Citadel High School 2015 Class of Course Selection Courage, Honour, Strength
Citadel High School Your Counsellors: A - F Mr. R. Armstrong G – M plus Mac Ms. S. Creaser N – Z plus Mc Mr. T. Brumwell Courage, Honour, Strength
Our Mission To inform To challenge To welcome 2015Phoenix The Class of Courage, Honour, Strength
Student Services aka Guidance Career & Academic Counselling Confidential Personal Counselling Connections to school & community Virtual Guidance Office (the VGO) www.chs.ednet.ns.ca
Why is Course Selection important? • transition – Junior – Senior • career/life planning • post - secondary admissions • University, Community, College, Private Colleges, Apprenticeship, work
Before you start … • Review the Course Selection materials • Understand how high school works • Be aware of: • Programs– English, French Immersion, Options and Opportunities (O2), International Baccalaureate (IB) • Course Types ( levels ) – Advanced, Academic, Open, and Graduation • Graduation Requirements • What Happens Next • Choosing Your Courses
How High School Works • Semesters • 1st semester Sept. to Jan. – write exams • 2nd semester Feb. to June – write exams Grade 10 8 courses (credits) (4 per semester) Grade 11 7 courses – one study period Grade 12 6 courses – two study periods 21 courses (credits) in 3 years
Day by day - Classes • 4 courses every day (75 min.) • 2 in the morning • 2 in the afternoon
Attendance • The most important factor in determining student success. Study 10 minutes per grade per day Grade 10 - 100 minutes Grade 11 – 110 minutes Grade 12 – 120 minutes
Programs • The following programs are offered at Citadel • English Program • French Immersion • Options and Opportunities – O2 • International Baccalaureate Diploma - IB • (English and French Immersion)
International Baccalaureate • The IB Diploma Program is an internationally recognized course of study that develops graduates who are literate, articulate, confident young adults with an understanding of global issues and other cultures. The IB Diploma Program has an emphasis on citizenry and co-curricular activities. • IB Diploma graduates receive excellent recognition from universities in Canada, the USA and abroad. • Students wishing to complete the IB Diploma Program should take the preparatory courses offered
International Baccalaureate • The IB program develops students who are: • inquirers, thinkers, and communicators (in written and spoken word) • open-minded, caring, and reflective. • willing to take on challenges and act with integrity and honesty. They should be risk takers. • motivated learners who interact readily and effectively with others. • committed and organized.
O2 - Options and Opportunities • O2 is a program designed to help students work toward a career or occupation in learning contexts, which provides linkages to the workplace. • Community Based Learning is a major component of O2, allowing students to explore a variety of careers. O2 field trips completed this year include: • Dockyards • Esso refinery • Airport • Hotel • Restaurant • Farm • Forklift driver training
O2 - Options and Opportunities • O2 is appropriate for students who: • Wish to explore or develop skills in a community setting to prepare for a career or further study • Are interested in a career in Trades, IT, Health and Human Services, Business, Natural Resources, or other programs available at Community College(NSCC) or university. • Who prefer hands-on learning opportunities • Who prefer smaller class sizes
French Immersion • Students must complete at least 9 French Immersion credits in order to receive a French Immersion certificate • Students in the French Immersion program must complete the following courses: • Francais 10 – Grade 10 • Francais 11 – Grade 11 • Francais 12 – Grade 12
Compulsory Credits for French Immersion Students • In addition to Francais 10, 5 French Immersion credits are available to students in their Grade 10 year. Students should take a minimum of 3 the following: • Sciences 10 • Histoire 10 • Arts Dramatiques 10 • Mode de Vie Actif 11
Course/Credit Types • Courses are identified using the following: • Subject Name – English, Math, History, etc. • Grade Level – 10, 11, or 12 • Credit Type • Advanced: Demonstrated exceptional achievement or academic ability • Academic: Demonstrated good achievement or academic ability • Open • Graduation • Credit Value • 1.0 – Full Credit
Graduation Requirements • 18 credits are required to graduate from a Nova Scotia High School • 13 are compulsory credits • 5 are elective credits • Maximum 7 grade 10-coded credits • Minimum 5 grade 12-coded credits
13 Compulsory Credits • 3 English • 2 Math • 2 Science • 2 Other from Technology, Math or Science • 1 Fine Arts(Art, Drama, Music, Dance) • 1 Physical Education(PAL, Dance, Yoga, or Phys Ed) • 1 Canadian History(CDH11, ACS11, GALS11, or MKS10) • 1 Global Studies(GEO12 or HIS12)
Compulsory Credits English - 3 credits required, one from each grade level. All grade 10 students must take a grade 10 English course. Mathematics- 2 required credits from different grade levels. All grade 10 students must take a grade 10 math course.
