Course Descriptions

Did You Know?

  • Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.

  • Through the A Time To Build capital campaign, we have added 46,897 square feet of space to Luther College High School, including the Semple gymnasium -  the largest high school gym in Regina.

  • Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.

  • The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.

  • The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

  • The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.

  • Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations. 

Course Descriptions

In order to be eligible for a Luther College High School diploma, students must receive prior permission from administration to take any credit classes outside Luther College High School. These grades will not be used in any average calculations, which may mean the student will be excluded from scholarship and honour pin consideration.

Course Selection Forms:

Christian Ethics
CourseChristian Ethics 9
Jesus and Christianity  
  • Jesus' roots and Judaism
  • life & teaching of Jesus
CourseChristian Ethics 10
The Study of Religion
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Native spirituality
  • religious prejudice
  • mind-control groups
  • cults & cult manipulation
  • sustainability (optional)
CourseChristian Ethics 20
Christian Themes
  • basic life issues & spirituality
  • the Christian life
  • church history
  • basic Christian beliefs
  • morality
CourseChristian Ethics 30
The Individual, Faith, and Society
  • Introduction to Ethics as an academic discipline
  • Christian approaches to Ethics
  • Jesus' ethics in the Gospel of Luke
  • Justice: Christian, Local and Global perspectives
  • personal morality and values
CourseIB Christian Ethics 20/30
Theoretical Basis of Knowledge
  • “How do we know?”
  • reflection on diverse ways of knowing & areas of knowledge
  • perception, reason, language & emotion
  • mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, the arts & ethics
  • belief, certainty, culture, evidence, explanation, interpretation, intuition, technology, truth, values & biases
CourseNative Studies 30
Computer Science
CourseComputer Science 20
  • advanced applications
  • web design / HTML
  • programming languages
  • networking
CourseComputer Science 30
  • advanced applications
  • advanced programming
  • operating systems & hardware
  • networking
English
CourseEnglish Language Arts A9 & B9
  • language studies through short stories, novels, myths, poetry, non-fiction and Shakespearean drama
  • analytical, oral & written skills
CourseEnglish Language Arts A10 & B10
  • the individual & society
  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • analytical & oral skills
  • formal writing skills
  • creative writing
CourseEnglish Language Arts 20
  • literature & the human experience
  • poems, stories, essays
  • oral presentations & essay writing
CourseCommunication Studies 20
  • formal and informal oral and written communications
  • rhetoric
  • power of language
CourseEnglish Language Arts A30
  • Canadian literature
  • novels, poems & plays
  • formal essay writing & oral presentations
  • independent drama productions
CourseEnglish Language Arts B30
  • American, British & world literature
  • novels, poems, plays & Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • formal written essays
CourseIB English 20
  • literature of school’s choice (3 works)
  • fiction, poetry, drama & Shakespeare
  • Oral presentations & commentaries
  • formal written essay
CourseIB World Literature 20
  • world literature in translation (4 works)
  • novels & plays
  • formal written essay
  • oral presentations & commentaries
  • formal written essay
CourseIB English A30
  • text in depth (3 works)
  • prose & poetry
  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • oral presentations & commentaries
  • formal written essay
CourseIB English B30
  • specialised genre study (4 major works)
  • formal written essay
  • formal written examination
  • IB final examination
Fine Arts
CourseCommunication Media - Film 10
  • Introduction to film history
  • Basic techniques of video camera shooting, audio recording & non-linear editing
  • Introduction to camera composition, film theory, film genres & directing
  • Production of a 2-minute video
CourseCommunication Media - Film 20
