Presentation on theme: "The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) &"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) & The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma ProgramOPEN HOUSEWednesday, October 16, 20137 PMSouth Cafeteria
2 Tonight’s Overview What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)? The IB Model at WOSSWhat is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)?Program BenefitsThe White Oaks AdvantageCourse offeringsSample timetablesThe ALP application procedureCurrent 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 ProfileThe IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.IB learners strive to be:InquirersKnowledgeableThinkersCommunicatorsPrincipledOpen-mindedCaringRisk-takersBalancedReflective
6 What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program? Last 2 years of high schoolInternationally recognized high school diploma139 countries, 2179 schools748 in NA, 137 in Canada, 49 in ONExternal exams are evaluated by strictIB standards.
7 The White Oaks IB Program Model Studies in Language and LiteratureEnglish LiteratureEnglish Language and Literature-The ArtsFilmMusicTheatre ArtsVisual ArtLanguage AquisitionFrench B SL /HLSpanish ab initioExtended Essay (EE)Theory of Knowledge (TOK)Creativity, Action, Service(CAS)Individuals & SocietiesEconomicsGeographyHistoryBusiness and Management StudiesMathematicsMath StudiesMath SLMath HLSciencesBiologyChemistryPhysics
8 The Core Requirements: EE The Extended Essay (EE)has a prescribed limit of 4,000 wordsinvestigates a topic of individual interestrequires independent research & writing skills expected at university
9 EE ExamplesWhat 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 interdisciplinaryexplores the nature of knowledge across disciplinesencourages 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 workEducation outside of the classroomDevelopment of the learner profile
13 IB AssessmentsDiploma 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 preparationUniquely international perspectiveEmphasis on analytical & critical thinkingAdvanced standing in some first-year university coursesInternational recognition (over 2,000 universities worldwide)IB internal & external assessments determine grades
15 Benefits of the IB Program Students are encouraged to:ask challenging questionslearn how to learndevelop a sense of their own identity and culturedevelop intercultural understanding and communicationbecome independent, self-motivated learnersask challenging questionslearn how to learndevelop a strong sense of their own identity and culturedevelop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and culturesbecome independent, self-motivated learners15
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 wossweb.com to download list of Canadian universities and diploma recognitionenjoy 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 classesDiverse and extensive co- & extra- curricular activitiesSuccess in academic and extra- curricular activitiesCommitted teachersDiverse student populationProven ResultsMay 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, cheerleadingThe arts: music (jazz, concert, marching band, & choir), theatre (mainstage productions), filmCo-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 programsmath contests – 26 students placed in top 25% in Canadafilm - 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 ChampionshipDebate 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 specialty4) - 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 population18
19 The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) 2 years of preparationDisciplined approachChallenging prescribed programSound preparation for the IB Diploma ProgramClustered classesStudent workshops
20 Gr. 9 ALP courses English Math French Science Geography clustered TechnologyPhysical EducationArts Elective (Music, Visual Arts, Drama)9th credit option: lunch-time musicclustered
21 Gr. 10 ALP courses English Math French or Spanish Science History Gr. 11 University Math*Civics/CareersElective (e.g. Arts, Business, Technology)clustered
22 The ALP Application Process Download package fromComplete 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 sheetComplete previous year’s report cardNovember Progress Report / Report Card2-page essayList of community involvement and/or extra-curricular activitiesCourse selection formIndicate if in French ImmersionIndicate if identified Gifted (IEP)Indicate if you have 1 year or less in formal French learning.Current Math & English teachersIf new to school, most recent Math & English teachersIf Math & English teachers are the same teacher, have teacher complete both forms23
24 FAQs 1. Are there tuition fees for the ALP? NO. There is an administration fee of $$$ for the ALP applicationTuition fees for the IB (which begins in Gr. 11) is $1,200 per year. This does not include other materials cost (e.g. supplementary resources such as dictionaries, calculators, etc.)Gr. 8 tours held in January – please make sure that your child attends.24
25 FAQs 2. Are there tuition fees for the IB? Yes-- $1,200 for Gr. 11 There is an administration fee of $$$ for the ALP applicationTuition 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 applicationTuition 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 FAQs4. 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 wossweb.com).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 FAQs5. 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 FAQs8. 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: 286Gr. 10 ALP: 251Gr. 11 IB Year 1: 121Gr. 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 InformationErin DavidsonALP/IB Co-ordinatorext.233John StievaPrincipalMichelle LemaireVice-PrincipalBest way of contacting isPlease 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 isPlease do not drop-in. Make an appointment you wish to see me.35
36 Questions? Circulate to specific department areas Contact: Erin DavidsonThank you for coming tonight. Have a safe journey home.