Canada Star Secondary School works in partnership with Can-Star Academy for afterschool programming. Can-Star Academy offers numerous courses including support classes for secondary school credit courses taken online, university preparation, exam preparation, Waterloo mathematics contests, UBC science contests, coding, and multi-level language classes.
The academy offers an Elite Program, in which students can choose courses from its 7 different departments:
o Elite Program — Discover your potentials
o Elementary Education
o English, ELL, and Humanities
o Science and Mathematics
o Test Preparation
o Fine Arts
o Continuing Studies
Small Group Class
Small class setting synchronizes with high school curriculum. Group classes include in depth learning, which allows students to understand the material being taught at school completely, and cultivates better studying habits for the students. Small group class usually consists of four to six students, and students help each other and improve together.
Every student has a different skill set and a unique way of processing information. A method of presentation may work with one student and fail to support another individual. That’s why Can-Star Academy offers personalized instruction to help students build study skills and understand school content. One-on-one sessions are focused on building rapport between student and teachers, identifying student learning style, and fostering student confidence by equipping them with the necessary reading, writing, and thinking skills. Personable and knowledgeable tutors provide personalized programs to meet student needs and learning styles. In these sessions, underlying concepts and skills are re-taught and reinforced.
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The term “elite,” first appearing in 17th century France, means “chosen few” or “talented individuals.” Can-Star Academy defines academically elite students as those who are completely self-aware of their capabilities and responsibilities, and are self-reliant in realizing their potential. To support students in reaching their full potential, Can-Star Academy offers an Elite Program. Students enrolled in the program benefit from:
- Targeted course planning
- University preparation
- A wide range of courses from the academy’s academic departments
- Leadership classes
- Skills training
- Volunteer opportunities
This program is in partnership with Canada Star Secondary School, and many of the programming overlaps, including but not limited to:
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- Elementary Extracurriculum Education
- English and Humanities
- Math and Science
- Leadership Club
- Top University Bridge Program
- Fine Arts Academy ( link to 3.4 Fine Arts Academy )
- Continuing Education
Elementary Extracurriculum Education
Can-Star Academy offers afterschool programming for students in elementary school to build literacy and numeracy skills while fostering self-confidence.This enrichment program extends students’ learning beyond the school day, empowering them with unforgettable interactive experiences.
In this highly engaging program, students choose from one of the following academic courses:
- Math Contests
- Reading Club
and another one of the following skill-building courses
- Public Speaking
- Athletics (Golf, Tennis, Fencing, Badminton, Basketball )
English and Humanities
ELL is the teaching of English as a second language. In contrast to the standard Language Arts courses taken by native speakers, ELL classes do not focus literature, which will become an issue for students studying English 10 and further on. Can-star’s preparatory courses will help students analyze and understand texts in different genres. Students will also learn composition structures, and different essay types. The course will also develop critical thinking skills, looking at implied meanings, indirect descriptions and themes. Important concepts of grammar, usage of high-frequency vocabularies, training of writing techniques, and varying sentence structures are all included in the course, assisting the student towards an English 10 level.
ELL 0 (120 hours)
ELL 0 is a course designed for students who have absolutely no foundation of English, or know very limited vocabulary and sentence structure. 80 hours of lecture includes 30 hours of phonology and correction of pronunciation, which provides a solid basis for speaking and spelling. 20 hours is devoted to vocabulary development, and the remaining 70 hours of lecture includes training for listening, speaking, reading and writing. After studying in the ELL 0 class, students will understand Basic English and daily conversation; which includes 1000 common vocabulary words and simple sentence structure.
ELL 1 (120 hours)
ELL 1 classes centre on providing students with basic vocabulary and simple sentence patterns.
In this class, students learn to describe familiar people, places, things, and events. Explicit instruction in basic grammar such as noun identification, prepositions, subject-verb agreement, and ordinal numbers equip students with a simple understanding of language conventions. Finally, students at this level learn specific, common phrases involved in making requests, asking questions, giving negative responses, and giving commands. Students will be given ample time to practice their skills through teacher-led discussions and partner practice.
