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									     TORAH HIGH
PARENTS AND STUDENTS
      HANDBOOK
         AND
   SCHOOL COURSE
      CALENDAR

      2009 - 2010
   ACADEMIC YEAR



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                              Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Torah High’s Philosophy……………………………….………………………... 3
 Torah High’s Curriculum Goals……………………………….………………… 3

COURSE LISTS AND DESCRIPTIONS
 Courses Available for Grade Eight Students……………………….…………….              4
 Courses Available for Grade Nine Students……………………….……………..              5
 Courses Available for Grade Ten Students……………………………….……...              7
 Courses Available for Grade Eleven Students……………………………..……..            9
 Courses Available for Grade Twelve Students…………………………..……….             11

MANDATORY THIRD HOUR COMPLETION OPTION……………...….... 12

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT…....                    13

TORAH HIGH CODE OF CONDUCT
 Offences which May Lead to Suspension……………………………………….. 14
 Offences which May Result in Expulsion……………………………………….. 14
 Lateness and Absenteeism Policy………………………………………………... 15

RECORDS AND REPORTS
 Progress Reports………………………………………………………………….                              15
 Ontario Student Transcript……………………………………………………….                        15

SOME TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW……………………………………….                               16

REQUIREMETNS FOR THE OSSD           ……………………………………….                     17

FAQ’s – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  What is Torah High and What’s in it for Me? ………………………………….             18
  What Do I Need to Do? ………………………………………………………...                         18
  What Courses does Torah High offer? …………………………………………                   18
  Does Torah High Offer Courses Over the Summer? …………………………...           18
  I’m Hungry! Any Food? ………………………………………………………..                          18
  Great! When Do We Start? …………………………………………………….                         19
  What Will We Be Studying? …………………………………………………...                       19
  What is the Daily Schedule Like? ……………………………………………...                  19
  Can I Bring My Friends? ……………………………………………………….                         19
 Payment Information…………………………………………………………...                            19
 Attendance Information………………………………………………………...                          20
 Individual Education Plans……………………………………………………..                        21
 Course and Credit Reporting Information……………………………………                   22
  How/When are Credits sent to my Home School? ……………………………..             22
  How/When are the OUAC/OCAS informed that I am taking a credit? ………..   22
  How/When are the OUAC/OCAS informed what my Grade is? ………………           22

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Welcome to Torah High
   We Look Forward to an Educational and Exciting Year Ahead

                         TORAH HIGH’S PHILOSOPHY

Torah High is a unique educational program created and designed to attract, educate, and inspire Jewish
public high school students.

Torah High educates its students by offering an attractive mix of textual and multi-media based lessons
that explore the Jewish perspective on various topics ranging from current events to issues high school
students face in their daily lives.

Our staff of highly trained and professional educators dedicates itself to a creative, open, and non-
judgmental learning environment where the students are encouraged to explore and discover. Classes are
taught in an informal atmosphere by young dynamic teachers who are able to transmit the depth and
significance of traditional Jewish values in a meaningful and relevant way.

Most importantly, Government accreditation ensures that our School maintains the highest educational
standards. Torah High satisfies all Ministry Guidelines and objectives.




                  TORAH HIGH’S CURRICULUM GOALS

 To inspire Jewish commitment among teenagers.

 To maintain an open forum where all questions are addressed and discussed.

 To provide students with the information they need to live a fulfilling Jewish life and make more
informed choices about their Jewish future.




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                      COURSE LIST AND DESCRIPTIONS


                      Courses Available for Grade Eight Students

Grade 9 Religious Studies
Course Code: HRE 13

Course Description:

This course deals with dedication to Judaism and Jewish studies. Students will learn what it means to be
‘Jewish’, the importance of each and every Jew’s role within Judaism, and how to interact with the
Jewish community. They will also learn about how Jewish ideals such as Chesed (kindness) and
Tzedakah (charity) are of paramount importance to the Jewish people and to the world at large. Students
will be taught how to develop a life-long appreciation for their community and for those community
leaders who shape and build Jewish communities all over the globe.




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                      Courses Available for Grade Nine Students

Grade 10 Religious Studies
Course Code: HRE23

Course Description:

This course relates to the timeless relevance of Judaism and Jewish ideals. Students will be introduced to
the foundations of Jewish belief and will learn the techniques of applying that knowledge to the current
ethical dilemmas that challenge humanity. Using those techniques, students will explore how Judaism
relates to medical, business and familial ethical problems. This framework also helps students recognize
the significance of classical Rabbinical Judaism in the past, present, and future.

