Parent Information Session February 2012 C. P. Allen Guidance Mr. Jennings Mr. O’Reilly
Student Services Mr. Tim O’Reilly - Counsellor Mr. John Jennings - Counsellor Ms. Andrew Woods - Registrar Ms. Annette Lowe - Secretary
Guidance Services • Within Student Services, Counsellors offer the following: • Personal and Group Counselling • Career Awareness & Development • Academic Counselling • Post-secondary planning • Registration & Course Selection
Registration & Course Selection Currently on line • Course Selection Booklet • Special Programs • Academic Planning • Academies of Learning • Post-Secondary Requirements • Choosing Courses • Graduation Requirements • Navigating the Math Route • Deadlines
Course Selection Keys • Explore the Course Selection Handbook (On-line). It includes: • Special programs – FI, IB, O2 • Academies of Learning • Details on NS Grad Requirements • List and descriptions of all courses • Consider post-secondary goals • Consider graduation requirements • Consider academic ability when selecting courses (recommendations from teachers)
Programs • The following special programs are available at CPA: • French Immersion • International Baccalaureate • Grade 11 entry point • English/Bilingual/FI certificate available • Options and Opportunities • Typical Grade 10 entry point
French Immersion • Students must complete at least 9 French Immersion (FI) credits in order to receive a FI certificate. • Grade 10 FI courses are also designed to be suitable as diploma prep courses for the IB program • Students in the FI program must complete: • Francais-Immersion 10 – Grade 10 • Francais-Immersion 11 – Grade 11 • Francais-Immersion 12 – Grade 12
French Immersion Credits In addition to Francais 10, 11, 12, the following FI credits are usually available to students. • Histoire Canadienne 11 • Histoire Planetaire 12F • Sciences 10F • Histoire Ancienne 10F • Dramatique, Arts 10 • Styles de vie Actifs 11F • Biologie 11F • Droit 12F • Biologie 12F
International Baccalaureate • The IB Diploma Program is an international program that develops learners to be literate, articulate, and confident with an understanding of global issues and other cultures. • The IB program develops students who are: • inquirers and thinkers, • open-minded and reflective • willing to take on challenges • communicators who interact readily and effectively with others • committed, motivated and organized
International Baccalaureate • IB Diploma graduates receive excellent • recognition from universities in Canada, • and around the World. • If your child wishes to enter the IB Diploma Program they should have taken the preparatory courses offered in grade 10. Students are still able to enroll in IB if they have not taken the diploma prep courses. • Further inquiries should be made to the IB Coordinator: • Heather Michael • 832-8964 ex 755-1020
Options and Opportunities O2 is a program designed to help students work toward a career or occupation in learning contexts which provide linkages to the workplace. O2 is appropriate for if your student: • Wishes to explore or develop skills in a community setting • Is interested in a career in the trades/tourism/entrepreneurship • Prefers hands-on learning opportunities Entrance to the O2 program normally occurs in the students’ grade 10 year. However if you believe that the program may be a good fit for your child, some entry can occur at the grade 11 level Further inquiries should be made to the O2 Coordinator: Mr. Jamie Macdonald 832-8964 ext. 1214
Academic Planning • Students/Parents can explore career and post-secondary options by: • Visiting their guidance counsellor • Exploring internet resources such as: • www.careercruising.com • user name: cpahs • password: careers
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Academic Planning Due to the diverse entrance requirements of post-secondary institutions, students should develop an academic plan that is both realistic and attainable. Nova Scotia High School graduation requirements are not aligned with post-secondary requirements. This becomes a factor for course selection in a students grade 11 and 12 year.
Academies of Learning Academies of Learning are intended to help your student figure out the many courses available to them at the high school level. Each Academy includes: • a short description • typical career opportunities • interests and abilities of students • a list of suggested and related courses These Academies should allow them to gain an insight on typical career opportunities and possible paths to reach them.
