The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) and
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The Gr. 9 and 10 preparatory program for students interested in pursuing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program.
ALP and IB applications now open! Access through this link: ALP and IB Applications
Please join us on Thursday, November 14th at 7 p.m. for our Grade 8 Open House Night to learn more about the BCHS experience. There will be an IB breakout session - come, learn, and ask questions!
The Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP)
The Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) is a two-year programme designed to meet the challenges of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The overarching purposes of the ALP are:
1. to prepare students for the academic rigour of the Diploma Programme (DP)
2. to help students hone their inter-personal skills required for success in the DP.
As such, students enrolled in the ALP will receive a time-table which will prepare them for the demands, both academically and personally, of the DP. It will also allow for successful timetabling of DP courses which will also meet graduation requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
But what does that mean?
IB is a classical approach to education that asks students to learn and experience a breadth of courses across all six subject groups for the duration of their high school years. In grades 11 and 12 students study English literature, Language Acquisition (French), Sciences, Math, History and Theory of Knowledge. More specifically, students spend time investigating how all these subjects are interconnected. The content is challenging in that it requires students to be interpreters of information rather than receptors of it. Students are much more involved in process than product, and use their critical and creative thinking skills to push discussion and inquiry.
In grades 9 and 10 students are clustered together in academic classes (electives and phys ed are open sections) of like minded students who intend on pursuing the IB pathway. While they are still being evaluated by Ontario curriculum standards, they are introduced to IB vocabulary, the IB learned profile, and the look and feel of their classes is generally more enriched. Students also receive peer mentorship from senior IB students and have an opportunity to get involved in various clubs, groups and sports teams they tend to stay a part of throughout their years in high school.
At the core of the IB philosophy is our commitment to developing a balanced student through the completion of their Extended Essay and CAS (Creative, Action and Service involvement). IB recognizes there is as much, if not more, to learn outside of the classroom as in it. Students learn to appreciate how research, creative endeavours, whole body wellness, and philanthropic initiatives enhance their lives, and the lives of others.
I hope this has provided a snapshot of the tremendously enriching IB Program here at BCHS!
If you have questions or would like more information about the Program please contact:
Mrs. Jennifer Bright,
International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Burlington Central High School
905-634-7768 ext. 245