Grade 10 Dramatic Arts
Course Code: ADA20

Ministry Course Description:

This course requires students to actively explore dramatic forms and techniques, using their own ideas and
concerns as well as sources selected from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Student learning
will include identifying and using the principles of space, time, voice, and movement in creating,
sustaining, and communicating authentic roles within a drama. Students will assume responsibility for
decisions made in the creation and presentation of the drama, and will analyze and reflect on the
experience.

Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to actively engage students in the exploration, and understanding of dramatic
forms and techniques. Student's will learn the foundations of Dramatic Arts, and explore exciting
dramatic techniques such as: Process Drama, Role Play, Character Development, and Performance skills
to name a few. Student learning will include identifying and using the principles of space, time, voice, and
movement in creating, sustaining, and communicating authentic roles within a drama. Students will also
learn to use the dramatic situation, and tension to create their own drama, inspired from their ideas, and
collaborative group work. Students will also use the dramatic techniques learned through the course to
explore Jewish Values and Ethics through themed based work, while also exploring and using sources
from a wide range of authors’, genres, and cultures to inspire the creative process.

Grade 10 Visual Arts
Course Code: AVI20

Ministry Course Description:

This course emphasizes learning through practice; building on what students know; and introducing them
to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic thinking and experimentation. Student learning will
include the refined application of the elements and principles of design, incorporating the creative and
design processes, and the relationship between form and content. Students will also learn about the
connections between works of art and their historical contexts. Course objectives may be achieved either
through a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g., drawing,
painting).
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Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to actively engage students in the exploration, and understanding of the artistic
process, and provide students with the opportunity to explore, and further develop their artistic and
creative skills. Students will be introduced to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic thinking and
experimentation, students will discover and understand the relationship between form and content. Units
are organized according to themes that reflect issues that are relevant to students as individuals, and as
artists. Students will produce works designed around specific objectives with an overall unifying theme,
which demonstrates the ability to take varied and creative approaches to using materials, tools,
processes, and technologies in studio activities. Students will also learn about the connections between
works of Art, and their historical contexts, as well as the relationship between art and the community.
Students will also use the techniques learned through the course to learn about Jewish Holidays, and Life
Cycle events. Course objectives will be reached through, drawing, painting, design, graphics, sculpting,
and more.

Grade 10 Hebrew Language
Course Code: LYIBO

Students registering for this course might be asked to take a written or oral Hebrew Language assessment
test, and their acceptance in the course may be contingent on the successful completion of that
assessment.

Ministry Course Description:

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their oral communication skills in the
language of study, increase their confidence in using the language in practical situations, and continue to
investigate related career opportunities. Students will be involved in activities that promote the use of the
language in real-life situations. They will also continue their exploration of the culture of countries where
the language under study is spoken. Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and
repertoire of language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple.

Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to accommodate those who have some background in Hebrew language, either
through a Jewish Day school, Israeli upbringing, Hebrew school, or the equivalent and was created to
enable students to begin to communicate with native speakers of Hebrew. In class, students will use
intermediate language, and they will read age and language appropriate passages for various purposes,
which will also help them experience religious and social customs in an exciting new way. While the
presentations, reports, debates, and seminars, will help their mastery of the language, these tools will
assist them in another respect as well: They will help students learn to work cooperatively, develop
thinking and communication skills, and acquire self –confidence. Both print and technological resources
will be used.




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                        Courses Available for Grade Ten students

Grade 11 Religious Studies
Course Code: HRE33

Course Description:

This course provides a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Bible and its rabbinic commentaries, and will
assist students in forming an attachment to their heritage. Students will study classical Jewish texts and
learn how to apply their content to daily life. This course will focus heavily on history, culture, and
traditions of Jewish life. This course is quintessential in implementing our school’s mission statement,
which is dedicated to “the transmission of Jewish religious and cultural tradition and an appreciation of
them.”

Grade 11 U Hebrew Language
Course Code: LYICU
Prerequisite: Grade 10 Hebrew Language, LYIBO

Students registering for this course might be asked to take a written or verbal Hebrew Language
assessment test, and their acceptance in the course may be contingent on the successful completion of that
assessment.

