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1. SCHOOL ORGANIZATION
CTC operates on a 2-semester system that is identical to our Chinese senior middle partners. Since our students are doing a dual diploma program concurrently (Chinese & Ontario diplomas) it is not possible for them to take the same number of courses that students generally take in Ontario.
Because of the difficulty and design of the program, CTC students cannot study for the Chinese Gao Kou national exams. They must however, complete and pass their Chinese Hei Koa provincial exams in order for them to be given equivalency towards Ontario credits.
For the first two years, CTC students take 2 English courses each semester for a total of 4 per school year. During their third year the students will take a total of 8 senior level credits.
As the Chinese school is set up on 40 minute periods it is necessary for us to have two 40 minutes periods for each course each day in order for the students to have the necessary hours required by the Ministry for each credit. The timetable operates on a one-day cycle.
2. RECORDING AND REPORTING PROCEDURES, INCLUDING OSR & OST
The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s overall achievement during their time in our high school. This record will include the Ontario credits gained by the student, including day school credits and those earned through alternative means. The OST will include:
All successfully completed credits in Grade 10, 11 and 12 with percentage grades and credits gained.
All senior courses taken or attempted with percentage grades earned and credits gained. Students who repeat a course may earn a maximum of one credit for the course.
Confirmation of successful completion of the community involvement requirement.
Final result on the provincial secondary school reading or writing test or the completion of the OLC4O (literacy course) if required.
An indication of any extraordinary circumstances affecting the student’s achievement in senior level courses.
It is important for both students and parents to maintain an awareness of what is recorded on the “Ontario Student Transcript Form. This is kept in the Ontario Student Record (OSR) folder for each student and contains the courses he or she has completed. According to Canada’s Freedom of Information and Access laws, a student, and his/her parent(s) or guardian (where the student is a minor), is entitled to examine their student’s file and receive copies of its content. It is also the responsibility of the student and parent to make sure diploma requirements are being met from year to year.
3. DEFINITION OF CREDIT:
One credit is given when a student has successfully completed a course for which at least 110 hours of class time have been scheduled.
4. ACCESS TO COURSES OF STUDY
At the beginning of each semester students will receive a brief outline of the content and evaluation procedures for each course they are taking.
Parents/guardians are advised that detailed courses of study are available at the school for their review and comments. The principal and classroom teachers will provide any additional information that is required.
NOTE: The courses offered by this school have been developed in accordance with the requirements set by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
5. REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (OSSD)
For all Ontario registered students, the number of credits required for them to obtain an Ontario diploma is 30. The credits are obtained from a selection of courses where 18 of them are compulsory and 12 are optional.
Students in the Chinese school system who are completing their Chinese diploma requirements will have their academic program reviewed when they officially register as a student at CTC and thus entering the Ontario secondary school credit system.
The principal will determine the number of credits that each student must take to meet the OSSD requirements. This assessment and determination will be done at only one point in time when the student is officially put on the register. In this particular case students will be entered at the start of Semester Two of Year Two.
Equivalent credits will only be granted to those students who successfully pass their Chinese courses
This determination has been arrived at after consultation with Ministry officials based on the fact that the Chinese educational program is a 12 year program [6 years – primary school; 3 years – junior school; 3 years – senior school]
CTC students begin their studies with 2 years of English studies [8 courses] at the same time they are studying their Chinese subjects [Grade 10 & 11]
Twenty-one (21) equivalent credits will be granted at the start of Semester 2, Year 2. During this second semester Ontario credits will be granted for the completing of the 2 English courses – ESLEO and ENG2D. Students must pass these two courses in order for them to proceed to Year 3 for their senior credits.
During their Year 3, students will take 8 senior credits 6 of which will be pre-university course levels.
