The following is a summary of the human sexuality outcomes from Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. The letters and numbers are the Alberta Education codes for general and specific outcomes.

Grade 4

W-4.3 Describe physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty; e.g., menstruation, secondary sexual characteristics, changing identity and moods

Grade 5

W-5.3 Identify the basic components of the human reproductive system, and describe the basic functions of the various components; e.g., fertilization, conception

Grade 6

W-6.3 Identify and describe the stages and factors that can affect human development from conception through birth W-6.6 Examine and evaluate the risk factors associated with exposure to blood-borne diseases – HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis B/C; e.g., sharing needles, body piercing, tattooing, helping someone who is bleeding, being sexually active

Grade 7

W-7.3 Examine the human reproductive process, and recognize misunderstandings associated with sexual development W-7.12 Identify the effects of social influences on sexuality and gender roles and equity; e.g., media, culture W-7.13 Examine the influences on personal decision making for responsible sexual behaviour W-7.14 Examine abstinence and decisions to postpone sexual activity as healthy choices

Grade 8

W-8.3 Recognize and accept that individuals experience different rates of physical, emotional, sexual and social development W-8.7 Determine the signs, methods and consequences of various types of abuse; e.g., neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse W-8.12 Identify and describe the responsibilities and consequences associated with involvement in a sexual relationship W-8.13 Describe symptoms, effects, treatments, prevention’s for common sexually transmitted diseases; i.e., chlamydia, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B/C, HIV W-8.14 Identify and describe basic types of contraceptives; i.e., abstinence, condom, foam, birth control pills 

Grade 9

W-9.3 Apply coping strategies when experiencing different rates of physical, emotional, sexual and social development; e.g., positive self-talk W-9.7 Evaluate implications and consequences of sexual assault on a victim and those associated with that victim W-9.12 Determine “safer” sex practices; e.g., communicate with partner, maintain abstinence, limit partners, access/use condoms/contraceptives properly W-9.13 Identify and describe the responsibilities and resources associated with pregnancy and parenting W-9.14 Develop strategies that address factors to prevent or reduce sexual risk; e.g., abstain from drugs and alcohol, date in groups, use assertive behaviour

Career and Life Management (Grades 10, 11, or 12)

Human Sexuality Learning Expectations

P11 Examine the relationship between commitment and intimacy in all its levels.

  • Identify expectations and commitments in various relationships
  • Examine a range of behaviours for handling sexual involvement
  • Describe how personal values’ play a role in relationships
  • Explain the role of trust and ways to establish trust in a relationship
  • Develop strategies for dealing with jealousy

P12 Examine aspects of healthy sexuality and responsible sexual behaviour.

  • Explain the ongoing responsibility for being sexually healthy
  • Examine a range of behaviours and choices regarding sexual expression
  • Describe sexually healthy actions and choices for one’s body, including abstinence
  • Analyze strategies for choosing responsible and respectful sexual expression
  • Describe the ways in which personal values influence choices
  • Assess the consequences of being sexually active

Alberta Education Curriculum Resources

The Alberta Education Program of Studies for Health and Life Skills K-9 and CALM, resources and guides for teachers:

Local School Board Policies

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Sexual health education-related policies for various school divisions.

Calgary Board of Education

CBE Policy #1014 (School Participation in Programs -Outside Services)

CBE Child Abuse Protocol

CBE Frequently Asked Questions by Teachers

Best Practice Guidelines