Ministry Course Description:

This course offers students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the international language
and to enhance their communication skills. Students will use increasingly sophisticated language in a
variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students will also
enhance their thinking skills through the critical study of literature, and continue to explore aspects of the
culture of countries where the language is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources

Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to accommodate those who have a more extensive background in the Hebrew
language, either through a Jewish Day school, Israeli upbringing, Hebrew school, or the equivalent, and
it is intended primarily for those students who have successfully completed the prerequisite course. The
course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills in Hebrew.
Students will build on, and apply, their knowledge of Hebrew, while exploring a variety of themes. This
will be accomplished by using a selection of short stories, articles, and poems that serve as stepping
stones to oral and written activities. Students will translate, interpret and understand authentic text in the
Hebrew Language.

Grade 10 Dramatic Arts
Course Code: ADA20
Please see page 4 for a description of this course

Grade 10 Visual Arts
Course Code: AVI20
Please see page 5 for a description of this course


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Grade 10 Hebrew Language
Course Code: LYIBO
Please see page 5 for a description of this course




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                     Courses Available for Grade Eleven Students

Grade 12 M Religious Studies
Course Code: HRE4M

Course Description:

This course’s mission is to assist students identify the moral principles in their lives, and it progresses
from an in-depth analysis of concepts rooted in scripture to an exploration of the principles that shape
religious life. In the “Family of Life Education Strand”, students explore a variety of topics related to the
themes of personhood and interpersonal relationships, with special attention given to the interaction
between religion and culture. In this and other parts of the course, students will see the contrast between
the modern mind-frame, which espouses the view that certain values, philosophies, and ideologies are
complementary, while others are contradictory, and the Jewish approach, which believes in the
supremacy of the God given moral code. With the lack of clarity which is common in this day and age,
building exemplary homes and communities is more difficult then ever. This course is intended to prepare
the senior student for this lifelong task.

Grade 12 U Hebrew Language
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Hebrew Language, LYICU.
Course Code: LYIDU

Students registering for this course might be asked to take a written or verbal Hebrew Language
assessment test, and their acceptance in the course may be contingent on the successful completion of that
assessment.

Ministry Course Description:

This course prepares students for university studies in the international language. Students will enhance
their ability to use the language with clarity and precision, and will develop the language skills needed to
engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse
materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively. Students will also have
opportunities to add to their knowledge of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through
the use of community resources and computer technology.

Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to accommodate those who have a very extensive background in Hebrew
language, either through a Jewish Day school, Israeli upbringing, Hebrew school or the equivalent, and
is meant primarily for those students who have successfully completed the prerequisite course. Students
taking this course will be well primed to take University studies in Hebrew, because it will enhance their
ability to use Hebrew with clarity and precision, and it will also develop the language skills needed to
engage in sustained conversations and discussions. It will also assist them in understanding diverse
materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively. Lastly, the course will also give
students the opportunity to add to their knowledge of the culture of Israel where the language is spoken,
through use of community resources and computer technology.



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Grade 11 Dramatic Arts
Course code: ADA3M

Ministry Course Description:

This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyse,
interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900.
Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create
original works, and analyze the functions of playwright, director, actor, producer, designer, technician,
and audience.

Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course builds upon the skills introduced and explored in Grades 9 and 10. Students apply skills, and
research various acting styles when preparing both original work and selected scripts. Students explore
theatre conventions and are introduced to the works of selected major playwrights from the turn of the
20th century. Script analysis prepares students for dramatic presentations, and exploration of the many
roles in theatre production. This course also introduces students to the professions associated with
theatre. Building upon cooperative skills and creative collaboration, students work within the culture of
‘ensemble’ and experience the creative dynamics of a theatre company. They develop research skills
through independent study. Students will also use this framework to further explore concepts and themes
in Jewish ethics and values. Students will also explore the Jewish view on relationships as they are
introduced to the various character dynamics in the script work.

Grade 12 U Interdisciplinary Course
Jewish History, Leadership and Advocacy
Course Code: IDC4U

This course is open only to those students in Grades 11 or 12 and who have already completed any other
Torah High course. Enrollment for this course is limited and, therefore, only certain students will
admitted. Each applicant will be interviewed and acceptance will be based solely on the teacher’s
discretion. Additionally, students may need to attend certain programs and trips beyond the normal Torah
high program. A complete schedule and further details will be available to students who are accepted in
the program.

