Toronto Prep School - Course Calendar 2021-2022

 
Toronto Prep School - Course Calendar 2021-2022
Toronto Prep School

                      Course Calendar 2021-2022
Toronto Prep School - Course Calendar 2021-2022
The purpose of this publication is two-fold. Firstly, this course calendar is produced to encourage students and parents/guardians to keep themselves informed
about secondary school education in Ontario and on Toronto Prep School programs and policies, and secondly, as a guide and planning tool designed to help
parents and students in selecting courses for the 2021 - 2022 school year that ensure today’s educational choices open the right doors to the future.

To help students achieve their educational goals, Toronto Prep School offers a wide range of courses in many subject areas. This publication will help you
become familiar with the specific courses of study that are available, as well as with the staff, services, policies and practices designed to support students and
their academic activities during their middle and upper school years. In essence, the guide is designed to help you choose and create your pathway to success.

Education and selection of courses and programs in secondary school is built on a partnership among students, parent/guardians, and the school. This course
calendar will assist students in making those important course and program selections. It is important to emphasize, however, that the course calendar is not the
only source of information. The school’s teachers, Guidance Department and administrators can provide valuable assistance in all matters related to course
selection, program and career planning. The staff at Toronto Prep School is committed to this partnership and is dedicated to helping our students complete their
educational objectives.

This resource is divided into the following eight sections:

       • Toronto Prep School Policies
       • Grade 7 and 8 Academic Program
       • Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements
       • Course Offerings and Course Descriptions by Grade for Grades 9 to 12
       • Course Offerings by Subject Area
       • Compulsory and Elective Courses and Subject Area Flow Charts
       • Sample Course Selection Form
       • Master Schedule for 2021 - 2022

If you have questions regarding the academic program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dates are contingent on Ministry of Education of Ontario and Ontario Public Health edicts pertaining to COVID-19 and possible school closures.

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The Importance of a Secondary School Education
Toronto Prep School believes in the importance and value of completing a secondary school education. Our school philosophy includes a commitment to reach
every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome from their school experience at TPS. The concept of completing a secondary school education is
vital for students to make the transition into adulthood and provides an essential foundation from which one can join the global community as a self-sufficient and
contributing member. Obtaining a high school diploma has become an increasingly important prerequisite for economic and social mobility in the world. Young
people with a high school education are much better equipped for the modern life. They are more likely to be permanently employed and/or to be admitted to post-
secondary institutions to further their education and become active and contributing members of our society. As such, we are committed to ensuring that all
students have academic, social, and emotional supports to achieve this milestone. Furthermore, we are motivated by a belief that every student deserves a good
outcome from his or her education, that the outcome should be the best fit possible for each student’s potential, willingness and capacity for further learning, and
that all students should have a core of common knowledge, skills and values.

It should also be noted that in the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Education, requires students to attend school until they reach the age of eighteen or until they
have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

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Table of Contents                                                                                                                                                                                                   Course Calendar

