Locally Modified Courses

Overview

School divisions make choices to best serve the students in their jurisdiction. Within the Regular Education Program there are three course options: provincially developed, locally developed, and locally modifed.

Locally Modified (Advanced) Courses

A Locally Modified (Advanced) Course of Study (10A, 20A, 30A) is defined as a course where a portion of the time is used to meet 100% of the department prepared regular curriculum outcomes/objectives and up to 50% of the time is used to meet outcomes/objectives as determined by the school division. Modified (Basic)  courses (10A, 20A, 30A) can be used to fulfil requirements in the required courses of study, specified areas of study, and electives.

Locally Modified (Basic) Courses

A Locally Modified (Basic) Course of Study (11, 21, 31) is defined as a course where 50% of the course is determined by the Ministry of Education through basic objectives listed from the provincial curriculum and the remaining 50% of the course is determined by the school division. The outcomes/objectives determined by the school division may include outcomes/objectives from previous grades and other areas of study. In many cases, locally chosen outcomes/objectives are used to develop students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to prepare students for achieving the basic outcomes/objectives from the provincial curriculum guide. In other cases, locally chosen outcomes/objectives are used to extend students’ understanding, skills, and abilities in areas related to the basic outcomes/objectives listed from the curriculum guides. Modified (Basic) courses (11, 21, 31) can be used to fulfil requirements in the required courses of study, specified areas of study, and electives. Modified (Basic) courses (11, 21, 31) may not be accepted as entrance requirements at post-secondary institutions.

Placement in a Locally Modified Course

If it has been determined through assessment (formal and informal), observation, and collaborative team meetings that a student’s needs can best be met through placement in a Locally Modified Course, then all those involved in this decision must carefully consider the implications of such a placement including, but not limited to, parents/caregivers, students, teachers, guidance councellors, administrators, division personnel, and/or interagency representatives. School divisions should develop a signed agreement for parents/caregivers that outlines the implications of enroling a student in Locally Modified Courses.

The decision to enrol a student in a Locally Modified Course  should be based on: assessment and evaluation of the student’s academic functioning, educational history of the student, and the agreement and input of both students and parents/caregivers, teachers and administrators. 

Learning disabilities and/or behaviour disorders should not be the sole criteria for placement in a Locally Modified Course. Nor, is it appropriate to place students in Locally Modified Course because the usual language of instruction is their second language or a non-standard dialect.

(Sakatchewan Ministry of Education. Policies and Procedures for Locally Modified Courses of Study.) 

  • Locally Modified Courses Approved for Offering in Regina Public Schools

    • English Program

      • English Language Arts A11 (4049 - Expires 2017-2018) ... WAITING MINISTRY DIRECTION
        English Language Arts B11 (4050 - Expires 2017-2018) ... WAITING MINISTRY DIRECTION
        English Language Arts 21 (6049 - Expires 2017-2018) ... WAITING MINISTRY DIRECTION

        English Language Arts A31 (8102 - No Expiry Date)
        English Language Arts B31 (8103 - No Expiry Date)
      • Mathematics 11 (4439 - No Expiry Date)
        Mathematics 21 (6439 - No Expiry Date)
      • Science 11 (4271 - No Expiry Date)
        Health Science 21 (6265 - No Expiry Date)
        Environmental Science 21 (6266 - No Expiry Date)
        Physical Science (TBD - Not at this time)
        Science 31 (8221 - Expires 2017-2018) - Will not be developed or renewed)
      • Social Studies 11 (4318 - Expires 2018-2019)
        Social Studies 21 (6318 - Expires 2018-2019)
        Social Studies 31 (8318 - Expires 2018-2019)
         
    • French Program

      • Francais immersion 11 (4107 - TBD) ... WAITING MINISTRY APPROVAL
        Francais immersion 21 (6107 - Expires 2017-2018)
        Francais immersion 31 (8107 - Expires 2017-2018)
      • Mathematiques 11 (6440 - No Expiry Date)
        Mathematiques 21 (6440 - No Expiry Date)
      • Sciences 11 (4271 - No Expiry Date)
        Sciences de la sante 21 (TBD - No Expiry Date) 
        Science de l'environnement 21 (TBD - No Expiry Date)
        Science de la physique 21 (TBD - Not at this time) 
      • Histoire 11 (4354 - Not Set)
        Histoire 21 (6354 - Not Set)
        Sciences sociales 31 (8355 - Not Set)

As English Program Locally Modified Courses expire they will be replaced with provincially developed courses that will not expire. This may or may not apply to French Program Locally Modified Courses.

In  compliance with Canadian copyright law, a variety of approved Locallly Modifed Courses curricular and support documents cannot be shared publicly. Therefore, and in an effort to reduce confusion as to what documents can be accessed where, all approved Locallly Modifed Courses curricular and support documents have been posted in one location. To access all approved Locallly Modifed Courses curricular and support documents for the courses listed above, log in to the RPS webiste using RPS username and password, then CLICK HERE.

For additional information contact Juanita Redekopp-McKeown - Supervisor of Instruction (juanita.redekopp@rbe.sk.ca or 306.523.3136306.523.3136306.523.3136306.523.3136)