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Advanced Placement

AP%20Logo.gifAdvanced Placement

 

 

THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) Program provides motivated high school students

with post-secondary level academic courses.

 

Benefits of taking Advanced Placement courses

 

·       Students gain improved study habits, exam-writing experience, and time management skills.

·       Many universities and colleges will use the HIGHER of either the AP exam score or course grade for admission.

 

AP

Exam

Result

 

% Course

Grade

Equivalent

 

5

96

4

86

3

76

2

65

1

Not accepted

 

 

·       After successful completion, students may receive Advanced Standing at either the University of Alberta or McEwan University by way of

·       Transfer credit

·       Advanced Placement

·       Credit by Special Assessment

 

·       Post-secondary selection committees consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about BOTH admission and scholarships.

 

Advanced Placement Opportunities at Austin O’Brien

 

In-class courses include:

·       English (Language and Composition)

·       Mathematics (Calculus)

·       Statistics

·       Biology (Biology AP)

 

On-line courses include:

 

·       AP Statistics

·       AP European History

·       AP Psychology

·       Physics 1 and 2

·       Challenge Exams

 

Music Theory

Language and culture exams including French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.

 

Awards

·       $500- AP SCHOLARS (3 or higher on 3 or more exams)

·       $750- AP SCHOLARS WITH HONORS (average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams)

·       $1000- AP NATIONAL SCHOLARS (average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams)

 

Addressing Misconceptions surrounding Advanced Placement courses

 

One of the most common misconceptions amongst students and their parents is that student marks will be lower because AP classes are harder. AP courses are structured so that the students are always at an advantage.

 

·       For content-based courses like Math or Science, exam questions that are outside of the Alberta Program of Studies are kept separate and are not factored into the mark that will appear on the student’s transcript.

·       For skill-based writing courses such as English, students are graded according to the rubrics established by Alberta Education. Even though the literature studied is at an advanced level, the assessment is at grade level. If students do assignments specific to the AP content on the English Literature and Composition Exam, they are assessed and receive feedback, but the scores are not included as part of their English 30 course grade.

·       Advanced Placement is not a program that is strictly for the “academic elite.” i.e. those with 80% and above averages. For students, determination for placement into the Advanced Placement program should be on enthusiasm for learning and interest in the subject area.

·       With the exception of those entering the program from grade 9, students do not need to maintain a specified mark (other than a pass) to remain in the program.

 

Additional Information

 

Contact either the Advanced Placement Program Coordinator or the administrator in charge of Advanced Placement at (780) 466 - 3161.

 

For further information about the AP program from the Universities stand point, please visit

 

University of Alberta- http://www.admissions.ualberta.ca/en/AP-IB/AP-advanced-placement.aspx

MacEwan University- http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/TransferCredit/index.htm

 

 

 

EDUCATION EXPERIENCES PROGRAMS

 

 EE 1 and EE 2

An underlying principle of Catholic education is the recognition that all human beings possess dignity and value. The objectives of the Edmonton Catholic School District reflect this.  Catholic schools are committed to the growth of academic skills, personal skills, Christian faith, social responsibility, and physical and mental health for all students.  The Educational Experiences program Level 1 and 2 have been developed based on these fundamental principles and goals.

 

EE1 PROGRAM

(Educational Experiences Level 1)

This program helps students become more independent in their home and community through the

development of:

¨ Basic Conceptual Skills

¨ Communication Skills

¨ Self Help/Care Skills

¨ Appropriate Attitude

¨ Focus on Maintaining or Improving Fine & Gross Motor Skills

¨ Community Awareness

¨ Focus on a Catholic Faith Model

¨ Environmental Knowledge

¨ Sensory Based Activities

¨ Transition Preparation to Adult Programs

This program serves the high school needs of complex students with severe cognitive/developmental dependent disabilities, who may also have a medical diagnosis. These students require constant assistance or supervision in all areas of functioning including daily living skills and accommodations may include assistive technology and augmentative systems. The program offers a variety of alternative programming both in the school and in the community. 

