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1 Welcome to the Aurora High School Open House and Program Information Evening for Grade 8 Students and Parents/Guardians

2 Quick Facts About Our School Aurora High School was founded in 1972 Our student population is approximately 1150 and we will be welcoming 275 Grade 9 students in September 2013 We are a dual track school and our French Immersion students make up 30% of our schools population We have a senior Alternative Education Program comprising of approximately 30 students

3 Staff and Students of A.H.S. Aurora High School is known not only for their quality academic program, but also for its numerous co-curricular activities which add to a students high school experience

4 Features of our school 2 semesters - 4 courses each day school begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. classes are 75 minutes in length frequent parent/guardian/teacher contacts focus on the literate graduate, critical thinking, and problem solving partnerships with community groups and post-secondary institutions programs to support our at risk students

5 Diploma Requirements 18 Compulsory Credits + 12 Elective Credits = 30 Total Credits (110 hours each) + Successful Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test + 40 Hours of Community Involvement Activities

6 Diploma Requirements 18 Compulsory Credits 4 credits in English (1 credit per Grade) 1 credit in French 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 in Grade 11 or 12) 2 credits in Science 1 credit in Canadian History (Grade 10) 1 credit in Canadian Geography (Grade 9) 1 credit in the Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Drama) 1 credit in Health and Physical Education 0.5 credit in Civics & 0.5 credit in Career Studies (Gr. 10) PLUS …..

7 Compulsory Credits 1 Credit from Group 1 a 5th English credit an additional French credit a Native Studies credit a Social Science or Humanities credit a Canada and World Studies credit a Guidance and Career Education credit a Co-operative Education credit* 1 Credit from Group 2 a 2nd Arts credit a 2nd Physical Education credit an additional French credit* a Business Studies credit a Co-operative Education credit*

8 Compulsory Credits 1 Credit from Group 3 a 3rd Science credit an additional French credit* a credit in Technological Education a Co-operative Education credit* a Computer Studies credit *conditions apply with the French and Co-op credits

9 12 Elective Credits Elective credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets work, college, apprenticeship or university requirements.

10 The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test administered in Spring of Grade 10 a test based on language and communication (reading and writing) expectations of the curriculum up to and including Grade 9

11 Community Involvement Diploma requirement Encourages civic responsibility, promotes community values and reinforces the importance of volunteering Students are responsible for: having their activity pre-approved, tracking & submitting their completed form to Guidance Guidelines and forms will be provided to help record involvement up to 40 hours * New Guidelines in June 2012 Community Involvement may be started July 1

12 Types of Courses Grade 9 & 10 In Grades 9 & 10, students will choose courses from four types: Applied Academic Open Locally-Developed

13 Grade 9 & 10 Course Types Grade 9 courses focus on establishing solid knowledge and foundation skills Applied (P) - real-life hands on approach, with some theory Academic (D) - theoretical in approach, utilizes abstract thinking

14 Grade 9 & 10 Open (O) – an opportunity to explore an area of interest for all students Locally-Developed (L) – these courses are intended for students whose educational needs are not met by the provincial courses in English, Math, Science and History (teacher recommendation required) Course Types

15 Applied and Academic Courses APPLIED COURSES Applied courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline. Applied courses develop students knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications of essential concepts of the course and incorporating theoretical applications as appropriate. ACADEMIC COURSES Academic courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline and also explore related concepts. Academic courses develop students knowledge and skills by emphasizing theoretical, abstract applications of the essential concepts of the course and incorporating practical applications as appropriate.

