Elite Private School

School Goal 

Elite Private School believes that sound education is essential to the overall success of an individual. EPS goal is to try to provide students with the best education at the elementary and high school levels, which is necessary to succeed in higher education leading to success. 

 

Importance of Completing Highschool and Our Commitment to this essentiality 

Successful completion of high school is necessary for professional success. So, Bill 52, The Education Amendment Act, Learning to Age 18, 2006, mandates that teenagers must remain in school until the age of 18. Elite Private School's commitment to each student is that it will work tirelessly to make students succeed in completing any course studied by the student at EPS unless unforeseen circumstances stand in the way of that success. 

School Organization

The different styles of delivery at Elite Private School offer students several choices in which to complete their studies. With one of the most dynamic models, the asynchronous online model, Elite Private School has a flexible start and end dates for courses, pre-determined by the student in collaboration with the teacher. This is a continuous enrollment and exit process. For the synchronous online model and the in-class model, there will be three start dates, September, January, and April. Each trimester runs for 14 weeks. At midway through the course, students will be provided with a Provincial midterm report card. At the end of the course, they will be provided with a final report card. 

Rights And Responsibilities Of Students, Parents, and Staff

Students’ rights

  • Students must know of all grading schemes/rubrics for all work that will be graded including the summative assessment.

  • Students must know of the methods employed in assessing their achievement to determine their grade in the course

  • Students have the right to timely  feedback on their quality of work

  • Students have the right to know of their performance information about the Ministry assessment & evaluation policy 

  • Students have to right to know information regarding the consequences of academic dishonesty Students’ responsibilities:

  • Must not indulge in academic dishonesty

  • Must provide evidence of their achievement 

  • Must make every effort not to miss classes

  • Must make every effort to be on time in-class or finish listening to lectures in a timely fashion

  • Must try to the best of their abilities to meet pertinent timelines for assignments and projects

  • Must provide an explanation for unforeseen circumstances that may result in them missing a deadline or an exam

  • Must not indulge in or encourage disparaging behaviors towards anyone

  • Must follow all the rules and regulations outlined by the teachers and the school 

 

Teachers’ rights

  • To expect students to behave in accordance with the rules and regulations of the class and the school

  • To assign a grade they feel, with evidence, that the student deserves based on the rubrics

  • To ask a student to re-do an assignment if it hasn’t met the expected standards

  • To eject a student from the class for unseemly behavior

  • To expect academic honesty at all times

  • To offer more time for completion of assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams

 

Teachers’ responsibilities

  • To work collaboratively with the students and parents/guardians towards the success of the students

  • To ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment

  • To provide multiple approaches to facilitate students’ learning

  • To provide multiple approaches for students to demonstrate their learning

  • To teach students proper time management skills

  • To give students timely feedback on their academic progress

  • To keep an accurate record of students’ absences, the lateness of assignments, and all forms of assessments to be used to assist the students, where necessary, to become better students 

  • To assign a final grade by using the achievement chart for a course based on predetermined weightages of assignments, quizzes, projects, and exams

  • To ensure that the predetermined weightages of assignments, quizzes, projects, and exams are in line with the Ministry of Education, Ontario assessment and evaluation policies

  • To ensure students properly cite all work that is not their own

  • To clearly communicate deadlines and due dates

  • To clearly communicate academic honesty, as per Elite Private School

  • To communicate to students the time available for off-hours help online or office hours during on-campus sessions

  • To communicate to students, parents, and guardians the kind of help that the school can offer for guidance or support for the child

  • To provide an agreed-upon method of communication between teachers, students, parents, and guardians 

 

Parents’/Guardians’ Rights

  • To be informed of all evaluation methods, due dates, and timelines for the students' assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams. However, this information will be sent to the parents/guardians directly based upon an agreed-upon communication method or through the student if the parent/guardian prefers this.  

  • To be informed, upon request, about their children’s academic progress and well-being in the school

  • To be able to speak with the student’s teachers and principal regarding the student’s progress and well-being, at an agreed-upon date, time, and method of communication 

  • To be informed about the Ministry’s assessment and evaluation policy 

 

Parents’/guardians’ responsibilities

  • To communicate on an ongoing basis with the school and school officials about the progress and well-being of the student

  • To monitor the students’ daily activities and know the deadlines/due dates and dates of assignments, quizzes, projects, and exams

  • To work collaboratively with the school to address any difficulty the student may be experiencing, emotionally, academically, or otherwise

 

Cheating and Plagiarism

Giving credit to someone for the work he/she has done is an act of basic human decency. At Elite Private School, to do otherwise is plagiarism and is a form of cheating. Elite Private School encourages the sharing of ideas and collaborating on assignments, a virtue of constructivism, our main pedagogical methodology. However, students must hand in their work, worded with their own diction. 

Some acts that Elite Private School considers cheating and/or plagiarism:

  • If a student were to copy a part of a literature verbatim, it must be properly cited, or else it will rightly be considered plagiarism

  •  Paraphrasing someone's work and submitting it without giving credit to the source is plagiarism 

  • Sharing any work for submission or using someone else’s work  as one’s own work is cheating

  • Re-submitting or submitting someone’s work from a previous year or from another institution is cheating 

  • Lying about the reason for missing an assignment or quiz or project or exam is considered cheating 

  • Buying or selling or third party preparation of assignments, exams, quizzes, and projects is cheating 

  • Re-submitting an assignment from one course to another is considered to be cheating at Elite Private School unless it is by the same student AND with permission from the teacher

  • Unsanctioned sharing or receiving of information from someone else, other than the teacher, during an exam or quiz, is cheating 

 

