High school program in St. Andrew's College
Senior School (Upper School: 9 - 12 classes)
The students actively develop their ability to cooperate and work in teams, the ability to listen to a different opinion and to perceive someone else's point of view. The curriculum necessarily includes the items required to obtain the Ontario Secondary Education Diploma. Also each student selects the disciplines as electives necessary for admission to the chosen institution. Classes for vocational guidance begin in grade 10: schoolchildren get acquainted with universities and their requirements, learn more about the university system of education and its features, develop useful skills and abilities.
For the successful completion of the course and the receipt of the diploma of secondary education, which is accepted from applicants for higher education, it is necessary to study the following disciplines:
- English language (for 4 credits in each class from 9 to 12)
- French language (1 credit)
- History of Canada (1 credit, studied in grade 10)
- Mathematics (3 credits)
- Geography of Canada (1 credit, studied in 9th grade)
- Art (1 unit)
- The natural science unit (2 units)
- Physical Education and Health (1 unit)
- Fundamentals of citizenship and career guidance (1 credit).
In total it is required to receive 18 credit units in compulsory subjects and 12 credits on electives, and also to collect at least 40 hours of community service (can be replaced by volunteering) and pass a mandatory literacy test. In addition, students have the right to perform trial assignments and tests of SAT and ACT, which will be needed when enrolling in American universities.
AP program - Advanced Placement program
This course is an in-depth specialized study of selected disciplines, extensive use of scientific research methods and development of critical thinking. The program of preparation for the university is widespread in the world, its results are accepted in many prestigious and ranked universities of 125 countries (total about 3800 higher schools and universities). For successful completion of the program, you must pass a general written examination (assessed on a five-point scale). Individual courses of this program can even be counted as passed university subjects, so comprehensive and full-fledged curriculum.
For foreign students for whom English is not their mother tongue, additional supportive classes are organized in the college - it can be attended up to the 12th grade, until the end of studying. Practice shows that if a student starts an additional course of English in 9th grade, then he learns the program of grade 11 completely, no worse than native speakers. The institution has a special writing center based on its own library - here you can always get useful advice, visit a lesson or a language seminar.