GRADE 11

IDC3OX (Interdisciplinary Studies:  Student Activities Leadership, Open)

The student’s council leadership course at Sir John A Macdonald is designed to prepare students with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively lead within a school, community or organization. During this course, you will engage in a variety of individual and group activities that will teach you about the fundamentals of student leadership. You will participate in class discussions, lead group activities and assist in a wide variety of school activities and events as you develop skills in the areas of self awareness, communication, planning/goal setting, group dynamics and leadership.  Prerequisite: NONE.

IDP3OI (Interdisciplinary Studies: i-LAB Program 1.0, Open)

i-Lab 1.0 is a new and innovative gr 11 course that will give students an introductory experience to the Highlander Innovation lab. Over the course of a semester,  students will progress through a traditional start-up program to develop innovative solutions to complex local and/or real-world problems (ex: UN sustainable goals).

Enjoy mentorship from local leaders in industry and education, including Communitech, Vidyard, Velocity and Laurier Launchpad.  Experience valuable off-site learning opportunities while earning high school credits.  Hear inspiring guest speakers as you immerse yourself in the start-up mindset.  NOTE:  Course is packaged with either ENG3UP or ENG3CP, depending on grade 10 prerequisite (students must select both IDP/ENG in MyWay).

Note – interview/application required.  Visit Innovation Lab website for more info.


GRADE 12

IDC4OX (Interdisciplinary Studies:  Student Activities Leadership, Open)

This course will introduce students to leadership theories as they pursue leadership roles in the school and community. Students will study and apply theory in developing skills in the areas of conflict resolution, planning and goal setting, problem solving, group dynamics and teamwork. Students will develop the skills and knowledge to support them in pursuing a variety of leadership roles.
Prerequisite:  IDC3OX.

IDC4UI (Interdisciplinary Studies:  Student Activities Leadership, University)

Leadership rests at the center of all successful teamwork; it brings about meaningful change and growth; and sits at the core of a healthy and productive school community. To act as a leader one needs to develop a healthy sense of self and a capacity for critical thinking and reflective practice.

This course is founded on the philosophy that we are all leaders and that we all possess the potential to be great leaders. With this in mind, the purpose of this course is two-fold. First, it is to explore the concepts and theories of leadership and second, it is to put into practice effective leadership skills while planning school events and activities.
Prerequisite: IDC 3OX or IDC 4OX or completion of an application.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Current Leadership Theory (Five Fundamental Practices of Leadership, Social Change Model of Leadership, Transformational Leadership)
  • Unit 2: Enable Others to Act (Group Dynamics, Building Relationships)
  • Unit 3: Challenge the Process (Creativity and Innovation)
  • Unit 4: Inspire a Shared Vision (Public Speaking Skills)
  • Unit 5: Model the Way (leadership ethics, value based leadership)

IDP4UI/IDP4OI (Interdisciplinary Studies:  i-Lab Program 2.0, U/C or Open)

SJAM is proud offer a unique 2-credit package that focuses on the introduction of a unique “incubator” style program, giving students the opportunity to develop creative, team-based projects from conception to the final “pitch” to community partners.

Enjoy mentorship from local leaders in industry and education, including Communitech, Vidyard, Velocity and Laurier Launchpad.  Experience valuable off-site learning opportunities while earning high school credits.  Hear inspiring guest speakers as you immerse yourself in the start-up mindset.  NOTE:  courses are packaged together with ENG4UP or ENG4CP (depending on grade 11 prerequisite).  Prerequisite: IDP4UI requires ENG3UI/P.  IDP4OI requires ENG3UP or ENG3CI.  

Note – interview/application required.  Visit Innovation Lab website for more info.