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1 The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) &
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7 PM South Cafeteria

2 Tonight’s Overview What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
The IB Model at WOSS What is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)? Program Benefits The White Oaks Advantage Course offerings Sample timetables The ALP application procedure Current ALP and IB student perspectives

3 White Oaks’ Mission Statement
We are a community of diverse learners committed to inspiring independent, compassionate, global citizens. Our collaborative cultures will provide opportunities that encourage critical thinking and nurture lifelong learning.

4 The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

5 The IB Learner Profile The IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective

6 What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program?
Last 2 years of high school Internationally recognized high school diploma 139 countries, 2179 schools 748 in NA, 137 in Canada, 49 in ON External exams are evaluated by strict IB standards.

7 The White Oaks IB Program Model
Studies in Language and Literature English Literature English Language and Literature - The Arts Film Music Theatre Arts Visual Art Language Aquisition French B SL /HL Spanish ab initio Extended Essay (EE) Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Individuals & Societies Economics Geography History Business and Management Studies Mathematics Math Studies Math SL Math HL Sciences Biology Chemistry Physics

8 The Core Requirements: EE
The Extended Essay (EE) has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words investigates a topic of individual interest requires independent research & writing skills expected at university

9 EE Examples What are the role and the significance of dance in Pride and Prejudice and Emma? Which roles do women play in tango lyrics? How and why have explanations of the Cuban missile crisis changed since 1962? The effect of banana peel on seed germination. What is the legacy of Archimedes’ calculations of circular and parabolic areas in today’s methods of integration? Is Jesus Christ Superstar a modern classical opera?

10 The Core Requirements: ToK
interdisciplinary explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines encourages an appreciation of other cultural perspectives

11 Examples of ToK Prescribed Titles 2014
Ethical judgments limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss. “Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organization of facts.” Discuss in relation to 2 areas of knowledge. “When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails” (Maslow). How does this apply to ways of knowing, as tools, in the pursuit of knowledge?

12 The Core Requirements: CAS
Encourages involvement in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work Education outside of the classroom Development of the learner profile

13 IB Assessments Diploma Programme assessment includes both final examinations and internal assessment undertaken by the teacher to IB criteria and then externally moderated by the IB. All 4,000 examiners are ‘quality checked’ through a process of moderation. The IB undertakes random inspections of schools during exams. Results are published on 5 July.

14 Benefits of the IB Program
Outstanding university preparation Uniquely international perspective Emphasis on analytical & critical thinking Advanced standing in some first-year university courses International recognition (over 2,000 universities worldwide) IB internal & external assessments determine grades

15 Benefits of the IB Program
Students are encouraged to: ask challenging questions learn how to learn develop a sense of their own identity and culture develop intercultural understanding and communication become independent, self-motivated learners ask challenging questions learn how to learn develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures become independent, self-motivated learners 15

16 Successful IB Diploma Graduates
also earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.). get a second look from university admissions officers: Go to to download list of Canadian universities and diploma recognition enjoy higher rates of university acceptance compared to their non-IB counterparts.

17 Previous WOSS IB Graduates
Have been accepted to a university of their choice. Have been awarded university-level advance credit and standing based on their IB grades. Have gone to NYU, Northwestern, Queen’s, McMaster (Health Sciences), McGill, U of T and Waterloo, to name just a few.

18 The White Oaks’ Advantage
De-semestered Grade 9 Math and English classes Diverse and extensive co- & extra- curricular activities Success in academic and extra- curricular activities Committed teachers Diverse student population Proven Results May 2013 IB Results: More than 60 co/extra-activities ranging from: Sports (more than 22 sports): e.g. golf, wrestling, girls hockey, basketball, soccer, swimming, curling, cheerleading The arts: music (jazz, concert, marching band, & choir), theatre (mainstage productions), film Co-curricular: math society, school reach, robotics, debate (most successful in the school district), Japanese exchange (sister school in Neyagawa, Japan) Academic: 83% of White Oaks graduates attend post-secondary education & training programs math contests – 26 students placed in top 25% in Canada film - home to regional program, with highest student placement rate in Ontario in film school – 1 out of 2 vs. 1 in 300; 50% vs. 0.03% Extra – curricular: Cheerleading won US National championship, 2nd in Canadian National Championship Debate team -4 national finalists in 2006, in 2005 won National debate championship 2 years in a row, top Bilingual debater in Canada. 3) ALP & IB teachers have attended IB teacher training workshops. Many hold specialist certificates, advanced degrees in education or in the area of their subject specialty 4) - White Oaks Students speak more than 40 languages - Interest & participation in the White Oaks Culture Fest evidence of our school’s multicultural and multi-ethnic population 18

