HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2021/2022

 
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2021/2022
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME
GUIDE - 2021/2022
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2021/2022
CONTENTS

Introduction

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma				      Page 3-5

Advanced Placement (AP®)						Page 6-7

High School Curriculum and Course Selection			        Page 8

Course Choice Guidelines and High School Planner			   Page 9

English									Page 10-13

Mathematics								Page 14-17

Science									Page 17-20

Social Studies								Page 21-24

World Languages								Page 25-28

The Arts - Performing Arts and Visual Arts				        Page 29-31

Computer and Information Technology					              Page 32

Media										Page 32-33

Physical Education 								Page 33-34

Support Programme							Page 34

Appendix A: Electives							Page 34-38

Frequently Asked Questions						Page 39-40

University Placements							Page 41

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME GUIDE 2021/2022
INTRODUCTION                                                 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
This curriculum guide outlines the course and credit         All students who meet the credit requirements graduate
requirements for graduation from ACS Cobham                  with the ACS International Schools College Preparatory
International School.                                        High School Diploma. Courses that meet 3 or more
                                                             periods per week for one year earn one credit.
In addition to earning a High School Diploma, with
credits from various subjects, students have the             Credit requirements include a minimum of 20 credits
opportunity to earn the International Baccalaureate          including:
Diploma if they choose to follow the specific combined
requirements outlined by the IB. Alternatively               •   English: 4 credits from 4 consecutive courses in
students could take Advanced Placement courses and               English
examinations offered by the College Board. Students          •   Mathematics and Sciences: 6 credits (a minimum of
may also take a combination of IB Courses, Advanced              2 in each area)
Placement and regular courses. This curriculum guide         •   Social Studies and World Languages: 6 credits
also provides students and parents with course                   (a minimum of 3 in Social Studies and 2 in one
descriptions, including length of course, credit and             language)
where applicable the course prerequisites, to help you       •   Fine Arts: 1 credit
make informed, student-appropriate selections. We aim        •   PE: 1 credit per year in 9th and 10th grade
to meet all students requests but, inevitably, limitations
in class size and the schedule may prevent some              An Honours Diploma is awarded to graduates meeting
students from taking all of their first choice elective      additional requirements: 24 credits and a 3.00 GPA
courses or certain course combinations.

Further detailed information regarding the Cobham
curriculum, standards and academic policies can be
found on PowerSchool Learning

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THE INTERNATIONAL                                                 is exemplified in the IB learner profile.
                                                              •   Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS): requires that
BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA                                        students actively learn from the experience of
PROGRAMME                                                         doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students
                                                                  can combine all three components or do activities
Life in the 21st century requires critical-thinking skills        related to each one of them separately, but
and a sense of international mindedness, something                activities must take place throughout the two year
that International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma                    course.
Programme students learn to know and understand. The
IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically-          The Extended Essay, CAS and TOK courses are also
challenging and balanced programme of education, with         available as single subjects, available to students
coursework as well as final examinations that prepares        who are not taking the full IB Diploma. See the IBDP
students for success at university and life beyond. The       Coordinator for details.
programme is normally taught over two years and has
gained recognition from the world’s leading universities.     ASSESSMENT
To do the IB Diploma students are expected to have a          Students complete assessment tasks in the school,
minimum GPA of 2.50 and learning behaviours of three          which are either marked initially by teachers and then
and above in Semester two of Grade 10. Students will          moderated by external examiners or sent directly
also need to meet the specified course prerequisites          to external examiners. Students also take written
and teacher approval in order to qualify for IB Courses       examinations, which are marked by external IB
or the IB Diploma. Student’s standardised test data may       examiners, in May of the second year of the IB Diploma.
also be taken into consideration.
                                                              Grades in each subject range from 1-7 and up to 3
THE CURRICULUM                                                points more can be earned for the Extended Essay and
                                                              Theory of Knowledge.
IB Diploma Programme students study six courses -
usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard      The diploma is awarded to students who gain at
Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from each        least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels
of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in      of performance across the whole programme (for
languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and      instance, 12 points in 3 Higher Level subjects) as well as
mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject         satisfactory participation in the three core requirements.
chosen from group 6, or the student may choose                (See IBDP Coordinator for details of the other conditions
another subject from groups 1 to 4. Depth is ensured by       for the award of the Diploma).
requiring 3 or 4 subjects at Higher Level.
                                                              The highest total that a Diploma Programme student
In addition the programme has three Core requirements         can be awarded is 45 points.
that are included to broaden the educational experience
and challenge students to apply their knowledge and
understanding:

•   The Extended Essay (EE): requires students to
    engage in independent research through an in-depth
    study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject
    and write an essay of 4,000 words.
•   Theory of Knowledge (TOK): This course cultivates
    the capacity of students to critically reflect upon the
    foundational presuppositions of their other subjects
    of study and thus, to think for themselves. The key
    question of the course is: “How do I know?”, TOK
    distinguishes five areas of knowledge in which to
    ask this question. They are the natural sciences, the
    human sciences, the arts, mathematics and history.
    In addition to the areas of knowledge, students
    will investigate a core theme, ‘Knowledge and the
    Knower’, along with two of five optional themes:
    ‘Knowledge and Language’, ‘Knowledge and
    Technology’, Knowledge and Politics’, ‘Knowledge
    and Indigenous Studies’ or ‘Knowledge and
    Religious Studies’. By collaboratively inquiring into
    foundations of knowledge in these areas, the course
    seeks to develop the character of each student as it

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

   University Recognition
   The IB diploma is a passport to higher education and it is considered to be among the most challenging and demanding
   university preparation courses that students can take.

   How to Make your Subject Selection for the IB Diploma
   To study the full IB Diploma at ACS Cobham, you need to select

rofile                      IB learner profile
   • 1 subject at least from each of groups 1, 3, 4 and 5
   • Either another language from group 1 or a language from group 2

file           IB learner profile IB learner
   • Either a Group 6 Subject or another subject from groups 1, 2, 3 or 4.
   • The ‘Core elements’ of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) which are
       compulsory for all IB Diploma students.