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   Introduction to Course Calendar......................................................................i                   Extra-Curricular Activities................................................................................22
   The Importance of a Secondary School Education…………………………….ii                                                             Athletic Logo...................................................................................................23
                                                                                                                            School Clubs and Organizations.....................................................................23
Section I: Toronto Prep School Policies                                                                                     House System and Teacher-Advisors Program..............................................23
                                                                                                                            Teacher-Advisors............................................................................................23
  Our Vision.........................................................................................................3      Guidance and Counseling Services................................................................24
  Our Mission .....................................................................................................3        Guidance and Career Education Program......................................................24
  To Fulfill Our Mission .......................................................................................3           Academic Assistance......................................................................................25
  Fundamental to Our Mission ...........................................................................3                   School’s Right to Search.................................................................................25
  Our Core Values ..............................................................................................4           Lockers............................................................................................................25
  Hours of Operation ..........................................................................................5            Communications..............................................................................................25
  Academic Schedule .........................................................................................5              Adherence to Ontario’s Ministry of Education Policies....................................26
  School Closings................................................................................................6          Assessment and Evaluation of Student Achievement.....................................26
  Attendance Policy.............................................................................................6           Course Development .....................................................................................29
  Missed Test Policy............................................................................................7           Access to Courses of Study............................................................................29
  Leaving School Grounds..................................................................................7                 Student Reports and Parent Interviews..........................................................30
  Code of Conduct...............................................................................................7           Examinations..................................................................................................30
  Dress Code.....................................................................................................10         Wireless Internet Usage Policy.......................................................................30
  Provincial Code of Conduct............................................................................10                  Toronto Prep School Awards...........................................................................32
  School Discipline............................................................................................12           Community Involvement Awards and the Toronto Prep School......................34
  Academic Integrity Policy................................................................................14
  Turnitin and Toronto Prep School....................................................................15                   Section II: Grade 7 and Grade 8 Academic Program
  Homework.......................................................................................................16
  Academic Due Dates......................................................................................17                 Academic Program for Grades 7 and 8 ........................................................35
  Emergency Procedures..................................................................................18                   Promotion Policy............................................................................................35
  Academic Continuity Plan …..……………………………………………………20                                                                         Course Descriptions for Grade 7 ..................................................................35
  Visitors to the School......................................................................................20             Course Descriptions for Grade 8 ..................................................................38
  The Use of Cell Phones..................................................................................20
  Use of iPods and Other Personal Audio/Visual Devices.................................21                                  Section III: Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements
  Medication.......................................................................................................21
  Health and Safety............................................................................................21            The Ontario Secondary School Program......................................................40
  Textbooks........................................................................................................21        The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).........................................40
  DigiExam.........................................................................................................21        Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements ......................................40
  Lunch...............................................................................................................22     The Provincial Secondary School Literacy Requirement..............................41
  Food and Beverages.......................................................................................22                Community Service Diploma Requirements..................................................41
  Skateboards and Roller Blades.......................................................................22                     The Ontario Secondary School Certificate....................................................42
  Lost and Found................................................................................................22           The Certificate of Accomplishment................................................................42                             1
  Posters and Advertising Material in the School...............................................22                            Granting of the Diploma and Certificates.......................................................42
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 Ontario Scholar Designation..........................................................................42                 Social Sciences and Humanities....................................................................71
 Definition of a Credit......................................................................................42          Technological Education…………………………………………….……………72
 Prerequisites and Co-requisites.....................................................................42                  Courses Offered at TPS by Grade Level and Course Code……………….…73
 Waiving of Prerequisites................................................................................42
 Music Certificates Accepted For Credits........................................................43                       Section VI: Compulsory and Elective Courses and Subject Area Flow
 Withdrawal from a Course.............................................................................43                 Charts
 Adding a Courses..........................................................................................43
 Compulsory Course Substitution Policy.........................................................43                        The Arts.........................................................................................................75
 Promotion Policy............................................................................................43          Business Studies...........................................................................................77
 Types of Courses...........................................................................................44           Canadian and World Studies.........................................................................77
 Understanding Course Codes.......................................................................44                     English...........................................................................................................79
 Equivalency Credits.......................................................................................45            French............................................................................................................79
 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)....................................45                                  Guidance and Career Education....................................................................80
 Procedures for Students Who Wish to Change Course Types......................45                                         Health and Physical Education......................................................................80
 Independent Learning Centre........................................................................45                   Mathematics………………………………………………………….……………81
 The Ontario Student Transcript and Policy Regarding Disclosure.................46                                       Science..........................................................................................................82
 Access to the Ontario Student Record (OSR)................................................46                            Social Sciences and Humanities....................................................................83
 Confidentiality of Information and the OSR....................................................47                        Interdisciplinary Studies.................................................................................84
 Parents Rights................................................................................................47        Computer Studies..........................................................................................84
 Availability of Courses....................................................................................47           Technological Education................................................................................84
 Course Selection Process - Grades 9 to 12……………………………………47
                                                                                                                         Section VII: Sample Course Selection Form
Section IV: Course Offerings and Course Descriptions by Grade
                                                                                                                          Grade 9........................................................................................................85
  Course Descriptions for Grade 9 ..................................................................48                    Grade 10......................................................................................................85
  Course Descriptions for Grade 10 ................................................................50                     Grade 11......................................................................................................86
  Course Descriptions for Grade 11.................................................................52                     Grade 12......................................................................................................87
  Course Descriptions for Grade 12.................................................................56
                                                                                                                         Section VIII: Master Schedule
Section V: Course Offerings by Subject Area
                                                                                                                           Master Schedule for 2021-2022.................................................................88
 The Arts..........................................................................................................62
 Business Studies............................................................................................64
 Canadian and World Studies..........................................................................65
 Computer Studies...........................................................................................67
 English............................................................................................................67
 French............................................................................................................68
 Guidance and Career Education....................................................................68                                                                                                                                                   2
 Health and Physical Education.......................................................................68
 Mathematics...................................................................................................69
 Science...........................................................................................................70
 Interdisciplinary Studies..................................................................................70                                        “engaging minds”
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To this end we value and stress the following skills:
  Our Vision

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                                                                                                     · read for meaning and write for purpose;
We see a quality driven university preparatory school dedicated to providing a
                                                                                                     · locate and evaluate information;
rigorous academic curriculum intended to prepare students for success at the post-
                                                                                                     · manipulate numbers and interpret data; and
secondary school level and beyond. We see a school that ensures students achieve
                                                                                                     · value a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle which
the academic and personal growth that enables them to become independent, life-
                                                                                                       includes physical activity, an appreciation for the
long learners poised for success. We see a school that fosters collaboration, and
                                                                                                       arts and culture and a recognition for the
mentorship among students, faculty and parents. We see learning as best occurring
                                                                                                       importance of family, friendship and community.
when it is placed in the context of a healthy, caring relationship involving all the
stakeholders in the teaching-learning process. We see ourselves as encouraging
and supporting the pursuit of excellence.                                                    Fundamental to Our Mission