Ministry Course Description:

This course will help students develop and consolidate the skills required for and knowledge of different
subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings
beyond the scope of a single subject and discipline. Students will apply the principles and processes of
inquiry and research to effectively use a range of print, electronic, and mass media resources; to analyze
historical innovations and exemplary research; and to investigate real-life situations and career
opportunities in interdisciplinary endeavors. They will also assess their own cognitive and affective
strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new contexts, create innovative products, and
communicate new knowledge.




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Expansive Torah High specific Course description:

This course is designed to give students a thorough background in Jewish History, the history of anti-
Semitism and its cause, the State of Israel, as well the Jewish perspective on leadership, community, and
philosophy. Students who complete this course will be capable of advocating effectively on behalf of their
local Jewish community, and the state of Israel.

Also available:

Grade 11 U Hebrew Language
Course Code: LYICU
Prerequisite: Grade 10 Hebrew Language, LYIBO
Please see page 5 for a description of this course

                     Courses Available for Grade Twelve Students

Philosophy: Questions and Theories, Grade 12, University Preparation
Course code: HZT4U
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and
humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Course description:

This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology,
ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main
ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their
own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal
experiences. The course will also help students refine the tactics they use in researching and investigating
topics in philosophy.

Also available:

Grade 12 M Religious Studies
Course Code: HRE4M
Please see page 7 for a description of this course

Grade 12 U Interdisciplinary Course
Jewish History, Leadership and Advocacy
Course Code: IDC4U
Please see page 8 for a description of this course

Grade 12 U Hebrew Language
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Hebrew Language, LYICU
Course code: LYIDU
Please see page 7 for a description of this course

Grade 11 Dramatic Arts
Course code: ADA3M
Please see page 7 for a description of this course

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     MANDATORY THIRD HOUR COMPLETION OPTIONS
All of Torah High’s courses comply with Ministry of Education policies and guidelines in which there is a
minimum of 110 hours of instruction in accordance with Ontario Secondary Schools Program Diploma
Requirements (OSS). If a student is successful at Torah High, the Principal is authorized to grant a credit
and the student’s “home school” will be notified.

Torah High divides the 110 hours of instruction into two. While there are 80 hours of in-class instruction
delivered through weekly two hour sessions, the remaining 30 hours must be completed through a
combination of the options described fully on our website, www.torahhigh.ca.


                                           IMPORTANT!!
                                           PLEASE NOTE:

   Students must complete at least 10 of their required 30 hours within the first
                        semester, by January 31, 2009.

      These options are assessed and are worth 10% of the students final mark




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                       ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
                           OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT


Torah High has an intricate system of assessment, evaluation, and reporting, which insures that students
have an accurate reflection of what is expected of them academically throughout the year.

Information gathered through an assessment helps teachers determine students' strengths and weaknesses
as well as their overall understanding of course material. In addition, an assessment helps educators adjust
their teaching methods in order to insure the maximum amount of effective learning for each student.

An assessment is the process of gathering information from a variety of sources (including, but not
limited to: worksheets, assignments, Socratic discussions, oral and written presentations, demonstrations,
projects, performances, and tests) that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum
expectations in a course.

Torah High classes are primarily discussion based, and the assessments designed for each course reflects
the general nature of Torah High’s learning environment.

As part of an assessment, teachers provide students with descriptive feedback that guides their efforts
towards improvement. Evaluation refers to the process of judging the quality of student work on the basis
of established criteria, and assigning a value to represent that quality. In Ontario secondary schools, the
value assigned is in the form of a percentage grade.