                              IB learner profile
   • From the subjects you chose, you must study
   • Three at Higher Level

                IB learner profile IB learne
   • Three at Standard Level

   Subjects are selected using the chart on the next page, there are some restrictions on combinations and all students

                          IB learner profile
   selections are only provisionally approved based on appropriate choice and scheduling constraints. Please note that
   once courses have commenced students cannot change courses after the drop/add period ends in mid-September.

                        IB learner profile
                 IB learner profile IB learne
       IB learner profile    IB learner profile
                               IB learner profil
       The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their
       common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
       As IB learners we strive to be:

        We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and          We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as
        research. We know how to learn independently and with others.        well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a
        We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning            range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the
        throughout life.                                                     experience.

        We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring               We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a
        knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues       commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference
        and ideas that have local and global significance.                   in the lives of others and in the world around us.

        We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take     We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination;
        responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in    we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas
        making reasoned, ethical decisions.                                  and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the
                                                                             face of challenges and change.
        We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than
        one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively,           We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of
        listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and     our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve
        groups.                                                              well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence
                                                                             with other people and with the world in which we live.
        We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness
        and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people   We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and
        everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their         experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses
        consequences.                                                        in order to support our learning and personal development.

          The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like
             them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

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IB Group        Block   Subject                                                                     Level
1               A1      English Language & Literature                                               SL/HL
                        English Literature                                                          SL/HL
                A2      If there is sufficient demand for the same language and curriculum and an   SL/HL
                        appropriate teacher can be found then other IB Literature course may be
                        offered as taught courses *
                        School Supported Self Taught (SSST)                                         SL only
2               B1      French B                                                                    SL/HL
                                                                                                    Ab Initio SL Only
                        German B                                                                    SL/HL
                                                                                                    Ab Initio SL Only
                        Mandarin                                                                    Ab Initio SL Only
                        Spanish B                                                                   SL/HL
                        Russian B                                                                   SL/HL
                        If there is sufficient demand for the same language and curriculum and an   SL/HL
                        appropriate teacher can be found then other IB Literature course may be
                        offered as taught courses *
                B2      English B                                                                   SL/HL
1               B3      School Supported Self Taught (SSST) Bilingual IB Diploma option             SL Only
3               C       Business Management                                                         SL/HL
                        Economics                                                                   SL/HL
                        Geography                                                                   SL/HL
                        History                                                                     SL/HL
                        Psychology                                                                  SL/HL
4               D       Biology                                                                     SL/HL
                        Chemistry                                                                   SL/HL
                        Computer Science                                                            SL/HL
                        Environmental Systems & Societies                                           SL only
                        Physics                                                                     SL/HL
                        Sports, Exercise & Health Science                                           SL only
5               E       Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches                                          SL/HL
                        Mathematics: Applications & Interpretation                                  SL/HL
6               F1      Music                                                                       SL/HL
                        Theatre                                                                     SL/HL
                        Visual Arts                                                                 SL/HL
If no Group     F2      Biology                                                                     SL/HL
6 is chosen
then the 6th            Business Management                                                         SL/HL
IB subject
should be               Chemistry                                                                   SL/HL
chosen from             Economics                                                                   SL/HL
here
                        Spanish B                                                                   SL/HL
                        Psychology                                                                  SL/HL
                        School Supported Self Taught (SSST) Bilingual IB Diploma option             SL only
                        If there is sufficient demand for the same language and curriculum and an   SL/HL
                        appropriate teacher can be found then other IB Literature course may be
                        offered as taught courses *

* See World Languages pages for more details

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Advanced Placement (AP)                                     High School Diploma and may need to take the SAT® to
                                                            be considered eligible.
Advanced Placement® (AP) is an internationally
                                                            ACS Cobham offers more than 20 Advanced
recognized curricular program with a range of university-
                                                            Placement® (AP) courses; all are one year in duration.
level courses across seven disciplines: Arts, English,
                                                            Most AP courses culminate in a rigorous standardized
Social Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science,
                                                            exam administered during the 2-week testing period
Sciences, World Languages and Interdisciplinary.
                                                            in May. The exam dates are set by the College Board

                                                            and students taking an AP course should be aware that,
Many universities worldwide recognize AP in
                                                            according to ACS Cobham policy, they are required to
admissions, and some grant credit and/or advanced
                                                            take the course exam in May. At ACS, students also
placement for students scoring a 3 or above. Taking AP
                                                            gain credit for the High School Diploma by taking AP
courses demonstrates to college admissions officers
                                                            courses.
that students have sought one of the most rigorous
curriculum available to them, and research indicates
                                                            AP courses are rigorous courses requiring strong
that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam
                                                            reading skills and a commitment to independent
typically experience greater academic success in college
                                                            learning. Students should note that most AP courses
and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-
                                                            have prerequisites, and it is recommended that
AP students.
                                                            students have a GPA of 2.5 and learning behaviors

                                                            of three and above in the previous year’s courses.
At least 3, but preferably 4, AP courses and
                                                            Students and their parents will also be asked to sign
examinations are considered to fulfil the matriculation
                                                            a contract confirming that they understand the level
requirements of universities in the UK. Offers will vary
                                                            of study and commitment required as well as the
depending on the university or the course. Students
                                                            mandatory nature of the exam at the end of the course.
applying to UK universities with APs must also have the

SUBJECT SELECTION
Depending on what kind of university you want to go to, students should be taking between 3 and 5 AP® classes
at any point throughout high school. They will need to manage your time well, however, as they may also need to
study for the SAT® or ACT®. ACS Cobham High School offers the following AP® courses:

 Disciplines            Courses                                                               Grades
 Art                    Studio Art                                                            10, 11, 12
                        -       AP 2-D Art and Design
                        -       AP 3-D Art and Design
                        -       AP Drawing
 English                English Language and Composition                                      11, 12
                        English Literature and Composition
 Social Studies         European History                                                      10, 11, 12

                        Human Geography                                                       11, 12
                        Microeconomics
                        Macroeconomics
                        Psychology
                        US History
 Mathematics and        Calculus AB/BC                                                        10, 11, 12
 Computer Science       Statistics

                        Computer Science Principles                                           11, 12
                        Computer Science A
 Sciences               Biology                                                               10, 11, 12