  • Continued development of camera, audio & editing skills
  • Introduction to production management & design
  • Screenplay writing
  • Introduction to documentary film
  • Production of a 5- to 7-minute video
CourseCommunication Media - Film 30
  • Further development of production techniques
  • Canadian film studies
  • Independent study of a director or genre
  • Production of a 7 to 10-minute video
CourseIB Film 20/30
  • Includes all elements of Film 20 + Film 30 as well as...
  • Film traditions of other cultures
  • Advanced film theory
  • Film history
  • Advanced production skills & portfolio
CourseArt 9
  • Principles of Art
  • Basic design
  • Drawing
  • Historical overview
  • Project work
CourseArt 10
  • Drawing
  • Acrylic painting
  • Canadian art history
  • Comic unit
  • Sketchbook Work
CourseArt 20
  • Generating visual ideas
  • Sketchbook research
  • Research journal
  • Printmaking
  • Art history unit
CourseArt 30
  • Portfolio development
  • Numerous media
  • Individual & group critique
  • Three-dimensional work
  • Sketchbook research
CourseIB Art 20/30
  • Research & studio work
  • Fundamentals of design
  • Aesthetic & technical problems
  • Portfolio development
  • Select & present works
  • Sketchbook Research
CourseDrama 10
  • play analysis & interpretation
  • theatre production
  • theatre history
CourseDrama 20/30
  • intermediate / advanced study of theatre making
  • performance skills
  • theatre studies
CourseMusic 9
  • listening skills
  • performance
  • note literacy skills
  • introduction to handbells
  • exploration of styles
CourseMusic 10, 20, 30 and Senior Choir 10, 20, 30
Choral
  • voice development
  • ear training
  • sight reading
  • basic theory
  • explore styles from jazz to classical
  • handbells
  • tour and perform
  • AVE auditioned performance vocal ensemble
CourseBand 9, 10, 20 & 30
  • Ensemble band experience
  • Instrumental technique
  • Music appreciation
  • Individual & group performance
CourseIB Music 20/30
  • music history (western & world music)
  • development of listening techniques through the study, analysis and examination, comparing & contrasting of musical cultures
  • creating music through composition, arranging & improvising
  • performance
Languages
CourseFrench 9
Entre Amis 3
  • development of listening, speaking, reading & writing
  • thematic approach relating to students’ lives & experiences
CourseFrench 10
Entre Amis 3
  • development of written skills
  • thematic approach
CourseFrench 9/10 Immersion
  • fine-tuning of speaking        
  • listening & writing skills        
  • study literature & current articles that develop specific idiogrammatic vocabulary
CourseFrench 20
Voyages 2
  • grammar structures that allow students to speak & write about the past, future & hypothetical events
  • thematic approach
  • read & discuss supplemental literature
CourseFrench 30
Voyages 2
  • advanced grammatical structures
  • thematic approach
  • read & discuss supplemental literature
CourseIB French 20/30
  • French 30 credit
  • French and French-Canadian short stories, essays & novels
  • film analysis & critique
  • oral presentations & commentaries
  • formal written essay
  • IB final examination preparation
CourseGerman 9
  • introduction to German language and culture
  • emphasis on listening & speaking
  • focus on family & school
CourseGerman 10
  • continuing development of language skills
  • emphasis on reading & writing
  • focus on sports, hobbies, interests & travel
CourseGerman 20
  • introduction to more complex structures
  • communication through conversation & writing
  • situations & events in the past & future
CourseGerman 30
  • introduction to German literature through fairy tales & short stories
  • emphasis on writing
  • focus on current events, particularly those in Europe
CourseIB German 20/30
  • German 30 credit
  • continuation of language skill development
  • emphasis on conversation & reading
  • IB final examination preparation
CourseLatin 9
  • our Latin heritage
  • basic vocabulary
  • grammar & syntax
  • reading & comprehension
  • Latin-English connections
CourseLatin 10
  • our Latin heritage
  • vocabulary
  • grammar & syntax
  • reading & comprehension
  • Latin-English connections
CourseLatin 20
  • our Latin heritage
  • independent study (instructor approval required)
  • study of classical writers