Entrepreneurship Accounting Business Info Processing Design Computer, Trades & Tech. Economics Marketing Communication Programming Sport Medicine Athletic Training Health Science & Recreation Engineering Environment Science & Engineering Future Career Goals Recreation Mang. Health Services Hospitality Literature Tourism Languages Music Sales & Service Applied & Fine Arts Humanities Politics & Law Visual Arts Entrepreneurship Social Studies Theater
Academies of Learning • Business • Computer, Trades, and Technology • Science and Engineering • Humanities • Sales and Service • Applied and Fine Arts • Health Science and Recreation
Post Secondary Study Students should consider their post-secondary requirements (site and program) in order to pick the appropriate courses. • Check for prerequisites need by: • Checking university websites • Attending post-secondary day, campus open-houses and individual institutional visits • Talk to the guidance counselors Reverse Engineer - Work backwards from your goal to choose your courses
University • Grade 12 students usually apply to university at the end of their first semester. Some grade 11 marks are used in conjunction with the first semester grade 12 marks to determine admission averages and award scholarships. • Typical requirements for several post-secondary programs (all courses are at the grade 12 level) • Bachelor of Arts – English and four other academic courses • Bachelor of Science – English, Pre-Calculus, two Sciences and one other academic course
University • Bachelor of Engineering – English, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and one other academic course • Bachelor of Computer Science – English, Pre-Calculus and three other academic courses • Bachelor of Nursing – English, Math, Chemistry, Biology and one other academic course • Bachelor of Commerce – English, Mathematics (in some cases, Pre-Calculus) plus three academic courses
N. S. Community College • The Nova Scotia Community College requires a grade 12 diploma and may require specific subject requirements depending on the program students are interested in. • Students are able to apply to NSCC in their grade 11 year. Admission is on a first come – first served basis. • Programs Offered: • -Applied Arts & New Media -Transportation • -Information Technology -Technology • -Energy -Natural Resources • -Tourism & Culinary -Geomatics • -Health & Human Services -Manufacturing • -Construction
Choosing Courses Due to the important nature of grade 12 courses (university consideration) students may only select a maximum of 2 grade 12 courses for their grade 11 year. Course changes are very difficult to entertain once selections have been made and counselors have talked to students (staffing is based on the students selection). Course changes will be accommodated until late spring, or if students are not successful in their studies. Students are choosing courses for the year and they do not have a choice of the semester in which the course falls. Grade 11 students are required to register for 7 courses. Grade 12 students are required to register for 6 courses.
Nova Scotia Graduation Requirements 18 credits are required to graduate from High School • 13 are compulsory credits • 5 are elective credits – over and above the 13 Maximum 7 grade 10 coded credits Ex: History 10, Math 10 Minimum 5 grade 12 coded credits Ex: Chemistry 12, Law 12
Graduation Requirements • 13 Compulsory Credits • 3 English – one from each grade level • 2 Math – from two different grade levels • 2 Science – Science10 and one other • 2 Other (Technology or extra Math/Science) • 1 Fine Arts • 1 Physical Education • 1 Canadian Studies • 1 Global Studies
Compulsory Credits ~English~ 3 credits - one from each grade level All grade 11 students must take either: • English 11 (Academic) • English as a Second Language 11 (Academic) • English Communications 11 (Graduation) All grade 12 students must take either: • English 12 African Heritage (Academic) • English 12 (Academic) • English Communications 12 (Graduation)
Compulsory Credits~Mathematics~ 2 credits - from different grade levels All grade 11 students must take either: • Advanced Math 11 & Advanced Math 12 • Math 11 (Academic) • Math Foundations 11 (Graduation) • Math Essentials 11 (Graduation) Grade 12 students are not required to select a grade 12 math unless they need the course to meet graduation or specific post-secondary requirements.