                        Chemistry
                        Physics 1 and 2                                                       11, 12
 World Languages        French Language and Culture                                           10, 11, 12
                        Spanish Language and Culture
 Interdisciplinary      * Refer to AP Capstone Diploma Programme                              11, 12
                        AP Seminar
                        AP Research

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AP Capstone Diploma Programme
AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that           AP Research = 1 credit
gives students an opportunity to apply critical thinking,   The second course in the AP Capstone experience,
collaborative problem-solving, and research skills in a     typically taken in grade 12, allows students to
cross-curricular context. AP Capstone is built on the       design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based
foundation of a two-year high school course sequence        investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through
- AP Seminar and AP Research - and is designed to           this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate
complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-            the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-
specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates   world problems and issues. Students further the skills
curious, independent, and collaborative scholars            acquired in their AP Seminar course by using research
and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based           methodology; employing ethical research practices; and
decisions.                                                  accessing, analysing, and synthesizing information to
                                                            build, present, and defend an argument.
For more information about the AP Capstone diploma
programme go to http://www.collegeboard.org/ap-             Assessment: Students are assessed through
capstone.html, or see the AP Coordinator.                   culminating performance tasks:
                                                            • Academic thesis paper (approximately 5,000 words)
AP Seminar = 1 credit                                           with a defined structure.
This foundational course, typically taken in grade 11,      • Public presetation, performance, or exhibition and
provides students with opportunities to think critically        oral defence of research and presentation
and creatively, research, explore, pose solutions,
develop arguments, collaborate, and communicate             AP Scholars and AP Scholars with Honors
using various media. Students explore real-world issues
through a cross-curricular lens and consider multiple       Every year, the AP Program recognizes high school
points of view to develop a deep understanding of           students who have demonstrated outstanding
complex issues as they make connections between             college-level achievement through their performance
these issues and their own lives. Students read articles,   on multiple AP Exams. AP Scholar Awards come in
research studies, and foundational and philosophical        different levels and types. See the criteria here:
texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and
personal accounts; and explore artistic and literary        •   AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive
works to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of          scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
issues.                                                     •   AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who
                                                                receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP
Teachers have the flexibility to choose appropriate             Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or
themes that allow for deep exploration based on                 more of these exams.
student interests, local and/or civic issues, global        •   AP Scholar with Distinction Granted to students
or international topics, and concepts from other AP             who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all
courses. Sample topics or themes include:- Education,           AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or
Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, Revolution.             more of these exams.
Assessment: Students are assessed through two               Awards are listed on any AP score report that is sent to
through in-course performance tasks and a written           colleges after the award has been granted.
exam.

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High School Curriculum                                     group level and parent presentations.

                                                           Upcoming changes to course selection:
Course Selection                                           In 2021-22, the High School will be changing the
                                                           master schedule to reflect the difference between
ACS students have a broad variety of course options        more rigorous 11th and 12th grade courses and regular
and pathways which include a combination of regular,       9th and 10th grade courses. To help clarify options
IB and AP courses, depending on their levels of            and avoid any potential conflicts, some course choice
achievement. Students receive course choice guidance       combinations will be menu-based. To phase in these
at every grade level to help them proceed to the next      changes, students will see this format when making
grade level and find appropriate pathways and levels of    their course selections
challenge. Course guidance is given at individual level,

Course Choice Guidelines and High School Planner
 Grades      Number of Courses             Requirement and Guidelines
 9           8 including PE Health         Think carefully when choosing electives. Consider which courses will
                                           complement your skills, interests and preferred career or university
                                           courses. One of the electives should be a fine art.
 10          8 including PE Health         Students may take more than one Science or Language.

                                           Some course choices in 10th grade will determine what IB or AP
                                           courses you can take in 11th and 12th grade.

                                           English: English 10 Advanced is the course advised for IB Language A
                                           or AP Language and Composition and IB English HL.

                                           Maths: Will depend on which pathway you are already on.

                                           Science: For IB and AP courses in 11th grade, then you must take the
                                           corresponding named science in 10th grade.

                                           Social Studies: World History II or AP European History (There is a pre-
                                           requisite of a 5 in World History I or equivalent).

                                           Languages: For IB Spanish, French and German B, students should be
                                           in Level 4. Students wishing to take IB Year 1 courses will need teacher
                                           approval.

                                           Electives: There may not be space in a student’s schedule for 2 elec-
                                           tives if they are taking multiple core courses, a Resource or Academic
                                           English class. However, students should ensure that they have a Fine
                                           Art credit, as this is a graduation requirement.
 11 & 12     Minimum 7 for IBDP and 6      IBDP students take 6 courses + TOK, in addition to the requirements
             for AP Capstone Diploma       for Extended Essay and CAS.
             Students                      For IB Languages only, the external exam for Standard Level may be
                                           taken in the 11th Grade, if the first year of the course was taken in
             Minimum 7 for other AP/       10th Grade; however, Higher Level languages can only be taken in 12th
             HS diploma students           Grade.

                                           AP Capstone Diploma students take at least 6 subjects including AP
                                           Seminar (grade11) or AP Research (grade 12).

                                           Grade 11 AP/High School diploma students not taking AP Capstone
                                           diploma or IBDP take at least 6 courses + High School Seminar (New
                                           course starting in 2021, subject to scheduling)

                                           Grade 12 AP/High School diploma students not taking AP Capstone
                                           diploma or the IB Diploma take at least 6 courses.

Please use the Course planner on the following page to determine chosen pathways.

