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					VAUGHAN SECONDARY
     SCHOOL
 COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
  PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
   Vaughan Secondary School
           Statistics
• Approximately 50% of students will attend
  University Programs

• Approximately 21% of students will attend
  College Programs

• Approximately 29% of students will
  complete an apprenticeship, go directly to
  work or take a Gap year.
     Specialized Programs at
             Vaughan
• Advanced Placement – Currently 25
  sections or classes of Advanced
  Placement in the areas of English, Math
  and Science.
• Students can take AP courses in one or
  more of the above areas, depending on
  interests and strengths.
• No exam, entrance requirements or
  specific mark needed.
               AP vs IB
• AP – Subject specific ie. can choose one
  or all subjects.
• Can change from year to year depending
  on success
• Allows for many electives
• Exams only written in Grade 12 courses
• May choose not to write the exam come
  March, even though they take an AP
  course
  IB – International Baccalaureate
           @ Bayview S.S.
• Intensive 2 year program – Grade 11 & 12
• Students get a very well rounded
  education, however, virtually no choice for
  elective courses.
• Theory of Knowledge course required
• 4000 word essay required
• 140 hours of community service required
  for IB
• Must write all exams and take all
  prescribed courses or out of the program.
          French Immersion
• French Immersion – 11 sections of grade
  9 FI classes including French, Business
  Technology, Geography, Art and Spanish.
• Grade 10 courses will include French,
  Business, History, Art, Spanish ,
  Civics/Careers
• Ten courses in total required to receive the
  FI certificate by graduation.
PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
   Advanced Placement Courses
       Academic Courses
        Applied Courses
       Essentials Courses
         Open Courses
There are many paths to success and there
   are as many definitions of success as
            there are students!
   PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
• In grade 9 a student cannot close any
  doors by choosing one course type over
  another.
• Remember, it is not necessary for a
  student to choose the same pathway
  (Essential, Applied, Academic, AP) for all
  six of the core subject areas.
• It is important to listen carefully to the
  recommendation of the subject teachers
     ACADEMIC COURSES
  Select academic courses if your son/daughter
                  benefits from:

• Working independently after having been taught
  skills and concepts from the curriculum
• Emphasis on theory and abstract thinking as a
  basis for future learning and problem solving
• Focusing on analytical and critical thinking skills
• Drawing inferences and conclusions based on
  independent problem solving
          APPLIED COURSES
Select applied courses if your son/daughter benefits from:

• A guided step-by-step process to learning at grade level
• Frequent hands on learning opportunities
• Emphasis on making connections with personal
  experience and concrete examples
• Developing critical thinking skills by connecting abstract
  concepts to relevant experiences
• Assessments designed to help students pace their
  workload and experience success
• Smaller class groupings with a maximum class size of 22
       APPLIED COURSES
• Students in Applied courses may continue
  on to both College and University
  programs depending on the students’ area
  of interests and future goals.

• Example – A student may go to University
  in an Arts Program with having taken
  applied level math as long as English is at
  the Academic/University level.
     ESSENTIALS COURSES
Select Essential courses if your son/daughter
  benefits from:

• Courses with specialized instruction which focus
  on developing academic skills through smaller
  class sizes (16), more individual programming
  and help in having a successful transition to high
  school
• Becoming more engaged in school through
  curriculum that is appropriately challenging while
  meeting student interests and abilities
• Structure and routine to develop strong
  organizational skills
• Frequent, early and positive feedback
  Benefits of choosing the most
     appropriate program
• Positive Social Skills
• Developing positive and appropriate connections with
  the variety of groups in the school and individuals in the
  school, including peers and staff
• Increased Self Esteem
   – Develop confidence to trust their instincts to make
     good choices
   – Receive positive feedback that supports the student’s
     belief that he/she can do well
• Increased opportunities for post secondary
  options.
          Course Selection
• The YRDSB is implementing full online
  course selection this year through
  CAREER CRUISING.
• Once students go online and select
  courses and SUBMIT, they will be
  transmitted directly to Vaughan.
• No changes can be made once they
  submit.
• Course selection will be due mid February.
• Please choose courses carefully!
               Timelines
• January 14, 2010 – Grade 8 Night at
  Vaughan S.S. 7pm
• January 18 – January 26 – Visits to Grade
  8’s re Course Selection process.
• Mid February – Courses due at Vaughan
• Verifications will follow in the Spring.
        Contact Information
• If you have any additional questions,
  please don’t hesitate to contact us at
  Vaughan. 905 – 660-1397
• www.vaughan.ss.yrdsb.edu.on.ca
• Kim Spiller – Head of Guidance Ext. 328
• Kim.Spiller@yrdsb.edu.on.ca
• Pat Weismiller – Counsellor Ext. 325
• Pat.Weismiller@yrdsb.edu.on.ca

				
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