Choices for Nine Delivered each fall Choices: Secondary Schools Course Selection & Planning Guide Arrives each January during the Course Selection Process Choices: Planning Guides
Find Your School www.tdsb.on.ca Click on “Find your School”
High School Information Evenings (dates & times) are listed in the Choices for Nine brochure and posted on the TDSB website: Information Nights at TDSB High Schools www.tdsb.on.ca/GoingtoHighSchool
Information Nights for Specialized Programs & Schools Specialized programs and designed for students with a strong passion and skill in a specific area To investigate specialized schools or programs, contact the specific school for admission requirements Specialized requirements may include auditions, tests, interviews, etc. Check deadline dates for applications www.tdsb.on.ca/HighSchool/Guidance/Choices
Optional Attendance Students are encouraged to attend the secondary school that serves their residential address – “home-school” Use an Optional Attendance Application Form when applying to a school other than your home-school Students may apply to : - two regular schools - two specialized programs Some schools are CLOSED to Optional Attendance www.tdsb.on.ca/FindyourSchool/OptionalAttendance
Specific Dates February January 30, 2015 - Optional Attendance applications due to secondary schools – delivered by student/parent/guardian February 13, 2015 - Secondary schools will inform Optional Attendance applicants Mid to late February 2015 - Course Selection sheets completed and returned to current school counsellor February 27, 2015 - All course selection sheets due to secondary schools – delivered by current school counsellor Only ONE course selection sheet per student is submitted for ONE secondary school
Once a course is passed, a credit is granted (50% or higher) Students are expected to take 8 courses a year To graduate from high school a student must earn 30 credits Credit System
Semestered Schools 8 courses in 2 blocks of time: 4 courses from September to January 4 courses from February to June All 4 courses taken daily Non-Semestered Schools 8 courses taken throughout the school year Courses taken every other day
Total of 30 course credits (110 hours per credit) – 18 compulsory courses – 12 elective courses (options) 40 hrs. Community Involvement – Begins in summer after Grade 8 * Ontario Literacy Requirement (OSSLT) - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) ~ Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy & Program Requirements, 2011
Compulsory Credits Students must earn the following 15 compulsory credits: 4 English - one credit per grade 1 French as a Second Language 3 Mathematics - at least one in grade 11 or 12 2 Science 1 Canadian History 1 Canadian Geography 1 Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Integrated Arts, Media, Drama or Dance) 1 Health and Physical Education 0.5 Civics 0.5 Career Studies
Compulsory Credits Continued Plus ONE CREDIT from each of the following 3 Groups: Group 1 An additional English credit or French as a second language*, or third language, or Social Science and Humanities credit, or Canadian and World Studies credit, or Guidance and Career Education credit, or Cooperative Education credit* *A maximum of 2 credits in Cooperative Education and 2 credits in French can count as compulsory credits.
Group 2 One credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies, or French as a second language or Cooperative Education * Group 3 One credit in Gr. 11 or 12 Science, or a credit in Technological Education, or Computer Studies, or French as a second language or Cooperative Education * * A maximum of 2 credits in Cooperative Education and 2 credits in French can count as compulsory credits. Compulsory Credits Continued
Academic Applied Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) Open Course Types in Grade 9 and 10: Making your choices: choose success!
Learning expectations are the same for all students Designed to prepare students for further study and to enrich general education in a subject Can be counted as compulsory or elective credits Grade 9 Open Courses at Zion Include: Physical Education Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Integrated Arts) Business Exploring Technologies Exploring Family Studies Introductory French What is an Open Course?
Academic Courses Cover the core content and have an emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the content Applied Courses Cover the core content and have an emphasis on practical applications Academic & Applied Courses
Locally Developed Compulsory Credits For students with significant gaps in knowledge and skills in a specific subject Ideal for students who need support with the curriculum content in grade 9
Work Habits Sample Academic Works independently in a focused manner Synthesis skills – uses prior knowledge and experience to assist with solving problems Completes homework consistently and thoroughly Applied Works in a focused manner (not always independently) Applies new learning to tasks (may need reminding of previous knowledge) May need assistance to organize and complete homework Locally Developed Works in a focused manner with prompting Applies new learning to tasks that have been directly modeled in the lesson May begin homework in class with direction and take home to complete
English Language Learners ESL/ELD Prepare students for success in English and other courses ESL/ELD credits count as compulsory English credits (to a maximum of 3 credits) Students will be placed in Level A, B, C, D or E (assessment in March/April 2015) Can move to Academic/Applied/LDCC courses when appropriate
Grades 9 and 10 Applied Academic Locally Developed Open Grades 11 and 12 College University Workplace Mixed Making Your Choices
Changing Course Type After Grade 9: Gr. 9 Academic Gr. 9 Applied Gr. 9 LDCC Gr. 10 Academic Gr. 10 Applied Gr. 10 LDCC ( except Mathematics)
Changing Course Type After Grade 9: Gr. 9 Academic Gr. 9 Applied Gr. 9 LDCC Gr. 10 Academic Gr. 10 Applied Gr. 10 LDCC Gr. 9 Applied to Gr. 10 Academic Mathematics (Transfer Course worth 0.5 credit) T
Zion’s Grade 9 Course Selection Sheets Distributed in class the week of February 2 nd with teacher recommendations Due in home-form by February 19 th Grade 8 Zion students will complete course selection on-line using www.myBlueprint.ca/tdsb
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