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MINIMUM CREDIT RE-
                                                                                                        Further
                 SUBJECT       QUIREMENTS OVER 4 GRADE 9               GRADE 10   GRADE 11   GRADE 12
                                                                                                        Education
                                     YEARS

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                                 4 consecutive years                                                    University Destination:
                 ENGLISH                                   English 9
                                                                                                        UK

                                                                                                        USA
                                      2 of 6
                 MATHEMATICS
                               mathematics and science
                                                                                                        Canada

                                      2 of 6                                                            Other__________
                 SCIENCE
                               mathematics and science

                                                                                                        Type of Degree Course:
                                         3 of 6
                 SOCIAL                                    World
                               social studies and world
                 STUDIES                                   History 1                                    Foundation
                                       languages

                                         2 of 6                                                         Academic
                 WORLD
                               social studies and world
                 LANGUAGES             languages                                                        Vocational

                               1* Must include 1 in Fine                                                Other
                 ELECTIVES               Arts                                                           Qualification________
                                                                                                        Career:________________

                 PHYSICAL
                 EDUCATION                 2               Required    Required

                                     20 Credits or
                               24 Credits (with a GPA of
                 TOTAL
                                    3.00) for Honors
                               at the end of 12th Grade
English                                                                            Only when they have reached a suitable level of English
                                                                                   competence, determined by achieving a score of C1 on
                                                                                   the Oxford Placement Test and an internally assessed
Choices in HS English for Students Coming into Grade 9                             writing sample, can these students move into a native
ACS Cobham offers a single option for Grade 9 native                               level class.
English speakers in order to give students a year of
experience in HS before choosing to take the Advanced                              Choices in HS English for Students Coming
or Regular paths in Grade 10. English 9 will maintain
a suitable level of challenge to prepare students to                               into Grade 10
continue into English 10 Advanced if that is deemed an
appropriate choice.                                                                Those students currently in English 9 will have the
                                                                                   option to progress into English 10 or English 10
At the end of English 9, there are two paths for native                            Advanced, if advised.
level English students to follow.
                                                                                   Transitional English 10 is for non-native speakers
English 10 Advanced is a challenging course. Those                                 whose level of English is deemed by the ACS English
HS students who wish to be admitted to this course                                 Department not yet sufficient to join a native level
are required to demonstrate sufficient English skills                              class. Only when they have reached a suitable level
and, more importantly, a good work ethic in English                                of English competence, determined by their teacher,
9. Therefore English 9 students must understand                                    can these students move into a native level class. The
from the outset that their attitude and performance                                usual progression from Transitional English 10 is into IB
in Grade 9 will be considered for admission to English                             English B. For those students wanting to exit the EAL
10 Advanced. The following factors may be taken into                               program, certain requirements must be met including
account: work ethic, class performance, standardised                               a proficient score on the current ACS-approved English
test scores, and academic integrity.                                               skills test (Oxford Placement or similar), demonstrating
                                                                                   proficiency in writing, and teacher recommendation.
Transitional English 9 is for non-native speakers
whose level of English is deemed by the ACS English
Department not yet sufficient to join a native level class.

                   High School English
                                                                                          Grade 11                  Grade 12
           Grade 9                           Grade 10                                              IB
                                                                                                                    IB Literature
                                                                                               Literature
                                                                                                 HL/SL                   HL/SL

                                                                                                   IB                   IB
                                                                                              Language &           Language &
                                                    English 10                                 Literature           Literature
                                                    Advanced                                      HL/SL                HL/SL

                English 9
                                                                                                                    AP Literature
                                                                                              AP Language

                                                     English 10

                                                                                               English 11               English 12

                Transitional                       Transitional
                 English 9                          English 10
                                                                                              IB English B          IB English B

                                 Academic                   Advanced
                                  English                   Reading                       Creative           Yearbook
              Electives        *For EAL students        (anticipated new course)          Writing
                                     only

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English 9 = 1 credit                                             English 12 = 1 credit
English 9 is designed to develop students’ English skills        In English 12 students analyse literature and
and to prepare them for the demanding courses they               nonfiction, and learn to write effectively in different
may take in Grade 10 and beyond. This course combines            forms. Students read texts from a variety of genres.
the study of both literary and non-literary texts taken          Writing skills will be developed through a series of
from a range of sources. Students will develop their             activities through vocabulary, routine composition of
writing and speaking in a variety of genres with                 analytical and evaluative essays, large and small group
emphasis placed on academic writing, speaking and                discussions, grammar instruction, and the composition
analytical skills. English 9 will maintain a suitable level of   of a research paper.
challenge to prepare students to continue into English
10 Advanced if that is deemed an appropriate choice.             HS Seminar = 1 credit Proposed new course. Subject
                                                                 to scheduling.
Transitional English 9 = 1 credit                                Prerequisites: Grade 11 students who are not doing
Transitional English 9 is a course for second language           IBDP or AP Capstone. Cannot be taken as a single
students of English whose language skills are at B1 and          English credit.
B2 levels. This course is taken instead of English 9 and
is a mandatory course for those students whose level             This innovative new one-year course has been designed
of English is deemed by the school to require an EAL             to prepare students in grade 11 for university level
teaching approach. The course employs a wide range of            research by questioning and exploring interdisciplinary
strategies to help students develop their key speaking,          real-world issues from multiple perspectives in a
listening, reading & writing skills to support them in all       seminar discussion and research-based environment.
their English needs.                                             Scholarly articles, research studies, literary texts
                                                                 and speeches will be used to critically analyse and
English 10 = 1 credit                                            evaluate the core arguments presented by the authors
English 10 develops students’ key English skills,                in order to gain a rich understanding of the context
combining a core of literary study with strands of non-          and complexities of issues. Students will practice the
fiction analysis, vocabulary, and grammar. English 10            skills of synthesizing perspectives to convey their own
provides an engaging and supportive programme that               reasoned arguments in both oral and written work,
allows students to develop their abilities with guidance         making deep connections on topics, both local or global,
and structure. Emphasis is placed on readings from a             that raise their curiosity and hold relevance to their own
wide range of text types and development of students’            lives.
writing and speaking skills.
                                                                 Students are assessed through culminating tasks:
English 10 Advanced = 1 credit                                   • 1200-word individual research report and oral
Prerequisite: 5 for second semester or above in English             presentation in Semester 1
9 or equivalent                                                  • 2000-word individual written argument and oral
                                                                    presentation in Semester 2
English 10 Advanced combines the study of literary
and non-literary texts from a range of sources and is
delivered at a rigorous pace. Students develop writing           ELECTIVES
and speaking skills in a variety of genres with emphasis
on academic writing, speaking, and analytical skills.            Academic English = 1 credit (Elective)
                                                                 Prerequisite: Students who are currently enrolled in
Transitional English 10 = 1 credit                               Transitional English/ English B courses.
Transitional English 10 is designed for “English as
an Additional Language” (EAL) students—non-native                This course provides help and support for students
speakers of English whose language skills are still              developing their academic English skills with a focus on
developing towards near-native level and are working             speaking and listening. Students who are in Transitional
at B2 level. This course is taken instead of English 10          English may take this course, which provides them with
and is mandatory for students whose level of English             the opportunity to develop their English skills across the
is deemed by the school to require an EAL teaching               curriculum and supports their achievement in content
approach. Transitional English 10 employs a wide                 classes. This course is taken as an elective class.
range of strategies to help students develop their key           Assessment will be based on classwork and final project
speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and             at each semester.
provides support for students in their English needs
across the curriculum.                                           Advanced Reading = 1 credit (Elective) Proposed new
                                                                 course. Subject to interest, scheduling and staffing.
English 11 = 1 credit                                            Prerequisite: None. Open to all students.
Students analyse literature and non-fiction, and learn to
write effectively. Students may read novels, plays, short        Advanced Reading provides students with a structured
stories and poetry. Vocabulary skills will be developed          environment to read, think about, and discuss texts.
as students explore words from their readings.                   Students are expected to read 1000 pages every
Grammar instruction will be pursued in response                  quarter and discuss each text with the teacher. Literary
to student writing. In addition to literature, music,            Criticisms will also be taught in order to aid students in
video, advertisements, and illustrations will be used            their reading and analytic abilities. Although students
to develop media literacy skills. Critical thinking skills       will select their own books, the teacher will approve the
will be exercised and developed through the writing              book ensuring that it is of an appropriate level. It is the
tasks described above and through class discussions in           expectation that students are continually challenging
response to the selected readings.                               themselves in their reading.