In order to ensure that assessment and evaluation are valid and reliable, and that they lead to the
improvement of student learning, teachers must use assessment and evaluation strategies which:



      address both what students learn and how well they learn;
      are based both on the categories of knowledge and skills and on the achievement level descriptions
       given in Ministry documents.
      are varied in nature, administered over a period of time, and designed to provide opportunities for
       students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
      are appropriate for the learning activities used, the purposes of instruction, and the needs and
       experiences of the students;
      are fair to all students;
      ensure that each student is given clear directions for improvement;
      promote students' ability to assess their own learning and to set specific goals;
      are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the course and at other
       appropriate points throughout the course




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    Student’s marks are calculated using the following breakdown:

                                       Mandatory Credit
                                           Completion
         Assessments                       Assessments           Test 1   Test 2            Final Project             Total
              20%                               10%               20%      20%                  30%                   100%
This includes but is not limited    This includes assessments                      Each final project has it’s own
to – Quizzes, Homework, In-         specifically geared to                         rubric, and will be given out to
class projects, Group projects,     assess     any   of    the                     the students and posted on the
Work       Sheets,      Socratic    “Mandatory          Credit                     Torah High website when
Discussions, Oral Presentations     Completion Options”                            required
and Unit tests



                            TORAH HIGH’S CODE OF CONDUCT
    Students in Torah High are Expected to:
    1) Act safely and responsibly at all times
    2) Respect teachers and all other students
    3) Arrive to classes on time
    4) Work hard, complete assignments on time
    5) Speak and behave appropriately at all times

    Consequences of Misbehavior:
    The following is the procedure that the Torah High Administration will follow when there is a report of
    misconduct in the classroom:

    First Occurrence: Verbal warning
    Second Occurrence: The parent is called by a member of the Administration
    Third Occurrence: The principal may ask that the parents withdraw their child from Torah High. In
    such a case, no refunds will be given, and the student will lose their credit.

                                   Offences Which May Lead to Suspension:
    A student may be suspended from Torah High for the following behaviors including, but not limited to,
    the following:
    1) Plagiarism or cheating
    2) Unacceptable classroom behavior towards peers and/or teachers, such as cursing, uttering threats,
    chatting with peers during class, usage of cell phones and/or I pods, and inflicting or encouraging others
    to inflict bodily harm on anyone.
    3) Persistent unauthorized tardiness and/or absence from class

                                   Offences Which May Result in Expulsion:
    A student from Torah High may be expelled for the following reasons:
    1) Being in possession of or under the influence of alcohol
    2) Having possession of, or being under the influence of, illegal drugs
    3) Having possession and/or usage of any weapon
    4) Having nine absences from Torah High
    5) Continuing to misbehave after ample warning
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                              Lateness and Absenteeism Policy:
If a student is more than fifteen minutes late to class, they will not be permitted to return that day and will
be marked absent. Repeated lateness will result in suspension.

A student who misses classes will be required to make up the missed material by completing an
assignment determined by seven the teacher and administration or through another method deemed fit by
the administration.

Nine absences from Torah High will result in expulsion from Torah High for the rest of the year.


                               RECORDS AND REPORTS
                                          Progress Reports:
Students will receive a progress report in January. The progress report documents the students’
achievements and areas in which they might need some assistance. Teachers will not only document
specific areas in which improvement is needed; they will also suggest ways with which such improvement
might be achieved. The progress report contains a section for attendance and a section for missing
information from the students file records.



                                  Ontario Student Transcript:
The OST is the student’s official record of credits earned and other graduation requirements completed. It
is part of the Ontario Student Record. Copies of the transcript are available to students and graduates
through the student’s home school only.

In Grades 9 and 10, only successfully completed courses will be recorded on the student transcript. If a
student withdraws from or fails to successfully complete a Grade 9 or 10 courses, no entry will be made
on the transcript.

The Ministry of Education has a policy of full disclosure for Grades 11 and 12. This policy states that all
Grade 11 and 12 courses attempted by students must be recoded on Ontario Student Transcripts. Courses
completed, dropped or failed will appear on the OST along with marks earned in the program. If a student
withdraws from a Grade 11 or 12 course before a specified time, the withdrawal will not be recorded.
Full    disclosure     applies      to     both      semestered     and     non-semestered        schools.




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SOME TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

School Course Calendar:

Every high school in Ontario distributes an annual course calendar, which describes the courses offered
by the school in the coming year. The calendar also provides information on school policies, sets out
expectations about students’ responsibilities, achievements, and attendance, and outlines the school’s code
of student behavior.


Prerequisite Courses:

These are courses that students are required to take before they can enroll in certain courses in Grades 11
and 12. Prerequisite courses are identified in school course calendars. When choosing courses in Grades
10 and 11, it is in a student’s best interests to select the prerequisites that will allow him or her to pursue
the courses that he or she would want to take in the higher grades.


