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Graduation Certificates

To meet the diverse needs of our student population, we offer two graduation certificates.


Certificate of School Completion

This certificate recognizes students who have attended school and completed the following courses:

  • English at Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Math at Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Six vocational courses - credits may be given if student meets curriculum expectations
  • Six successful work experience placements - 15 credits
  • Career and Life Management (CALM) 20
  • Two option classes each semester
  • Physical Education 10 - 5 credits – optional class for credits

The majority of our student population will complete the requirements for this program over a three year period.

Upon consultation with parents and school administration, students may have the option of returning for a second year of Grade 12.

Certificate of High School Achievement

This certificate recognizes students who have successfully completed a combination of Knowledge and Employability, and Career and Technology Studies courses.

Students who wish to pursue this certificate must demonstrate good work ethic, completion of homework assignments and reading comprehension at a minimum of a Grade 4 level. Students will need a referral from previous teachers to be considered for this program.

Students must have 80 credits and complete and meet the standards for the following courses:

•  English 10-4, 20-4 and 30-4

  • Social Studies 10-4 and 20-4
  • Mathematics 10-4 and 20-4
  • Science 14
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management (CALM) 20
  • Vocational and technology courses - 40 credit minimum with 10 credits at the 30 level

Students will need to review and plan their programs each year to ensure successful completion.

Senior high courses


English10-4, 20-4 and 30-4 (5 credits each) focuses on  communicating  through  writing,  speaking,  reading, viewing  and  listening.

English at Years 10, 11 and 12 emphasizes functional literacy, individualized according to student abilities. Students are challenged to build on previous knowledge and skills.

Reading15(3credits) teaches reading comprehension strategies to students. Students practice in class and are encouraged to apply reading strategies in their other classes.

Math 10-4 and Math 20-4 (5 credits each) consist of practical math courses which prepare students for real life math problems. Students develop skills in budgeting, banking, consumerism and using math in the work place.

Math at Years 10, 11 and 12 provides individualized instruction according to student ability. Students learn practical math skills, numeracy and problem solving for every day. Students are challenged to build on previous knowledge and skills.

Science 10-4 (5 credits) explores varies science topics including:

  • energy transfer technologies
  • investigation
  • properties of matter
  • matter and energy systems
  • matter and energy in environmental systems


Social Studies 10-4 (5 credits) is the study of globalization, the process by which the world is becoming increasingly connected and interdependent.

Social Studies 20-4(5credits) is the study of various forms of nationalism. Students apply their perceptions to their own identity and sense of citizenship.

Physical Education 10(3credits) emphasizes active living through a broad range of activities. Students will develop a knowledge and appreciation for total fitness and wellness.

CALM 20 (Career and Life Management)(3credits)

provides students with independent living skills. Students learn about making personal choices, career planning and financial planning.


Vocational and technology course descriptions:

Students learn valuable trade based employability skills and specific discipline skills relative to each course. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to earn credits at each knowledge and employability level. High school students are enrolled  in two vocational classes each year.

By offering full morning and afternoon vocational classes in high school, L.Y. Cairns emphasizes vocational training in order to prepare students for entry into the world of work


Students will take two vocational courses per year.


Animal Science takes place in a classroom that houses different types of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and fish. This course offers insight into the world of animals and life sciences.

Topics vary according to the interests of the students, but may include:

  • The study of biological terms
  • life cycles
  • characteristics of major animal groups
  • research projects


Students learn how to safely care for these pets, work independently and co-cooperatively, understand and follow instructions, communicate effectively, and take responsibility and initiative.

Art and Design introduces students a variety of mediums for creative expression. Students explore painting, 3-D malleable and non-malleable sculpture, leather work, silk screening, jewelry making, drawing the human form, glass work, carving, graphic arts, and the elements and principles of art and design. Through hands-on work, students are able to explore, discover and master new skills and, as artisans, learn about how to create marketable pieces.

Automotive develops students’ skills in repairing and maintaining vehicles, buses and small engines. Topics of study will include major and minor tune-ups, vehicle inspections, tire service, vehicle maintenance, vehicle service and care, vehicle detailing, autobody, electrical components, cooling systems, engine lubrication systems, brake systems and engine fundamentals. In addition, students will complete a variety of projects related to these projects. Students will also learn how to do a safety inspection check when purchasing a vehicle.

Commercial Foods balances both practical kitchen skills with classroom learning. This course provides students interested in a career in the food industry to gain skills in three areas of the commercial kitchen.

  • Range Kitchen: Students prepare hot entrées, soups, hot sandwiches, sides, starches, and assorted vegetable dishes. Students also complete different catering orders and are introduced to fine dining classical dishes.
  • Garde Manger Kitchen: Students prepare cold sandwiches, salads and assorted spreads.
  • Bakery: Students prepare different breads, cookies, cakes, and assorted sweets.

Students also focus on safety and sanitation in all areas of the kitchen.

Art/Media Ccommunications introduces students to the many aspects of Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint), Internet research methods, how to create visual presentations and photography. Students will learn about the different parts of a camera, photography types and will have many hands on opportunities to enhance their skills. We also cover stop motion film making.

Students can earn 5 credits at the 10, 20 and 30 level.

Cosmetology 10-4, 20-4 and 30-4 (5 credits each) is the study of hair and esthetics. These courses combine theory and hands-on work. Students explore hair

styling, hair cutting, hair colouring, manicuring, skin care and facials, salon management and employment.

FashionStudies allows students to explore their creativity by constructing clothing and decorative items. All students sew with the electronic machines in the lab and have an opportunity to work with the embroidery machines.

K & E credit modules: Fabrics 10-4, Fashion Textiles 20-4 and Fashion Textiles 30-4


Foods introduces students to the kitchen and food safety, measuring, recipe use, baking basics, snack  and meal preparation, and meal planning according to Canada’s Food Guide.

Horticulture provides students with practical skills in daily care of houseplants and commercial greenhouse crops. Emphasis is placed on understanding the plant’s basic needs, propagation, and maintenance.

Greenhouse operation, grounds keeping, pruning and floral design are also covered. Students apply

science, math, reading and creative design skills within horticulture theory. Students in the spring semester focus much of their attention towards the production of plants for our annual plant sale.

K & E credit modules: Horticulture 10-4, Greenhouse and Nursery 20-4, and Greenhouse and Nursery 30-4

Metals explores the safe practice of three welding procedures, machine and hand tool use, and the fabrication process. Time to build projects is provided, and safety is emphasized and expected. Students with appropriate skills and interest are encouraged to participate in welding shops during work experience. Students challenge the Knowledge and Employability Fabrication stream through three five-credit classes.

Woods provides students opportunities to work safely in a shop and job site environment with machines, power and hand tools. Students start with a small project, reading and following a plan. Students must plan their work, set up their cuts and reduce waste. Students will also explore various areas in the construction industry from framing to finish work.


Credit modules: basic tools, solid stock construction, manufactured material, multiple materials and wood frame construction

WorkExperience 15, 25 and 35 (3-5 credits each) is integral to preparing our students for the future. Each school year, students complete two work experience placements within the community. These placements last for three weeks at a job site away from the school. During these placements, students do not attend classes at school.

Students develop:

  • job search skills
  • resumé preparation
  • interview skills


It is the student’s responsibility to find a work experience placement with help from family, friends and teachers. Students are guided throughout the entire process by teachers and our work experience office.