The following chart outlines the courses students will study during their time at CTC:
|YEAR OF STUDY||CHINESE SUBJECTS||ONTARIO SUBJECTS|
|SENIOR 1 – GRADE 10||CHINESE; MATH; ENGLISH; PHYSICS; CHEMISTRY;HISTORY; GEOGRAPHY;COMPUTER SCIENCE; P.E.POLITICS||ESLBO; ESLCO;ELDBO; ELDCO;|
|SENIOR 2 – GRADE 11||CHINESE; MATH; ENGLISH;PHYSICS; CHEMISTRY;BIOLOGY; POLITICS; P.E.||ESLDO; ESLEO;ELDDO; ENG2D|
|SENIOR 3 – GRADE 12||NONE||ENGLISH:(ENG3U) (ENG4U)MATH;(MCB4U);(MGA4U PHYSICS (SPH4U) WORLD ISSUES(CGW4U); BUSINESS (BBB4M);ENGLISH LITERACY:(OLC40)|
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AN OSSD
1. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
Students are required to complete 40 hours of community activities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in our secondary school program. The community involvement requirement is designed to assist students in developing their social conscience and an understanding of civic responsibilities. The requirement is to be completed outside the students’ normal instructional hours. Students will maintain and provide a record of their community involvement activities using the forms provided by the school. Document completion is the responsibility of the student. The dates and times that students participated in this program must be recorded and confirmed by the sponsoring organization or supervisors. The school principal will decide whether the student’s activities have met the appropriate requirements stipulated by both the Ministry of Education and the private school parent body.
Since this is a very new concept to the Chinese people, it is difficult finding appropriate safe and clean environments for students to become involved. The school will take on some of the responsibility in providing appropriate services for students to volunteer for and receive credit hours.
The following are some of the after school hour activities that students can volunteer for:
a) Student council activities
b) Student ambassador program
c) English corner activities
2. PROVINCIAL LITERACY TEST (Test of Reading & Writing Skills
All students who enter the Ontario school system must successfully complete the provincial secondary school literacy test of reading and writing in order to earn a secondary school diploma. The test is based on the Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communications in all Grade 9 subject areas. Successful completion of the test wil be indicated on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST). Schools are required to provide remedial assistance for students who do not complete the test successfully. If a student fails the test for a second time they will be able to take an additional course to meet the Ministry requirements.
At CTC, since English is a second language, the chances that students can pass the test on their first or second try will be slim. Waiting until year 3 to try the test will put the students in a difficult spot if they don’t pass at that time.
The principal, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, will deem the students to have had an opportunity to write the test in year one but their English would be to low to be successful. Thus the students will write the test in Year Two. Those who fail the test will take the course in Year 3, semester 2.
3. EXPLANATION OF COURSE CODES
Each secondary school course of study follows a common course code format. The codes are designated by the Ontario Ministry of Education and are provided for each course title.
The first three characters indicate the subject of the course; the number indicates the year of study; the last letter indicates the level of difficulty.
e.g. ENG2D is explained as follows: ENG = English;
2 = Grade 10 or Year 2 high school
D = Academic (University or College)
A full list of course codes is available at the school office.
Types of Courses
For students in Ontario, schools must provide courses at various levels – academic; applied and open to accommodate all levels of students who have a right to attend secondary school.
Since CTC is a private school who accommodates only those students who want jto attend university abroad, the only courses the will be offered to the students will either be “open” or “academic courses for ”university” preparation.
Open Courses – These courses have one set of expectations for that subject and are appropriate for all students. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad educational base that will prepare them for studies in Grades 11 and 12 and help prepare them for their role in society.
Academic Courses – These courses provide the essential concepts of a subject and related material is explored as well. Although knowledge and skills in the subject will be developed through both theory and practical applications, the emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning and problem solving.
University Preparation Courses – These courses equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs. Teaching and learning will emphasize theoretical aspects of the course content but will also include concrete applications.
EVALUATION & EXAMINATION POLICIES
Student assessment and evaluation is an ongoing and involved process. Proper assessment can only
be done through both summative and formative methods. The final mark will reflect a student’s consistent effort over the period of time of study for each course.
Student’ final grade is determined in the following manner:
Term Work – 80%
Final Exam – 20%
Teachers use a variety of tools such as: assignments (oral & written); projects; tests; examinations; independent study units; homework, etc. to assess student achievement. Student achievement is reported to parents and students as a percentage grade on a formal report card.
Students will receive a credit if they achieve a final grade of 50% or higher.