Our Curriculum

All of the schools meet the curriculum Ministry of Education requirements (see requirements below).  In addition to these requirements, students must take Religious Instruction each year.  Along with learning about the Roman Catholic Faith in religion classes, every effort is made to integrate the Catholic faith into other courses.  All schools exceed the 850 hours instructional time requirement.

The Ministry of Education sets the education standards for students in grades K to 12 through the provincial curriculum. These standards are called Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs). PLOs outline the expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade and within each subject area.  In addition to provincial curriculum, Boards of Education (Public Schools), and Education Authorities (Independent Schools) have the authority to develop local curriculum in areas where a provincial curriculum does not exist. (quoted from Ministry website

Graduates from Immaculata Catholic High School in Kelowna BC

Elementary & Middle Schools

Elementary and middle school students are required to receive 850 hours of instruction in the areas of:

  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education (as well as Daily Physical Activity on days when they do not have PE instruction)
  • Fine Arts (grades K-7 require Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts; grades 8 & 9 require at least one Fine Arts)
  • Health and Career Education (HACE)
  • Second Language (grades 5 to 8 only)
  • Applied Skills (grades 8 & 9 only - at least one of Technology Education, Information Education, Home Economics, Business Education)

High Schools

High School students are required to receive 850 hours of instruction.  Students have some mandatory requirements but a vast majority of a student's program is by choice.  In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum of 80 credits in the following areas:

  • Language Arts (12 credits; must pass provincial exam in grades 10 &12)
  • Social Studies (8 credits; must pass provincial exam in grade 11)
  • Science (8 credits; must pass provincial exam in grade 10)
  • Mathematics (8 credits;must pass provincial exam in grade 10)
  • Physical Education (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts (4 credits)
  • Planning (4 credits)
  • Graduation Transitions (4 credits) 

All of our students are required to take Religion and Family Life (diocesan requirement).

Beyond the curriculum, our schools offer a number of optional extra-curricular activities for students.  Such activities may include: volleyball, basketball, track & field, cross-country running, rugby, choir, drama, science fairs, chess club, intramurals, and bands (jazz & concert).  These activities are based on student, staff and parent involvement.