PROGRAM

Alborz’s primary goals and philosophygrad-hair1:

The policies and requirements for Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9–12, are set by the Ministry of Education and Training, including the requirements for awarding of Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

All credit courses offered at Alborz follow the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Curriculum Guidelines. Following the relevant curriculum and policies, our goal is to provide educational services and to enhance the students’ knowledge with well-educated teachers and paying attention to individual students’ needs .

Alborz is a multi-cultural school providing a teaching environment for Canadian, newly immigrant, and visa students. Our School teaches students from Grade 9 to 12 towards the Ontario High School Diploma . All of our courses prepare students for university or other academic post-secondary institutions. In order to meet graduation requirements we offer a variety of courses, approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Emphasis is placed on Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and ESL.

Alborz is committed to comprehensive education and academic excellence, through high expectations of academic achievement and caring individual support, to enable students to learn, to grow, and to become responsible and productive adults. Our goal is to educate our students to achieve their highest academic capability.

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OSSD

The Ontario High School Diploma is based on a credit system. Students must earn a total of 30 credits (one for every 110-hour course successfully completed) to obtain a high school diploma. Eighteen of the credits are compulsory, earned in a specified number of courses from a list of subjects that every student must take. The remaining 12 credits are optional, earned in courses that the student may select from the full range of courses offered by the school. Students usually take 4 to 6 credits per semester.

The secondary school program is designed so that the students can meet the diploma requirements in four years following Grade 8. Courses are offered in such a way to ensure that education is relevant both to students’ needs and interests and to the requirements of post secondary institutions. In Grades 9 and 10, courses strongly promote the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills by all students, but at the same time allow students to begin to focus on their areas of strength and interest and to explore various areas of study. In Grades 11 and 12, the program is designed to allow students to choose courses that are clearly and directly linked to their intended post secondary destinations.

The graduation requires student a challenging, high-quality curriculum and the achievement of measurable results. In keeping with the emphasis on high standards, students are required to successfully complete the provincial secondary school literacy test in order to graduate.

To ensure that students develop awareness of civic responsibility, they must also fulfill a community involvement requirement of 40 hours to qualify for the secondary school diploma.

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)

Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
1 credit in French as a second language
3 credits in mathematics
2 credits in science
1 credit in Canadian history
1 credit in Canadian geography
1 credit in the arts
1 credit in health and physical education
0.5 credit in civics
0.5 credit in career studies.
plus:
1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies.
1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies.
1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Grades 9-12)

Optional Credits (total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed as available in the school course calendar.

The Optional Credit courses are designed to suit individual interests, abilities, and goals for the future. Students should check the prerequisites for the different courses as well as discuss with their subject teachers which type of courses best suit their needs. It is essential for a student to carefully plan his/her course selections each year.

For further information about Course descriptions, Course Name, Code and Prerequisite, please refer to the Course Selection.

Community involvement requirements and procedures:

As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. These activities may be completed at any time during the secondary school program.

The community involvement requirement is designed to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role that they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. The requirement will benefit communities, but its primary purpose is to contribute to students’ development.

Students, in collaboration with their parents, will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement. They may use their annual education plan to identify possible activities they may undertake.

Literacy test:

The Provincial Secondary School Literacy Test is based on the Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communication – particularly reading and writing – up to and including Grade 9. Students must successfully complete both the reading component and writing component of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course in order to meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

School Services:

Alborz commits to providing the best and most reliable services to students. Some of the services we offer are: Cable TV and TV set, local phones, refrigerator, etc. in students’ Launch

High speed internet connection and computer lab

Education counseling & visa extension Guidance

Evaluation of personal study plan

University application service

Community and Library services: http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/

Library card:

A Mobile Library is located in front of Alborz School every Saturdays. In order to register, you must have a valid identification such as a health card, driver’s license, government letter, bill, or a combination of these things with your address on it. Present your identification to the librarian and he/she will make you a library card. Once you have received your library card, you may start to take out books, videos, or DVD’s. There is no charge for the services your can get from Toronto Public Library.)
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EPPU

Alborz offers the English Preparatory Program (EPP-U) designed for high school students planning to enter Canadian Universities. This program will help admissions eligibility into Canadian Universities at undergraduate level.

The English Preparatory Program includes 9 subjects including: English as a Second Language (ESL), University English, TOEFL, and five pre-University courses. The total tuition fee is $7250.00. (Students, who are unfamiliar with English, may need to take additional courses with additional fee of $850.00 per course).

Students have a wide range of subjects to choose from for university and post secondary preparation. Counselors will help candidates decide what course is the most suitable to start their preparation and continuation, according to his/her English level assessment results and background.

The following courses will be recommended for English proficiency:
ESLBO (Optional)

ESLCO (Optional)

ESLDO

ESLEO or ENG3U

ENG4U (Grade 12 English) prerequisite: ESLEO/ENG3U

TOEFL

Three to four of the following compulsory courses will be recommended:

SCH4U (Chemistry)
SPH4U (Physics)
SBI4U (Biology)
ISC4M (Computer and Information Science)
MHF4U (Advanced Functions )
MCV4U (Calculus and Vectors)
MDM4U (Mathematics of Data Management)

One or two of the following optional courses are recommended:

ICE4M (Computer Engineering)
SES4U (Environmental Systems)
CHY4U (World History: the west and the world)
FSF4U (French Languages)
LYGDO (Farsi Languages)
LWSDU (Spanish Languages)
All credit courses offered at Alborz follow the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Curriculum Guidelines. Native English speaking instructors teach Alborz’s English courses. Our Program focuses on helping to build a solid foundation of English proficiency in all language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as the critical thinking and scientific terminology required to be a successful student in a university.

