School-initiated Courses (SICs) and Student-initiated Projects (SIPs) are curricula that have been developed by school divisions/schools to meet local needs and interests.
See Locally Developed Curricula: School-Initiated Courses and Student-Initiated Projects for background information.
A list of frequently asked questions has been developed for School Initiated Courses (SICs) and Student Initiated Projects (SIPs). These FAQs deal with the registration process for SICs and SIPs and provide clarification to the policy as outlined in the Locally Developed Curricula: School-Initiated Courses and Student-Initiated Projects document.
Students can make a contribution by volunteering for worthwhile causes or organizations. The civic skills, knowledge and attitudes obtained from such community service activity can increase a student's self esteem and maturity, and provide more awareness of the needs of others in the community. A credit may be available to a student who participates in such activity in the senior years for graduation purposes and does not require departmental registration.
Students can gain valuable educational experience by enhancing their knowledge of their own cultural origins or a cultural group that interests them through interaction with community members such as elders and members of cultural organizations. The skills, knowledge and attitudes obtained from such activities can increase a student’s self-esteem and maturity, strengthen cultural identity and/or provide greater intercultural understanding and an appreciation of cultural diversity. A credit may be available to a student who participates in such activity in the senior years for graduation purposes and does not require departmental registration.
More opportunity is provided for SICs and SIPs including sharing of such courses across the province. Students can select a maximum of 11 SICs and three SIPs across their Senior Years. Schools are encouraged to consult with parents and other community members, about their SIC and SIP school offerings.
See Increasing Choice and Flexibility: Changes to Senior Years Graduation Requirements: A Status Report (June 2002) for an update on the status of SIC's and SIP's.
For other credit options visit Graduation Requirements.