Course Selection - Grades 9 and 10 Academic and Applied Courses
Academic and Applied Courses
Grade 9 ‘Core Subjects’ of English, Math, Science, French and Geography are offered as academic or applied courses. Each type of course has knowledge and skill expectations.
practical examples are used to develop knowledge and skills
concrete examples are used to develop knowledge and skills
provides the basis for college preparation courses in Grades 11 & 12
essential course material of a subject and related concepts of the subject are taught
theoretical examples are used to develop knowledge and skills
abstract examples are used to develop knowledge and skills
provides the basis for university preparation courses in Grades 11 & 12
Academic courses tend to be more challenging than applied courses in terms of skill development, study expectations, content and workload.
Open courses have expectations appropriate for all students and will prepare students for studies in senior grades.
In Grade 9, open courses are found in Physical Education, Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Business, Family Studies, and Technology.
Locally Developed Compulsory Courses
Students coming into grade 9 whose academic skill level would cause frustration and limited success in applied or academic courses may benefit from locally developed courses in English, Math, Science or Geography. These courses are designed to give students a basis so that, upon completion, they may be prepared to successfully complete the Grade 9 applied course in the same subject area, or continue in Grade 10 locally developed and then Senior level workplace pathway courses. Learning support teachers and Grade 8 teachers in the elementary schools can best make sound educational plans for prospective Grade 9 students.
Crossover material: When a student has successfully completed a Grade 9 Core French of Science course of the academic or applied type, and plans to switch to the other course type in grade 10, that student is required to complete up to thirty hours of crossover material. Crossover material provides the information and skills that are included in one grade nine course, but not the other. For example, a student who earned Grade 9 Applied Science, and plans to take Grade 10 Academic Science needs to complete crossover material to optimize success in grade 10. This crossover material is available on-line and is completed by the student during the summer.
Mathematics: Students who have taken Applied Mathematics in Grade 9 and wish to take Academic Mathematics in Grade 10, need to take Grade 9 Academic Mathematics the following year, or at Summer School.