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Assessment will be based on classwork and final project      readings are supplemented with critical essays.
based on the student’s understanding of the text,
specifically in connection with a Critical Theory.           In addition to excellent discussion and composition
                                                             skills, analytical and critical thinking skills and the
Creative Writing and Media = 1 credit (Elective)             ability to make complex and relevant connections
The ACS Creative Writing and Media course is aimed           between the worlds of fiction and our own corporeal
at students who want to study the conventions and            existence are demanded by class work. The AP Lit
practices of creative writing expressed through various      program is designed to provide its students with “exit-
forms of electronic media. Examples include writings         level proficiency” in first year college and university
such as poetry, the short story, drama (including            composition courses. The program is reading and
screenwriting) and media such as television and radio,       writing intensive, and preparation, attendance, and
film and video (including documentaries), and digital        participation are essential for success.
communications. Our class will publish virtual portfolios
that interweave the art of design with the craft of          AP Seminar = 1 credit
storytelling that we can share and celebrate with others.    Prerequisite: Grade 11 only

Yearbook (FA*) = 1 credit (Elective)                         This foundational course, typically taken in grade 11,
Prerequisites: None. Students who enjoy designing            provides students with opportunities to think critically
and editing, have experience in Photoshop/photo-             and creatively, research, explore, pose solutions,
editing, and/ or have an interest in journalism and          develop arguments, collaborate, and communicate
communication are ideal candidates for the course.           using various media. Students explore real-world issues
                                                             through a cross-curricular lens and consider multiple
Students who choose Yearbook as an elective have             points of view to develop a deep understanding of
the opportunity to work in an authentic workplace            complex issues as they make connections between
setting, developing a diverse range of skills including:     these issues and their own lives. Students read articles,
interpersonal communication, interview techniques, IT,       research studies, and foundational and philosophical
graphic design, desktop publishing, teamwork, time           texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and
management, project management and leadership                personal accounts; and explore artistic and literary
skills. Students considering the Yearbook as an option       works to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of
need to be able to work as part of a team, be flexible,      issues.
willing to learn new skills and be committed to getting
work completed to an agreed but tight time frame.            Teachers have the flexibility to choose appropriate
                                                             themes that allow for deep exploration based on
AP English Courses                                           student interests, local and/or civic issues, global
                                                             or international topics, and concepts from other AP
AP English Language & Composition = 1 credit                 courses. Sample topics or themes include:- Education,
Prerequisites: Open to students in grades 11 or 12,          Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, Revolution.
based on teacher recommendation.                             Assessment: Students are assessed through two
                                                             through-course performance tasks and a written exam.
AP Language and Composition (AP Lang) pursues
the study of rhetoric by considering how and why a           AP Research = 1 credit
speaker communicates a message to their audience.            Prerequisite: Completion of AP Seminar
Students work almost exclusively with non-fiction texts
covering many centuries of literary tradition and a wide     The second course in the AP Capstone experience,
range of styles from elevated prose to colloquial stuff,     typically taken in grade 12, allows students to
including the array of media confronting us today. As        design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based
well as developing the ability to focus on the language      investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through
of the text to develop cogent analysis of arguments,         this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate
students also practice the skills of rhetoric in their own   the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-
compositions.                                                world problems and issues. Students further the skills
                                                             acquired in their AP Seminar course by using research
The AP Language program is designed to provide               methodology; employing ethical research practices; and
its students with “exit- level proficiency” in first         accessing, analysing, and synthesizing information to
year college and university composition courses.             build, present, and defend an argument.
The program is reading and writing intensive, and
preparation, attendance, and participation are essential     Assessment: Students are assessed through
for success.                                                 culminating performance tasks:
                                                             Academic thesis paper (approximately 5,000 words)
AP English Literature & Composition = 1 credit               with a defined structure.
Prerequisites: Open to students in grades 11 or 12,          Public presentation, performance, or exhibition and oral
based on teacher recommendation.                             defence of research and presentation

AP Literature and Composition (AP Lit) pursues the
study of literature by considering what qualities give
literature its literariness. The essential question of AP
Lit is what themes are generated through which literary
devices? Students read stories, plays, novels, poetry
from the classical era and from the 17th to the 21st
centuries, in both elevated and contemporary language.
A heavy emphasis is placed on English Literature, and
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IB English Courses
IB English A Language and Literature, SL/HL = 1
credit
IB English A Language and Literature (IB Lang/Lit) is
a Group 1 component of the IB Diploma designed for
native level speakers of English. The content of IB Lang/
Lit is divided between a study of language (in its cultural
contexts and in the context of mass communication)
and literature (up to six major literary works studied in
depth), studying a variety of sources, genres, text types
and media. Students learn to draft analytical responses,
both in writing and oral presentations. Students who
are fluent in the English language and who demonstrate
good study habits are strong candidates for IB English
A Lang/Lit. Major IB assessments include one oral
presentation, one literature HL essay (HL only), and two
exam essays.

