VIS Junior High School

Voice Integrative Junior High School provides a highly academic, global education based program for students in Grades 7-9.  Seamlessly aligned with VIS philosophy and standards, VIS Junior High seeks to admit students of diverse backgrounds and talents who will contribute to a learning community that values intellectual curiosity, accountability, mutual respect and cooperation. The following criteria are weighted equally when considering admission to VIS.

  • Academic achievement displaying a cumulative grade point average of B or higher in all subjects or among subjects when added holistically.
  • Grade 9 only Academic level coursework is being offered in an non-semestered environment
  • A history of cooperative behaviour in other settings/previous school
  • Motivation to attend VIS
  • A willingness to learn and participate in all aspects of the curriculum
  • Confidential reference from current home room teacher (obtained directly by VIS Admissions)

At VIS, every child is supported by our diverse teaching and learning approaches and by being part of our inclusive, stimulating, intimate and dynamic school and classroom environment. Often children with learning differences, and those who are identified with the designation “learning disabled/gifted”, are able to use their strengths to address weaknesses within our unique learning environment.

Because our classes are small, teachers are able to thoroughly address academic strands in core subjects.  Academics are taught within a context that fosters higher order skills such as analytical and critical thinking, organization, time management, and the skills needed to learn for life. Personal, local and global issues that impact our students’ lives are explored and integrated into core and non core subjects. Our aim is to create a program that is challenging, creative, relevant, and which lends a sense of purpose to the task of learning.

Our own site, The Distillery Historic District, with its studios, galleries, theatres and dance companies, provide our young academics and our future leaders with outstanding opportunities to participate in the arts and in other aspects of curriculum. They gain a wealth of information about culture from their surroundings.

In general, we strive to create a learning environment that addresses the needs of the whole student, and from which all students can benefit, regardless of their unique learning styles, intelligences, abilities, and interests. Our academic courses, arts curriculum, sports program, school trips, and the outdoor classroom, are considered equally important components of a well rounded educational experience.

Why Junior High School?

Current and accessible research has clearly shown that grade 9 transition to high school is one of the most difficult times for teens.  This monumental jump in social/emotional intelligence is often too much for many 15 year old students to maintain their academic performance.  VIS is offering our students an opportunity to further prepare to confidently walk into their high school as leaders with a strong academic foundation, and unsurpassed creative and critical thinking skills. We do find clear evidence of a drop in achievement in Grade 9. Studies have shown that eighth-grade students are not prepared socially and emotionally for challenging high school social and work culture.  By grade 10, those students are back up to where they were expected to be before making the transition while there is a cost with school transitions in general, the grade 9 transition is particularly tough.

The primary goal of VIS Junior High is to create a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement that prepares grade 7-9 students for challenging high school studies. To be prepared for success in high school, Junior High students must be taught to exceed grade-level standards, engage in their studies and exert effort in the classroom and demonstrate that they can use what they have learned in a variety of contexts.

Please check out our VIS Junior High Newsletters:

VIS Junior Newsletter Edition 1 and 2

VIS Junior Newsletter Edition 3

The following is a list of courses offered to students in Grade 9 for the 2016/2017 school year.

9 English (ENG1D) – ACADEMIC 1.00 CREDIT

This course emphasizes analytical and critical reading and writing skills found in text written for a variety of purposes, i.e., narrative, instructional, persuasive, etc. Students will study and interpret narrative (in particular from contemporary and historical periods) including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create their own written pieces for different purposes. An important focus will be the editing process at an advanced level in written language, and the effective and creative use of spoken language to debate, question, and present ideas clearly and concisely.

9 Geography-Canada (CGC1D) – ACADEMIC 1.00 CREDIT

This course draws from models and principles of physical, human, and economic geography and delves into Canada’s distinct and evolving physical, climatic and social character. Students will investigate the interconnections among the landforms, climate, soils, plants, animals, and human activities in Canada, and will develop geographic knowledge and s kills that contribute to an understanding of Canada’s diversity and its role in the world.

9 Core French (FSF1D) – ACADEMIC 1.00 CREDIT

This course emphasizes established foundations and skills in oral communication, reading, and writing. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as community work, media, relationships, social trends, and careers. Thematic readings, and readings of short simple stories, articles, and poems, will serve as a platform to oral and written activities in French.

9 Principles of Mathematics (MPM1D) – ACADEMIC 1.00 CREDIT

This course enables students to acquire and build on knowledge of mathematical concepts through practical applications, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate mathematical connections to develop equations of straight lines in analytic geometry, explore relationships between volume and surface area of objects in measurement, and apply extended algebraic skills in problem solving. Students will engage in problems involving the use of logic, and abstract thinking and investigations that will deepen their mathematical knowledge and enrich already established foundations in mathematics.

9 Science (SNC1D) – ACADEMIC 1.00 CREDIT

This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry. The course will place focus on relationships and interconnections between science and technology and of society and the environment. Additional content includes scientific theory and investigations of cell division and reproduction, atomic and molecular structures, properties of elements and compounds, the universe and space exploration, and the principles of electricity.

9 Healthy Active Living (PPL1O) – OPEN 1.00 CREDIT

This course emphasizes active participation in a variety of physical activities that promote healthy living, and skills related to team leadership.  Students will learn movement skills, coordination skills, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety and injury prevention. They will discuss, debate, and research issues related to healthy sexuality and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They will take initiative to lead, develop, participate and present initiatives and projects designed to inspire a similar awareness in younger students, in each other and in themselves.

9 Integrated Arts (ALC1O) – OPEN 1.00 CREDIT

This course integrates 3 of the arts (dance, drama and visual arts) giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated art works created individually or collaboratively.  Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply concepts, styles and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom.  Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges.

9 Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School and Course Planning (GLS1O) – OPEN 1.00 CREDIT

This course focuses on strategies to help students enhance independent, critical, analytical and problem solving skills. Students will learn how to develop and apply organizational skills, time management, and interpersonal and cooperative skills to improve focus and success in school, the workplace, and the community. The course will also empower students to delve into their unique learning styles and in the research of course options and course suggestions for grade 10. As such, students will take ownership of their learning and build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.

10  Food and Nutrition – HFN1OOPEN 1.00 CREDIT

This course is not only about making nutritious food choices but also examines our relationships with food and food production.  Students will investigate factors that influence their food choices including issues of class, marketing, and availability.  This will include an examination of the environmental impact of food choice at a local and a global level.  This course also provides students with opportunities to develop food-preparation skills, including recipes from a variety of cultures.  Students will research topics related to food and nutrition.  They will create research plans relevant to chosen topics and use appropriate research and inquiry methods to complete assignments.  They will assess, record, analyze, and synthesize this information and then communicate results clearly and effectively.

Please note:

- There will be no grade 9 courses offered for the 2015/2016 Academic year.
-VIS will admit students pursuing Secondary School studies at the Academic level only.

For tuition information and approximate yearly costs, please click here.