 Our Mission                                                                                At the Toronto Prep School, we have the active involvement of a passionate,
                                                                                            caring and experienced staff, proven teamwork and shared leadership, the
                                                                                            effective management of resources, a safe and orderly learning environment and
The Toronto Prep School is completely dedicated to providing a superior academic            the opportunity to properly prepare each student for success. We pride ourselves
program for the children of parents who value the importance of knowledge,                  in our dedication to our students, acknowledge that parents, students and
technology, individuality, responsibility, and integrity in a safe, nurturing, and highly   teachers are seen as valued partners in layering the foundation for life-long
motivated environment. Our mission is to prepare our students by equipping them             learning. It will take all of us working toward a common goal to achieve success.
with the academic tools and life skills needed to enter and succeed not only at the         At the Toronto Prep School we truly believe, “that it takes a village to raise a
post-secondary school level, but ultimately, in their chosen career path. Given the         child.” It is with this philosophy in mind that we welcome the input of parents.
pace of technological change and the growth of information technologies in all              Dedicated teachers, who respect, encourage, inspire, and challenge students to
aspects of our lives, it is crucial that students gain mastery over these tools. We are     maximize their effort, concerned, involved parents and motivated students are all
committed to developing students who are confident and responsible and exhibit              fundamental to the learning and growth process.
the values necessary to become effective communicators, informed and productive
thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative workers, and skilled information            Students at the Toronto Prep School will have many opportunities to form
processors and problem solvers. It is a mission and duty we take most seriously             relationships with their teachers, which can lead them to greater academic
and which we commit ourselves fully.                                                        success. Extra-help opportunities are intended to help students with any specific
                                                                                            academic difficulty they may experience, which can allow the issue to be
 To Fulfill Our Mission                                                                     resolved quickly and correctly.

                                                                                            Small classes enable the teacher to have a better sense of who your child is, and
As educators we will develop the facility for learning and foster the motivation for        as such identify strengths and weaknesses more readily. Each student will also
students to continue to learn after their formal school years. We are dedicated to          have the opportunity to speak up and participate in class discussions and receive
empowering each student to develop attitudes, skills, knowledge and the                     immediate clarification. A low student to faculty ratio is at the core of any
responsibility essential to successful achievement in school and society. We will           independent school. This enables teachers to explore sidebars and cement
challenge each student to maximize his or her effort and in doing so realize their          fundamentals in place as well as provide greater personal attention in preparing
potential. The development of a sound work ethic and effective organizational and           each student for the challenges ahead.
study skills will be stressed. It is our duty to ensure that students are able to
communicate clearly and effectively and to master the ever changing technologies            Above all, we are accountable to both our students and our parents.                          3
for communication.
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Respect For Property - by respecting the personal property of other students
 Our Core Values                                                                               and by treating the school grounds, school contents and school

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                                                                                               surroundings with care and respect. Our school is a reflection and
We subscribe to and practice our Core Values:                                                  extension of those in it and we want to be exemplary at all times.
At the Toronto Prep School, we recognize the importance of a well-balanced                Respect For The School - by arriving on time, prepared, and ready for each
education. It is expected that our students not only learn about academic subjects,            class and for all after school activities.
but also gain knowledge about themselves and how to interact effectively with those
around them. We view strong character and core values as integral components to           Respect For The Community - by being polite and friendly to others. Through
all student and School endeavours.                                                             their speech, demeanour, attitude, and body language, students are
                                                                                               expected to be welcoming and gracious to all community members.
Every member of the Toronto Prep School aspires to and is measured by our core         Cooperation - by working together towards common goals we will be able to
values and principles of behaviour.                                                    achieve more. This means not only interacting fruitfully with peers and faculty, but
                                                                                       with all members of the community. It is expected that students seek out new
Respect is one of the most important values at the Toronto Prep School. All other      relationships and opportunities for mutual learning.
values flow outwards from this core value. Respect is the acknowledgement of
importance and contains both behavioural and responsive components. Helping            Effort - by devoting their fullest energy, thought, and attention to the task at hand,
students develop the art of respect is a school-wide goal and is modeled by all        students are expected to push their own limits and those of their classmates in
adults at the school. This code serves as the operational glue that holds our school   and out of the classroom. Effort will be encouraged, expected, celebrated,
together. All members are expected to demonstrate the following elements of            appreciated and cultivated.
respect:
                                                                                       Service - by being an active participant and meaningful contributor to the
   Self-Respect - by their manner and in their school dress; students are to           community; by being of assistance and benefit to others.
         conduct themselves with a sense of dignity at all times.
                                                                                       Leadership - by asking the best of ourselves and others in directing group
   Respect For Peers - by showing support and encouragement; by refraining from        members towards a common goal. Providing inspiration, always striving to do the
        insulting, deriding, bullying, or humiliating others; and by refraining from   right thing and empowering others to do their best exhibits leadership.
        physically, emotionally, or sexually harassing other students; by using
        proper restraint over emotions and impulses, and by making rational            Excellence - by consistently and constantly raising the quality of our actions at
        decisions with just motivation, even under stress.                             work, play and as members of the community.
   Respect For Adults - by listening and following instructions; by using              Responsibility - by acting morally and fulfilling our commitments; by accepting
        appropriate tone of voice; by honouring a teacher's responsibility to          ownership of all our actions and being accountable to each other for our actions
        present a lesson to the entire class; by demonstrating awareness of the        or inactions.
        appropriate time and place to discuss concerns; and by accepting
        feedback.                                                                      Knowledge - by developing the necessary core content skills and understanding,
                                                                                       including critical thinking, problem solving, and information processing, to prepare
   Respect For Differences - by demonstrating sensitivity to physical, cultural,       for life-long learning and achievement. It is a commitment to growing in wisdom
        religious, gender, and sexual orientation differences, and by refraining       and understanding.
        from the use of stereotypes.
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Tolerance - by accepting or remaining open to the view points and values of others.
By acknowledging the dignity and worth of one another, and striving never to                  Academic Schedule

