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

2 Tonights 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 21 st century. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective

6 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. What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program?

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

8 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 The Core Requirements: EE

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 todays methods of integration? Is Jesus Christ Superstar a modern classical opera?

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

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

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 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 Benefits of the IB Program

15 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 Benefits of the IB Program

16 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. Successful IB Diploma Graduates

17 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, Queens, McMaster (Health Sciences), McGill, U of T and Waterloo, to name just a few. Previous WOSS IB Graduates

18 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: The White Oaks Advantage

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

20 1. English 2. Math 3. French 4. Science 5. Geography 6. Technology 7. Physical Education 8. Arts Elective (Music, Visual Arts, Drama) 9. 9 th credit option: lunch-time music Gr. 9 ALP courses clustered

21 1. English 2. Math 3. French or Spanish 4. Science 5. History 6. Gr. 11 University Math* 7. Civics/Careers 8. Elective (e.g. Arts, Business, Technology) Gr. 10 ALP courses clustered

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

23 A COMPLETE package contains: 1. Student information sheet 2. Complete previous years report card 3. November Progress Report / Report Card 4. 2-page essay 5. List of community involvement and/or extra-curricular activities 6. 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. The ALP Application Process

24 1. Are there tuition fees for the ALP? NO. FAQs

25 2. Are there tuition fees for the IB? Yes-- $1,200 for Gr. 11 $1,200 for Gr. 12. FAQs

26 3. How can my child learn more about White Oaks? Participate in our annual Gr. 8 tour on January 8 th (grade 8 parent's information night Jan 9 th ) Students from feeder schools typically attend. Students from non-feeder schools should provide the ALP/IB Co-ordinator with contact information tonight. FAQs

27 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 FAQs

28 5. Im 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. FAQs

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

30 7. Im 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. FAQs

31 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. FAQs

32 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 Erin Davidson ALP/IB Co-ordinator ext.233 Contact Information John Stieva Principal Michelle Lemaire Vice-Principal

35 Stefan Jevtic (Graduated from IBDP) Student Perspectives Andrew Schneider (Gr. 12 IBDP) Nicole Berios (Gr. 12 IBDP)

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

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