Four types of courses are offered in grades 9 – 10: Academic courses, Applied courses, Open courses, Crossover courses and Locally Developed courses.
Academic courses are intended to prepare students for university preparation courses in grades 11 and 12. Students, who are interested in attending college after completion of high school, should take academic courses in grades 9 and 10. Academic courses emphasize theory and abstract problems.
Applied courses are intended to prepare students for college
preparation courses in grades 11 and 12. Students, who are interested in attending college, should take applied level courses.
Applied level courses focus on practical applications.
Open courses offered in all secondary school grades, are designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and to enrich their education. These courses are ‘open’ to all students and include subjects outside the core areas of mathematics, science, social studies and
English. Like the other streams of courses, open courses are credit-based and are counted toward the 30 credits required to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
As students gain experience and learn about new career options, their goals and interests may change. Students in grade 9 may decide to change pathways and want to switch streams in a particular subject area when they reach grade 10. For example, a student may decide to move from grade 9 Applied mathematics to grade 10 Academic mathematics. Students who choose to switch streams (between Academic and Applied) in the areas of mathematics, science or English will be required to complete a cross-over course in that subject area. Cross- over courses are 30 hours in length and are offered as independent study modules. In most cases students will complete cross-over courses during the summer. Students do not earn credits for completion of cross-over courses. Please speak with our guidance counselor if you wish to take a cross-over course during the summer.