19 The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)
2 years of preparation Disciplined approach Challenging prescribed program Sound preparation for the IB Diploma Program Clustered classes Student workshops

20 Gr. 9 ALP courses English Math French Science Geography clustered
Technology Physical Education Arts Elective (Music, Visual Arts, Drama) 9th credit option: lunch-time music clustered

21 Gr. 10 ALP courses English Math French or Spanish Science History
Gr. 11 University Math* Civics/Careers Elective (e.g. Arts, Business, Technology) clustered

22 The ALP Application Process
Download package from Complete package and submit by December 6, 3PM. Only completed packages will be accepted and considered. 22

23 The ALP Application Process
A COMPLETE package contains: Student information sheet Complete previous year’s report card November Progress Report / Report Card 2-page essay List of community involvement and/or extra-curricular activities Course selection form Indicate if in French Immersion Indicate if identified Gifted (IEP) Indicate if you have 1 year or less in formal French learning. Current Math & English teachers If new to school, most recent Math & English teachers If Math & English teachers are the same teacher, have teacher complete both forms 23

24 FAQs 1. Are there tuition fees for the ALP? NO.
There is an administration fee of $$$ for the ALP application Tuition fees for the IB (which begins in Gr. 11) is $1,200 per year. This does not include other materials cost (e.g. supplementary resources such as dictionaries, calculators, etc.) Gr. 8 tours held in January – please make sure that your child attends. 24

25 FAQs 2. Are there tuition fees for the IB? Yes-- $1,200 for Gr. 11
There is an administration fee of $$$ for the ALP application Tuition fees for the IB (which begins in Gr. 11) is $1,200 per year. This does not include other materials cost (e.g. supplementary resources such as dictionaries, calculators, etc.) Gr. 8 tours held in January – please make sure that your child attends. 25

26 FAQs 3. How can my child learn more about White Oaks?
Participate in our annual Gr. 8 tour on January 8th (grade 8 parent's information night Jan 9th ) Students from feeder schools typically attend. Students from non-feeder schools should provide the ALP/IB Co-ordinator with contact information tonight. There is an administration fee of $$$ for the ALP application Tuition fees for the IB (which begins in Gr. 11) is $1,200 per year. This does not include other materials cost (e.g. supplementary resources such as dictionaries, calculators, etc.) Gr. 8 tours held in January – please make sure that your child attends. 26

27 FAQs 4. I am not from a feeder school. Can I still apply and attend WOSS for the ALP? How? YES. Complete & submit the application package on time. If from outside of HDSB (public board), also complete HDSB student registration form (download from HDSB does NOT provide bussing to WOSS. If you live outside of Oakville, please consider very carefully about the commitment you would make if you choose to enroll your child at WOSS. If you live in Oakville, your child MAY qualify for an “empty seat” on specially- run buses. To determine if you qualify, please call the Transportation department at the Board office at ###-####. 27

28 FAQs 5. I’m in French Immersion (FI). Can I still pursue my FI certificate while completing the ALP and the IB? YES. Depending on enrolment, we may be able to cluster students within FI who also wish to study in the ALP. 28

29 FAQs 6. I’m currently in Gr. 9. May I still apply for the ALP?
Yes. Complete the Gr. 10 ALP Application Package. 29

30 FAQs 7. I’m currently in Gr. 10. May I still apply for the IB? Yes.
1) Complete the IBDP Application Package. 2) Contact IB Coordinator to ensure that required course prerequisites are met. 30

31 FAQs 8. May I attend my home school then transfer to White Oaks for the IBDP? It is not advisable. Admission is on a case- by-case basis. 31

32 FAQs 9. What is the current enrolment in ALP & IBDP at WOSS?
Gr. 9 ALP: 286 Gr. 10 ALP: 251 Gr. 11 IB Year 1: 121 Gr. 12 IB Year 2: 65

33 FAQs 10. Is there a percentage cut-off for ALP admission?
Whole child approach; generally 75% and above. .

34 Contact Information Erin Davidson ALP/IB Co-ordinator ext.233 John Stieva Principal Michelle Lemaire Vice-Principal Best way of contacting is Please do not drop-in. Make an appointment you wish to see me. 34

35 Student Perspectives Nicole Berios (Gr. 12 IBDP)
Andrew Schneider (Gr. 12 IBDP) Stefan Jevtic (Graduated from IBDP) Best way of contacting is Please do not drop-in. Make an appointment you wish to see me. 35

36 Questions? Circulate to specific department areas
Contact: Erin Davidson Thank you for coming tonight. Have a safe journey home.

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