English, French, math, and physical education and health are taught at every level in the high school. Math and French are streamed to reflect each students' ability within the specific subject, which allows for both regular and advanced placement of students. Science is an obligatory subject for each student in secondary one through to secondary four, with physics and chemistry as an option for secondary five students.
In addition, History and Citizenship courses are mandatory all year long for all students from secondary one through to secondary four. Over the course of their high school education, students also enjoy a variety of other courses including: geography, economics, debating, robotics, and the study of the contemporary world. Additionally, Introductory/Integration French is offered to students new to Quebec during their first year at Kuper Academy if there are enough students to warrant that specific class.
Homework is an integral part of the educational program offered at Kuper Academy, intended to reinforce classroom work and to practice skills. At Kuper Academy parents, teachers, and students work together so that students develop good study habits and a responsible attitude towards homework. Regular testing and evaluation are carried out and the school issues three official report cards per academic year. Furthermore, academic results are posted in the interactive portal in real time, thus allowing regular monitoring of results.
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The academic department heads, in conjunction with subject teachers and the school's administration, draft academic policy on an ongoing basis. This practice is designed to give the school maximum flexibility in response to the needs of students.
All science courses include both theoretical studies and lab work. The departmental philosophy emphasizes the relevance of the theoretical material taught through an intensive use of laboratory work. This approach allows students to develop both the interest and aptitudes necessary to succeed, and prepares them to pursue future studies in the scientific realm.
The Math department has established meaningful and important guidelines for student placement, and each student begins her/his math studies in the course that suits her/him the best. Over the course of his/her time at Kuper Academy, he/she may move from a regular math class one year, to an advanced placement class the next if there is the inclination and the ability to do so. Further to that, as a unique feature, Kuper Academy offers Calculus to senior students who qualify. Some of our students write math competitions in order to hone their skills at an even more competitive level. In addition, throughout the academic year students are able to obtain extra help from one of the high school math teachers from 3:30PM to 4:30PM every Monday through Thursday.
The English department aims to ensure that upon graduation students are able to read in a competent manner, to write with clarity, and to be critical of the world around them. At Kuper we believe that literacy is not only about reading and writing as students transition into adulthood, but it is also about the dynamism of how we communicate in today's society. Literature and the use of language reflects elements of social practices, relationships between people, as well as the acquisition of different types of knowledge originating from the past, present, or the projected future. By examining a cross-section of classic and contemporary texts from the English literary canon, students are challenged to analyze themes relevant to their own lives, the behavior of fictional characters, as well as to discuss and debate of ideas/thoughts with their peers on a daily basis.
Language proficiency is fundamental to a successful life of learning. Accordingly, students are placed in the French language course that will best serve their needs. Kuper graduates are expected to be competent in French, while the French program streams students between regular, enriched, and mother tongue. Students who are new to the French language will be required to follow a French integration course (accueil), and have the option of engaging the services of a private tutor.
Playing a musical instrument develops skills and aptitudes that complement the academic experience. Kuper Academy offers a performance-based music program, with the concert band as the platform. Students will learn how to play instruments ranging from brass to precussion. The two main thrusts of the program are individual musical proficiency in a specific instrument and orchestration. In Secondary one, all students participate in the band program. In Secondary two, musically-inclined students are placed in the advanced band program. In secondary three and four, a performing arts option is available for students wishing to develop their singing abilities.
The learning of a third language is a valuable life skill. Secondary one and two students are placed in a sequential Spanish program, and secondary three students are given the option to remain in Spanish to pursue advanced studies.
The social science curriculum is designed to integrate and to build upon the competencies that students acquire in their language courses. The program develops critical thinking skills through the study of geographic, historical, economic, and political events. Whether studying the French Revolution or the preservation of old-growth boreal forests, students are expected to evaluate, synthesize, and express what they have learned through a variety of mediums. Students are mentored from the initial research to final presentation phase of various projects with the departmental goal being to develop student consciousness of citizenship by illustrating the impact of individual and collective action on society.
In order to benefit from a varied and meaningful educational experience, students select optional courses. Secondary three and four students are encouraged to select one option course, and secondary five students select an academic profile that will prepare them for their CEGEP studies. These profiles include: Sciences, Liberal Arts, Business, Communication, and Social Science. Each profile consists of a series of courses that follow the selected theme.