Waiving Prerequisite Courses:

Courses in Grade 11 and 12 may have prerequisites as a requirement for enrolment. If a parent or student
requests that a prerequisite be waived, the principal will determine if that request can be accommodated
after consultation with the parent and/or student.


Credit System:

A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a
minimum of 110 hours. Credits are granted by a principal on behalf of the Minister of Education and
Training for courses that have been developed or approved by the ministry. A half credit may be granted
for each 55-hour part of a 110-hour ministry developed course. Half credit courses must comply with
ministry requirements as outlined in the curriculum policy documents.

For the purpose of granting a credit, “scheduled time” is defined as the time during which students
participate in planned learning activities designed to lead to the achievement of the curriculum
expectations of a course. Planned learning activities include interaction between the teacher and the
student and assigned individual or group work (other than homework) related to the achievement of the
learning expectations in the course. Planned learning activities are typically delivered through classroom
instruction, field trips, Seminars and Independent Study Projects.




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                        REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OSSD
18 compulsory credits

Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

      4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
      3 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
      2 credits in science
      1 credit in Canadian history
      1 credit in Canadian geography
      1 credit in arts
      1 credit in health and physical education
      1 credit in French as a second language
      0.5 credit in career studies
      0.5 credit in civics

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

      New 1 additional credit additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native
       language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or
       Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education**
      New 1 additional credit additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business
       studies, or cooperative education**
      New 1 additional credit additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education,
       or computer studies, or cooperative education**

In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

      12 optional credits***
      40 hours of community involvement activities
      the provincial literacy requirement




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                                                FAQ’s
                                  (Frequently Asked Questions)

General information
What is Torah High and what's in it for me?

Torah High is an inspected private school that specializes in offering Jewish Studies programs for Jewish
students who attend publicly funded or Private schools, in grades 8-12. The uniqueness of Torah High is
that it enables Jewish students, who through a variety of circumstances do not attend a Jewish Day High
School to obtain open, U, or M credits in Religious Studies, Hebrew Language, Philosophy, Arts and
Interdisciplinary Studies. Torah High accepts all Jewish public high school teens regardless of religious
affiliation, background or previous Jewish education. Students do not have to be observant or
knowledgeable in Judaism to participate. Summer program courses are offered to any high school age
teen in Ontario.

What do I need to do?

In order to be eligible to receive a high school credit, students need to successfully complete a course of
study that has a minimum of 110 hours of instruction.

What courses does Torah High offer?

Torah High offers an extensive selection of grade 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 courses in Religious studies,
Hebrew Language, Philosophy, Arts, Drama and Interdisciplinary studies at different levels of
difficulty at a variety of convenient times and locations. All of Torah High’s courses are based on
Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines. Like other private schools in Ontario, Torah High is
inspected bi-annually by the Ministry of Education. Since becoming a private school, the Principal of
Torah High has been granted the authority to grant credits to students who are successful in their courses.
All of Torah High’s courses of study have been submitted to Ministry Staff for review and approval.
Torah High’s courses of study are comprehensive and include required assessment and evaluation
procedures as outlined in Ministry of Education policy documents.

Does Torah High offer courses over the summer?

In addition to offering credits throughout the year, Torah High offers many of its courses over the
summer, through our study and touring programs in Israel and around the world. We also offer a fantastic
summer English program, for either Grade 11 or 12 U level English. As stated above, Torah High’s
assortments of courses are fully accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education and our “U” and M”
level credits can be used on any Ontario University or College application. Summer program courses are
offered to any high school age teen in Ontario.

I'm hungry! Any food?

We know it has been a long day, so every week there will be light refreshments. Often, Pizza is served
between classes. Drinks are also served at all classes.



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Great! When do we start?

Classes begin the week of September 14 - 17, 2009. Students can register and join the course to earn
credit until the week of October 19 – 22, 2009. Students may need to make up missed classes.

What will we be studying?

A complete list of all of our available courses is available in this School Course Calendar and appears
online on our website, www.torahhigh.ca. A typical Torah High course offers a curriculum that helps
guide teenagers to approach Judaism in an insightful, relevant and meaningful way. Students will explore
many issues of particular interest to teens and modern society such as love, relationships, dating, Israel,
music, Holocaust studies, Hebrew language and Kabbalah. We approach all subjects with an open and
honest mind so that students can draw their own conclusions.