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diminish another by our conduct or our attitudes we are practicing tolerance.
                                                                                            To acknowledge the fact that students have different learning patterns in their
Balance - by giving proper emphasis to all areas of a person's life. Achieving              teenage years, we have adopted a timetable schedule which reflects and
balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in our life – this state of       accommodates these differences:
balance is different for every person. It is possible to enjoy a healthy social life,
participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities and earn good grades. It is   Monday - Thursday
a matter of planning, discipline and will.
                                                                                            Period 1:     10:00 - 11:21
Integrity - is having a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the                  Period 2:     11:24 - 12:45
motivations for one's actions. Striving for uprightness of character, to have no            Lunch         12:45 - 01:25
difference between what we claim to be and how we act. Being truthful in all                Period 3:     01:25 - 02:46
dealings with other members of the community, whether the matter is academic,               Period 4:     02:49 - 04:10
social, or extracurricular we should display integrity. It is expected that students
never claim ownership of something that is not theirs, be it a personal material            Every Friday school ends at 2:58 PM to accommodate family, cultural and
possession or intellectual property. Finally, it is having the courage of our               religious obligations.
convictions.
                                                                                            Friday
Our goal is to create a school where academic excellence, a positive attitude, 100%
effort and honourable character and service to the community are the defining               Period 1:     10:00 - 11:03
characteristics of our alumni.                                                              Period 2:     11:06 - 12:09
                                                                                            Lunch         12:09 - 12:49
 Hours of Operation                                                                         Period 3:     12:49 - 01:52
                                                                                            Period 4:     01:55 - 02:58
The doors of the Toronto Prep School are open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to            Extra Help:
6:00 PM, Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and specified Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00
PM
                                                                                            Teachers will be available between 9:00 AM and 9:55 AM and after school by
The school is in session Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:10 PM and Fridays            appointment for extra help. To enhance the learning development of our students
from 10:00 AM to 2:58 PM                                                                    we provide both After School and Saturday Study Club programs. A supervised
                                                                                            After School Study Club is available between 4:30 and 6:00 PM, Monday through
Students arriving before 10:00 AM are encouraged to seek extra help from faculty.           Thursday and a supervised Saturday Study Club between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Extra help is offered from 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM and by appointment after 4:10 PM.             every week except for long weekends and holidays.

The After School Study Club is from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, Monday to Thursday. Students           Students may attend these programs on a voluntary basis or be placed in the
may be placed in the program by a faculty member, parent or voluntarily attend.             programs by a parent and/or teacher.

The Saturday Club Program is from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM every Saturday except
long weekends and holidays. Students may be placed in the program by a faculty
member, parent or voluntarily attend.                                                                                                                                                  5
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If a student is absent from school, a parent must call the Attendance Office
  School Closings                                                                       (416.545.1020) to inform the school of their child’s absence. Without this

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                                                                                        notification, the school will contact parents by phone to inform them of the
Emergency Closing                                                                       student’s absence.
In the event of inclement weather, school delays and closings will be posted online     Excused Absences
at:                                                                                     The following conditions may excuse a student from school attendance:
www.torontoprepschool.com and on www.tps.edsby.com                                          • Personal illness or injury (a medical verification note may be required by
                                                                                              the school principal)
School closing information will also be announced on the following radio stations:          • Family illness – an emergency situation requiring the student to be absent
                                                                                              from school
AM Stations       1010 CFRB         1050 CHUM                                               • Quarantine of the home by local health officials
FM Stations       104 CHUM          Q107              98.1 CHFI                             • Death of a relative (limited to three days unless reasonable cause can be
                                                                                              shown for a longer absence)
Early Closing                                                                               • Observance of a religious holiday consistent with student's established
                                                                                              creed or belief
The school closes early every first day of each new semester.                               • School related absence - participation in a sporting event or field trip
                                                                                            • Emergency circumstance, with the Principal’s approval
The early closing schedule is as follows:                                                   • Suspension
                                                                                            • University/College visit
Period 1:         10:00 - 10:33
Period 2:         10:36 - 11:09                                                         The Toronto Prep School requires that students returning to school after all
Period 3:         11:12 - 11:45                                                         absences bring a written note from their parent or guardian stating:
Period 4:         11:48 - 12:21
                                                                                            1. The dates of absences;
                                                                                            2. The reason for the absences; and
  Attendance Policy
                                                                                            3. The parent or guardian signature.
Since the classroom is the primary area where most learners experience the              The parent or medical verification note should be taken to the Attendance Office
acquisition of knowledge, it becomes apparent that attendance in class is a valid and   the day the student returns to school. Absences documented with medical
reasonable requirement. The Toronto Prep School insists that regular attendance is      verification notes for each date absent will be excused and will not count toward
imperative for academic success. Moreover, the Ministry of Education’s credit           the Five-Day Rule.
requirement depends upon a student completing 110 hours of successful in-class
instruction. Students who fail to meet their responsibilities may not earn the course   Students who miss tests or examinations due to illness will be required to provide
credit.                                                                                 a doctor’s note.

