Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies

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The Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum builds on students' natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and work in practical ways. It harnesses the power of learning by doing, and provides the challenging fun that inspires students to dig deeper, work with big ide​as, and adapt to a changing world. It provides learning opportunities through which students can discover their interests in practical and purposeful ways.

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies includes skills and concepts from the disciplines of Business Education, Home Economics, Information Technology, and Technology Education, as well as rich opportunities for cross-curricular work and space for new and emerging areas, such as Media Arts.

Business Education builds an understanding of business skills and concepts in the context of current technology, ethical standards, and an increasingly global economy, empowering students with economic, financial, consumer, and communication skills for lifelong participation in local and global contexts.

Home Economics focuses on fundamental needs and practical concerns of individuals and families in a changing and challenging world, It integrates knowledge, processes, and practical skills from multiple areas, including foods, textiles, and family studies, and provides opportunities for creative applications and critical examination from global citizenship perspectives.

Information Technology encompasses evolving processes, systems, and tools for creating, storing, retrieving, and modifying information. As students design, share, and adapt knowledge in critical, ethical, purposeful, and innovative ways, they gain perspective on the long-term implications of life in a digital, connected world and develop literacies to responsibly take ownership of such technologies to augment learning and benefit society.

Technology Education involves students in the design and fabrication of objects using a variety of materials, methods, technologies, and tools in order to develop their ability to shape and change the physical world to meet human needs. It may include woodwork, metalwork, electronics, drafting, automotive technology, power mechanics, and robotics.

Using creative and critical thinking, students can work collaboratively to problem find and solve by exploring materials, using tools and equipment, designing and building, developing processes, and communicating the merits of their work. They can learn to critically evaluate the appropriateness of the products they develop and those developed by others. As they explore the role of culture, including local Aboriginal cultures, in the development of practical and innovative solutions to human needs, they can develop a sense of personal and social responsibility for the products they use and develop, and their effects on individuals, communities, and the environment, now and in the future. 

Learning in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies provides firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, specialized study and a diverse range of careers. It develops well-rounded citizens who are informed creators and consumers. It fosters the development of future problem solvers, innovators, and skilled tradespeople who can contribute to solving problems not yet anticipated with processes and technologies not yet imagined in order to improve their lives, the lives of others, and the environment.​​


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"Every child is an Artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso

Welcome to the DTSS Arts' Department. The redesigned Arts Education curriculum strives to galvanize students' artful habits of mind through engaged arts learning.  Our school offers three core discipline-specific programs — drama, music, and visual arts — that capture the language, activities, and experiences unique to each of those disciplines.


The Athletics department at DTSS offers a wide variety of sports for students of all ages throughout the school year. We have three seasons of play with different sports being offered in each season:

  • Fall: Cross-country Running, Volleyball, Boys’ Soccer
  • Winter: Basketball, Ski and Snowboarding, Badminton
  • Spring: Track and Field, Girls' Soccer, Golf

DTSS athletes have the opportunity to compete locally in the East Kootenays, as well as in Alberta and across BC. Students are encouraged to participate in the extra curricular athletic program.​​ 

Please click here for the Tentative Travel/Tournament Schedule for the 2022-2023 School Year!


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​Students are guided to think critically, creatively, and reflectively; to construct a sense of personal and cultural identity; and to be respectful of a range of perspectives and worldviews. A variety of literature and writing styles are explored. 


The DTSS French department aims to engage students in learning experiences through which they can become proficient users of French, gain new perspectives, and engage with Francophone communities.

Career and Planning

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Career Education and Planning aim to prepare students for today's rapidly changing workplace environments.  Students are encouraged to find post-secondary institutions and programs that will lead to fulfilling education and career options after high school.  Workplace injury prevention and increased responsibility for personal safety is explored.  Healthy working, personal, and family relationships are linked to living fulfilling lives, and students explore strategies for effective communication and establishing and respecting boundaries.  Understanding healthy life choices can lead us to better physical, emotional, and social well-being, and students explore ways to live healthy lives.​

Chef Training

The Rocky Mountain Café is student-run through our Chef Training Program here at DTSS. The students in the DTSS Chef Training program, plan and cook the food created in the Café while meeting the requirements of Interior Health as a professional commercial kitchen. All of the food items are made from scratch are sourced locally when available and meet the BC Healthy Food Guidelines for Healthy Schools. Each student in the Chef Training program has completes their BC Foodsafe Level 1 as part of the course requirements. 



Welcome to the DTSS Math department. Besides being everyone's fav​ourite subject, Math is also a required subject up to and including Grade 11. The Math courses offered at DTSS include Foundations, Pre-Calculus and Apprenticeship beginning at the Grade 10 level. Any questions about course offerings or your child's suitability in any of these courses can be directed to their current math teacher or you can contact Colin Sherk at A few things students need to know about math class are:

  • Be on time and take good notes. A recent study has shown that the best method for students to learn a new topic is through taking handwritten notes.
  • Expect to struggle sometimes. Everyone struggles with math at times and it is important to recognize when you are struggling and ask the teacher for help when you need it.
  • Calculators are not always necessary. There are times when calculators will be allowed and times when students will be expected to perform mental calculations. As a general rule, students should bring a good scientific calculator (Sharp is recommended) to every class.​​​



From subatomic particles to galaxies and beyond – students in science classes explore matter, energy, and life through observation and experimentation.

Social Studies

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The primary goal of Social Studies education is to give students the knowledge, skills, and competencies to be active, informed citizens who are able to think critically, understand and explain the perspectives of others, make judgments, and communicate ideas effectively. At DTSS, students study a wide variety of topics that encourage them to make connections related to important personal and global issues. At present, students are required to take Social Studies 8, 9, 10, and an additional senior Social Studies credit in Grade 11 or 12, with a choice of Law Studies 12, Physical Geography 12, or 20th Century World History 12.