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Summer Courses

ENGLISH

At UMCA we offer our students a variety of courses in the English Program. Mandatory courses (ENG1D, ENG2D, ENG3U, ENG4U) and electives (EWC4U and ETS4U) are all offered for students to grow in their reading and writing skills. This includes focusing heavily on writing personal reflections, content responses, and essays. At the same time our program is a great way to experience an engaging, interactive, and educational English learning environment. 

Our English Program is dedicated to building creative and critical writing techniques, as well as showing students diversity in reading. Students are exposed to a variety of genres from different eras. Each text is analyzed and discussed thoroughly, along with relating its cultural, social, and political significance to current day society. 

We also promote strong emphasis on writing techniques. Students must acquire strong communication skills in both a written and oral format. We offer a variety of learning and assessment strategies aimed at covering all of these areas. This will include students demonstrating their thinking and application skills in the process. 

We understand that English is more than just academia, it is only a form of expression. The UMCA English program encourages students to showcase their learning abilities using a variety of teaching techniques. It is a place that promotes the importance of language building and creativity. We look forward to sharing our wonderful learning environment with all of you.

ENG4U 

Every summer we offer grade 12 students the opportunity to gain their ENG4U credit at our school. Keep in mind that with every summer school course, we are taking 5 months worth of work and putting it into only 4 weeks. This means that we expect students to know that they will be required to work extra hard in their time management skills. At the same time it is a great way to experience an engaging, interactive, and educational English learning environment. 

All classes are structured to helping students gain a stronger practice to their reading and writing skills. This includes focusing heavily on writing personal reflections, content responses, and essays. What we aim to do with our ENG4U program is bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary learning with students writing a variety of essays. Along with writing, students will be introduced to a diversity in reading by analyzing three different texts that range from slapstick comedy to social commentary within Canada. The texts that students will analyze are:

A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) by Tennessee Williams

Taming of The Shrew (1600-1605) by William Shakespeare

Kindred (1979) by Octavia Butler

Each text will give students new insight in their academic skills and help them in their practice of reading different material.

Aside from the material covered in class, students will also be required to find two separate novels (both at a ENG3U/ENG4U-level of reading) and analyze them for the Independent Study Project due at the end of the course. Students will write an analytical essay on the two novels based a similar theme, motif, and even syntax structure. The I.S.U. is a great way for students to practice their analytical skills by comparing or contrasting specific material.

At the end of the semester students will write an in-class final exam in the form of an academic, formal essay. Essay topics will surround the reading material covered throughout the course. Students will be given mock exams before their finals in order to practice their in-class essay writing skills. 

At UMCA we push our students to their full potential. By incorporating strategies such as discussions, group activities, and independent writing, students are motivated to achieve their academic success. We look forward to meeting and working with all of you soon.

EWC4U

At UMCA we offer a variety of grade 12 English classes. Aside from the mandatory ENG4U, students may develop their writing abilities to an even greater capacity by taking Writer's Craft (EWC4U). This course is designed specifically to help students perfect their creative and critical writing by practicing different techniques and styles. What EWC4U offers in terms of diversity will include: poetry; short story; novella; technical and manual writing; reviews and reflections; script development; and a range of creative writing exercises. 

Like all grade 12 courses, EWC4U will help students in their preparation for university. Students who can write using different structures or formulas will benefit greatly in their post-secondary learning. EWC4U is a great opportunity for any student wishing to express their writing abilities, while also building on new ones for the future.

ETS4U

At UMCA we offer a variety of grade 12 English classes. Aside from the mandatory ENG4U, students may develop their reading and writing abilities to an even greater scale by taking Studies In Literature (ETS4U). This course is designed to help studies gain a stronger approach in their analytical skills by observing a variety of texts. These novels/plays/articles will range in genres from classical to modern, showing students the beauty of diversity in literature. 
ETS4U offers students the chance to advance their skills in: essay and reflection writing; building critical analysis of texts; and demonstrating an analytical approach to a variety of texts. It is an excellent opportunity for students who are expanding their reading and writing talents, and looking to be introduced to a new genre of literature.

 – English Teacher

VISUAL  ARTS 

UMCA Art  studio offers classes from Grade 9 to Grade 12.  Curriculum of Grade 9-10 Open is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. As part of the course students become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles.

Curriculum of Grade -11 AVI3M  Visual Arts, University /College Preparation enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Curriculum of Grade 12(AVI4M) focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society.  In all of the grades students use their creative and critical analysis processes and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College PreparationUMCA Art  studio offers classes from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

Curriculum of Grade 9-10 Open is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. As part of the course students become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles.

Curriculum of Grade -11 AVI3M  Visual Arts, University /College Preparation enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Curriculum of Grade 12(AVI4M) focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society.  In all of the grades students use their creative and critical analysis processes and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

– Art Teacher

SCIENCE

Starting on July 4th and running until July 29th, U.M.C.A Rich Tree Academy is offering multiple science courses to all interested students. Whether you are looking to get ahead in your education, or upgrade a previous attempt in a course, we are here to help ensure your success and help you achieve all of your academic goals.  U.M.C.A is offering biology, chemistry, physics, and kinesiology/exercise science courses during the summer time. All of our courses follow all ministry of education expectations and offer assessments in knowledge, application, communication, and thinking fields in order to ensure well rounded students.

Students will learn how to properly format research papers and labs, as well as write their very own scientific papers. Students will learn to confer their knowledge into a physical form and test theories covered in class while gaining a deeper understanding of the material covered.

Whether you are looking to learn about human organ systems, organic chemistry, biomechanics, or the fields of electricity and magnetism, we have an engaging, organized, and inclusive positive atmosphere waiting for you!

– Science Teacher

MATHEMATICS

Summer School Math Program contains Grade 9 Principles of Mathematics, 10 Principals of Mathematics, 11 Functions, 12 Advanced Functions and Calculus. This courses introduce the mathematical concept of the various math topics by extending  students  knowledge and experience. Students will investigate properties of different functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions, represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically: solve problems involving application questions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi step problems. These courses all follow the guidelines presented by the ministry of education. Theycontain 110 hours, which are required by the ministry of education.Students work will be assessed and evaluated according to the four achievement categorize:

1. Knowledge and Understanding

2. Communication

3. Application

4. Thinking

The final grade will be based on: Term work (70%) which includes evaluations conducted throughout the course, including tests and assignments. Final examination (30%) which includes the exam.

Students will follow a similar pattern and detailed explanation in all units. Usually the groups  in our school are small and the students will receive individual assistance during class explanations. Moreover, after explanation and practice time in class, they will receive homework which will be checked during the following class.  Prior to the exam, there will be a preparation/practice period to prepare the student. Furthermore, extra help will be available at any time.

 – Math Teacher

CANADIAN HISTORY AND THE 20TH CENTURY (CHC2D)

This course explores developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on Canadian identity, citizenship, and heritage.
They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS (BBB4M)
 
This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively.A thorough company analysis taught within the course will focus on all aspects of the international company functions including corporate entity, including management structure and expertise, finances, growth prospects, profitability, market share and intangible factors such as goodwill in the market, brand image, and intellectual property. This course prepares students for post-secondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.
 
CANADIAN AND WORLD ISSUES (CGW4U)
 
This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students will investigate a range of topics including culture, economic, and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use the skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing.

–  History and Social Studies Teacher

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