The following attendance procedures have been developed to minimize absences in         Our Holiday Schedule is quite generous. Parents are advised to plan family trips
order to gain the maximum benefit from daily classroom activities.                      within these periods so that a student’s academic responsibilities are not
                                                                                        compromised.
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Signing Out                                                                               Missed Test Policy
Students who need to leave school before the end of the school day must present a

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note from a parent or guardian to the Attendance Office or call a parent and or
guardian from the Attendance Office so that verbal permission may be granted.            If a student misses a test due to illness or family emergency, they will be
Medical appointments should not be made during the school hours.                         permitted to write the test during the first scheduled class period upon their return
                                                                                         to school for that class. Students must produce a signed note in order to explain
Unexcused Absences                                                                       their absence from the test.
Students who leave school without proper permission are considered to have
“skipped” class, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken.                     Leaving School Grounds
Students who “skip” or who fail to bring a written excuse upon their return from an
absence may be subject to the following consequences:                                    Students in grades seven and eight may NOT leave the school grounds during
                                                                                         school hours without written parental consent or unless accompanied by a
On the first offence a student will be issued a detention                                Toronto Prep School staff member.
On the second offence a student will be requested to attend Saturday Club
On a third offence a student will be issued an In-School Suspension                      When students are off school grounds, before and after school, or on a school trip
On the fourth offence a student will be issued an Out of School Suspension               or function, it is important that they represent themselves and the school in an
On the fifth offense a parent conference will take place to discuss the student’s        honourable and appropriate manner.
future in the school
If, during a semester, the student accumulates 10 or more unexcused absences the         Complaints about Toronto Prep School students will be followed up in earnest by
school may proceed with a recommendation to suspend and/or expel the student             the administration.
from school for non-attendance. If this occurs there will be no refund of fees.
                                                                                          Code of Conduct
Lates and Late Policy
                                                                                         The goal of the Code of Conduct is assist the student body in the achievement
Classes begin daily at 10:00AM. Students should arrive at school with enough time
                                                                                         and maintenance of a safe and positive learning environment. At the core is
to go to their lockers and make the normal preparations required for their classes.
                                                                                         respect as outlined in our values section. For the most part, the rules governing
After classes begin, students who arrive late are required to report to the Attendance
                                                                                         conduct at Toronto Prep, are determined by the usual and necessary standards
Office immediately upon arrival to obtain a Late Slip before attending classes.
                                                                                         dictated by common sense and civility. Violence, verbal abuse, bullying,
Chronic inability to arrive on time will be viewed as a violation of the attendance
                                                                                         opposition to legitimate authority, truancy, destruction of school property, improper
policy and result in the following disciplinary measures:
                                                                                         or profane language, and chronic neglect of duty will not be tolerated at Toronto
                                                                                         Prep.
On the fifth unexcused late in a semester, a detention will be issued.
On the fifth, sixth and seventh unexcused lates in a semester, a Saturday Club visit     We must all – students, teachers, administrators, support staff and community
will be issued and a parent conference will be requested.                                members – show pride by doing our share to make the school a better place in
On the eighth and subsequent unexcused lates in a semester, an In-School                 which to learn and work. One of the main goals of the Toronto Prep staff is to
Suspension may be assigned, and a parent conference will be requested.                   develop self-discipline in all students.
                                                                                         The following rules apply while on school premises, or any other school related
Chronic lack of attendance and/or tardiness may result in an out-of-school               facility during school activities at or away from school, or off the school grounds if
suspension and/or expulsion. If expulsion occurs due to chronic attendance and/or        the situation is initiated at school. Students shall be given due process before any
tardiness there will be no refund of fees.                                               disciplinary action is taken.
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A violation of any rule may result in discipline including, but not limited to:                 student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an
                                                                                                intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the