Please refer to the Course Selection, for further information about Course descriptions, Course Name, Code and Prerequisite.

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EPPG

Alborz offers the English Preparatory Program (EPP) designed for high school and university graduates planning to enter Canadian Universities. This program will help admission eligibility into Canadian Universities at graduate level.

The English Preparatory Program includes 8 subjects including English as a Second Language (ESL), University English, TOEFL, and pre-University courses. The total tuition fee is $6450.00. (Students, who are unfamiliar with English, may need to take additional subjects with additional fee of $850.00 per course).

The following courses are recommended for English proficiency:

1. ESL CO
2. ESL DO
3. ESL EO or ENG3U
4. ENG4U (Grade 12 English) ESLEO/ENG3U is prerequisite for ENG4U
5. The Writers Craft/Practical English
6. TOEFL

Two of th e following Engineering, Science, Math and Health courses will be recommended for scientific terminology preparation in different majors. Students have a wide range of subjects to choose from for university and post secondary preparation. Counselors will help candidates decide what course is the most suitable to start their preparation and continuation, according to his/her English level assessment results and background.

SCH4U (Chemistry)

SPH4U (Physics)

SBI4U (Biology)

ISC4M (Computer and Information Science)

MCB4U (advanced Functions and Introduction to Calculus)

MGA4U (Geometry & Discrete Mathematics

MDM4U (Mathematics of Data Management)

All credit courses offered at Alborz follow the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Curriculum Guidelines. Native English speaking instructors teach Alborz’s English courses. Our Program focuses on helping to build a solid foundation of English proficiency in all language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as the critical thinking and scientific terminology required to be a successful student in a university.

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LPP

Alborz offers the Language Proficiency Program (LPP) designed to integrate students into the regular English program and into the Canadian society . LPP provides instruction for students whose first language is not English.

Students will have their English language skills assessed upon arrival, using Canadian Language Benchmarks and tests. Dependent upon the assessment, an individualized program will be developed to meet their specific needs. Students are encouraged to explore career prospects, be prepared for constant change in the world, become lifelong learners and assess their choices while adhering to our unchanged principles.

Language Proficiency Program consists of six stages: (total tuition fee is $4850.00)

Stage1. Beginning Communication in English: Students need to develop their skills in all areas of English and to adjust to the new cultural environment. Students develop the ability to use oral and written English for daily needs, acquire basic conversation skills and vocabulary, and use simple sentence patterns. Students also acquire basic orientation information related to their needs as newcomers to Canada. Students take ESL and participate where possible in regular classroom programs. Students receive intensive support from our ESL teachers who assists them in their classes or in the school study room as may be required.

Stage 2. English in Daily Life: Students gain confidence with their English skills; however, they still have difficulty with listening, reading comprehension, writing skills, and the language of classroom studies. Students will develop oral classroom skills and reading strategies, expand their vocabulary, and use more complex sentence patterns. Students will also learn how to use some school and community resources. They take ESL and participate where possible in all regular subject areas with support as needed. Students receive tailored instruction from our ESL teachers to support them in some of their classes.

Stage 3. English for School and Work: Students are comfortable reading and speaking in English; however, they need to further develop their skills and to improve their proficiency in using English in classroom situations, for personal and career planning, and for understanding the changing world around them. Students study and interpret a range of texts and produce a variety of forms of writing. Activities help students to develop their oral presentation skills and acquire study skills that will enhance their ability to learn in all subjects. Students participate in all subject areas with support as needed. They receive tailored instruction from our ESL teachers. Extra help is available.

Stage 4. Study Skills in English: Students are almost fluent in English. They make few errors and are fully integrated into regular classes; however, they still need better language skills to participate in society as informed citizens. Students develop the reading, writing, and oral presentation skills required for success in all areas. Students study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts, develop oral communication skills through participation in informal debates and seminars, and extend their range of research skills. Students receive tutorial support as needed. Extra help is available from our teachers.

Stage 5. Conversational English: Students are fluent in English. They make very few errors and are fully integrated into the society; however, they still need using English effectively outside of school and in a post-secondary environment. The focus is on rapid communication in both informal and professional situations, building on the skills developed in previous ESL courses. Conversational fluency, clear pronunciation, practical reading and writing, and recognizing and utilizing idioms, phrasal verbs and idiom are the skills that are developed. Real life situations are recreated, and real life materials are used: television programs, Internet, music, newspaper and magazine articles. Students receive tutorial support as needed. Extra help is available from our teachers.

Stage 6. Bridge to English: Students are fluent in English. They make no errors and are fully integrated into the society; however, they still need to be prepared for courses at the secondary school, college and university preparation levels. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in reading literary works and academic texts, in writing essays and narratives, and in applying learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will also learn to respond critically to print and media works.