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The Advanced Program Grant Park High School Spring, 2002 Our Goal To provide an encouraging, challenging & disciplined academic environment where students can… foster their gifts and talents develop a love of learning learn to reason critically

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the advanced program

TheAdvanced Program

Grant Park

High School

Spring, 2002

our goal
Our Goal

To provide an encouraging, challenging & disciplined academic environment where students can…

  • foster their gifts and talents
  • develop a love of learning
  • learn to reason critically
  • study subjects in greater depth & at a faster pace
  • strive for personal excellence
  • develop study skills and habits for future academic success
our program

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Students apply for all four courses in Middle School Advanced Program

Our Program

The Advanced Program in Middle School includes advanced studies in:

  • French (optional)
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
what is advanced about the advanced program
What is “Advanced” about the Advanced Program?
  • Content will have greater depth and breadth
  • Critical thinking & Analysis are emphasized
  • Curriculum may be accelerated
    • For example, students will master more than 4 years of mathematics & science in Grades 7, 8 and Senior 1
  • High academic standards are required
    • students who have exhibited strong academic performance and successfully passed entrance tests enter the program
    • students must maintain an average mark of 70% to continue in the Advanced Program
advanced mathematics
Advanced Mathematics
  • Grade 7: Pre-Algebra
  • Grade 8: Algebra 1
  • Senior 1: Algebra 1 & 2
  • Saxon Mathematics Program
    • 10 years of successful implementation at Grant Park High School
    • Encourages and fosters independent study and acceleration
    • Skills-based approach with a cumulative approach to ensure continuous review and reinforcement of topics
  • Additional topics are taught in keeping with the provincial curricula for Grades 7, 8, S1 - e.g. Data Analysis, Probability, Geometry etc...
  • A variety of enrichment topics are included in keeping with NCTM Standards
  • Students prepare for and participate in Gauss and Pascal Mathematics Competitions, and the Math League Contests
  • Chess has been incorporated into classes, with a lunch hour chess club and a possible spring chess training institute
  • Enrichment model includes acceleration & telescoping
  • Students enter Advanced Senior 1 mathematics with algebra skills beyond those students leaving the regular Senior 1 math program
  • After three years of Advanced mathematics, students are in many areas advanced beyond the Senior 2 mathematics curriculum
advanced language arts
Students explore six modes of language use:

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Viewing

Representing

Classroom activities include:

Dramatic Activities

Novel Study / Individual reading

Reading Responses / Reports

Writing Portfolio

Creative Writing Projects

Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary Development

Advanced Language Arts
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Classroom texts include:

literary texts (short stories, novels, poems, essays)

media texts (newspapers, magazines, journals)

photographs, visual reproductions, film, and material gathered from the Internet.

a mandatory unit on human rights is part of the program

Assessment

ongoing and incorporates self, peer and traditional teacher assessments.

rubrics are included with assignments , and students are encouraged to improve & revise work.

final exam comprised of reading comprehension and writing process components

Advanced Language Arts
advanced science
Advanced Science
  • Four years of science compacted into three years of study
    • Students complete Grades 7, 8, S1 science in two years
    • S2 science and an introduction to S3 Chemistry or Biology is completed in the third year
  • Enrichment includes:
    • Greater depth of study
    • Science Fair competition
    • Science magazine articles
    • Delta Marsh field trip
    • Integration of advanced mathematics
advanced social studies
Grade 7 - Spaceship Earth (Physical & Human Geography)