Academic dishonesty can affect a student’s self-confidence and true academic potential. Whether through ignorance or intent, acts of academic dishonesty are not acceptable. To help students to refrain from such acts, Elite Private School, will be met with penalties. Depending on the severity of such acts, or the number of repetitions of such acts, the concerned students may receive penalties ranging from the loss of marks on an assignment to the outright failure of a course to the expulsion from the school. These students will be addressed on a case-by-case basis as intent may play a role in deciding the penalties meted out. Factors affecting the penalties are : 

  • The associated grade level of the student

  • The level of maturity of the student

  • The frequency of incidents, and

  • The circumstances under which the student acted

 

Appropriate Computer Use Policy

With the help of technology, nefarious individuals see students as easy targets. One of their tools of choice is the Internet, hence, to protect the students and staff, Elite Private School has implemented strict rules for students to follow when on the Internet. The Elite Private School website, learning software that is used by Elite Private School, and other websites accessed through Elite Private School website must be used for educational purposes at Elite Private School only. All other uses are prohibited and are considered inappropriate. 

The administration and all personnel employed by Elite Private School, with the required permission from upper management, may have the right to review all students’ work and online sites visited in order to determine any violation of computer use. Any violation will be met with swift action that may include but not limited to suspensions and/or removal from the program. There may also be the potential for the involvement of the police and possible legal actions. 

Students are to immediately report to the school any suspicious activity by an outsider, online or on-campus. 

Elite Private School offers a few precautions to students 

  • DO NOT share your password and be extra-cautious when using it

  • Do not challenge anyone who is suspected of nefarious behavior but IMMEDIATELY report the activity to a school official

  • Never try to access websites that are not intended for academia. 

 

Student Achievement

Elite Private School uses assignments, quizzes, projects, and exams to enhance students' learning, while fulfilling The Assessment and Evaluation Policy of the institution. Its assessment and evaluation policies are drafted in parallel with the Ministry of Education policies. 

Elite Private School uses Assessment to ensure that students are meeting the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum. It is a process used mainly to gather information about a student’s progress.  This information will be used to monitor a student in instances where the student is not meeting these expectations or to generate IEPs for the gifted learners.  Elite Private School teachers will use this information to engage the student and outline a path forward for the weaker student to recover the academic deficiencies and realize his true potential. As part of the plan  a student will be encouraged to develop a time-management schedule and set personal goals. The teacher will collaborate with the student to assess the progress and effectiveness of the plan, which may result in an alternative one. Hence, formative feedback will be used to assist the student to meet the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. The Summative assessments will be used to determine the student’s level of success in meeting the Ontario Curriculum expectations.

Reporting Student Achievement

Twice a year, Elite Private School will send Provincial Report Cards to the guardians/parents, unless the student is an adult or the parents/guardians request that it be sent by the student to them AND the student is an active learner at Elite Private School. The first of the two will indicate how well the student is doing in terms of meeting the Ontario Curriculum expectations for that portion of the course/courses and recommendations on how to improve for the rest of the course/courses. The final report reflects how successful the student is in meeting the overall expectations for the entire course, as well as development of the learning skills and work habits.

Course Evaluation - Mark Breakdown 

At the commencement of each course, students will be informed of the breakdown of the marks in the course. As per the Ministry of Education of Ontario, seventy percent (70%) of the marks are assigned to all work excluding the final summative assessment. In other words, seventy percent of the marks must go to projects, assignments, quizzes, presentations, and any other activity the teacher deems necessary. Not all courses will use all of those methodologies outlined before. They may use one or more. Thirty percent (30%) of the course is assigned to the final summative evaluation. This may take the form of a major project or part of it towards a project and part towards a written exam. The teacher may have his/her own idea as to how to perform the final summative assessment. 

Second Chance Protocol

Although Elite Private School uses the Mastery Teaching technique, there may be unforeseen circumstances in which students may end up failing a course. In such cases, students will be given other opportunities to fill the gap that is missing in meeting the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. However, these additional opportunities must be sanctioned by the school.  

Course Retake

Very many times students study under unforeseen circumstances. This often leads to grades that are not reflective of the student’s true ability. At Elite Private School, such students are provided with an opportunity to retake the course so that the student can get a chance to demonstrate his/her true academic prowess, which then serves well as a confidence booster. 

 

Some Reasons to Repeat a Course

Students may choose to repeat a course to:

  • Pass if previously failed

  • Personal confidence

  • Obtaining a better overall average for various reasons ranging from getting admission into higher studies to qualifying for scholarships

  • Learn the newer material of a course that has been upgraded (this is especially true for computer languages and technology in general)

 

The Effect of a Repeat Course on the Ontario School Transcript 

If a course is repeated, all attempts of that course are represented on the transcript (for grades 11 and 12 courses). However, the higher grade will be counted for the student’s credit. The lower average attempt will have an R placed beside it to indicate that the course was repeated. 

The scenarios for grades nine and ten courses are slightly different. While grades nine and ten courses may be repeated, only the attempt with the higher mark will be represented on the transcript. The other attempts will not be shown.

 

Requesting Course Changing

Students may sometimes choose a course that the student did not research properly. During the course, that student realizes that it does not peak his/her interest. In such instances, the student may wish to switch to another course. Elite Private School allows such a switch but with certain conditions, namely:

  • The student must not be enrolled in the course for more than a workweek (five working days)

  • A sanctioned school official approves the switch

Reporting Student Achievement

Elite Private School uses the Ontario Provincial Report Card, Grades 9-12, to communicate in writing the performance of the student. This is sent home twice per course, one at the midpoint of the course and the other at the conclusion of the course. The objective of the first report is to give the parents/guardians/student an indication of how well the student is meeting the overall curriculum expectations during the first reporting period. It will also speak to how well the student is developing learning skills and work habits. The final report reflects the extent to which the student has met the overall expectations for the entire course, as well as the development of the learning skills and work habits.