1) Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010. We follow this Ministry of Education policy document designed to cover all facets of efficient classroom practices including using assessment as a vehicle to improve student learning, This policy document covers a large portion of student learning including types of assessment, performance standards (achievement chart implementation), content standards (curriculum document expectations), credit recovery procedures, and modifications made for English language learners, reporting student achievement (progress reports and provincial report cards) and many other additions or accommodations and modification in the various areas of the learning process.
2) Inspection Requirements for Private Schools Granting Secondary School Credits, September 2010. This document will be one of the key references for Astolot Educational Centre (High School) in regards to complete and error-free implementation of all Ministry of Education guidelines in order to be able to grant credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The document was made available for inspected private schools effective September 30, 2010.
Philosophy Astolot Educational Centre strives to meet the needs of students, grades 1 to 12, who have determined that their educational needs can be best served through small class size and/or by focusing on learning how to learn as an integral part of their day or that accommodations are essential.
The School Community Standards of Behaviour: Respect, Civility, and Responsible Citizenship All members of the school community must: respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws; demonstrate honesty and integrity; respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions; treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement; respect and treat others fairly, regardless (difference)…respect the rights of others; show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others; take appropriate measures to help those in need; seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully; respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority; respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching; not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority… empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community; communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community
Teachers and Other School Staff Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. Teachers are responsible for reporting marks and comments to the administrator within two days of midterm and final exams, each semester.
Students Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student: comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn; shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
Attendance Astolot informs parents if a student’s lack of attendance may jeopardize the earning of a credit, 25 days. Teachers record attendance daily.
Plagiarism A student who copies or quotes another’s work, without referencing or acknowledging so, has plagiarized Plagiarism means a zero mark. Repetition may result in expulsion.
Parents fulfil their role when they: show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress; help their child be appropriately dressed, and prepared for school; ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time; show that they are familiar with the school Code of Conduct, and school rules; encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour; assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child. Parents are also responsible for a child remaining in an educational setting until the age of 18 or an OSSD has been granted.
Code of Conduct All students at Astolot are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is respectful to self and others at all times. Students who are not respectful will be asked to leave Astolot.
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