IB English A Literature, SL/HL = 1 credit
IB English A Literature is a Group 1 component of
the IB Diploma designed for native level speakers
of English. English A Literature considers texts from
different cultures and time periods with attention to
language, technique, and context. Students learn to
draft analytical responses, both in writing and oral
presentations. Students who are fluent in the English
language and who demonstrate good study habits are
strong candidates for IB English A Literature. Major
IB assessments include one oral presentation, one
literature HL essay (HL only), and two exam essays.

IB English B, SL/HL = 1 credit
English B is a two-year IB English course designed for
students who have English as a second language but
who have had significant previous experience of the
language. Grade 11 and 12 students whose language
skills are still developing towards native level will be
placed in this English course. English B may be studied
at either Higher or Standard Level. The main focus
of the course is on development of the four primary
language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Major English B assessments include one oral interview,
and two exam papers assessing reading, listening, and
writing composition skills.

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Mathematics
Student placement into these courses will be based on current math pathways, prerequisites, and where relevant,
placement tests, standardised test scores and teacher recommendations.

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Integrated Mathematics 1 = 1 credit                        •   Integrated Mathematics 2 Standard
                                                               Prerequisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement
Integrated Mathematics 1 formalizes and extends                Test/ Class Grades/ MAP Scores
the mathematics that students learned in the middle            This course is for students who have completed
school. Students will study Number Theory and                  Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and
Algebra, Geometry including coordinate geometry, Data          who hope to study IB Mathematics Analysis and
Analysis, and statistics and problem solving. Integrated       Approaches or IB Applications and Interpretations at
Mathematics I uses properties of theorems involving            Standard Level or AP Courses
congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding
of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final        •   Integrated Mathematics 2 Higher
unit in the course ties together the algebraic and             Prerequisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement
geometric ideas studied.                                       Test/ Class Grades /MAP Scores and teacher
                                                               recommendation.
There are 3 levels of Integrated Mathematics 1: IM1            This course is for students who have completed
Core, IM1 Standard and IM1 Higher.                             Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and
                                                               who hope to study IB Mathematics Analysis and
•   Integrated Mathematics 1 Core                              Approaches or IB Applications and Interpretations at
    Prerequisites: Maths 8 or Pre- Algebra AND                 Higher Level or AP Courses
    Placement Test
    This course is for students who have completed         Integrated Mathematics 3
    Grade 8 Mathematics or equivalent and who              Integrated Mathematics 3 is a rigorous course which
    hope to study IB Mathematics Applications and          provides opportunities to apply learning from the IM1
    Interpretations at Standard Level or Math Electives    and IM2 courses (or equivalent) and to extend further
    in Grades 11 and 12.                                   into higher level topics and skills. These are divided
                                                           into units and cover Polynomials, Rational and Radical
•   Integrated Mathematics 1 Standard                      relationships, Coordinate Geometry and Trigonometry,
    Prerequisites: Maths 8 or Pre- Algebra AND             Modelling, Proof and Calculus and Statistics and
    Placement Test                                         Probability.
    This course is for students who have completed
    Grade 8 Mathematics or equivalent and who hope         •   Integrated Mathematics 3 Core
    to study IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches            Prerequisites: IM 2 or Algebra 2 and/or Placement
    or Applications and Interpretations at Standard            Test/ Class Grades/ MAP Scores
    Level or AP mathematics courses.                           This course is for students who have completed
                                                               Integrated Mathematics 2 or equivalent and who
•   Integrated Mathematics 1 Higher                            are studying for their High School Diploma and who
    Prerequisites: Maths 8 or Pre-Algebra AND                  wish to go on to a Math Elective in Grades 11 and
    Placement Test                                             12.
    This extended course is for students who hope to
    study IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or        •   Integrated Mathematics 3 Standard
    Applications and Interpretations at Higher Level or        Prerequisites: IM 2 and/or Placement Test/Class
    AP mathematics courses.                                    Grades/MAP Scores
                                                               This course is for students who have completed
Integrated Mathematics 2 = 1 credit                            Integrated Mathematics 2 or equivalent and
                                                               who hope to study IB Mathematics Analysis and
Integrated Mathematics 2 extends algebra, geometry             Approaches or IB Applications and Interpretations ,
and statistics taught in Integrated Mathematics 1.             or AP Courses.
It focuses on quadratic expressions, equations, and
functions comparing their characteristics and behaviour    •   Integrated Mathematics 3 Higher
to those of linear and non linear relationships from           Prerequisites: IM 2 and/or Placement Test/Class
Integrated Mathematics I, Direct and Inverse variation,        Grades/MAP Scores and Teacher Recommendation
Functions including transformations of functions and           This course is for students who have completed
logarithmic, Trigonometry including graphs of functions        Integrated Mathematics 2 or equivalent and
and applications, Probability, Sets, Sequences and             who hope to study IB Mathematics Analysis and
Properties of Circles.                                         Approaches or IB Applications and Interpretations or
                                                               AP Courses.
There are 3 levels of Integrated Mathematics 2: IM2
Core, IM2 Standard and IM2 Higher.
                                                           Calculus = 1 credit
•   Integrated Mathematics 2 Core
    Prerequisites: IM 1 or Algebra 1 and/or Placement      The calculus course follows the AP Calculus syllabus,
    Test/ Class Grades/ MAP Scores                         and is taught simultaneously, but to an honours level
    This course is for students who have completed         standard rather than AP standard.
    Integrated Mathematics 1 or equivalent and who
    hope to study IB Mathematics Applications and
    Interpretations at Standard Level or Math Electives
    in Grades 11 and 12.

