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  • pageviewAnnual Education Plan

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    Goal setting and planning are the skills that enable us to get where we want to go in life.
    If you want to get higher marks or learn a new skill or open the door to the career of your choice, you have to have a plan.

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  • pageviewGeneral Course Selection Recommendations for all Students

    Choosing between Academic and Applied courses is a very important decision and should be considered very carefully by students and their parents.

    Students who want to keep all post-secondary options open should choose academic courses in grades 9 and 10 if they are prepared for that level of curriculum.

    If you are not academically strong in Math or Science but you are in English, Social Science, History or Business, you do not need to take academic level Science and Math during grades 9 or 10. Students who need a grade 12 University level Math can take MCF3M in grade 11 and then MDM4U in grade 12.

    Health for Life (PPZ3C) satisfies the compulsory Heath and Physical Education credit. Students should take this in their grade 11/12 year.

    We recommend that students take Civics (CHV2O) and Careers (GLC2O) in the same semester, as they are half credit courses.

    Be sure to sign up for courses that align to your intended career, certificate, diploma, or degree, but also take courses that have been a positive outlet for you and try new ones whose content you’ve already loved exploring from personal experience.

    Try and balance out each semester with elective courses. For example:

    • Grade 9 students should not take English, Math, Science and Geography in the same semester if their schedule permits.
    • Grade 10 students should not take English, Math, Science and History in the same semester if their schedule permits.


    Students should try and plan out their core high school courses (English, Math and Science) to allow for age-appropriate levels each year. For example, English should be taken once a year over four years if your schedule permits. Grade 9 students that completed English in semester 1 should not rush into taking grade 10 English in semester 2.

    Please read over the course descriptions carefully and abide by the grade level restrictions.  If you select a course out of grade level then you will be placed on a wait list and we will add you in one of your alternate courses.  If space becomes available then you will be placed in the course you originally requested.  You will be notified of any changes via email.

    Some open level courses do allow for students in earlier grades to take these courses as electives if their schedule permits. For example taking HIF2O, THJ2O or BBI2O in grade 9 is acceptable.

    To improve your overall success and your well being, students should balance out courses with extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs or volunteer work, all of which could influence what career they end up choosing.

    The ultimate goal is for each student to be happy and feel confident for whatever academics or careers lie ahead.

  • pageviewGrade 9 Course Selection Recommendations

    Consider very carefully the recommendations made by your guidance department regarding level selection for each compulsory subject. Discuss these with your parents/guardians when completing your application.

    Select the pathway/level that will best fit your educational needs and abilities. You want to set yourself up to be successful while also being challenged to reach your potential.

    Put careful thought into your optional courses and select courses that appeal to your personal interests. Many grade 9 optional courses provide the starting point for similar courses at other grades.

  • pageviewGrade 10 Course Selection Recommendations

    Think about the learning that has taken place so far. Take a good look at your marks, attendance and work habits. Select the pathway/level for grade 10 based on your past performance and future goals.

    You have a bit more choice this year – put careful thought into your optional courses. You may want to continue in an area of interest from grade 9 or try something new.

  • pageviewGrade 11 Course Selection Recommendations

    Assess your marks, work habits, attendance, and overall learning in previous grades so far. Now that you are in your senior years of high school, you want to be on the pathway that best fits your needs and goals.

    It’s time to start thinking about post-secondary plans if you haven’t already done so. Start researching apprenticeship, college and university entry requirements so that you can be sure to take the appropriate courses to prepare for grade 12. Many grade 12 courses have prerequisites (courses which must be taken before being eligible).

    You have more choice this year than ever before. Once you’ve planned for your post-secondary requirements, choose courses that are of personal interest and/or related to your career plans.

    Check out the resources at the bottom of the page as you plan ahead.

  • pageviewGrade 12 Course Selection Recommendations

    This year takes some serious planning. You need to research your post-secondary plans and select the courses that will prepare you for those post-secondary destinations. Select the proper courses now and avoid the problem of trying to change into a course later only to find out it is already full.

    All grade 12 students should make sure that Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements are being met in order to graduate – 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits, the OSSLT and your 40 hours of community service, if that is your goal.

    Students planning to apply to university need 6 4U/4M credits including ENG4U.

    Check out the resources at the bottom of the page as you plan ahead.

    Please see the webpage – Course Types and Pathways – to determine what level of course is required for your post-secondary pathway.

  • pageviewResources for Post-Secondary Planning

    Students considering an apprenticeship should look at and to start their research.

    Students planning to apply to college can explore programs through and select grade 11 and 12 courses based on common entry requirements for programs of interest.

    Students planning to apply to university can check for entry requirements for specific programs and choose grade 11 and 12 courses accordingly.

    Talk to a Guidance Counsellor for more information about planning ahead.

  • pageviewHow To Read a Course Code

    Our courses use a 5 character code for identification, which are set out by the Ministry of Education.

    Example:  SNC 1D

    These letters, SNC1D, identify the subject.  The first letter tells you the department area.

    A = Arts
    B = Business
    C = Canadian & World Studies
    E = English
    F = French
    G = Guidance & Career Education
    H = Humanities & Social Sciences
    I = Interdisciplinary Studies
    L = International Languages
    M = Mathematics
    P = Physical & Health Education
    S = Sciences
    T = Technology

    The number, SNC1D, indicates the grade level.

    1 = grade 9     2 = grade 10     3 = grade 11     4 = grade 12

    The letter, SNC1D, identifies the type of course.

    Grades 9 & 10    

    D = Academic
    P = Applied
    O = Open
    L = Locally Developed

    Grades 11 & 12       

    U = University Preparation
    C = College Preparation
    M = University/College Preparation
    E = Workplace Pathway
    O = Open

  • pageviewCourse Types and Pathways
    Grades 9 and 10 Grades 11 and 12 Typical Destination(s) 
    Academic – D


    Develop students’ knowledge and skills through study of theory and abstract problems. These courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject and explore related concepts as well. They incorporate practical applications where appropriate.

    University Preparation – U


    Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.





    University/College Preparation –M


    Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet entrance requirements for specific college and university programs.







    Applied – P


    Focus on essential concepts, knowledge and skills through practical applications , concrete examples and hands-on experience.

    College Preparation – C


    Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs.






      Workplace Preparation – E


    Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the expectations of employers or the requirements for admission to certain apprenticeship or training programs.





    Open –  O


    Designed to generally enrich and broaden the student’s education, are not designed with specific post-secondary programs in mind, have expectations appropriate for all students.