Guidance and Graduation
At Foothills Academy, future planning for students to prepare them for life after high school begins in grade 9 and continues throughout the high school years.
Foothills Academy grade 9 - 12 students use the myBlueprint program Education Planner in their Health, CALM and Learning Strategies classes. myBlueprint uses an inquiry-based approach and follows a comprehensive education and career planning process that meets the learning needs, interests and aspirations of all students.
Through the Learn - Explore - Reflect - Plan process, students actively learn about their interests, skills, passions and feelings, and document what they discover about themselves in pictures, videos and journals. myBlueprint has Family Accounts for supportive engagement.
Students who attend Foothills for their high school career (grades 10, 11 and 12), completing all courses offered that comprise a full-time school schedule are guaranteed to achieve enough credits to achieve a high school diploma.
At Foothills Academy, grade 12 students have English and Social Studies (only) as semestered courses. All Math and Science courses are full-year classes.
English and Social (30-1 & 30-2) have both a written (Part A) exam and multiple choice (Part B) exam, written on different days. Both Part A and Part B of either English or Social Studies Diploma exams are written in January. Part A and Part B of the other semestered Humanities course is written in June.
All Math (30-1, 30-2) and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Science 30) Diploma courses are written in June.
There are many post-secondary options to choose from. Check out the Post-Secondary Education section to start exploring.
All students attending Foothills Academy have benefitted from having an Individual Program Plan (IPP) and personalized accommodations and supports. With the transition to life after high school, it is important for students and parents to have a current understanding of their learning needs and the supports that are available at the post-secondary level and the workplace to support adults with Learning Disabilities.
In addition to the Self-Determination skills we have embedded into our students’ daily curriculum, in grades 11 & 12 we offer students and their parents/guardians a variety of extracurricular opportunities to prepare for their future. We strongly encourage students and families to take advantage of the many opportunities that are offered through our school and Amicus programs.
We also welcome alumni to come back to Foothills Academy and share their knowledge and experiences with students at the school. Some of the opportunities for alumni include:
- Speaking about their school or job experiences at school events like
- Inside/Out Conference;
- Career / Post-Secondary Fairs
- CALM / Learning Strategies class presentations
- Being a mentor to a current student
- Tutoring students
- Donating time or money to support students at Foothills Academy