What is the daily schedule like?

There is one ‘one-hour’ class, followed by a fifteen minute break, followed by a second ‘one-hour’ class.
Classes are generally given by two different teachers. After every session, teachers will be available for
consultation, guided instruction or for extra help.

Can I bring my friends?

Absolutely. We welcome anyone not registered in Torah High to attend a class and try it out for
themselves. Students must be registered by the week of October 19 - 22 to be eligible for the credit.



Payment Information
Any fees?

There is a $299 registration fee. Extra-curricular field trips, Shabbatons or other activities will have a
nominal fee. This year, Torah High is excited to offer our “FULLY LOADED” program, which includes
fees for our Mandatory Credit Completion options. Please visit www.torahhigh.ca for more information.
Torah High makes every attempt not to turn away any student due to lack of funds. Your
registration fee goes to the payment of teachers, facilities, busing, food, materials, and all
administration.

Any refunds?

Students are encouraged to try Torah High. Any student who chooses not to continue the course can
receive a full refund if they inform the Torah High office by October 22. See below for complete
guidelines. We are sorry, but there will not be any exceptions to this policy. Any student who drops the
course but does not inform the Torah High office will still be entirely responsible for the full registration
fee.




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Attendance Information
What happens if I miss a week or come late?

Attendance at Torah High courses is mandatory. Attendance is an important component of the learning
process. Consequently, missing more than six sessions over the course of the year will result in a review
of a student’s academic progress and might require students to make up missing work. Similarly, to
maintain proper decorum in class, students will only be allowed in if they arrive within the first fifteen
minutes of class. Students who arrive past that point will be marked as absent. Students will receive a
progress report twice a year detailing how many classes they have missed.

What happens if I decide to drop out of a Torah High course?

Students who drop out of Torah High must inform the Torah High office directly in writing. Any student
who does not inform the office will be considered fully registered and responsible for any registration fees
outstanding and possible have an ‘incomplete’ show up on his Ontario Student Transcript. Even if a
student decides to drop out of the course(s) before the October 22 course withdrawal deadline, they still
must inform the office.

A STUDENT WHO DOES NOT SHOW UP FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE CLASSES WILL BE
CONSIDERED AS IF THEY DROPPED OUT OF THE COURSE UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS
HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED WITH THE TORAH HIGH OFFICE. The Torah High office will usually
attempt to contact the student and find out the cause of the absences, but are in no way responsible to
insure that a student completes his or her course.

Any student, who withdraws from a Torah High course after October 22, will have the course considered
as an “incomplete”. According to the full disclosure policy of The Ontario Ministry of Education, students
in Grade 11 or 12 who do not complete a course they were registered in after the ‘withdrawal period have
the course registered and marked ‘incomplete’ on their Ontario Student Record.

While there may be some exceptions to the above policy, this is generally the case. Please see above about
Torah High’s refund policy.

Testing Information
Any tests and projects?

As with all other private schools that offer secondary school courses, Torah High pursues summative and
formative evaluation in all of its courses. There are tests and midterms. Generally, a student can expect
between 5-7 exams and other forms of evaluations throughout the year, in addition to other forms of
assessment. Likewise, every course has a cumulative final project worth up to 30% of your final mark.




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What happens if I miss an exam, evaluation and/or project?

If a student misses any of the exams or evaluations given by one their teachers, they must request from the
teacher either a copy of the exam or a make up test. It will be up to the sole discretion of the teacher to
decide whether the student will be permitted to make up the exam and with what guidelines.

Are there any allowances made for students who have ‘special education’ designations?

Torah High will generally attempt to accommodate students who have an official IEP (Individual
Education Plan) from their home school or school board, though we cannot guarantee that all allowances
will be accommodated. Some general guidelines for these accommodations are as follows:

   ·    Students must submit a official copy of their IEP to their teacher(s) AND the Torah High office
       by November 26, 2009.

   ·      Any student who is granted an appropriate accommodation will only receive that
       accommodation once. For example, for students who are granted extra time to complete their
       exam, they will only receive that accommodation the day of the exam. If they miss the exam or
       need to retake the test, Torah High cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate those
       special needs a second time.

