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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum and Course Descriptions
Graduation Requirements

Evaluation Policy
Credits
Trafalgar Certificate

DÉFI Certificate
Courses Offered 2016-2017
Cycle II Option Courses
General Competencies

Trafalgar's faculty and staff are here to help you and your daughter navigate the high school years. Our atmosphere enables each girl to reach her potential as a confident young woman capable of meeting life's challenges and responsibilities.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Trafalgar’s curriculum is based on the Regime Pedagogique of Quebec.

In secondary school the curriculum is divided into 2 cycles. Cycle 1 covers the first 2 years (secondary 1 and 2.) The Quebec Ministry of Education, Sports and Leisure (MELS) awards credits to students who successfully complete the program at the end of secondary 2. Cycle 2 is made up of the last 3 years of secondary school. Students who are successful are awarded credits by the ministry at the end of each year in this cycle.

Students at Trafalgar follow the MEES “General” path, which is a curriculum designed for students preparing for post-secondary studies. (the ministry’s other paths lead to vocational training and entry into the work force.)

The reformed curriculum is based on the acquisition and practice of competencies. These competencies are both general and subject specific. Students will be evaluated on the competencies throughout the learning process. MEES is currently reforming the structure of reports and the content of the competencies (Sept. 2010). As of this year a student's knowledge will be evaluated along with the competencies.

The curriculum of the Quebec Education Program (QEP) aims to have students construct a world-view, construct an identity and build a sense of empowerment. All of these aims fit well with Trafalgar’s mission which is to provide a balanced, superior education in an atmosphere that encourages each girl to reach her potential as a confident young woman capable of meeting life’s challenges and responsibilities.

The following course descriptions reflect the curriculum at Trafalgar. Though the basic curriculum follows the requirements of the ministry, the school adds topics to some courses, and creates local courses in several areas. This allows us to stay true to our mission and complete the Quebec Education Program at the same time.

Evaluation Policy - Please click here for the Evaluation Policy, revised August 2016.

Graduation Requirements

The Quebec Ministry of Education awards the Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) to students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

A total of 54 credits in Secondary IV and V courses of which 20 credits must be in Secondary V including:

• language of instruction – 6 credits (sec. 5)

• second language – 4 credits (sec. 5)

• mathematics – 4 credits (sec. 4)

• science & technology – 4 credits (sec. 4)

• history & citizenship education (sec. 4)

• arts education – 2 credits (sec. 4)

• physical education & health or ethics and religious culture – 2 credits (sec. 5)

Credits

Credits are granted by the Quebec Ministry of Education at the end of Secondary Cycle 1 (Year 2) and at the end of each year of Secondary Cycle 2. Credits are granted to students successfully completing a course (i.e. a pass of 60.)

The last digit in each course code indicates the number of units of credit that course is worth.

Secondary Cycle I and Secondary Cycle II

The school submits to the Ministry a summary report of achievement in competencies, based on published benchmarks [Scales of Competencies]. These scales are converted into a mark on the summary report. This report is produced at the end of Cycle 1 and each year of Cycle 2.

Year 2 and 3 – Secondary Cycle II

The School submits to the Ministry a final mark for the students in Secondary IV and V (years 2 and 3 of cycle II). Students in Secondary IV and V write a number of exams and evaluations in June. Some of these exams are set by the ministry (uniform or complementary), some by boards of math and science, and others by the school. The Ministry then sends a Relevé des apprentisages, in July, to each student indicating her marks in each subject as well as the total of her accumulated credits. The Relevé des apprentisages , as well as a secondary V transcript (for term 2) is used by the student when applying to CEGEP or other post–secondary institutions.

Trafalgar Certificate

To obtain a Trafalgar Certificate, a student must pass all of the compulsory courses in Secondary V as well as all but one of her optional courses. She must also complete her Community Service (a minimum of 15 hours per year) requirement.

DÉFI Certificate (distinction en français interdisciplinaire)

To obtain a DÉFI Certificate, a graduate must have extended their French studies above the classroom learning of French through their interactions beyond the school. Students who obtain this certificate will be publicly celebrated for embracing the opportunity to explore the cultural richness that learning a second language well affords them.



Courses Offered 2016-2017

Compulsory Courses:

Secondary I Secondary II Secondary III Secondary IV Secondary V
English English English English English
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
French French French French French
P.E./Health P.E./Health P.E./Health P.E./Health P.E./Health
Sci. & Tech. Sci. & Tech. Sci. & Tech. Sci. & Tech.
Géographie/ Histoire Sciences Hum. History/Cit. History/Cit. Contemporary World
Arts Arts

Integrative Project
Multi-Media Spanish


Music Music


Ethics &
Religious
Culture
Ethics &
Religious
Culture
Personal Development/ Career Education Ethics &
Religious
Culture
Ethics &
Religious
Culture


Secondary III*

Secondary IV*

Secondary V

2 of:

2 of:

3 of:

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish

Art

Art

Art

Band

Band

Band

Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer Science

Drama

Drama

Drama


Environmental Science

Chemistry



Physics



NAL



World History

* in Secondary III and IV one option must be an arts option.

Option Courses

Cycle II Optional Courses and Descriptions (PDF Download)

General Competencies

General competencies and criteria are listed below. They are covered in all aspects of the curriculum and co-curricular programs at Traf. The regime pédagogique lists the following 4 competencies:

1. Organizes her work

• Brings all required materials to class.

• Work completed and submitted on time.

• Work is neatly done and properly formatted.

• Manages her time and homework effectively.

2. Communicates effectively

• Articulates her ideas clearly.

• Uses appropriate terminology and subject specific language.

• Adapts message to suit the intended audience.

• Listens attentively and responds in an appropriate manner.

3. Exercises Critical Judgment

• Understands the wording and relevance of a question and underlying issues

• Connects ideas/ texts/ situations to form an opinion

• Articulates to accurately express and/or question ideas and issues

• Appreciates different levels of meaning

4. Works in Groups

•Contributes and is involved in achieving the goals established by a group

•Complies and cooperates with operating rules of a group

•Is sensitive to the needs and characteristics of all members of a group

•Manages and resolves conflict in a group

Levels used in judging criteria

Consistently - Frequently - Occasionally - Rarely

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