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1 Aurora High School Welcome to the Open House and Program Information Eveningfor Grade 8 Students and Parents/Guardians
2 Quick Facts About Our School Aurora High School was founded in 1972Our student population is approximately 1150 and we will be welcoming 275 Grade 9 students in September 2013We are a dual track school and our French Immersion students make up 30% of our school’s populationWe 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 it’s numerous co-curricular activities which add to a student’s 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 lengthfrequent parent/guardian/teacher contactsfocus on the literate graduate, critical thinking, and problem solvingpartnerships with community groups and post-secondary institutionsprograms to support our “at risk” students
5 Diploma Requirements 18 Compulsory Credits +Elective Credits= Total Credits (110 hours each)+ Successful Completion of the Ontario SecondarySchool Literacy TestHours of Community Involvement Activities
6 18 Compulsory Credits Diploma Requirements PLUS ….. 4 credits in English (1 credit per Grade)1 credit in French3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 in Grade 11 or 12)2 credits in Science1 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 Education0.5 credit in Civics & 0.5 credit in Career Studies (Gr. 10)PLUS …..
7 Compulsory Credits 1 Credit from Group 1 1 Credit from Group 2 a 5th English creditan additional French credita Native Studies credita Social Science or Humanities credita Canada and World Studies credita Guidance and Career Education credita Co-operative Education credit*1 Credit from Group 2a 2nd Arts credita 2nd Physical Education creditan additional French credit*a Business Studies credita Co-operative Education credit*
8 Compulsory Credits 1 Credit from Group 3 a 3rd Science credit an additional French credit*a credit in Technological Educationa Co-operative Education credit*a Computer Studies credit*conditions apply with the French and Co-op credits
9 12 Elective CreditsElective 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 10a test based on language and communication (reading and writing)expectations of the curriculum up toand including Grade 9
11 Community Involvement Diploma requirementEncourages civic responsibility, promotes community values and reinforces the importance of volunteeringStudents are responsible for: having their activity pre-approved, tracking & submitting their completed form to GuidanceGuidelines and forms will be provided to help record involvement up to 40 hours* New Guidelines in June 2012Community 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 OpenLocally-Developed
13 Applied (P) - real-life hands on approach, with some theory Grade 9 & 10 Course TypesGrade 9 courses focus on establishing solid knowledge and foundation skillsApplied (P) - real-life hands on approach, with some theoryAcademic (D) - theoretical in approach, utilizes abstract thinking
14 Course Types Grade 9 & 10 Locally-Developed (L) – these Open (O) – an opportunity to explore an area of interest for all studentsLocally-Developed (L) – thesecourses are intended for students whoseeducational needs are not met by theprovincial courses in English, Math, Scienceand History (teacher recommendation required)
15 Applied and Academic Courses APPLIED COURSESApplied 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 COURSESAcademic 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 AcademicAppliedemphasis on practical applicationsmore teacher directed activitiesfocus on essential skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applicationstasks are defined by teachercurriculum delivered in smaller ‘chunks’ with work completed in classemphasis on theoretical and abstract applicationsmore student initiated activitiessome independent activities build on essential skillstasks can be designed/created by studentscurriculum delivered at a quicker pace requiring work outside of the class
17 Strengths of the Learner AppliedAcademicreads for specific purposeprefers to be taught learning in each contextbenefits from more structurelikes to learn/master essential skills & knowledgecompletes tasks in directed environmentreads & comprehends materialability to transfer learning from one context to anotherbenefits from independencelikes to explore beyond related learningcompletes tasks in both directed & independent environment
18 Strengths of the Learner Continued AcademicAppliedprocesses knowledge in smaller packagesable to describe & make comparisonsenjoys learning by doingprefers to complete daily review & homework in classunderstands complex concepts & processesable to make inferences & draw conclusionsenjoys learning by doing as well as theoretical workrecognizes need for daily homework and review
19 The Grade 9 Program Compulsory Courses Elective Courses Choose two: English Mathematics Science Geography French Physical EducationElective CoursesChoose two:Information and Communication Tech Exploring TechnologiesVisual Art Dramatic ArtsIndividuals and Family LivingMusic
20 French ImmersionFrench Immersion students take the following subjects in French at the Academic level:Grade 9FrenchGeographyScienceBusiness*Grade 10FrenchHistoryScienceCareer/Civics (open)French Immersion students must take at least 1 course below to complete their 10th FI course which completes the requirements for the FI program.BTT1OF - Grade 9 Business or /andCGG3OF - Grade 11 Geography – Travel and Tourism
21 How to choose courses? Consider the following: your child’s ability based on his/herGrade 8 markselementary teacher’s recommendationEQAO resultsyour child’s work habits/learning skills and learning styleyour child’s interests
22 Specialist High Skills Programs at Aurora High School Business SHSM Introduced 2011Construction SHSM Introduced 2012New!New SHSM for 2013Arts & CultureA 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
23 Benefits of SHSMWhen applying to Post-Secondary Education (writing your P.S.E. red seal on OSSD)Experience future possible careers through experiential learningObtain beneficial life skills for your future(co-op education, Grade 11)Open doors for summer jobs and/or future employmentComplete 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 theirelective will take 8.5 creditsstudents may choose a combination of Academic, Locally-Developed,Applied and Open courses
25 Making the Choice? start discussions with your child and their elementary teachersplacement in the appropriate level is critical in a student’s successencourage your son or daughter to review the information packagePlease remember there are many pathwaysto the destination of your child’s dreams!
26 Class Size in Secondary School the number of classes created is based on students’ course selectionclass sizes have firm maximumsmaximums vary depending on courselevel and typethere is little flexibility to movebetween courses, once a timetable hasbeen built
27 LUNCH A Grade 9 Timetable Visual Arts Physical Education 5 Science French4LUNCH3BusinessMathematics2GeographyEnglish1Semester 2Semester 1PeriodYour child’s schedule will also include the teacher’s name and room number.
28 Homework work done at home is an integral part of the curriculum impacts a student’s successGrade 9 students may have minutes of homeworkeach day to support in-classinstruction
29 Reporting Student Achievement Standard Provincial Report Card Has:Achievement in every subject in theform of a percentage gradeTeachers’ comments indicating what astudent has learned, an area of strength, andnext steps in each subjectA separate reporting section for attendanceand evaluating the student’s learning skillsA Summary of Graduation requirementsincluding status of Grade 10 Literacy Testand Community Involvement Activities
30 Student Activities Student Council Sports Teams Clubs – Eco-Club, Art, Drama, Music,Athletic Council, Investment Club,Red & Gold Society, TuesdayPainters & many more…
31 Access the Online Course Selection at www. yrdsb. edu. on. ca/guidance Access the Online Course Selection at or the Aurora High School website under quick links
34 Next Steps Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Career Cruising Opens: Thursday, January for online course selection submissionsCompleted green registration forms due:Monday, February 4 to Grade 8 teachersCourse 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 AugustFirst day of class for Grade 9 students only:Tuesday, September 3, 2013
35 Wrap-upRegistration for students who live in our boundary, but are not attending one of our elementary partner schoolsTransferring to Aurora High SchoolTouring the school