Integration within the school community occurs as it is appropriate for each individual student including all liturgical and seasonal celebrations.  Student to staff ratio is generally 2:1.

 

EE2 PROGRAM

(Educational Experiences Level 2)

 This class helps students become more independent in their home and community through the development of:

¨ Functional Academic Skills

¨ Communication Skills

¨ Social Skills

¨ Appropriate Attitude

¨ Community Awareness

¨ Focus on a Catholic Faith Model

¨ Environmental Knowledge

¨ Pre-employment Job Training (Work Experience)

¨ Transition Preparation Into Adult Life in the Community

This program serves the high school needs of complex students with moderate cognitive disabilities, who may also have a medical diagnosis. These students require individual assistance and ongoing supervision. This class uses a cluster peer focus for small group instruction and accommodations may include assistive technology and augmentative systems. The program offers a variety of alternative programming both in the school and in the community. 

Integration within the school community occurs as it is appropriate for each individual student including all liturgical and seasonal celebrations.  Student to staff ratio is generally 4:1.

Although these students require very specific educational and occupationally related programs and services, their needs can generally be met within the regular school setting.  The Educational Experiences Program Level II is based on the premise that each child is entitled to an opportunity to achieve his/her full potential to grow physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.

 

WIN CONGREGATED: VOCATION INTENSIVE

Founded with a vision to provide specific structure, skills, and direction, the WIN Congregated Program supports students’ successful transition into employment and the greater community. This program is suited for those students wishing to pursue practical skill attainment and academics. A main goal for students in this program is post-graduate employment. The learning environment is characterized as diverse, dynamic, experiential, relative and cohesive.

 At Austin O’Brien, our WIN Congregated Program is Vocation Intensive, focusing on Literacy and Numeracy, “Life Skills” academics, Work Study, Religious Education, Sport/Recreation Training, interest courses, and community integration.

 Program Structure:

¨ Small Class Size

¨ Differentiated Instruction

¨ Numeracy and Literacy Approach

¨ “Life Skills” Academics (Practical, hands on instruction having a direct connection to community)

¨ Work Study: Job placement within various Edmonton companies/industries. (Interest Inventories, Resumes, Interviews, Transportation, Job Skill Training, Teacher Site Visits, Employer/Teacher Evaluations, 

¨ Direct and Indirect Instruction/Support

¨ AM: Work Study

¨ PM: Academics

 

Program Goal: For the students to attain knowledge, experience and skills that support and prepare them to be confident, productive, working members of society.

Ukrainian Bilingual

The Ukrainian Bilingual program brings in students from all over the city to study Ukrainian Language Arts. The students have this subject together with their Religious Studies class. The remainder of their schedule follows our regular timetable.

This program (Ukrainian Language Arts 10/20/30 complemented with Ukrainian Religious Studies 15/25/35) is open to students who are presently registered in the Ukrainian Bilingual Program at St. Kevin School. Students not formerly enrolled in the bilingual program but who are sufficiently proficient in the language to gain entry at this level may do so only upon consent of the teacher. Students will be given various opportunities to improve their fluency in the Ukrainian language while developing key communicative and interactive skills. A wide variety of resources and activities are used to encourage language development. In addition, various topics and projects of a cultural nature are explored.

Polish Bilingual

The Polish Bilingual program brings students from all over the city to study Polish Language and Culture. The students have this subject together with their Religious Studies class. The remainder of their schedule follows our regular timetable.

This program( Polish Language and Culture 10/20/30 complemented with Polish Religious Studies 15/25/35) is open to students who are presently registered in the Polish Bilingual Program at St. Basil School (Jan Pawel II Polish Bilingual Program). Students not formerly enrolled in the bilingual program but who are sufficiently proficient in the language to gain entry at this level may do so only upon consent of the teacher. Students will be given various opportunities to improve their fluency in the Polish language while developing key communicative and interactive skills. A wide variety of resources and activities are used to encourage language development. In addition, various topics and projects of a cultural nature are explored.