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Probability and Statistics = 1 credit                        those who wish to study mathematics as a subject
Prerequisite: Completion of IM2 or equivalent AND            in its own right or to pursue their interests in areas
teacher recommendation. Only grades 11 and 12.               related to mathematics, and those who wish to gain
                                                             understanding and competence in how mathematics
This course is seen as a solid introduction to Statistics    relates to the real world and to other subjects. There
and lays the groundwork for further study at the AP          are some elements and topics common to both courses
level. Students will explore data by observing patterns      although the approaches may be different, as well as
and departures from patterns. This study will be             there being different topics and areas of mathematics
enhanced by an efficient use of the statistical menus        studied in both courses. Both subjects will prepare
on the graphing display calculator and exposure to           students with the mathematics needed for a range of
statistical software packages. It will be seen that the      further educational courses corresponding to the two
course is highly practical as students will develop skills   approaches.
that enable them to produce statistical models that
relate to real world situations.                             It is important that students select their preferred
                                                             course from the beginning of Grade 11 - as the courses
Business Mathematics = 1 credit                              begin to diverge it will become more difficult to change
Prerequisite: Completion of IM2 or equivalent/Teacher        courses due to the amount of content that will need to
Recommendation. Grades 11 and 12 only. This course is        be covered by the student. In selecting their preferred
not to be taken in conjunction with IB/AP Mathematics        course, students are advised to take into account their
courses.                                                     own abilities and interest in mathematics and the type
                                                             of mathematics in which they can be successful, their
A classic Algebra-based, practical business math             other choices of subjects within the framework of the
course covering an introduction to accounting, finance,      DP and their future academic plans, in particular the
insurance, statistics, and taxation as well as many          subjects they wish to study in the future along with
consumer-math and personal finance applications.             their choice of career.
Foreign exchange rate conversions will be included to
help students deal with international transactions in the    IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches = 1 credit
global market.                                               Prerequisites: HL: Minimum IM2 Higher (grade 6),
                                                             IM3 Standard (grade 5) or equivalent, and teacher
AP MATHEMATICS COURSES                                       recommendation;
                                                             SL: Minimum IM2 Standard (grade 5) or equivalent, and
AP Calculus (AB) = 1 credit                                  teacher recommendation.
Prerequisite: IM3 or equivalent and teacher
recommendation or a minimum of a 5 in Pre-Calculus           This course recognizes the need for analytical expertise
and teacher recommendation.                                  in a world where innovation is increasingly dependent
                                                             on a deep understanding of mathematics. This course
This is a demanding college level course where topics        includes topics that are both traditionally part of a
in differential and integral Calculus are introduced         pre-university mathematics course (for example,
intuitively and then developed at increasing levels          functions, trigonometry, calculus) as well as topics that
of rigour. Students are expected to demonstrate the          are amenable to investigation, conjecture and proof,
efficient use of technology in solving problems and          for instance the study of sequences and series at both
be able to communicate the mathematical solution of          SL and HL, and proof by induction at HL. The course
problems both orally and in well written sentences.          allows the use of technology, as fluency in relevant
                                                             mathematical software and hand-held technology is
AP Statistics = 1 credit                                     important regardless of choice of course.
Prerequisites: Completion of IM2 or equivalent, or have      However, Mathematics: analysis and approaches
satisfactorily completed a full credit in the Probability    has a strong emphasis on the ability to construct,
and Statistics course, teacher recommendation.               communicate and justify correct mathematical
                                                             arguments. This subject is aimed at students who will
The purpose of this course is to introduce students          go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics
to the major concepts and tools for collecting,              content such as mathematics itself, engineering,
analysing and drawing conclusions from data. A basic         physical sciences, or economics. Students who choose
understanding of probability theory provides the             Mathematics: analysis and approaches at SL or HL
necessary tool to anticipate and recognise distributions     should be comfortable in the manipulation of algebraic
formulated under a chosen statistical model. Statistical     expressions and enjoy the recognition of patterns and
inference is used as a guide in the choice of appropriate    understand the mathematical generalization of these
models. Students will be able to show an efficient
                                                             patterns. Students who wish to take Mathematics:
use of the statistical menus on the graphing display
calculator and will be exposed to computer statistical       analysis and approaches at higher level will have strong
software packages.                                           algebraic skills and the ability to understand simple
                                                             proof; they will be students who enjoy spending time
                                                             with problems and get pleasure and satisfaction from
IB MATHEMATICS COURSES                                       solving challenging problems.

Individual students have different needs, aspirations,       Students are assessed through a combination of
interests and abilities. For this reason there are two       coursework based on individual exploration of an area of
different subjects offered in IB mathematics, each           mathematics (Internal Assessment), and examinations
available at Standard Level and Higher Level These           based on Short and Extended Response Questions.
courses are designed for different types of students:

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IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation = 1                               natural sciences, statistics, business, some economics,
credit                                                                            psychology, and design.
Prerequisites - HL: Minimum IM2 Higher (grade 6),
IM3 Standard (grade 5) or equivalent, and teacher                                 Students who choose Mathematics: applications
recommendation; SL: Minimum IM2 Core (grade 5) or                                 and interpretation at SL or HL should enjoy seeing
equivalent and teacher recommendation.                                            mathematics used in real-world contexts and to solve
                                                                                  real-world problems. Students who wish to take
This course recognizes the increasing role that                                   Mathematics: applications and interpretation at higher
mathematics and technology play in a diverse range                                level will have good algebraic skills and experience
of fields in a data-rich world. As such, it emphasizes                            of solving real-world problems; they will be students
the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing                                 who get pleasure and satisfaction when exploring
on topics that are often used as applications or in                               challenging problems and who are comfortable to
mathematical modelling. To give this understanding                                undertake this exploration using technology. Students
a firm base, this course also includes topics that are                            are assessed through a combination of coursework
traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics                                based on individual exploration of an area of
course such as calculus and statistics. The course                                mathematics (Internal Assessment), and examinations
makes extensive use of technology to allow students                               based on Short and Extended Response Questions.
to explore and construct mathematical models.
Mathematics: applications and interpretation will                                 For further information about the difference between
develop mathematical thinking, often in the context                               the IB Mathematics courses the IBO have provided this
of a practical problem and using technology to justify                            useful article. https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2019/06/20/
conjectures. This subject is aimed at students who will                           mathematics-subject-breakdown/
go on to study subjects such as social sciences,