ELL 2 (120 hours)
ELL 2 classes continue to build on the foundational skills acquired in ELL 1. As students work through six engaging units, they continue to develop their language skills by learning both everyday vocabulary and content/ academic vocabulary. They will also participate in class discussions and oral presentations to develop oral communication and listening comprehension. Finally, students will improve their understanding of language conventions through explicit instruction on verb usage and simple sentence structures.
ELL 2 Interactive Moodle Course Molly & Matthew （60 hours）
This specialized course delivers the story of Molly, a high school student who has just immigrated to Canada from China. Students will examine her struggles with speaking English, fitting into a new culture, and remaining optimistic through a difficult transition. By following Molly’s life, students witness a piece of American high school life displayed through pictures. Students studying in this program will not only learn the language, but also discover the North American education system and a diverse/multicultural society. The culture shock between the East and the West is no longer abstract and academic, but vivid in every section in the course. The content mainly focuses on situational conversation. The vocabularies and expressions are the ones that are most frequently used in daily life. Students can apply what they learn, and communicate with others efficiently.
ELL 3 (120 hours)
While the first two levels focus on providing students with basic vocabulary and simple sentence structures, ELL 3 classes equip students with idiomatic expressions and more complex sentence patterns. In this class, students will acquire content knowledge over an array of topics (Canada, government, and natural disasters) and challenge their reading comprehension, written language, and oral language through shorts stories and a class novel study. As students work through these diverse units, they are encouraged to initiate and participate in a range of collaborative discussion. Through class discussions and written assignments, students are expected to build on others’ ideas and express their own more clearly.
ELL 4 or Transitional English 10 (120 hours)
Pre-English 10 is suitable for students who would like an introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills in order to better prepare themselves for English 10. This course aims to broaden students’ vocabulary range and usage, as well as strengthening their understanding of language conventions. Through various short texts, students will learn high-frequency vocabulary words and grammar concepts, which in turn will be applied to writing assignments. An emphasis is also placed on pre-essay writing strategies and essay structure. Grammar and vocabulary lessons are to be implemented by the teacher based on students’ individual needs.
English 10 (120 hours)
This course is recommended for students who are planning to take or are currently in English 10 in their respective schools. This course is designed to help students develop a familiarity with and an appreciation of various literary elements, poetic devices, and rhetorical techniques that writers use to convey meaning. Reading Skills such as using context clues, summarizing passages, making inferences, and comparing passages are explicitly taught and constantly reviewed. There is also an emphasis on essay writing, particularly essay structure. Grammar and vocabulary lessons are to be implemented by the teacher based on students’ individual needs.
English 11 (120 hours)
This course is recommended for students who are planning to take or are currently in English 11 in their respective schools. English 11 is structured to provide students with a diverse study of literature and composition. The course is designed to strengthen student ability in recognizing and analyzing literary terms and elements associated with each genre. Students who take the course are encouraged to respond to literature personally and analytically. Essay writing strategies that were introduced in English 10 are reinforced, and students will learn to write compositions that have well-developed content and a sharp, distinct focus. By the end of the course, students will be able to use rhetorical techniques that can be used in writing effective persuasive, narrative, and synthesis essays.
English 12 (120 hours)
This course is recommended for students who are planning to take or are currently in English 12 in their respective schools. The goal for English 12 is to refine and extend foundational skills students developed in English 10 and 11. Students will be challenged to extract themes from a variety of genres. They will also gain an appreciation of how writers use innovative techniques to convey meaning, and apply those strategies in their own original compositions. Students will leave the course familiar with the organizational skills related to maintaining productivity, techniques of observation, as well as a skill set that demonstrates attention to sensory details, the importance of word economy, and writing for a specific audience.
Science and Mathematics Gr8-12
Single-subject Remediation for Grade 11-12
Teachers with BC certificates provide one-to-one catch-up support to solidify core foundational skills and underlying concepts to ensure student understanding and improve marks. Can-Star Academy offers remediation classes for Physics 11 and 12, Chemistry 11 and 12, Biology 11 and 12, Pre-Calculus 11 and 12, and Calculus 12.