   ·     Students need to demonstrate that they are attempting to perform optimally. Teacher’s who feel
       that students are taking advantage of the fact that they have special accommodations may ask that
       their accommodations be revoked.

   ·     It is suggested that parents submit their children’s IEP as soon as they register, or contact the
       Torah High office well in advance of any quiz, test, midterm or project and discuss any
       accommodations necessary.

What happens if I miss my midterm?

Torah High schedules the midterms and midterm review classes well in advance. Students must make
every effort to be there to take their midterms. Students who miss a midterm will only be allowed to make
up the missed exam if the following conditions are met:

   ·     A parent notifies the Torah High office that their child will be unable to take the test on that day.

   ·     A doctor’s note or similar official exemption (such as a school trip, etc) must be given to the
       teacher or faxed directly to the Torah High office.

   ·     In the event of a family special occasion, proof must be furnished that the student also missed
       their home school classes on the day of the event. This can be provided by a official attendance
       record from the home school.

   ·     Torah High cannot guarantee that a scheduled retest or make up test will be convenient for the
       test taker. While we will make every effort to be accommodating, we cannot guarantee any
       specific make up date or time.

   -    If the student missed the scheduled make up date, then they will receive a mark of Zero unless
       arrangements have been made with the Torah High office in advance.

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What happens if I fail it or get a low mark?

Torah High’s retest policy is as follows:

   ·     Any student who gets less then a 70% on a Midterm may ask their teacher for a chance to take a
       retest

   ·     A student must also provide an adequate written explanation to both the teacher and the Torah
       High office as to why they feel that they will do better on a retest and/or explanation of why they
       performed as such on their original test. It will be the teacher’s sole discretion as to whether a
       student has provided ample reason as to be allowed to retake a test. If the teacher feels that the
       student has demonstrated that they did try to review and study for the exam, then they will be
       granted a retest. If will be the teacher’s sole discretion as to whether a student will be allowed to
       retake a test.

   ·     In the event of a retest, either the average of the two marks will be accepted as their midterm
       mark or an 80, whichever is higher. Students will not be able to receive a mark higher then 80
       through taking a retest

   ·     Torah High cannot guarantee that a scheduled retest or make up test will be convenient for the
       test taker. While we will make every effort to be accommodating, we cannot guarantee any
       specific make up date or time.

Can I challenge or appeal my midterm test and/or course marks, etc.?

Students who feel that their marks do not reflect their performance must file in writing their grievance
with both their teacher and the Torah High office. Grievances must be respectful and explain clearly why
they feel their mark does not reflect their performance. Each grievance will be dealt with on a case by
case basis.



Course and Credit Reporting Information
How will my home school be informed that I am registered in Torah High?

A letter informing your school guidance department that you are registered in a Torah High course will be
sent in the beginning of December.

How and when are the credits sent to my home school?

Students who complete the course requirements by June 15 will have their credits sent to their school over
the month of July. Students in Grade 12 will have their credits sent to their school over the last two
weeks of June.




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Please note the following:

       ·     There will be a delay for students who have not completed all of their course requirements

       ·     Students in Grades 8 – 11 must complete their requirements before June 30, 2010.

            Students in Grade 12 must complete their requirements before June 10, 2010

           In certain limited instances, it will be up to the sole discretion of the Torah High principal to
           extend this deadline and allow students to complete course requirements beyond these
           deadlines. However, if the requirements have not been completed by time allotted, the
            student will lose their credit.

       ·     For those students who are allowed to complete their credit after the June 10 or June 30
           deadline, the credit will be sent to their schools on the following dates only: October 20 and
           January 20

       ·     Only students who are registered with Torah High properly will have their credits processed.
           There will be no exceptions to this rule. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or
           she has registered properly.



For graduating Grade 12 students only:

How and when are the OUAC and OCAS informed that I am taking the credit and what my mark
is?

Students must email their name along with their OUAC number directly to Torah High as soon as they
receive it. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Torah High office, and any student who
does not do so, will not have their mid-term mark sent to the OUAC

In the first week of March, students will be given a mid-term mark. The mark will then be sent to the
OUAC directly by Torah High. The mid-term mark will then appear on the OUAC website.

Typically, OCAS doesn’t require midterm marks. If a student requests in writing that their midterm mark
should be sent to OCAS, then Torah High will accommodate the request providing they inform the Torah
High office of their OCAS number.




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