Lincoln Heights High School Information Grade 8-9 Transition Process 1 for students NOT planning to attend Bluevale in September: - IF the student is attending a WRDSB Magnet Program (IB/IA) OR a “Direct Entry” program (such as ESL at WCI), Miss Murray will guide you through the course selection process. - IF the student is transferring to a school which is NOT part of the WRDSB, the student and parent/guardian are directed to go to the high school personally to make arrangements. DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 0SSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma 30 CREDITS 18 COMPULSORY 12 ELECTIVES Plus : * 40 hours of Community Involvement & * Successful Completion of Literacy Requirement (grade 10 Literacy Test) COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (required to graduate from grade 12): 4 credits in ENGLISH 3 credits in MATHEMATICS 2 credits in SCIENCE 1 credit in GEOGRAPHY 1 credit in HISTORY 1 credit FRENCH 1 credit ARTS 1 credit PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1/2 credit in CIVICS 1/2 credit in CAREER STUDIES ...that makes a total of 15 out of the 18 required credits. 3 further credits in specific areas are also required. 3 more Compulsory Credits: 1 credit from each group 1 • • • • • 2 • Health & Phys. Ed. English • Arts Third Language • Business Social Science * • Cooperative Education Canadian and World Studies • French as a Second Language Guidance and Career _______________ Education 3 • Science, Gr. 11 or 12 • Cooperative Education* • French as a Second Language • Technological Education, Gr. 9-12 ___________________ • Cooperative Education* * Note: a maximum of two Cooperative Education courses may be taken 12 ELECTIVES • DRAMATIC ARTS • MUSIC - INSTRUMENTAL • MUSIC - VOCAL • VISUAL ARTS • PHYSICAL EDUCATION • BUSINESS • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY • INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES • INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LIVING • And other options…more Math, Science, Languages…. Course Type & Destination the following terminology is used for the specified grade levels: Grade 9 and 10 • Academic • Applied • Essential/Fast Forward • Open Grade 11 and 12 • University • University/College • College • Workplace • Open Academic Level Courses Offered in Core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, French Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materials Emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning Lead to senior courses (gr. 11 & 12) preparing for university and college Guideline benchmark: 70% and over (in gr. 8) Students should be independent learners with learning skills in the good to excellent range Applied Level Courses Offered in Core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, French (gr. 9 only for Applied French) Emphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the concepts The course focuses on the essential concepts of a subject Lead to senior courses preparing for college, apprenticeship, skilled trades, and the workplace Guideline benchmark: 50% - 70% (in gr. 8) Students should already be or starting to become independent learners Essential Level Courses • In WRDSB, offered through the magnet program Fast Forward • Fast Forward offered at SJAM or KCI (*you will already know if this program applies to you/your child) • Emphasis will be in the practical and hands-on applications that will help students to improve their skills for functioning in everyday life and in the workplace. • Students who are more successful in an environment with additional teacher direction and varied instruction find success in these courses • Hands-on learning, smaller class sizes • Lead to senior courses preparing students for the workplace Open Level Courses • Set of expectations that is suitable for all students at a given grade level • Provides students with a broad educational base • Available in subjects like: Physical Education, Technology, Music, Drama, etc. Making gr. 9 Course Choices (A) Grade 8s will select a total of 8 courses for gr. 9. You will select either ACADEMIC OR APPLIED for the following 5 ‘core’ subjects: (it can be a combination of both levels) • English • Mathematics • Science • French • Geography • **students in pre AP and Choose 2 Lead will select ‘Academic’ for all 5 courses Making Course Choices (B) Grade 8s will also select 3 ELECTIVE courses for grade 9 from the following 10 options: Elective Optional “OPEN” Courses: • The Arts: Drama, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Visual Arts • Business Studies: Introduction to Business, Information and Communication Technology in Business • Health and Physical Education: Healthy Active Living (male or female) • Social Sciences: Food and Nutrition, Individual and Family Living • Technological Education: Integrated Technologies • **Students in Choose 2 Lead MUST select “Intro. to