The Skills Program at ESBCHS has been created to meet the needs of students with significant educational challenges. Students in the program are supported and provided with educational opportunities suited to their unique individual abilities. Life skills and sensory programming are provided to assist students with the transition to life in the community.
WORKS Program – Work Occupation Recreation Knowledge & Skills
The WORKS Program is an alternate educational program offered at ESBCHS for those students who would experience challenges in a credited school program. The goal of this uncredited program is to develop job related skills through work experience and practical skills training. Students will focus on life skills, work skills and transitions, as well as core areas of Math, Science, Social and English. Once accepted in the program, placement will be evaluated yearly.
Knowledge and Employability (K&E) – Cornerstone
Knowledge and Employability Program (K & E)
The Knowledge and Employability courses are designed for students who meet the criteria and learn best through experiences that integrate essential and employability skills in occupational contexts. The courses provide students opportunities to enter into employment or continue their education. The Knowledge and Employability route is a sequence of courses rather than a program and credit allocations. Students enrolled in this program obtain a Certificate of Achievement. Opportunity is available for students to upgrade and earn a High School Diploma.
Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement Requirements Category (shown in blue)
ESBCHS Courses that meet this requirement (shown in purple)
English Language Arts
English Language Arts 30-4
Social Studies 20-4 or Social Studies 10-2
Math 20-4 or Math 10-3
Science 20-4 or Science 14
Physical Education 10
Phys Ed 10 – 3 credit (minimum requirement) or Phys Ed 10 – 5 credit
Career & Life Management (CALM)
5 credits in 30-level Knowledge & Employability Occupational course OR 30-level CTS Course
OR 30-level CTS Course
Comm Tech 30
Design Studies 30
Fitness & Sport Medicine 30
Personal Finance 30
5 credits in Work Experience or Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
Work Experience 35
30-level RAP courses
44 Other Credits
Any course not listed above that is offered at ESBCHS
English 10-4, 20-4, 30-4 (Cornerstone) – 5 credits
The aim of this English language arts sequence is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning purposes. Knowledge and Employability English language arts focuses on developing the basic language competencies needed for everyday living at home, in the community and in the workplace highlighting six language arts: listening, speaking, reading writing, viewing and representing.
Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to
- Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
- Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms and respond personally, critically and creatively.
- Manage ideas and information
- Create oral, print, visual and multimedia texts and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
- Respect, support and collaborate with others.
Social Studies 10-4, 20-4
Learning related to the core concepts of citizenship and identity is achieved through focused content at each grade level. The six strands of social studies reflect the interdisciplinary nature of social studies. The strands are interrelated and constitute the basis for the learning outcomes in the program of studies. The six strands are: Time, Continuity and Change; The Land: Places and People; Power, Authority and Decision Making, Economics and Resources; and Global Connections.
Math 10–4, 20-4 (5 credits)
Knowledge and Employability mathematics courses focus on developing essential mathematics knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for everyday living at home, in the workplace and in the community. This sequence is designed for students whose needs, interests and abilities focus on basic mathematical understanding; e.g., literacy. Emphasis is on the acquisition of practical life skills and competency in using mathematics to solve everyday problems, interpret information and create new knowledge within the context of the home, the workplace and the community. Mathematics competencies are developed through a problem-solving, experiential approach, using information and activities that directly relate to student’ current and future experiences. Knowledge and Employability mathematics courses emphasize career/life skills, teamwork, communication skills and thinking processes.
Science 10-4/ 20-4
Knowledge and Employability science provides basic science literacy. The course promotes awareness, understanding and the development and application of science skills, knowledge and attitudes for successful living at home, in the workplace and in the community. The key concepts covered are: Investigating Properties of Matter; Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies; Investigating Matter and Energy in Living Systems; and Investigating Matter and Energy in Environmental Systems.