Compulsory Credits Science - 2 required: a “first science credit” plus any other science course. All grade 10 students should take Science 10 - it is a “first science credit”. Other - 2 required credits from either: Technology, Science(above the 2 required science credits),Math(above the 2 required math credits) or any combination of the 3 Math, Science, or Technology.
Compulsory Credits • Fine Arts - 1 required credit from either: Art, Music, Drama, or Dance.All grade 10 students should take a fine arts credit. • Physical Education -1 required credit from PAL11, Dance 11, Yoga 11, Phys Ed 10, 11, 12, or Phys Ed Leadership 12, Grade 10 students should choose from Phys Ed 10, PAL 11 , Yoga 11 or Dance 11 to complete this requirement.
Compulsory Credits Canadian History - 1 required credit from either:Mi’kmaq Studies 10, Canadian History 11 Histoire du Canadien 11F, African Canadian Studies 11, or Gaelic Studies 11. Any Grade 10 student interested in completing the Canadian History requirement should choose Mi’kmaq Studies 10 or Gaelic Studies 11. Most students wanting to complete their French Immersion certificate will usually select Histoire du Canadien 11F in grade 11 Global Studies- 1 required credit from either: Global History 12, Global Geography 12, or Geographie Planetaire 12. The Global Studies credit is completed in the student’s Grade 12 year.
Academic Support • Citadel High offers a number of supports for students experiencing academic difficulties: • Resource (non-credit): For students who require adaptations to meet course outcomes • Learning Center (non-credit): For students who require a program plan with individualized outcomes • Student Support Room: For students who may seek extra-help in any subject area
Academic Planning • Due to the diverse entrance requirements of post-secondary institutions, students should develop an academic plan that is both realistic and attainable. • Students can explore career and post-secondary options by: • Talking with parents and guardians • Visiting their guidance counsellor • Accessing the Virtual Guidance Office (VGO) • www.chs.ednet.ns.ca/chsvgo • Exploring Internet and print resources
Choosing Courses • It is important to pick the right courses for you. You cannot expect to change courses once you get your timetable in the fall. • Try to pick courses because: • You are interested in the topic • You need the course to graduate • You need the course to complete the French Immersion certificate • You need the course to do the things you think you want to do after high school • You have the ability to do the course
What Happens Next… Students should review their course builder and course selection sheet with their Parents/Guardians. It is important to make decisions that will allow you to experience success. The full course selection book can be found on the Citadel High home page in the drop-down menu www.chs.ednet.ns.ca or on the Virtual Guidance Office Website at http://chs.ednet.ns.ca/chsvgo/ Junior High Counsellors will assist each student in completing their formal course selection sheet which will then be sent home for parental approval and signature.
What Happens next…(Next) Grade 9 Math and English teachers will make recommendations for you regarding proper placement for next year. These recommendations will appear on the back of the course selection sheet. If your wish to pursue alternative course selections, please have your parent/guardian sign in the indicated space. Submit all forms to you Counsellor at your school You will receive your timetable on your first day at Citadel High.
Using your Course Builder • Let’s begin…. • Step #1: You must pick 1 English • English 10 (1 credit) • English 10 Plus (2 credits) – need a little bit of extra time
Step #2:You must pick 1 Math • Math 10 • Math Foundations 10 – You find grade 9 math challenging and you probably won’t be entering a career after high school that uses math • Math Essentials 10 – you may not meet the outcomes of your grade 9 math course • You need to take Math10 if you want to go into advanced math courses in grades 11 and 12.
Step #3:You must pick 1 Science • Science 10 • Sciences 10F • Step #4:You must pick 1 Arts Education • Art 10 – learn to draw and paint, sculpt • Music 10 – currently play in school band or are taking music classes • Drama 10 – don’t mind getting up in front of the class • Arts Dramatiques 10F- don’t mind getting up in front of the class and speaking in French • Dance 11 – you like to dance
Step #5:You must pick a Physical Education Course Phys Ed 10 Physically Active Lifestyles 11 (PAL11) Mode de Vie Actif 11F (MVA11F) Dance 11 Yoga 11
Step #6:You must pick 3 elective courses so that your total course load is 8 full credits, remembering that - • English 10 Plus equals 2 credits • Make sure one course of the 8 is coded as a grade 11 course • You can take an additional Arts Education course or Phys Ed course as an elective • Francais 10F is a required course for Immersion students
Congratulations! You have just finished making tentative course selections for next year at Citadel High. Please take this sheet home, along with the Course Selection Book, and discuss your course selections with your parents/guardians. Your Guidance Counsellor will fill out your formal courses selection sheets with you in the near future.