CourseLatin 30
  • independent study (instructor approval required)
Mathematics
CourseMath 9A
CourseMath 9B
CourseMath Foundations & Pre-Calculus 10
Foundations & Pre-Calculus
  • Metric & imperial measurement
  • Trigonometry
  • Factors & multipliers
  • Irrational numbers
  • Exponents
  • Polynomial expressions
  • Linear relations & functions
  • Systems of linear equations
CoursePre-Calculus 20
  • Sequence and Series
    • Arithmetic sequences and series, geometric sequences and series, infinite geometric series
  • Trigonometry
    • Angles in standard position, the Sine law, the Cosine law
  • Quadratic Functions and Equations
    • Solving quadratic equations, properties of quadratics, graphing and analysing quadratic functions
  • Radical Expressions and Equations
    • Simplification radical expressions, solving radical expressions
  • Absolute Value and Reciprocal 
    • Absolute value functions, solving absolute value equations, graphing of reciprocals of functions
  • Systems of Equations and Linear and Quadratic Inequalities
    • Graphing Inequalities, solving systems graphically and algebraically
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
    • Simplifying rational expressions (+,-,x,/) solving equations involving rationals
CourseFoundations of Mathematics 20
  • Measurement
    • Rates, scale diagrams, proportional reasoning, surface area, volume
  • Geometry
    • Properties of angles & triangles, Cosine law and Sine law
  • Logical Reasoning
    • Inductive and deductive reasoning, spatial reasoning
  • Statistics
    • Normal distribution, standard deviation, Z-scores, interpret statistical data
  • Relations and Functions
    • Systems of linear inequalities in 2 variables, quadratic functions
CoursePre-Calculus 30
  • Polynomials and polynomial functions
  • Radical and rational functions
  • Trig functions and their graphs
  • Trig indentities and trig equations
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions ( properties, graph and equations )
  • Functions and graphs: operations, composition transformations and inverses
  • Permutations and combinations, binomial theorem
CourseFoundations of Mathematics 30
  • Set theory and its applications
  • Combinatorics ( fundermental counting principles, permutations and combinations )
  • Probability and odds, Operations on events
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Mathematics for financial decision making
  • Representation and analysis of data using functions
  • Data collection and analysis and presentation
CourseCalculus 30
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Applications
  • Inductive reasoning
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Mathematical induction
CoursePre-IB Math
  • Math 10, Foundations 20 and Pre-Calculus 20
CourseIB Mathematics
  • Accelerated core components of Foundation of Mathematics 30 & Pre-Calculus 30
  • Portfolio work
  • IB final examination
CourseIB Calculus
  • Calculus 30
  • Additional vectors
  • IB final examination
Physical Education
CoursePhys Ed 9 (boys)
  • team & individual game skills: basketball, volleyball, football,  soccer, badminton & skating
  • gymnastics
  • aerobics
  • recreational games
CoursePhys Ed 9 (girls)
  • team and individual game skills: basketball, volleyball, badminton & soccer
  • gymnastics: rotations, height & flight, statics, balances, swing & spring
  • weight training & fitness
CourseHealth 9
  • decision-making processes
  • understanding adolescent growth & development
  • coping with personal, family, social & environmental change
CourseLife Transitions 9
  • how to study
  • welcome to Luther: traditions & expectations
  • accounting
  • time management
  • career guidance
CourseWellness 10
  • girls & boys classes held separately
  • enhances understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • fitness & nutrition
  • outside pursuits
  • movement patterns
  • games
  • anatomy
CourseSpecial Phys Ed 20
  • co-ed
  • personal fitness, karate, golf, archery, lawn bowling, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, bowling, racquetball, volleyball, fitness club visits & skating
CourseSpecial Phys Ed 30
  • co-ed
  • personal fitness, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, squash, racquetball, bowling, scuba diving, golf, tennis, cycling & swimming
  • classroom theory in health- & sports-related fields