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       •   Detention                                                                            other student. Bullying may be direct or indirect. Direct forms include
       •   Saturday Club                                                                        physical violence and threats; verbal assaults and taunts; the destruction of
                                                                                                property; extortion; and unwanted sexual interest or contact. Examples of
       •   In-School Suspension
                                                                                                indirect forms of bullying include ignoring and /or excluding the withdrawal
       •   Out-of-School Suspension                                                             of friendship; malicious gossip and spreading rumours; and abusive or
       •   Probation                                                                            oppressive graffiti. Students shall not bully other students, school
       •   Expulsion                                                                            employees, persons that are guests of the school or persons conducting
       •   Compensatory payment of damages                                                      business for the school. This category also applies to remarks or actions of
                                                                                                a sexual, racial, body image, ethnic or religious nature that are deemed
       •   Loss of credit for assigned work or tests
                                                                                                offensive.
       •   Assigned work related to the offense
       •   Loss of other privileges                                                        4.   Threats: Students shall not, through verbal, written, technological or any
                                                                                                other means, make statements that state that physical or emotional harm
The Administration will impose disciplinary action based upon the specific facts of             may come to another person or to an institution.
each case. In the event that disciplinary action is necessary, the school will inform
parents of the offence and the subsequent decision of the Administration, with a view      5.   Use of Obscene Language/Materials: Students shall not use obscene,
to remedying the problem. In the interest of fairness and a genuine concern for                 vulgar or profane language, make inappropriate gestures or possess
students and staff, the Administration reserves the right to suspend or expel a                 vulgar materials.
student depending on the severity of the situation. It is important for families to
understand that any disciplinary measure is designed to ensure an orderly,                 6.   Forgery: Students shall not misrepresent a signature on any document.
productive and safe environment for all students and staff.
                                                                                           7.   Damage of Property: Students shall not cause or attempt to cause
The Principal is the final recourse in disciplinary situations and reserves the right to        damage of school property and related facilities, or personal property.
interpret and apply any and all disciplinary rules at his discretion.                           Students shall not touch or handle another person’s property without their
                                                                                                authorization. Students must pay for any damages they cause to school
1.     Attendance: No student shall fail to comply with the attendance policy                   equipment, materials or facilities and may be subject to additional
       set out by Toronto Prep School including, but not limited to, truancy or                 disciplinary action.
       tardiness. No student shall leave school property or an assigned educational
       location once he or she has come under the supervision of a school                  8.   Assault: Students shall not act or threaten to act in such a way as to
       employee, prior to specified dismissal times, without official permission. (See          cause physical injury to other students, any school employee or other
       Attendance Policy)                                                                       persons. Specific violations include but are not limited to:

2.     Disruption of School: Students shall not, by the use of violence, force,                 • Fighting/Violence
       coercion threat or any other means, cause disruption or obstruction to the               • Serious Bodily Injury
       normal operation of this school or any other related facility.                           • Threats of fighting, violence, or serious bodily injury (see #4 – Threats)

3.    Bullying: The school takes all forms of bullying seriously and will take             9.   Failure to Obey Instructions/ Insubordination/ Disrespect: No student
      immediate action. Bullying is any intentional written, verbal or physical act             shall fail to comply with any lawful instructions or requests of teachers,
      that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than                  principals or other authorized school personnel during any period of time                 8
      once and the behaviour causes either mental or physical harm to the other                 when he or she is properly under the authority of such school personnel.
10.   Dangerous Weapons and Instruments: Students shall not possess,                     15.   Academic Dishonesty: Students shall not give or receive unauthorized
      handle, transmit or conceal any dangerous weapon or instrument on school                 information regarding class work or class activities, misrepresent the

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      property, in a school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity. Toronto Prep          results of researched or laboratory assignments, or give or receive
      School policy requires the expulsion of students in violation of said policy.            unauthorized assistance on assignments. Use of electronic translators
      Firearms (including starter pistols), objects that are indistinguishable from            without permission is a violation of this rule. Repeated violations may
      and/or represented as firearms, explosives, incendiary devices and knives                result in failure of academic subjects. (See Academic Integrity Policy)
      (any object with a blade and a handle) are considered dangerous weapons.
      Other instruments/devices may also be defined as dangerous weapons                 16.   Inappropriate Display of Affection: In order to maintain a respectful
      depending on their use or intended use. Should a student have knowledge of               atmosphere at school, students are to refrain from overt public displays of
      a weapon or dangerous instrument on school property, in a school vehicle or              affection while on school grounds and at school events. This includes
      at a school sponsored activity and not report it to a school employee, the               sitting on laps, groping, and prolonged kissing. Students may receive
      student may be held to the same disciplinary measures as that of the                     clarification from a faculty member as to what constitutes appropriate
      perpetrator.                                                                             displays.

