 to 8 p.m.
IB Info Sessions
Talk to the principal at your child’s current school.
5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the library.
New to the District?
You’ll need to complete a Student Registration
form. Contact your preferred school to learn how
to register as a new student before April 15, 2016.
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Nihil Sed Optimum—Nothing but the Best
McNally is the right size of high school...large enough to offer diversity in programming,
and small enough to really get to know and provide support for each one of our students.
Our school motto, “Nihil Sed Optimun—Nothing but the Best,” is what’s expected of all of us.
Our motto comes to life through the spirit and pride of each and every one of us at McNally.
You belong here.
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