SKI Academy High School Program

Mission Statement

St. Kitts International (SKI) Academy provides a carefully planned, comfortable, safe and stimulating environment which will help the student develop within themselves the foundation of habits, attitudes, skills and ideas that are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. The primary purpose is to prepare students to become responsible and compassionate citizens striving for their best in academic excellence.

Introduction

 SKI Academy began offering a high school program in September of 2013 for students in grades 9 through grade 12, which upon completion grants students an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our program prepares students for entrance into universities or colleges in the Caribbean, U.S.A., U.K., Canada and other foreign destinations or for entry into the workforce. It is designed to meet the individual needs of both local and international students.

     SKI Academy offers a unique learning environment where a rigorous curriculum is delivered through authentic learning experiences while maintaining high academic standards. Students will be actively engaged in learning while solving real world problems in a technology rich learning environment. Our program focuses on providing students with the skills and competencies required for success in the 21st Century while maintaining a strong emphasis on literacy across the curriculum.

The school promotes a green learning environment where students are educated on becoming leaders in respecting the environment and driving the transformation towards creating healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Students are encouraged to utilize a variety of technology that supports research, content creation and gathering of information to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills. Physical fitness and healthy living are included in the curriculum and encouraged throughout all aspects of the program.

 

Our campus is situated on a sprawling campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with state of art facilities including a computer lab, swimming pool, playground, basketball court, multi-purpose court, tennis court and cafeteria.

Program Delivery

    SKI Academy’s high school program is offered in partnership with Ontario’s Virtual High School (VHS). The high school program uses a combination of both VHS and locally developed content delivered both face to face by SKI Academy teachers and virtually by VHS teachers. The majority of grade 9 and 10 compulsory courses are delivered face to face by SKI Academy teachers using VHS content. The grade 11 and 12 compulsory courses are delivered virtually by VHS teachers with an onsite teacher available to assist students on a daily basis. Elective courses are either delivered face to face by SKI Academy teachers or through VHS teachers, depending on the electives chosen by the student.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

Each successful candidate must complete the following 3 requirements in order to receive their Ontario Graduation Diploma.  

 

1.  Successful completion of 30 courses (including 18 designated as compulsory).

2. Successful rating on the English Language Proficiency Assessment.

3. 20 hours of community related activities.

 

Each requirement is detailed in succession below:

 

 

1. Successful completion of 30 Course Credits:

 

Compulsory Courses:

English

French (or other preferred second language)

Mathematics

Science

Geography

History

Arts (Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Arts)

Health and Active Living

Civics

Career Studies

Additional Courses (chosen from the groups below)

                           

                              Total compulsory credits

                           Elective credits to be taken        

 

Number of Credits:

4  (1 per grade)

1

3  (G9 & G10 plus 1 in G11 or G12) 

2

1

1

1

1

0.5

0.5

3 (see Additional Course Options, below)

 

18 credits as required by MoE, Ontario

12 credits chosen by the student to satisfy their personal preference


                                       TOTAL CREDITS    30  

 

Additional Course Options:

Students must take 3 credits consisting of 1 from each of the following groups:

Group 1: additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education.

Group 2: additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, or cooperative education

Group 3: additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, or computer studies, or cooperative education.

 

2. Successful Rating on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (OSSLT)

     All students are required to meet the secondary school literacy graduation requirement in order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The requirement is based on the expectations for reading and writing throughout the Ontario curriculum up to and including Grade 9.  The purpose of the secondary school literacy graduation requirement is to determine whether students have the skills in reading and writing that they will need to succeed in school, at work, and in daily life.

 

     To meet this requirement, students are expected to take and successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in Grade 10. Once students have successfully completed the OSSLT, they may not retake it.  Students who do not successfully complete the OSSLT will have additional opportunities to meet the literacy graduation requirement.

 

3. 20 hours of Community Related Volunteer Activities

In order to develop a sense of civic responsibility and community values, students at SKI Academy must complete a minimum of 20 hours of Community Involvement prior to graduation.

 

·   Community Involvement is a graduation requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

·   School staff will discuss appropriate types of Community Involvement activities and projects with students and may offer suggestions, but the selection and management of the involvement is to be directed by the student.

·   All activities before commencement must be recorded in the Student Log Book and approved by the school office.

·   Activities may take place inside or outside the school; those which occur inside the school may not be part of a credit program, but are at the discretion of administration. 

·   Activities may take place during the school day, but must occur outside the student's scheduled course time, that is, during the lunch hour, or before or after classes.

·   Student fundraising, and acting as a student assistant, tutor, or peer helper or mediator within the school all qualify as Community Involvement activities.

·   Volunteer activities, tutoring, fund-raising, coaching, or other work with community groups or charitable organizations all qualify as Community Involvement, as long as the student is not paid for the work done.

·   Independent activities in the community may count, such as visiting, helping out, and picking up groceries or supplies for an elderly or disabled neighbour, etc. Documentation must be received from the community member, and no payment of any kind may be received for these activities.


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