Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School is located in the town of Hanmer, 30 minutes north of the city of Sudbury. The school has a full range of academic, applied and locally developed course offerings and three Specialist High Skills Major programs. The school staff work very hard to transition students from their elementary feeder schools to Bishop Alexander Carter CSS through specific programs geared toward getting the Grade 8 students to visit the school as often as possible.
With such a large percentage of students in the applied mathematics course, emphasis has been placed on moving students from achieving below the provincial standard in mathematics in Grade 6 to reaching the standard in Grade 9. One in three students who did not meet the standard in math in Grade 6 have been meeting the standard in Grade 9 over the past three years. Over that same period of time, only three students have fallen from the standard.
The combined applied/locally developed class requires a committed group of staff members who work together to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio to more manageable levels. Through the help of multiple teachers, educational assistants and peer tutors as well as the benefit of the school’s location, the students receive the intensive support that they require on a regular basis. This group support has translated into students being able to gravitate to an educator who they are comfortable with and who clearly understands their learning needs.
The use of technology at Bishop Alexander Carter CSS is embedded in everything that happens in the math program. From virtual manipulatives to the effective use of D2L, the staff and students have embraced technology in a meaningful way. Through the use of technology, students spend more time working on problems and less time on note taking, while teachers demonstrate solutions in a virtual environment and archive these solutions for future reference.
Working with feeder schools before their students enter Bishop Alexander Carter CSS is a priority. The school not only focuses on creating a positive transition for the students socially but also works with the feeder schools to address gaps in learning as evidenced through EQAO data. Staff from both the school and the feeder schools gather knowledge of the students and respective curricula and formulate plans to ensure students enter Bishop Alexander Carter CSS with gaps clearly identified and addressed.
"The school has a Web site that the teacher posts things such as lessons, tutorials, videos, and I can also message her to get extra help."
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