Personalized Learning Plan
The college search process begins with self-reflection. Therefore, the college counselling process begins with guided discussions and exercises where the student practices expressing his or her values, strengths, interests and passions. Daystar’s College Counselling curriculum focuses on highlighting the strengths of our students and teaching them to differentiate themselves in the competitive market that is college admissions.
In grades 9 and 10, students use learning style and interest inventories to begin the process of career or major exploration. They are asked to be self-reflective in answering a series of questions, many of which are drawn from actual university applications. They practice the skills they will use to write tailored, and lively, college applications.
Each student’s Personalized Learning Plan is their road map to their best post-secondary experience. At the end of Grade 8, the Four-Year High School Plan is determined, which identifies the curriculum and diploma track the student will pursue. In grades 9 and 10, all students participate in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) which lays a strong foundation for both of Daystar’s diploma tracks. G10 students, and their parents, meet with their College Counsellor to discuss the best curriculum for the student to pursue in Grades 11 and 12. Students may choose Daystar’s signature Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) which offers courses such as Business Management and includes an Internship experience, the renown International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), a hybrid curriculum that may suit the student best.
Using their Personalized Learning Plan, students create a Portfolio that is used during the university application process in G12. This Portfolio is a repository for the student’s accomplishments, as well as a resource for the demands of post-secondary applications. For example, each student creates his or her own database of requirements and deadlines for colleges and universities of interest. For students who will pursue the visual or the performing arts, the Portfolio is where they store samples of their works that will be shared when they apply to arts programs. Athletes store game and skills videos to share with recruiting coaches and scientists upload their research abstracts for future submission as supplements to university applications.
The Personal Learning Plan takes into account the country, or countries, where the student will be applying because each country’s university application process is different, sometimes subtly so. Therefore, students plan and build their portfolios so that they have resources readily available for the applications they submit in G12.