Routes through High School Math If you want to obtain a High School diploma and then: • Enter the workforce or an apprenticeship program • Apply to Community or private College(most programs) • Apply to a Bachelor of Arts program at most universities Needs: 2 math credits from different grade levels Math Essentials 10 and 11 or Math Foundations 10 and 11 or Math 10 and Math 11
Routes through High School Math • A student who wishes to obtain a High School Diploma and then apply to: • Community or Private College (some programs) • University for a • Bachelor of Commerce (some programs) • Bachelor of Nursing • Bachelor of Health Science (some) Needsthree academic math credits - one from each grade level Math 10 - Math 11 - Math 12
Routes through High School Math If you want to obtain a High School diploma and then: Apply to University for a • Bachelor of Science, • Bachelor of Engineering, • Bachelor of Computing Science • Bachelor of Commerce (some) • Bachelor of Health Science (some) Needs: 4 math credits, 1 from each grade level plus Pre-Calculus 12 Math 10, Advanced Math 11, Advanced Math 12, and Pre-Calculus 12 Calculus 12 is an optional 5th math course taken in grade 12.
Routes Still Provide Flexibility Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Math Essentials 10 Math Essentials 11 Math for the Workplace 12 Math Foundations 10 Math Foundations 11 Math Foundation 12 Math 10 (Diploma Prep) Academic Math 11 Academic Math 12 Advanced Math 11 Pre-Calculus Advanced Math 12 Calculus
Compulsory Credits~Science~ 2 required credits 1 credit from either: • Science 10 • Chemistry, Biology or Physics 1 other science credit • Chemistry, Physics or Biology • Oceans 11, Human Biology 11, or Geology 12 All grade 11 students should take a second science credit. Grade 12 students are not required to select a grade 12 science credit unless they need the course to meet graduation or specific post-secondary requirements.
Compulsory Credits~Other~ 2 required credits from either: • Technology (listed in the course selection booklet) • Science – above the 2 required compulsory science credits • Math – above the 2 required compulsory math credits The ‘other’ credits can be completed at anytime during the students high school years.
Compulsory Credits~Fine Arts~ 1 required credit from either: • (Visual) Art 10 • Music 10 – selected with English 10 • Drama 10 / Dramatique, Arts 10 • Dance 11 – counts as either a fine arts or phys ed credit – but not both Grade 11 and 12 students who have not yet completed the Fine Arts requirement should select from the above courses.
Compulsory Credits~Physical Education~ 1 credit from either: • Physically Active Living 11 (also in french) • Physical Education 10, 11, 12 • Dance 11– counts as fine arts or phys ed • Martial Arts 11 • Fitness Leadership 11 • Yoga 11 Grade 11 and 12 students who have not yet completed the physical education requirement should select one of the above courses.
Compulsory Credits~Canadian Studies~ 1 credit from either: • Mi’kmaq Studies 10 • Canadian History 11 or Histoire Canadienne 11F • African Canadian Studies 11 Grade 11 and 12 students who have not yet completed the Canadian History requirement should select from the above courses.
Compulsory Credits~Global Studies~ 1 required credit from either: • Global History 12 or Histoire Planetaire 12F • Global Geography 12 The Global Studies credit is completed in the students’ grade 12 year.
What Happens Next Guidance Counsellors will be visiting classes by the first week of March to discuss the course selection process. Parents/Guardians should review the guide (on-line), discuss course selection with their son or daughter, and assist in the completion of the on-line form. It is important to make decisions that will allow your child to experience success. Students will be called down to the computer lab to complete the course selection forms in March
What Happens Next… During the months of April and May, school counsellors will assist each student – through individual meetings - making sure selected courses allow the student to meet graduation and program requirements. Guardians are encouraged to talk with their students and check power school for course selection updates. Counsellors will individually meet all potential graduates in the fall of their senior year to review course selection. A parent information session will also be held at that time to discuss post-secondary information, scholarships and timing.
Further Questions or Concerns • Please contact us if you have any further concerns or questions: • GuidanceTim O’Reilly (Surnames A-K) 832-8964 ext. 5John Jennings (Surnames L-Z) 832-8964 ext. 6 • Administration • Peter MacDonald, V.P. (Surnames A-F) - 832-8964 ext. 3 • Benedette Anyanwu V.P. (Surnames G-M) - 832-8964 ext. 755-1026 • Chris Hall, V.P. (Surnames N-Z) - 832-8964 ext. 4 • Stephanie Bird, Principal (Surnames A-Z) - 832-8964 ext. 2