High School Courses: Which Ones Do I Choose?

High School Courses: Which Ones Do I Choose?

QAAcademic, Applied or Locally Developed

You will be asked to select a course type for Grade 9 compulsory courses (English, French, geography, math and science). Read the information below to get a better idea of what course type is best for you. If you are uncertain, get help from your teacher or the guidance department. They will be able to advise you.

Course Types

Academic “D”

Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materials. Emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning. Students should be working consistently at or above Level 2+, 3 or 4 in Grade 8. Students should be independent learners with learning skills at the “good” to “excellent” level.

Applied “P”

Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject. Emphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the concepts. Students should be working consistently at Level 1+, 2- or 2 in Grade 8. Students are generally more dependent learners and require greater teacher direction and instruction.

Locally Developed Courses “L”

Students will learn the most essential concepts of a subject. School staff generally recommend these courses for students with specific learning needs. Students should be working consistently at Level 1 or below in Grade 8. Students require greater teacher direction and instruction to accommodate learning needs.

Open Courses “O”

Students will learn concepts and skills designed to prepare for further study in the subject area. Expectations are designed and appropriate for all students. Generally, the optional courses (such as physical education, art, etc.) are offered in the open courses. Students can have a variety of learning skills.

Am I locked into a course or can I switch if I need to?

Yes . You can change course types. In math, if you wish to move into Grade 10 academic, you must successfully complete a half credit transfer course. In all other courses, changes can be made without compulsory course work. If the academic course proves to be too challenging, it is possible to switch to the applied or locally developed courses.

Is there somewhere or someone I can go to for help if I have questions about course selection?

Yes . Your classroom teacher can assist you with selecting courses. You can also attend the Trillium Lakelands District School Board secondary school information evenings for assistance or call a TLDSB high school for more information. Don’t forget that your parents/guardians will also be helpful in providing advice and assisting you with your planning.

Do all the courses I select have to be the same – academic, applied or locally developed?

No. You are encouraged to take the one that best suits your needs and/or abilities. You can select a variety of courses.

 

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