11.   Narcotics and Drugs: The possession, use, sale, or distribution of any             17.   Unauthorized or Unsupervised Areas: Students may not be in areas for
      narcotic or being in the company of students using narcotics during school               which they have not been authorized or areas that are unsupervised.
      hours at or near the school or at any school function is strictly prohibited and
      will result in immediate expulsion. Prescription drugs may only be                 18.   Hazing (Initiations): Initiations of any sort are prohibited. Initiations and/or
      administered as prescribed and cannot be transferable. If there is strong                hazing are those activities into which students are coerced in order to
      suspicion that a student is under the influence of narcotics, the said student           become part of a group or activity or to avoid harm.
      will be removed from the school and a meeting with the student and his/her
      parents will be conducted to determine if the student will continue at the         19.   Computers: Computers/technology is provided for student use, for
      school.                                                                                  teacher-assigned work in courses or programs. (See Computer Usage
                                                                                               Policy)
12.   Alcohol: It is both illegal and unhealthy for teenagers to consume
      alcohol. Even nineteen year-olds may not consume alcohol during any                20.   General Misconduct: Students shall refrain from throwing objects, or
      part of the school day or at any school function. Any violation of the                   being abusive or excessively disruptive in their behaviour. Respect the
      school’s alcohol policy will be deemed a serious infraction of the Code of               rights and feelings of others.
      Conduct and will be dealt with most severely.
                                                                                         21.   Gross Misconduct: Repeated violations of Code of Conduct.
13.   Tobacco/Vape: Students may not smoke or vape during any part of the
      school day on school property, associated facilities or adjacent property.         22.   Dress Code: The Dress Code is covered in a separate section.
      Students must refrain from smoking or vaping within a 100 metre radius from
      the school building.                                                               23.   Other Violations: Other conduct unbecoming to Toronto Prep School
                                                                                               students not covered in the above rules
14.   Theft: Students shall respect the personal ownership rights of others.
      Students shall not take ownership of items of others. The Principal may
      exercise the prerogative of reporting thefts to local authorities in addition
      to any school imposed disciplinary action.

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Dress Code                                                                                  11.        Coats are to be worn to and from school only and must be placed in
                                                                                                        student lockers. Students should be prepared for variations in

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                                                                                                        temperature by having a sweatshirt and/or sweater available.
The Toronto Prep School is committed to providing a safe, friendly learning
environment for its students. Attire is not only a reflection of the individual student,     Some school programs, such as industrial arts, laboratory activities, physical
but also of the general learning environment. Therefore, students have the                   education and interscholastic athletics may require special hair care, clothing,
responsibility to wear clothing that projects a positive attitude of pride in self, school   footwear or restrictions on jewellery to ensure the health and safety of all
and the community. Students are required to wear appropriate, comfortable and safe           students.
clothing that is neat, clean and in good taste. No article of clothing shall be worn that
distracts from the educational process. Toronto Prep School views the Dress Code             Failure to comply with the Dress Code guidelines is considered to be an
as a serious issue and expects parents to promote the observance of this policy.             insubordinate act and will be treated as such. Following are the procedures for
School administrators have the final decision as to the appropriateness of all               violations of the school Dress Code:
clothing and attire. The following are guidelines for students:
                                                                                                   1.   First Offense: The student will be sent to the Main Office. Student will
1.      Apparel or accessories depicting logos, disruptive writings, vulgar, illegal                    change clothes or will be sent home to change his/her clothes.
        (including alcohol, drugs, tobacco) and/or sexually oriented statements or                      Inappropriate accessories will be confiscated. If the student is sent home,
        suggestions on clothing are not permitted. Any dress or statement that may                      this absence will be treated as an unexcused absence. Any class work
        cause a hostile, intimidating, degrading, offensive, harassing or                               missed during an unexcused absence will be made up.
        discriminatory environment is prohibited.
                                                                                                   2.   Second Offense: Same as 1st offense. In addition, the student may be
2.      Apparel or accessories associated with safety (for example chains and/or                        assigned to detention. Parents will be contacted.
        spiked or studded accessories are prohibited and will be confiscated until
                                                                                                   3.   Third Offense: Same as 1st and 2nd offense. In addition, the student may
        the end of the school year). Accessories that increase a student’s risk for
                                                                                                        be assigned to Saturday Club.
        accidents are not permitted.
                                                                                                   4.   Further Offenses: The student may be suspended from school.
3.      Head coverings of any kind are not permitted including, but not limited to;
        hats, caps, scarves, bandannas, masks, kerchiefs, athletic headbands, or
        hoods. Head coverings shall not be worn, carried, hung on belts or around             Provincial Code of Conduct
        the neck or kept in the classroom.
4.      Sunglasses and other non-prescriptive eyewear (unless medically required
                                                                                             On June 5, 2012, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, was passed, amending the
        by a physician’s order) will not be permitted to be worn inside the school.
                                                                                             Education Act. The amendments came into force September 1, 2012.
5.      Walking shorts and skirts will have hems and will be no shorter than six
        inches (15 centimetres) above the knee.                                              The provincial Code of Conduct has been revised to reflect Bill 13 amendments to
6.      Pants worn so low as to expose undergarments are not permitted.                      the Education Act that pertain to the promotion of a safe, inclusive, and accepting
                                                                                             school climate. The revised provincial Code of Conduct is communicated as
7.      See-through clothing and/or exposed undergarments, tank tops, and                    follows:
        spaghetti straps and clothing that has rips, tears or holes are not permitted.
8.      Oversized clothing, which compromises the safety of students, is not                 A school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and
        permitted.                                                                           academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive
                                                                                             school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe,
9.      Shirts and tops will be no lower than one inch below the collarbone, must            included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and
        have sleeves and must be long enough to be tucked in.                                interactions. Building and sustaining a positive school climate is a complex                 10
10.     Appropriate and safe shoes or sandals will be worn at all times.                     challenge requiring evidence-informed solutions. A whole-school approach, which
involves all members of the school community, is also important in supporting efforts      Teachers and Other School Staff
to ensure that schools are safe, inclusive, and accepting. It is an effective approach     Under the leadership of their principal, teachers and other school staff maintain

