Senior School Option Night For students entering Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11 January 25, 2012 7:00 pm
Rothesay Netherwood School is a university preparatory school dedicated to the education of students in a safe, caring Atlantic Canadian community that fosters an international perspective and the development of character, courage, creativity and a passion for learning. RNS Mission
GOALs for the evening To provide you with a course calendar and review important information inside To provide information on our Senior School Curriculum, including IB To review RNS graduation requirements To look at university requirements To provide information on course options, the course selection process To get students discussing their courses for next year
This presentation is posted on the Portal under important documents There will be an opportunity for questions this evening, but if you require more information and would like to set up a meeting at a later date, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The Presentation Part 1: General Information Part 2: Grades 9 & 10 Part 3: Grades 11 & 12 Part 4: University Considerations
Materials Course Calendar Course Selection Sheet (Gr 9, Gr 10, Gr 11)
Keys to Success at RNS • A good attitude • A good work ethic • A willingness to participate in the entire school program (classroom, extra-curriculars) • Good time management skills • Selecting appropriate courses • A good study routine • Establishing a support network
Course Calendar Contents Philosophy Guiding the Academic Program (p.3) Academic Regulations (p. 4) Graduation Requirements (p.5) IB Information (pp. 6-10) Course descriptions (pp. 11-28) Course Selection Sheets (pp. 29-31)
Graduation Requirements 4 credits in English 4 credits in mathematics 4 credits in sciences 4 credits in languages 4 credits in social sciences 6 additional credits Completion of the following academic program elements * Theory of Knowledge course (TOK112) * 150 Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) hours * The Extended Essay Six credits must be completed at the Grade 12 level
Grade 9 & 10 at RNS The Pre-IB Program
What should you expect in Grade 9, 10? • Courses • Workload • Expectations
Grade 9 & 10 at RNS • An increase in workload • Expectations are heightened (curriculum, assessments, independence, responsibility for learning, participation in program, hours of study) • An introduction to the IB Program (Pre-IB) • Organization and time management skills become more necessary • Develop your support group (advisors, teachers, coaches)
Grade 9 & 10 at RNS LEADS (Grade 9) --- a course that all Grade 9 students take together (one class) that focuses on leadership, experiences, adventure, discovery and service. Combined courses (Grade 9 and 10 students together): French, World History*, Geography*, Canadian History*, Mythology* * Taken in Grade 9 or Grade 10 only
Grade 9 & 10 Course Selection • Challenge yourself appropriately • Take advanced courses when possible, but more importantly take courses appropriate for your ability and interest level • Be aware of Graduation Requirements (especially choices in socials, Arts) • Give thought to IB courses (and prerequisites) for courses you may choose in Gr. 11 and university programs you may be interested in.
Grade 9 & 10 Course Selection • Students must submit their course selection sheets to their advisors by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. • Courses must be selected online by this date as well. • Discussions must be had with your parents, teachers, advisor. Get the information you need to make a good decision.
Course Changes • Courses can be changed up until Thanksgiving Break • Changes after this point may not be possible ---- missed curriculum, class sizes, prerequisites.
Grade 11 & 12 at RNS The IB Program
IB Diploma Program a two year comprehensive and challenging pre-university program all courses span Grades 11 and 12 IB demands the best from motivated students all RNS students entering Grade 11 take the IB Program
What skills do we hope our students will develop as they participate in the IB Program?
IB Diploma Requirements To earn an IB diploma, students must: Complete six IB courses and successfully write the IB exams. (3 HL, 3 SL) --- minimum 24 points take the Theory of Knowledge course in Grade 11 complete 150 CAS hours (Creativity, Action, Service) write an independent 4,000 word research essay on a topic of their choice
Three ways to participate in the IB Program at RNS Option A: Students take six IB courses: (3 HL & 3 SL) and complete TOK, EE, and CAS.Option B: Same as Option A, but students take an extra course from Group 3, or Group 4, and omit their Group 6 subject. Option C: Students may select courses from Option A or Option B and not take the required 3 HLs for an IB Diploma. These students will not be eligible to receive an IB Diploma.
Combined Courses In Grade 11, students take combined courses (SL/HL) in Group 3 (Socials), Group 4 (Sciences), Group 5 (Math), Group 6 (Arts).Math 11 Studies and Math 11 SL will be in the same classroom this year. Note: Math HL will remain a separate course
Two Diplomas Students will have the opportunity to earn the internationally recognized IB Diploma and the RNS Diploma, concurrently
IB Fees Extra fees associated with the IB Program. Grade 11 - $600.00 Grade 12 - $600.00 (Please turn to p. 8 for explanation)
Grade 11 & 12 Students at RNS • Students must submit their course selection sheets to their advisors by Tuesday, February 7, 2012. • Courses must be selected online at this time as well. • Discussions must occur with parents, teacher, advisor, Ms. Turnbull
Course Changes • Courses can be changed up until Thanksgiving Break • Changes after this point may not be possible ---- missed curriculum, class sizes, prerequisites. • University program choices and the IB Diploma can also be comprised.
University Considerations Engineering or Pure Sciences Business (or Commerce) Liberal Arts Fine ArtsArchitecture
Engineering or Pure Sciences English HL or SL Math HL or SL Two science credits Engineering: Physics and Chemistry HL or SL Pure Science: Chemistry and one other science credit HL or SL Some universities require at least one Math and one of the science credits at the HL.
Business or Commerce English HL or SL Math HL or SL There are sixAtlantic Canadian universities that accept Math Studies SL for admission to their business program – Mt. A, St.FX, SMU, Acadia, UPEI, CBU.
Liberal Arts English HL or SL Math SL or Math Studies SL
Fine Arts English HL or SL Math SL or Math Studies SL Art HL or Music HL or Theatre HL Note: You will also NEED to submit a portfolio or audition tape
Architecture • English HL or SL • Math HL or SL • Physics SL or HL • One other science Notes: (1) You will need a portfolio (2) Only Carleton University and the University of Waterloo do direct admits from high school --- very competitive.
University Preparation Advice Speak to Mrs. Turnbull early Closely review program requirements for universities that interest you Visit universities Take responsibility for your future – your involvement is necessary Keep those grades up
Other University considerations • Students going to school in the USA will be required to write the SATs. This process can start as early as Grade 10. • International Students who do not have English as their first language will require a score of 70 in Grade 12 English and possibly a TOEFL score of 90 (see page 5)
Who can help? Advisors Teachers Academic Directors of School Mr. Van Doleweerd: Grades 6-8 Mr. McLellan: Grades 9-12 IB Coordinator – Mrs. Earle University Placement Office – Ms. Turnbull
Next Steps Feel free to discuss courses with faculty in the room Discuss options as a family Grade 9 & 10 course selection sheets are due Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Grade 11 course selection sheets are due Tuesday, February 7, 2011 Note: Students who are late with course selections risk not being enrolled is the courses they request.
Senior School Option Night For students entering Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11 Thank you for your attendance!