Prerequisites for Science and Technology
In this course, students in grades 11 or 12 who are preparing to apply for university in the fields of Science and Engineering can learn foundational skills and concepts to help them more efficiently and effectively understand materials, reach high scores, and gain admission to top schools.
University Calculus Class (AP Calculous)
Freshman and sophomore students in this class will receive intensive classes that introduce and reinforce Calculus concepts and strategies to help them better adapt to university freshman classes.
Math Competition Preparation
Canada Star Secondary School is an official testing location for Waterloo Math Contest. In order to prepare our students fully ready for the math contests, we offer The Mathematics Contest Club, which offers students full coverage of math contest training from Grade eight till 12. Canadian Mathematics Competition is a certified and official math contest, it was founded in 1963, participating in this contest will help students with getting admissions into top universities around the world. Mathematical contests improve one’s ability in areas of solving authentic questions, team cooperation, and the development of thinking skills and is, especially recommended for students who want to study science and engineering in the future.
Students who intend to pursue schooling in the United States are often required to take the SSAT or SAT. Regulated by the Enrollment Management Association in the United States, the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized measure that helps professionals from independent schools make admission decisions for students in Grades 3 to 11. A similar standardized test, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is designed to assess student readiness for post-secondary education.
Can-Star Academy offers classes for students wishing to take the SSAT or SAT. Knowledgeable teachers coach students on test format, test content, and test-taking strategies. Students who enroll in the SSAT and SAT classes typically sign up for weekly classes that tackle the three strands of the test: mathematics, critical reading, and writing. They meet with their teachers for two hours three times per week, and take a monthly mock SAT exam to check their progress. The demanding program ensures that students are amply prepared to meet their goals.
The ACT® test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. The test includes the following sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, as well as an optional Writing Test. Some schools may require the Writing Test, so be sure to ask before you register for the ACT.
The International Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam that measures an individual’s ability to communication in English. The test is taken for study, work, and immigration and is generally accepted in most universities, colleges, employers, and governments. Can-Star Academy offers classes to prepare individuals wishing to take the IELTS. Experienced teachers will work alongside with students to support their English language learning experience. An intensive training camp gives students exclusive professional courses with teaching methods that are flexible to their needs. Students also participate in mock exams that simulate the written and oral tests followed by periodical feedbacks. The academy’s especially set oral tests and written tests are in strict accordance with the regular examination. Whether full time or part time courses, Can-Star’s IELTS program effectively prepares students before the exam.
Can-star Academy’s adult language programs support adult learners in their English language acquisition. As with any language program, the adult language classes aim to improve various aspects of English language acquisition: oral communication, vocabulary development, listening comprehension, and written communication. However, the main emphasis of this course is on teaching functional language. All lessons are organized under a specific situation or scenario (For example, asking for directions, at the supermarket, taking a taxi, etc.) to build common conversational phrases, transitions, and vocabulary.
The phonics program provides adult learners with the foundational skills of decoding written language. Students learn phonemes, blending, and segmentation. With the teacher, students learn and practice producing speech sounds accurately. Students also develop phonemic awareness and learn to recognize sound-symbol relationships to recognize words.
Adult ELL 1
The adult ELL 1 class provides students with basic vocabulary and simple sentence patterns. Students learn common vocabulary and expressions specific to a situation or scenario. Students at this level learn the language involved in making requests, asking questions, giving negative responses, and giving commands. Additionally, instruction in basic grammar such as prepositions, subject-verb agreement, and ordinal numbers will be taught for students to understand basic language conventions. Students will be given ample time to practice their skills through guided conversations and partner practice.
Adult ELL 2
Upon graduation from the Adult ELL 1 program, students smoothly transition into the Adult ELL 2 program. These classes build on the skills learned in the previous program and review common expressions. The course aims to build on prior knowledge and introduce more complex sentence patterns, higher-level vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. Students will be given ample time to practice their skills through mock scenarios and partner practice.