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Spanish Bilingual/Spanish Language And Culture

The Spanish Bilingual program brings students from all over the city to study Spanish Language Arts. The students have this subject together with their Religious Studies class. The remainder of their schedule follows our regular timetable.

This program (Spanish Language Arts 10/20/30 complemented with Spanish Religious Studies 15/25/35 alternating with Spanish Film Study) is open to students who are presently registered in the Spanish Bilingual Program. Students not formerly enrolled in the bilingual program but who are sufficiently proficient in the language to gain entry at this level may do so only upon consent of the teacher. Students will be given various opportunities to improve their fluency in the Spanish language while developing key communicative and interactive skills. A wide variety of resources and activities are used to encourage language development. In addition, various topics and projects of a cultural nature are explored.

Students who are not fluent in Spanish or who are new to this language can take Spanish Language and Culture 15/25/35.

 

DUAL ENROLMENT APPRENTICESHIP ACADEMY

 

This is a joint enrolment possibility with Edmonton Catholic School District Skills Centre located at St. Joseph High School. Students are able to complete their first year of the technical program while in High School or acquire the necessary skills to qualify to begin a better paying career.   Students can enroll in Employment Preparation training in Automotive Service, Auto Body Repair, Carpentry, Welding, Culinary Arts, Baking, Fashion Design, Robotics, Health Care Aide, Massage Therapy, Communication Technology, and Cosmetology. Students who successfully complete all coursework may challenge the first year apprenticeship exam. Registered Apprenticeship Program students (RAP) may gain credit hours for their first year of apprenticeship, as well as credits toward high school completion.

 

DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

AMA Driver’s Education class is now offered online.  Earn three high school credits while you’re at it! This program replaces traditional classroom instruction with Canada’s first online New Driver Program followed by an online Alberta Transportation Provincial Written Exam.  No more after school or weekend classroom instruction!  Choose from ten to twenty  after school or weekend in-vehicle driving sessions depending on which program you choose. Please go the AOB website to see all the details regarding online registration, online and In-vehicle course lesson descriptions, prices and how this course reduces your insurance costs.

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Career Transitions (1 Credit)

 

This module is mandatory for enrollment in Work Experience. All grade 10 students are enrolled in this course.

 

Work Experience 15/25/35 (30 credits possible)

Job preparation, career investigations, job shadowing (i.e. prospective NAIT Students), job safety skills (Certification for personal safety, workplace safety and safety management) and work opportunities are established through the Work Experience Coordinator.

 

Work Experience courses are components of an off-campus education learning experience. These courses provide opportunities for students to:

 

· Apply, in the workplace, the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work

· Discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in business, industry, government and community service.

 

Work experience courses also provide opportunities for the school and its community to combine resources to further the student’s personal development, career planning and employability skills through placements in off-campus work station or sites.

 

Work Experience 15, 25, & 35 courses may be offered for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 credits. Each course is time based; i.e., one credit per 25 hours of work. A student may enroll in Work Experience 35 without having credits in Work Experience 15 or 25.

 

Students may earn up to 30 credits in Work Experience, but a maximum of 15 credits is counted toward your Alberta High School Diploma.

 

 

REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (RAP)

 

Austin O’Brien offers the Registered Apprenticeship Program to students in Grade 11 and 12. Students accepted into this program enter a modified apprenticeship program that permits high school students to become apprentices while attending school.  A  RAP apprentice accumulates hours of on the job training as credit toward their apprenticeship, and credit toward a high school diploma.  There are over 50 trades from which to choose,. Successful students who have completed the necessary hours for their practical component of the apprenticeship can be enrolled at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to complete the technical part of their program upon graduation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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