Bus” as 1 of their electives for grade 9. MYWAY course selection process: Grade 8 teachers make recommendations as to the level of course they feel is best suited to each student for each of the 5 grade 9 core subjects. Students share these recommendations with their families and make a decision as to which level they will request for: English, French, Geography, Math, and Science. (**this selection does not have to agree with the MYWAY.WRDSB.CA • • • Grade 8s log in to the MYWAY student portal and follow the instructions on the hand-out they were given in order to make their “course requests.” They will select either ‘ACADEMIC’ or ‘APPLIED’ for the 5 Core subjects, PLUS 3 ELECTIVES from the 10 options. They will print the request form at school and will take it home to be signed/returned. SAMPLE GR 9 STUDENT TIMETABLE AT A SEMESTERED SCHOOL: SEMESTER 1 SEPT. TO JANUARY ENGLISH SCIENCE FRENCH ELECTIVE (e.g. Physical Education) • • • • • • SEMESTER 2 FEBRUARY TO JUNE MATHEMATICS GEOGRAPHY ELECTIVE (e.g. Art) ELECTIVE (e.g. Integrated Technology) COMMUNITY SERVICE In order to graduate from secondary school ALL students must complete 40 hours of community service. STUDENTS CAN BEGIN THIS REQUIREMENT THE SUMMER BETWEEN GRADE 8 AND GRADE 9. THEY MUST FINISH IT BY THE END OF GRADE 12 IF THEY WISH TO GRADUATE. “Community Service” tracking forms wil be made available in June for students who wish to start accumulating hours before September. Examples of volunteering hours: - babysitting - lawn care - counsellor-in-training - after school programs - day camps - seniors’ homes - community centres - volunteering at a club/activity (dance, bball program) ONTARIO LITERACY TEST • Usually taken in grade 10 • Tests reading and writing skills up to the end of grade 9 • There is no limit to the number of times the test can be retaken • Students unsuccessful on the literacy test, despite extra remediation, may be eligible for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course • Successful completion of the Literacy Course is the equivalent of passing the test • Students cannot receive a diploma unless they pass the literacy test or course, as well as completing all credits and the 40 hours of community service SPECIAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL • Lincoln Heights’ Special Education teachers and classroom teachers will meet with high school Special Education teachers to share information, strategies and IEPs • Accommodations in the IEP are maintained • Grade level modifications are managed by the program the student chooses – Academic, Applied or Fast Forward/Essential SPECIAL PROGRAMS AT BLUEVALE • Only available for students whose home school is Bluevale • “CHOOSE TO LEAD” (max 30+ students from all feeder schools) who are interested in developing their leadership skills (upon acceptance) • “PRE AP” – for students who are interested in studying English, Math, or French at an advanced level (upon acceptance) • All students will have submitted an application by Jan 7, 2015 and will now know if they have been accepted Frequently Asked Questions What happens when a student or parent chooses a course type other than what is recommended by the teacher? The ultimate choice is with the parent and student. Parents are urged to discuss concerns with teachers at Lincoln Heights. (teachers may have made a recommendation for a course at the “essential” level although this level is not currently being offered. This would imply that the student should choose the course at the ‘Applied’ level) Frequently Asked Questions Will there be an opportunity to switch courses during grade 9, e.g., Academic to Applied? Not likely, due to timetable constraints Is it possible to change course types from grade 9 to 10? Yes, in all core courses except Math from applied to academic. Bridge courses at summer school are a possibility in math.(i.e., taking gr. 9 Academic Math in order to register in gr. 10 Academic Math.) Important Dates FEBRUARY 26 – March 6: Students will complete online course selection at school OR at home and will print them at school. MARCH 10: Course Selection Forms signed by parents and returned to Lincoln Heights. MAY – JUNE: All grade 8 students will visit the high school that they are attending for Grade 9. 26 Important to Remember: - - You cannot ‘select’ which high school you wish to attend. This is pre-determined by where you live, UNLESS you have applied to a MAGNET or special program at WCI, ECI, or CHCI. *If you are unsure as to which school is your home school, go to www.wrdsb.ca and use the “school finder” tool. Questions? If you or your child are still unsure about any part of the transition process, please do not hesitate to call the school. Miss Murray, Mrs. Deans, or any of your child’s teachers will more than happy to assist you with your questions. We look forward to helping your child make a smooth transition to high school.