An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be created for each student. The plan will outline the range of accommodations and modifications that will be put in place in order to help each student succeed. Course readings and materials will be provided to students in audio as well as written form. Please refer the the Modification section for a list of possible program modifications.
During the grade nine year, students will take the following credits:
Academic or Applied English
Academic or Applied Math or Essential Math
Academic or Applied Science,
Academic or Applied Geography ,
Comprehensive Arts Grade Nine Open (ALC1O),
Physical Education – Healthy Active Living – Open (PPL1O)
Learning Strategies – Skills for Success in Secondary School (GLS1O/GLE1O).
This is a total of 7 credits.
Students must receive a total of 30 credits in order to graduate with a Secondary School Diploma. By taking 7 credits per year, students will not be able to complete their required number of credits within four years. Students will have several options in order to complete their studies.
The majority of students will opt to complete their high school program over 4 ½ or 5 years. For many students with learning difficulties, this is the preferred option.
Students who wish to complete their program within four years can take additional credits at summer school and/or night school. Students may also increase their course load to 8 credits in Grade 11 and 12 or obtain additional credits through independent study. Please refer to Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements booklet for additional information.
Students must complete 110 hours of study in order for a credit to be granted. Our school year is organized in a unique manner.
Each day the students have English and Math for 60 minutes. There will be between 10 and 20 days that the students are out of the building on Arts and Physical Education excursions. Our students will receive between 130 to 150 hours of English and Math instruction. This will allow the students to firmly grasp material before moving to the next topic. Since English and Math are studied for the full year, students will be able to better retain content material as compared to a semester system.
In the regular high school system, courses are often offered on a semester system. Semester One is from September to January and Semester Two is from February to June. A math credit will consist of 110 hours of instruction spread over one semester. Students who take math in Semester One in grade nine will complete their course in January. If they take math in Semester One of grade ten, they will not resume their math studies for another eight months. If they take math in Semester Two of grade ten, twelve months will have gone by since the grade nine math course. Many students with learning issues find it difficult to retain key content information over this lengthy gap in instruction in the regular high school system. TALC Academy Secondary School (TASS) addresses this potential problem by having daily Math and English programming.
At TALC Academy Secondary School, over the course of the year students will study both Geography and Science. Each subject will be presented in modules and students will only study one subject at a time. Modules will be between 10 and 13 days in length. Geography will be offered in 5 modules of 10 to 13 days. At the end of each 10 to 13 day time block or module, the students will have completed one of the required units of study from the geography curriculum. Science is offered in modules ranging from 10 to 13 days for each unit. We will alternate between science units and geography units. Students will spend 2 hours and 45 minutes of their school day studying geography or science. The geography and science instruction will be combined with the learning strategies credit. Such concentrated study will allow students to focus on one content area at a time.
Over the course of the year students will have 52 science days that include 169 hours of instruction and 55 geography days that include 178 hours of instruction. Each one of these courses also includes 55 hours of learning strategies instruction. For example, when students are instructed on how to create point form study notes as part of their learning strategies course, they will do this within the context of the science or geography program in order to help prepare for the unit test. They will be taught specific reading comprehension strategies as part of the learning strategies credit, but we will work with the curriculum material from the science and geography program. This approach allows the students to have opportunities to integrate the learning studies strategies using the geography and science concepts. Students in effect get a “double dose” of the curriculum.
Physical Education – Healthy Active Living
The physical education program – Healthy Active Living – takes place on campus and off campus. It will include visits to the local fitness centre and other activities such as skating, skiing, tennis, golf, swimming and bowling. Through weekly physical education and health activities spread over the entire year, students accumulate over 110 hours of instruction.
The art program integrates three or more of the arts (dance, dramatic arts, music and visual arts) and examines the similarities and differences among these subjects. Students will learn specialized arts vocabulary while investigating traditional concepts, stylistic elements, and principles unique to the various arts, as well as applications of new technologies. This course involves monthly art excursions. Some of these take place during school hours. Twenty hours of instructional time occurs in the evenings or on Saturdays through the organized arts excursions. As such these activities are required in order to successfully complete the credit. It is important to note that the school will pay for student admission into all arts exhibits and pay for transportation costs as well. In class and out of class instructional hours exceed the 110 hours of instruction mandated by the Ministry.
The learning strategies program will be integrated into the core content areas. The program is designed to teach students:
* how to make notes
* how to organize their notebook
* how to make review notes
* how to highlight
* how to set up a study schedule
* how to prepare for tests and exams
* how to write essays and reports
* how to research
* how to organize a project
* how to prepare for an oral presentation.
There are significant advantages to integrating the learning strategies course into the content areas of science and geography. By using the course content material to teach specific strategies, the students have increased opportunities to master the learning outcomes. Students will be able to be specifically instructed in the above strategies and have an opportunity to use them with their core content subjects. This leads to greater time spent mastering these core curriculum subjects. As well – specific study strategies can be taught using the material from the science and geography curriculum.
It is expected that students at TALC Academy Secondary School would benefit from being exempted from French. As indicated in Ontario Secondary Schools Grades 9 to 12 – Program and Degree Requirement 1999 (section 3.2) substitutions may be made for a limited number of compulsory credit courses using courses from the remaining courses offered by the school that meet the requirements for compulsory credits. Introduction to Business (BBI20) will be substituted for the French Credit. Students will take this credit in their grade 11 year.