Sciences
CourseScience 9
  • Unit 1 Life Science: Reproduction and Human Development
  • Unit 2 Physical Science: Atoms and Elements
  • Unit 3 Physical Science: Characteristics of Electricity
  • Unit 4 Earth and Space Science: Exploring our Universe
CourseScience 10
  • Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Force and Motion in Our World
  • Career Exploration
CoursePhysical Science 20
Introduction
  • intro to experiments & graphing
  • significant digits, scientific notation, mathematical relations
Waves
  • properties/characteristics of electromagnetic (EM) and mechanical (M) waves
  • reflection of EM & M waves
  • refraction of EM & M waves
  • various wave phenomena (doppler, interference, diffraction…)
Heat
  • analyze heat involved in temperature changes and changes of state
  • explain principles of heating and cooling
  • analyze heat involved in chemical reactions
Chemistry
  • understand the mole as a unit of measurement
  • display understanding of basic chemical reactions, balanced equations and some chemical naming
  • analyze chemical reactions
Research Project (Individual and Group) Career Study
CourseHealth Science 20
  • Health Care Philosophies and Ethics
  • Human Body
  • Nutrition
  • Diagnostics and Treatment
  • Career Exploration
  • Student-Directed Study
CourseEnvironmental Science 20
  • The Nature of Environmental Science
  • Atmosphere and Human Health
  • Human Population and Pollution
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Career Exploration
  • Student-Directed Study
CourseBiology 30
  • Life and Evolution
  • Organization of Life
  • Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Student-Directed Study
CourseChemistry 30
  • Materials Science
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Electrochemistry
CoursePhysics 30
  • Modern Physics
  • Forces and Motion
  • Conservation Laws
  • Fields
CourseIB Physical Science
  • Topic 1 Quantitative chemistry
  • Topic 2 Atomic structure
  • Topic 3 Periodicity
  • Topic 4 Bonding
  • Topic 5 Energetics
  • Topic 6 Kinetics
  • Topic 7 Equilibrium
  • Topic 8 Acids and bases
  • Topic 9 Oxidation and reduction
  • Topic 10 Organic chemistry
  • Topic 11 Measurement and data processing
  • Two of the following option units
  • Modern Analytical Chemistry
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Chemistry in Industry and Technology
  • Medicines and Drugs
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry
  • Further Organic Chemistry
CourseIB Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)
  • Topic 1 Systems and Models
  • Topic 2 The Ecosystem
  • Topic 3 Human Population
  • Topic 4 Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Topic 5 Pollution Management
  • Topic 6 The Issue of Global Warming
  • Topic 7 Environmental Value Systems
CourseHealth Science
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Further Molecular Biology and Metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Human Physiology
  • One of:
    • Neurobiology and Behaviour
    • Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    • Ecology and Conservation
    • Further Human Physiology
Social Sciences
CourseHistory 9
Roots of Society
  • prehistory
  • ancient history
  • early European history
  • influences on Saskatchewan's roots
CourseHistory 10
Social Organisations of Early Modern Europe
  • Renaissance, Reformation & revolutions
  • political & economic organisations
  • ideologies
  • international relations
  • causes of World War I
CourseHistory 20
20th-Century World History
  • the World Wars
  • revolution in the 20th century
  • the Cold War
  • the Middle East
  • decolonisation & independence movements in Asia and Africa
  • social & economic development
CourseHistory 30
History of Canada
  • the colonial period
  • forming the nation
  • national policy, railways & western expansion
  • Canada & world affairs
  • Canadian-American relations
  • French Canadian nationalism & the Quebec question
CourseIB History 20
20th-Century World History
  • causes, practices & effects of war
  • nationalism, decolonisation & the end of empires
  • rise of single-party states
  • East-West relations since 1945
  • economic change & social development
CourseIB History 30
The Americas
  • the colonial period
  • independence movements
  • 19th-century development
  • 20th-century issues