When its time to move
on to high school the process reqires careful planning.
First read through
Second share it
with your parents or guardian.
Third if you or
your parents/guardians still have questions, your local public high
school is as close as the telephone.
Get a course calendar - it
describes the courses offered and other facts about high school. A
guidance counsellor can help you fill in the registration form. A
calendar can be found on this website (see Course Descriptions -
under the Student Services page) or in the guidance department of
your local public high school.
Choosing the Right
In grade 9, you can choose
academic, applied or open courses. Your school may offer "essential"
locally developed courses. That will also be true in grade 10, but
in grades 11 and 12, you will get to choose courses related to what
you want to do after high school - univeristy, college or the
workplace. There are also open courses in grades 11 and 12.
Academic and applied
courses deal with the same topics but are taught differently.
Academic courses have more theory as well as practical, concrete
activities. Applied courses have more practical, hands-on
activities. Open courses are for everyone. In grade 9, you will have
to choose between academic and applied in the core courses of
English, math, science and geography.
Do I have to decide
now about whether I want to go to college or university or on to
No. You should discuss
these decisions with your family and your school. Schools welcome
your questions which involve choices about your future.
What else do I need
You need to get 30 credits
(each course is usually a credit) to graduate from high school. But,
18 of those courses are compulsory - you must take those courses and
gain the credits.
What is a credit?
For grade 9 and above a
credit is 110 hours of scheduled classroom study in any one subject.
Check with your guidance department about partial credits at your
As well, you must also
complete 40 hours of community service during your time in high
school in order to graduate. Your school will have more details
about how to do it, but your parents/guardians are responsible for
making sure you complete the community service.
You must also successfully
complete a provincial test in grade 10 of reading and writing
skills. Your school will have details about how this test will work.
Will I have to
graduate in four years?
The program is designed
for everyone to graduate in four years, but you may need more time
to complete the 30 credits. If you need more time, that is OK.
I've been getting
special help at elementary school. Will this continue in high
Yes. The school wants you
to succeed. Ask your parents/guardians to check with the school
about special help.
The school office
Ask the school secretary.
Each secretary has an overview of the school that few others on
staff do. The odds are that you will be referred immediately to the
right person to answer your question.
The guidance office
If you are uncertain about
courses and program choices or if you are having difficulties with
other things at school or at home talk to a counsellor.
The resource centre
Having problems finding
information for topics in your courses? Don't know how to research a
project? Talk to your teacher - librarian.
Your teachers believe
that, whatever you decide to be, you will benefit from a well
rounded education. You have a chance to reach for the top and an
opportunity to make a difference, both in your school and in your
Take a variety of courses
including compulsory and optional subjects.
Think about the long term
effects of your grade 9 subject subject choices. You can switch
streams in grade 10 between academic and applied, but you may have
to do some extra work. Check very carefully to make sure that, in
grade 10, you are in the stream that leads to your courses in grade
11. For example, not all grade 10 applied courses get you into the
university stream. Be sure to check with your guidance counsellor or
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