Science

                                  High School Science
                                                                                            Grade 11                                Grade 12
                  Grade 9                          Grade 10
                                                                                                                                      IB Bio
                                                                                                  IB Bio 1
                                                                                                                                      HL/SL
                                                        Biology
                                                                                                  AP Bio                              AP Bio
                      Science 9

                                                                                                  IB Chem                            IB Chem
                                                                                                      1                                HL/SL
                                                     Chemistry
                        Biology                                                                     AP         AP courses are 1        AP
                                                                                                               year in length and
                                                                                                   Chem        can be taken in        Chem
                                                                                                               grades 11 or 12

                                                                                                  IB Phys                            IB Phys
                     Physics or                                                                      1                                HL/SL
                    Chemistry                         Physics
           Admission to these courses in
           gr.9 is by special application.                                                          AP                                 AP
                                                                                                  Physics                            Physics
                                                     Science:                                        1                                  2
                                                   Investigation
                                                  Can be taken in Gr
                                                        10-12
             Sports Science                                                                                                           IB Env
                                                                                                  IB Env
               & Studies                         Human Biology                                                                       Science
                Elective                                                                          Science
                                                   Elective            Any of the Gr. 10                                                SL
               Can be take in                    Can be taken in Gr    science courses can
                  Gr 9-12                              10-12           lead to IB Env Sci or IB
                                                                       Sports Science                IB                              IB Sports
             Science CREST                                                                         Sports                             Science
                                                     Genetic                                      Science                                SL
                 Awards
                                                   Engineering
                Elective
               Can be take in
                                                     Elective
                                                   Can be take in                                   *Please note that Computer Science is also a
                  Gr 9-12
                                                     Gr 10-12                                       Science option for AP and IB.

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Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming            aims to build a strong foundation in the subject through
into Grade 9                                                  the use of inquiry activities, contextual problems and
Science 9 is the best course for the majority of HS           practical work, using the Next Generation Science
students. It is a balanced course encompassing Biology,       Standards (NGSS). This course is suitable for students
Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. This           who wish to continue their studies with either IB or AP
provides students with a strong foundation in all             chemistry.
four science disciplines and will give them enough
experience of these different disciplines to inform their     Physics = 1 credit
selection of science courses in grades 10-12.                 Prerequisites: Successful completion or current
                                                              enrolment in Integrated Math 1 or equivalent, at least a
Biology is also available in 9th Grade for highly able and    5 in Science 9 or equivalent, or by special application.
motivated science students, allowing them flexibility in
science pathways leading to IB and AP. These courses          Regular Physics is intended to be a precursor to
are demanding honours level courses and admission             pursuing the subject at IB or AP level, so it is mostly
to this class is not automatic. In order to be eligible for   aimed at 10th graders who performed well in Science
this pathway, students need to be able to demonstrate         9 gaining at least a 5. It covers a broad range of topics
high levels of interest, aptitude and proven performance      in physics; mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism,
in science. Physics and Chemistry are also available          waves and nuclear physics, but at a level only requiring
by special application. Admission will be decided on          basic algebra and graphing skills. No trigonometry or
a combination of factors, which include high grades           calculus is required using the Next Generation Science
in science from grade 8, standardised test scores e.g.        Standards (NGSS).
MAP, Grade 8 teacher recommendation, motivation and
work habits in science class.                                 Science 9 = 1 credit
                                                              Prerequisite: The successful completion of Science 8 or
Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming            equivalent.
into Grade 10
Students must take one science class in Grade                 Science 9 consists of quarter-long courses in Biology,
10, although they can take up to three. If they are           Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science. The
considering taking biology, chemistry or physics at IB        course builds on the Middle School science and follows
or AP level in 11th and 12th grade, they must take the        the spirit of NGSS. The focus is on the concepts
Grade 10 named course (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics)      that cut across the sciences and the development of
as a prerequisite.                                            scientific practices within the context of each of the
Guide to Choices in HS Science for Students Coming            disciplines taught. These include the interpretation and
into Grade 11 and 12                                          use of models; the design, collection and interpretation
Students may choose between IBDP, IB course, AP               of data; the way in which structures of systems relate
or Regular Honours classes in 11th and 12th grade.            to their functions; and the communication of science.
IBDP and IB certificates are two-year courses. AP and         Strong emphasis is placed on laboratory and fieldwork,
Honours are one-year courses. Entry into IB or AP             inquiry based tasks and critical thinking.
biology, chemistry or physics requires the successful
completion of a prerequisite course (see notes in
course descriptions). Environmental Science and Sports        ELECTIVES
Science do not require a specified prerequisite.
                                                              Genetic Engineering = 1 credit (Elective) Proposed new
                                                              course. Subject to interest, scheduling and staffing.
High School Regular Science Courses                           Prerequisite: Grades 10 - 12 only
                                                              Genetic engineering is an advanced elective taught over
Biology = 1 credit                                            a one-year period. It presents the structure and function
Prerequisites: Successful completion or current               of the genetic material. There is laboratory work and
enrolment in Integrated Math 1 or equivalent,                 a visit to a research center/university, for hands-on
completion of Science 9 or equivalent, or by special          experience in genetic techniques. Upon completion,
application.                                                  students will be able to demonstrate understanding
                                                              of DNA and RNA, how viruses work, and the methods
Regular Biology includes the study of cellular structure      of gene manipulation including recombinant DNA
and function, genetics, evolution, ecology, along             technology, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and transgenic
with plant and human physiology. Through inquiry              techniques.
of activities and practical work, students develop an
understanding of essential biological principles. In the      Human Biology = 1 credit (Elective)
laboratory, an emphasis is placed on recognition of           Prerequisite: Only open to students in Grades 10-12.
variables, data collection and processing, analysis and
evaluation.                                                   Human Biology is an elective taught over a one-
                                                              year period. It presents the anatomy of the human
Chemistry = 1 credit                                          body with a focus on human-biology related issues.
Prerequisites: Successful completion or current               Laboratory work and dissections are a requirement.
enrolment in Integrated Math 1 or equivalent,                 Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate
completion of Science 9 or equivalent, or by special          understanding of cell biology and the human body
application.                                                  systems. Strands include the cell; matter, energy,
                                                              and organisation in living systems; and behaviour of
Chemistry is a dynamic course that considers key              organisms.
chemical concepts by addressing real world questions. It

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