Planet Earth

Physical Environment & Resources

Diversity in Human Life on Earth

Patterns and People

Ecological System of the Earth

Advanced Social Studies
  • Grade 8 - People Through the Ages (World History)
    • Prehistoric & Early Historic Life
    • Ancient Civilizations
    • Life in Early Modern Europe
    • Life in the Modern World
  • Senior 1 - Canada Today (Canadian Studies)
    • Canada’s Physical Environment
    • Canadian Identity & Multiculturalism
    • Canadian Society: Politics, Law, Economics & Technology
    • Canada & the World
    • Canada & the Future
  • Enrichment includes...
    • Research Projects
    • Guest Speakers
    • Game Creation
    • Reports
    • Computer Time
what is the direction of the advanced program
What is the direction of the Advanced Program?
  • Grant Park High School’s Advanced Program begins in Grade 7 and continues through to Senior 4
  • Beginning in Senior 2, students may customize their studies by choosing any combination of regular and advanced courses to meet their interests and needs.
  • The program leads toward the internationally recognized Advanced Placement (AP®)Program at the Senior 4 level.
the advanced placement program
The Advanced Placement Program
  • Advanced Placement (AP®) is an international program administered by the College Board in the United States.
  • Students complete university level subjects while still in high school.
  • Success on an AP Exam in a subject can earn academic credit or standing at universities in Manitoba, Canada and the U.S.
grant park s ap program
Art (Studio)

Biology

Calculus

Chemistry

Computer Science

English Composition

English Literature

Environmental Science*

European History

French Language

German Language**

Government & Politics

Physics

Psychology

Spanish Language**

Grant Park’s AP Program:

* AP Environmental Science potentially offered next year

** AP German and Spanish Language written by students proficient in these languages

why aim for an advanced placement course
Why aim for an Advanced Placement course?
  • Study courses in greater depth - comparable to introductory university level
  • Develop self-discipline & study skills essential for academic success
  • Get a head start - earn credit or standing for university
  • Have greater choice in courses at university
  • Save $$$ on tuition fees & books!
department goals 2001 2002
Department Goals 2001-2002
  • Broadening Enrichment
    • Math Problem Solving, Chess Club, Field Trips, Debating & Public Speaking, Creative Writing Club
  • Implementing New Curricula
    • Clarify roles of acceleration, telescoping & enrichment in new curricula
  • Gathering Data
    • Monitor progress of students, focusing on Grades 7 - Senior 1
    • Examine participation & performance of ESL students in the Advanced Program
in addition to the core academic subjects students may participate in
In addition to the Core Academic Subjects, students may participate in...
  • Visual Arts
  • Band
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Practical Arts
  • Student Council
  • Student Clubs
    • Debating, Chess, Reach for the Top, Recycling, Cheerleading, Track, etc...
entrance tests for the advanced program
Entrance Tests for the Advanced Program

All students applying for the Advanced Program in Grades 7 through Senior 1 will be invited to the school for a morning of testing:

  • Standardized Aptitude Test
  • Standardized Reading Comprehension Test
  • Standardized Nonverbal Ability Test
  • Mathematics Problem Solving Assessment

In addition, applicants must attach a copy of their most recent report card to their application form.

application process
Application Process
  • Submit a school application form, indicating interest in the Advanced Program
    • Attach an Advanced Program Applications form
    • Attach a copy of the most recent report card
    • Deadline is Monday, March 4th to be guaranteed a testing spot
  • Letters addressed to students will be mailed home notifying you of dates for testing.
  • Testing Dates: March 12 - 18 at Grant Park
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent home in mid-April
further school information
Further School Information

Homepage:

www.wsd1.org/grantpark

E-mail:

mpatenaude@wsd1.org

grantpark@wsd1.org

Phone: 452-3112

Fax: 477-5633

advanced program teachers
Mr. Kattenfeld Grade 7 Math & Science

Ms. Rebeck Grade 7 L.A. & Social

Mr. Bilenki Grade 8 Math & Science

Ms. Bras Grade 8 L.A. & Social

Mr. ffrench Senior 1 Science

Mr. Hutcheon Senior 1 Social

Ms. Imperadeiro Senior 1 L.A.

Mr. Patenaude Senior 1 Math & Science

Mr. Timmerman Senior 1 L.A.

Mrs. Treleaven Senior 1 Math

Mme. Lisowski French

Advanced Program Teachers