Grade 12

Applied Math 40S

Grade 12 Applied Mathematics (40S) is intended for students considering post-secondary studies that do not require a study of theoretical calculus. It is context-driven and promotes the learning of numerical and geometrical problem-solving techniques as they relate to the world around us. The primary goals of Applied Mathematics are to have students develop critical-thinking skills through problem solving and through modelling real-world situations mathematically to make predictions. The course uses technology to assist students as they cover various mathematical topics ranging from personal finance to advanced algebra. The topics at grade 12 level are: personal finance, counting methods and probability, applications of functions, person finance, design and measurement. All students enrolled in a 40S mathematics course will write a provincial exam, the exam will compose 30% of the student’s final grade.

Apprenticeship Program

The High School Apprenticeship Program falls within the Senior Years Technology Education Program. In Manitoba, apprenticeship training is administered by the Apprenticeship Branch of Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade. Apprenticeship is a training relationship involving a trainee (known as an apprentice), an employer, and the Apprenticeship Branch. An employer hires an apprentice to meet an existing or projected skill need. A contractual arrangement, known as indenturement, is established among the employer, the apprentice, and the Apprenticeship Branch.

The High School Apprenticeship Program

  • is an extension and enhancement of regular apprenticeship training;
  • is an integration of institutional education and the workplace;
  • provides students with credit that can be used towards continued apprenticeship training after high school graduation.
Biology 40S

Genetics and Biodiversity are the two main themes of this course. 

Within the Genetics section, Mendelian patterns of inheritance will be studied, and emphasis will be placed on how knowledge of genetics impacts upon human lives.  The discovery of DNA and genes will be considered as an example of scientific discovery.  Ethical issues created by technological advancement will be examined.

The Biodiversity section looks at the many types of organisms on the planet and how they each handle their basic requirements of life, and how they change over time.

Chemistry 40S

This course is a continuation of many of the topics introduced in Grade 11 Chemistry.  A significant fraction of the course will be studying the mathematical relationships of reaction rates and equilibriums in chemical systems.  There will be a higher stress placed on the use of math skills than in grade 11.

Concert Band 40S/Jazz Band 40S/Choir 30S

Students perform in a traditional Concert Band setting, playing a wide range of diverse musical compositions. Students learn based on "recursive learnings", constantly building on and improving skills they already have as well as learning new material. There are opportunities to travel to Festivals throughout the year.


Grade 12 ELA provides opportunities for students to consolidate many of the skills, strategies, and attitudes they will need to meet the challenges of a world in which language forms and media are rapidly evolving.  ELA Comprehensive Focus will also allow students to explore and produce a broad range of texts that are a balance of pragmatic and aesthetic language use. Approximately 50% of the course will concentrate on aesthetic forms of language, such as: poetry, novels, plays, short stories etc.  While the other 50% will concentrate on pragmatic forms, such as, letters to the editor, magazine articles, reports, reviews, etc.

This course is designed to allow students to develop their skills in each of the six language arts.  Students will listen, read, write, view, speak and represent to the following curricular outcomes:

  • GLO 1- Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences

  • GLO 2- Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts

  • GLO 3- Manage ideas and information

  • GLO 4- Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication

  • GLO 5- Celebrate and build community 

These skills will be developed through a number of thematic units.  Each unit will include a number of works and projects that build upon the six English Language Arts and the curricular outcomes through a unifying theme.

Essential Math 40S

Grade 12 Essential Mathematics is directed to students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields. Students will develop mathematical understanding, critical thinking skills and develop connections between symbolic mathematical ideas and the real world around us. The topics covered include: Problem Analysis, Home Finance, Vehicle Finance, Geometry and Trigonometry, Statistics, Business Finance, Precision Measurement, Probability, and Career Life. All students enrolled in a 40S mathematics course will write a provincial exam. The Math Essentials 40S exam will compose 20% of the student’s final grade. Recommended Prerequiste is Essential Math 30s.

Foods & Nutrition 40S

The food and nutrition area of study provides students with opportunities to explore their relationships with food in both a theoretical and practical way that can enhance one’s health and well-being. It also provides knowledge and skills that have immediate relevance to students’ lives, as well as lifelong applications personally, within families, in their communities, and on a global scale. The goal of this area of study is to shape students to become informed consumers and responsible citizens.

Lifework 35/45S

The Work Experience that Grade 11 & 12 students participate in allow each person to see first-hand a career that they are interested in. They are given the chance to choose an area of interest and businesses that they would like to see. The hope is that by going out, participating and seeing the work that people do on a daily basis will help students connect the dots between education and careers. This program encourages students to stay in school because they see the correlation between business, labour, education and the community. It gets students thinking about what their next steps are past graduation and increases their self-confidence and social skills.

Outcomes of the Career Preparation and Exploration program, students will receive two half credits, Life/Work Building 35S and Life/Work Transitioning 45S.

Physics 40S

This course is an extension of Physics 30S. It will enhance the understanding of mechanics, fields, and electricity while introducing a new unit of medical physics. Topics will include: projectiles, momentum, low-earth orbits, circuits and radiation. Success in Physics 30S will best determine a student’s readiness.

Phys Ed/Health 40F

The aim of the Physical Education/Health curriculum is to provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles for all students. The new Grade 12 Physical Education/Health Education (PE/HE) curriculum promotes home, school and community involvement. It is the intention of the Grade 12 Active Healthy Lifestyles curriculum to promote the discovery of activities suited to students’ individual interests and abilities, which will enable and empower students to adopt active lifestyles that persist into their futures.

Pre-calculus 40S

Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (40S) is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of post-secondary education. It builds on the topics studied in Grade 11 Pre-Calculus Mathematics and provides background knowledge and skills for the study of calculus in post-secondary institutions. The course comprises a high-level study of theoretical mathematics with an emphasis on problem solving and mental mathematics. The topics include study of transformations of functions, trigonometric functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, radical functions, rational functions, and the binomial theorem. All students enrolled in a Pre-Calculus 40S will write a provincial exam, the exam will compose 30% of the student’s final grade

Psychology 40S

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It uses the scientific method to discover ways of understanding the complexities of human thought and behavior, as well as differences among people. Studying psychology gives students lifelong skills such as dealing with issues proactively, solving problems, learning, and nurturing healthy relationships. It helps students understand themselves, and deal with issues in their own lives such as inner conflicts, relationships with parents and peers, and intimacy. It also helps students understand societal problems like drug dependency, aggression, and discrimination. This course exposes students to the major topics found in the field of psychology. It also emphasizes the issues that are of particular direct interest and relevance to students completing high school. Students explore the scientific methods upon which psychology is based. They can then apply what they learned to their daily lives.

Visual Arts 40S

Visual Arts education develops important disciplinary and cross-curricular competencies for learning and living well together in an interconnected world.  Research indicates that well-designed visual arts education contributes to learning engagement, self-efficacy, and a wide range of positive academic, social, and emotional effects. Visual Arts education offers learners a diverse, unique, and powerful ways of perceiving and making meaning about the world through practices that include drawing, illustration, work on paper, painting, media arts, textile art .  These practices offer multiple ways for learners to engage with, connect with, and respond to their world through various approaches and in diverse visual arts education contexts.  Visual Arts education is not just about learning the language and practices of the visual arts, “it is about addressing who we are as people, embracing differences, encountering numerous cultures, interacting and collaborating with others, and inviting response”.