Humanities Department offers courses in three disciplines: English, Social
Studies, and Modern Languages. In each subject area we follow the prescribed
curriculum outlined by the Province of British Columbia. At Langley Fine
Arts, however, teachers are at a distinct advantage. Here, we have students
who are very open to creativity. As a result, teachers are able to teach
in a variety of ways: in the traditional lecture method; using cooperative
learning; through role plays and simulations; through the use of technology;
through integration of the arts; or through team teaching.
From a teacher's perspective, LFAS
is an exceptional place to work. Our students are motivated, enjoyable
to teach, and open to learning. It's an ideal situation, and one that is
reflected in their Provincial Exam marks. This year, our students scored
first in the District and thirtieth overall in the Province, and year after
year, they receive thousands of dollars in scholarships. Their success
clearly shows the commitment to academics shared by students and teachers
working in common pursuit of excellence at all grade levels.
The Humanities Department offers
English 8 through 12, as well as English Literature 12. In Social Studies
we teach S.S. 8 through 11 (Canadian Studies). Senior course offerings
include History 12, Geography 12 and Comparative Civilizations 12. Courses
in French are offered in Grades 8 through 12. Italian courses include Beginners
Italian 11 and Italian 11.
Langley Fine Arts School offers
both French as a Second Language and Italian as a Second Language at the
Secondary level. French is offered throughout the Secondary years from
Grades 8 to 12, culminating with a Provincial Exam in French 12. Italian
is a two year program, which starts at Beginner’s Italian 11 and moving
on to Italian 11.
Languages are an important part of
the Fine Arts culture, with applications in all disciplines of the Fine
Arts at this school. Thus, Music, Drama, and Visual Art are incorporated
into the language classes. The aim of the Modern Languages Department is
twofold: to create confidence in the student’s ability to communicate
in a second language and to communicate with increasing precision and a
variety of vocabulary both orally and written. There is an equal amount
of time spent on reading, writing, speaking and listening.
French 8 has begun using a new program called “Tout Ados”, which reflects
modern pedagogy and more current themes for the Grade 8 student in today’s
French 9 is also using the new Tout Ados program.
French 12 is not textbook-based.
Rather, it includes an intensive, quick paced grammar review of French
8-11, new grammar concepts at the French 12 level, complex sentence structure
acquisition, writing practice, self-directed reading, French novel and
poetry studies, oral projects and discussions, and Provincial Exam preparation.
Beginner’s Italian 11 is an
introductory level language course which focuses on everyday language acquisition.
The student will be able to communicate on a rudimentary level in a variety
of situations. Italian 11 has been offered since February 2007.
Mathematics program at LFAS follows the new Canadian Western Protocol guidelines
for the intended learning outcomes. The Grade 12 program follows the BC
curriculum and has changed over to the Western Protocol in September 2001.
The Western Protocol Mathematics
curriculum provides our students with opportunities to use spreadsheets
on the computer, graphing calculators, scientific calculators and mathematical
calculators to solve real world problems. Use of graphing calculators and
computer spreadsheets greatly enhances the students understanding of mathematical
concepts. Also, because the algebra, trigonometry and geometry problems
are embedded in practical examples, students have a high interest in learning
the concepts in order to be able to complete the problems.
Students at LFAS have less time to
cover the mathematical curriculum, due to the LFAS timetable. However,
students at the school are highly motivated. They tend to complete homework
on a daily basis, allowing us to move through the curriculum efficiently.
Our students achieve high academic standing as can be seen in the number
of scholarships awarded to graduates.
The teachers in the Mathematics
Department are able to be flexible in meeting the needs of students who
have difficulty and students who are gifted. Students are always encouraged
to strive for their highest potential. For students who are mathematically
inclined there are lunch time prep sessions for the Canadian mathematics
contest. Prizes are awarded on a monthly basis.
The Mathematics teachers at LFAS
have strong mathematics backgrounds and keep up with current issues through
professional development. They all try to make learning mathematics interesting
and as much as possible, tie mathematics to experiences that students have
in the arts. At the same time the curriculum is taught and tested as is
done in any other BC schools.
The Sciences at the Langley Fine
Arts School cover every aspect of the Provincial curriculum and more. Students are exposed to a vibrant and thorough approach to the most current
science. Provincial exam results are consistently very high. Participation rates at the Senior Science levels are also excellent.
The strong academic standing intertwined
with the views of arts have made coordinators at universities praise our
graduates as "the students we like to have." (John Sims, Simon Fraser
In order to facilitate independent
thinking and creativity, students are given the opportunity to express
scientific concepts in a variety of forms.
Some examples of the above include:
children stories on scientific phenomenon.
||A performance illustrating ideas
such as an ecosystem in a river or chemical phase changes.
||Students create a play that demonstrates
a scientific concept like species relationships.
||The Scientific Method is used in
a safe and creative way.
||Constructing 3-D models of cells
showing interactions between organelles and chemicals.
Due to the Grade 1-12 nature of the
school, Secondary students have the opportunity to teach and demonstrate
their understanding in Science not only to their peers, but also
to younger students. The result is a sense of community within the school
that is hard to find elsewhere. In practice, this can mean a "buddy system"
where Secondary students guide Elementary students through laboratory experiments.
LFAS fosters a keen interest in the
Sciences by allowing our Elementary and Secondary students a depth of exposure
to a variety of demonstrations and hands-on experiences.