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to making systemic changes that will benefit all students and the broader                  order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of
community.                                                                                 respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and other school
                                                                                           staff uphold these high standards when they:
All students, parents, and teachers and other school staff have the right to be safe,
and to feel safe, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to          • help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-
contribute to a positive school climate. The promotion of strategies and initiatives                worth;
such as Student Success and character development, along with the employment of                   • empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and
prevention and intervention strategies to address inappropriate behaviour, fosters a                community;
positive school climate that supports student achievement and the well-being of all
students. Boards and schools should therefore focus on prevention and early                       • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
intervention as the key to maintaining a positive school environment in which                     • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
students can learn and teachers can teach.
                                                                                                  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and other
The provincial Code of Conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. These                  members of the school community;
standards of behaviour apply to students whether they are on school property, on                  • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.
school buses, at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that
                                                                                           Students
could have an impact on the school climate. They also apply to all individuals
                                                                                           Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must
involved in the publicly funded school system – principals, teachers, other school
                                                                                           demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of
staff, parents, volunteers, and community groups.
                                                                                           citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are
                                                                                           demonstrated when a student:
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the
school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more
                                                                                                  • comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of
others.                                                                                           • shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in
                                                                                                    authority;
Principal                                                                                         • refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the
The principal must take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. The                   safety of others;
principal provides this leadership by:
                                                                                                  • follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own
       • demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to                            actions.
         academic excellence in a safe, inclusive, and accepting teaching and
         learning environment;                                                             Parents
       • holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour       Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support
         and actions;                                                                      the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe, inclusive, accepting, and
                                                                                           respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role when they:
       • empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
                                                                                                  • show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
       • communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school
         community.                                                                               • communicate regularly with the school;
                                                                                                  • help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;            11
• ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;                    SATURDAY CLUB:

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        • promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;             Students who repeatedly do not complete their homework or are behind on
        • show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, and school      assignments or are persistently tardy will be placed in Saturday Club and have to
          rules;                                                                           come in for a specified time period.

        • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
        • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child.   IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS):

                                                                                           The goal of an In-School Suspension is to discipline problem students without
                                                                                           interrupting their education. It will provide a setting where students, parents, and
 School Discipline                                                                         educators will commit themselves to dealing with problems in a structured
                                                                                           environment. This setting will also provide an academic environment removed
                                                                                           from normal school routine and activities. An In-School Suspension is the
Any breach of the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action brought by the        temporary isolation of a student from class while under proper educational
school against the offending party. Students shall be given due process before any         supervision. It is also another step utilized in an effort to correct a student’s
disciplinary action is taken, and parents will be immediately informed of any breach       behaviour. Students will be isolated from their normal classroom atmosphere,
resulting in anything beyond a detention.                                                  prohibited from extra-curricular activities but will be expected to accomplish
                                                                                           prescribed assignments and adhere to the strict observance of rules of conduct.
A violation of any rule may result in discipline including, but not limited to:
    •     Detention                                                                        OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS):
    •     Saturday Club
                                                                                           Out-Of-School Suspension will be utilized for the more serious behavioural
    •     In-School Suspension                                                             infractions. The student will not be allowed to enter school property during out-of-
    •     Out-of-School Suspension                                                         school suspension or expulsion and may be required to be accompanied by a
                                                                                           parent upon re-entering school. Students will not be allowed to participate in any
    •     Probation                                                                        extra-curricular activities during school or on weekends while under suspension.
    •     Expulsion
                                                                                           Since the decision for an Out-of-School Suspension removes a student’s privilege
    •     Compensatory payment of damages
                                                                                           to attend school, it is a decision that is made only as the end result of a process
    •     Loss of credit for assigned work or tests                                        of attempted remediation that has failed to bring about the desired changes in
    •     Assigned work related to the offense                                             behaviour or the a single action was deemed so unacceptable as to warrant such
                                                                                           a severe punishment. In such cases, it must be remembered that the student will
    •     Loss of other privileges                                                         return to school after the suspension, hopefully ready to change unacceptable
                                                                                           behaviour patterns.
DETENTION:                                                                                 Suspensions will be preceded by a logical sequence of events and consequences
Minor violations of the Code of Conduct will result in a detention, which include but      that will include a discussion(s) with the student, parental contact by phone and
are not limited to incomplete homework and tardiness. The intent is to correct             by hard copy notification if it is an Out-of-School Suspension. Teachers will
unacceptable behaviour with an immediate reminder.                                         document each step in the process in order that a subsequent suspension(s) may
                                                                                           be justified. When a student is suspended from school, h/she will be directed to
                                                                                           take books home and continue the assigned work in all courses. If a test and/or            12
                                                                                           assignment has been scheduled for the period during which a suspension has
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