Kuper Academy - High School Curriculum
At the high school level, our program is anchored on the twin principles of academic achievement and personal development. Students are encouraged to master the academic disciplines as well as the individual qualities that will prepare them for mature and productive citizenship. The focus in the high school is on the importance of nurturing self-discipline, critical thinking skills, problem solving, and teamwork. In order to help students reach this goal as individuals and as a collective, each grade is directed by a level adviser whose primary role is to offer guidance and leadership. Beyond the classroom, a wide variety of co-curricular activities also help students to develop self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, strong community spirit and lasting friendships.
During the first two years of high school students are encouraged to develop important organizational skills such as: the use of a daily agenda, planning ahead for longer-term homework assignments, test preparation and using appropriate methods of academic discourse. These skills soon become second nature.
Students are expected to work at home on a regular basis through the completion of nightly homework.
Because Kuper values the relationship between home and school, we use Gmail and an interactive portal (COBA) which provides a secure email service that allows parents to monitor their child’s academic progress while providing access to pedagogical material that teachers have posted.
Kuper graduates have established outstanding reputations within colleges and universities across Quebec, Canada, and the United States; and they are out in the world pursuing successful careers in medicine, law, engineering, computer science, business, academia and many other areas.
Teachers of core courses offer extra support on a regular basis. Free math tutorials are available after school from Monday through Thursday.
Kuper is an officially designated Google school using G Suite for Education.
Language, the cornerstone of a Kuper education
While the secondary school curriculum is offered in English, fluency in French remains a priority and the program is tailored to suit a student’s individual proficiency. Secondary IV students who are sufficiently proficient may complete the secondary French requirement one year early and write the DELF exam (Diplôme d'etudes en langue française) in Secondary V. Upon successful completion of this exam they are granted a diploma by the Ministry of Education of France. Spanish is mandatory in grades 7 and 8.
The school report card is based on the percentage calculations of the student’s academic achievement. The weighted term average is calculated using the frequency a course is taught and the term result. Consequently, subjects such as math, English, science, and French are more heavily weighted than physical education and art. Students are assessed through tools including, but not limited to: classroom observation, quizzes and tests, essays, projects, assignments, and formal evaluations during January and June of each academic year.
The Honour Society
The Honour Society consists of students who maintain an average of 80% or better. The society is divided into three categories, Distinction 80 to 84.9%, Honours 85 to 89.9% and High Honours 90% or better. Approximately 40% of the school will obtain a term weighted average of 80% or better of which 25% receive Distinction, 15% receive Honours and 5 % receive High Honours.