HOMEROOM AND PERSONAL-SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
In these high school years, the joy of completing a period is attached to the worry about an uncertain future. We notice a greater capacity for abstraction and study, as well as more seriousness and responsibility facing the academic work. We also observe a growing concern for the vocational and university alternatives.
The daily homeroom periods allow us to collaborate in the important aspects of this process. The other teachers know how we are working on these aspects, and all of them coordinately collaborate. Parents and teachers keep close, alert and willing to guide the students.
In Tenth Grade we have the fourth and last study trip this time to the city of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. As on the prior trips, it is a good opportunity to enrich their growth, and offer other contexts to strengthen ties within their groups and teachers. Also, this trip permits our children to find a different approach to the subjects they are taking in the different areas, but specially to have a special contact with reality, richness and problems of our country. In Tenth Grade they also complete the solidarity campaigns.
The student participation through their classroom delegates opens spaces for them to continue expressing opinions, reaching agreements and commiting themselves to solve their problems, among other things.
NEW ACTIVITIES ARE INTRODUCED
As in the previous grades of high school, there are two areas that are worked on independently but were integrated in primary school: Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies.
» In Tenth Grade we continue with Personal Social Development, Computer Science, French, Economics and Management, and World History and Geography.
» In Eleventh Grade, we introduce Current Affairs.
» In Eleventh Grade, Personal Social Development is replaced by Philosophy and Ethics, which is more appropriate for the level of reflection that we must achieve.
» In Tenth Grade we have included a Mathematics review program that in Eleventh Grade is developed through Mathematical Reasoning, Arithmetic and Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.
» In Tenth Grade once a week the students have Physical Education and Sports and the productive project of the area of Economics and Management, in Pachacamac.
» Tenth Grade is the last grade that takes the November General Test.
At this stage we continue integrating the learning areas. Since there are more areas that are worked on independently, the teachers apply strategies to adequately integrate them, within each area as well as through the inter-area coordination at the moment of the annual planning.
TENTH GRADE FINAL TESTS
Passing to Tenth Grade, which implies to move to the Upper School premises, is a chance for our students to become conscious that they are completing an important stage. With this objective, as well as with that of generating new stimuli for academic work, we have designed the following group of tests:
» To develop a number of work hours in favor of the community.
» To pass the FCE.
» To reach the MOS certification in Power Point, Word and Excel.
» To write a monograph.
In Tenth Grade we begin with a vocational guidance program through two activities. The first is a visit to various universities and institutes of higher studies, in the framework of the Vocational Fair, to explain about profession offers, entrance mechanisms, etc. The second is having a webquest based on each student’s interest, which collaborates with an adequate systematization of the relevant information on professional options and post-high school studies.
In Eleventh Grade the program includes a series of vocational tests, administered by our Psycho Pedagogical Department, a visit to several universities, as well as the participation in the vocational fair. The students also have the opportunity to take various preparation entrance exams, some given by the school and others offered by different universities. Finally, professionals receive them at their work places during a special week (flavor week) destined to make the children become familiarized with the practical work of their possible study options.