16 Key Learning Strategies Applied emphasis on practical applications more teacher directed activities focus on essential skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications tasks are defined by teacher curriculum delivered in smaller chunks with work completed in class Academic emphasis on theoretical and abstract applications more student initiated activities some independent activities build on essential skills tasks can be designed/created by students curriculum delivered at a quicker pace requiring work outside of the class

17 Strengths of the Learner Applied reads for specific purpose prefers to be taught learning in each context benefits from more structure likes to learn/master essential skills & knowledge completes tasks in directed environment Academic reads & comprehends material ability to transfer learning from one context to another benefits from independence likes to explore beyond related learning completes tasks in both directed & independent environment

18 Applied processes knowledge in smaller packages able to describe & make comparisons enjoys learning by doing prefers to complete daily review & homework in class Academic understands complex concepts & processes able to make inferences & draw conclusions enjoys learning by doing as well as theoretical work recognizes need for daily homework and review Strengths of the Learner Continued

19 The Grade 9 Program Compulsory Courses English Mathematics Science Geography French Physical Education Elective Courses Choose two: Information and Communication Tech Exploring Technologies Visual Art Dramatic Arts Individuals and Family Living Music

20 French Immersion Grade 10 French History Science Career/Civics (open) Grade 9 French Geography Science Business* French Immersion students take the following subjects in French at the Academic level: French Immersion students must take at least 1 course below to complete their 10 th FI course which completes the requirements for the FI program. BTT1OF - Grade 9 Business or /and CGG3OF - Grade 11 Geography – Travel and Tourism

21 How to choose courses? your childs ability based on his/her Grade 8 marks elementary teachers recommendation EQAO results your childs work habits/learning skills and learning style your childs interests Consider the following:

22 Specialist High Skills Programs at Aurora High Schoo l Business SHSM Introduced 2011 Construction SHSM Introduced 2012 New SHSM for 2013 Arts & Culture A SHSM is a ministry approved program that allows students to experience a range of customized learning opportunities in a specific economic sector that interests and engages them. SHSM programs start in Grade 11 New!

23 Benefits of SHSM When applying to Post-Secondary Education (writing your P.S.E. red seal on OSSD) Experience future possible careers through experiential learning Obtain beneficial life skills for your future (co-op education, Grade 11) Open doors for summer jobs and/or future employment Complete recognized certifications and training (C.P.R., counterfeit money detection)

24 Course Selection students take 8 credits in Grade 9 students who choose music as their elective will take 8.5 credits students may choose a combination of Academic, Locally-Developed, Applied and Open courses

25 Making the Choice? start discussions with your child and their elementary teachers placement in the appropriate level is critical in a students success encourage your son or daughter to review the information package Please remember there are many pathways to the destination of your childs dreams!

26 Class Size in Secondary School the number of classes created is based on students course selection class sizes have firm maximums maximums vary depending on course level and type there is little flexibility to move between courses, once a timetable has been built

27 A Grade 9 Timetable Your childs schedule will also include the teachers name and room number. Visual ArtsPhysical Education 5 ScienceFrench4 LUNCH 3 BusinessMathematics2 GeographyEnglish1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Period

28 Homework work done at home is an integral part of the curriculum impacts a students success Grade 9 students may have 60 - 90 minutes of homework each day to support in-class instruction

29 Reporting Student Achievement Standard Provincial Report Card Has: A chievement in every subject in the form of a percentage grade Teachers comments indicating what a student has learned, an area of strength, and next steps in each subject A separate reporting section for attendance and evaluating the students learning skills A Summary of Graduation requirements including status of Grade 10 Literacy Test and Community Involvement Activities

30 Student Activities Student Council Sports Teams Clubs – Eco-Club, Art, Drama, Music, Athletic Council, Investment Club, Red & Gold Society, Tuesday Painters & many more…

31 Access the Online Course Selection at or the Aurora High School website under quick links

32 Click on


34 Next Steps Career Cruising Opens: Thursday, January 17 for online course selection submissions Completed green registration forms due: Monday, February 4 to Grade 8 teachers Course selection sheet with parent/guardian signature due: Tuesday, February 19 to Grade 8 teachers. Career Cruising locks down February 22. School registration for all students in August First day of class for Grade 9 students only: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

35 Wrap-up Registration for students who live in our boundary, but are not attending one of our elementary partner schools Transferring to Aurora High School Touring the school

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