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Title: Welcome to Stouffville District Secondary School


1
Welcome to Stouffville District Secondary School
  • General Information
  • and
  • Course Selection Process
  • For
  • Grade 8 Students Parents/Guardians

2
Welcome to Stouffville
  • Welcome from Principal Arlene Smith
  • The importance of course selection
  • The process of course selection

3
The Importance of Course Selection
  • Consider your course selections carefully with
    student, parent and grade 8 teachers
  • Secondary school classes have hard caps
  • It is important to realize that students may not
    be able to change courses mid-year

4
Pathway Planning
Important to know
  • how you learn best
  • diploma requirements to graduate
  • prerequisites for courses
  • how to plan for experiential learning
    opportunities
  • admission requirements for post-secondary
    opportunities
  • preparing for school-work

5
Planning Tool
  • www.my.blueprint.ca
  • Available on line
  • Activation code Spartans
  • Allows parents and students to create trial
    course selections and timetables for grades 9-12
  • Shows links to post-secondary destinations to
    match course selections

6
Types of Courses Gr. 9 10
  • In grades 9 10, students will choose courses
    from four types
  • Applied
  • Academic
  • Open
  • Essential/Locally developed

7
Gr. 9 10 Definitions of Types
  • Grade 9 10 courses- focus is on establishing
    solid knowledge and foundation skills
  • Applied (P) - a real-life hands on approach
    with some theory
  • Academic (D) - theoretical in approach,
    utilizes abstract thinking
  • Open (O) an opportunity to explore an area of
    interest for all students
  • Essential or Locally Developed (L) courses for
    students who have not yet attained the
    prerequisite skills to be successful in Grade 9
    Applied courses in English, Mathematics and
    Science.

8
Destinations Grade 9 to Post-Secondary
Grade 9 Applied
Grade 9 Academic
Grade 9 Essential
Grade 10 Academic
Grade 10 Applied
Grade 10 Essential
Grade 11 Workplace Co-op / OYAP
Grade 11 University
Grade 11 Workplace
Grade 11 College
Grade 12 Workplace Co-op / OYAP
Grade 12 University Co-op / OYAP
Grade 12 College Co-op /OYAP
Grade 12 Workplace Co-op / OYAP
Apprenticeship Workplace
Some College Apprenticeship Workplace
College Apprenticeship Workplace
University College Apprenticeship
9
Essentials Pathways clearing up some myths
  • Students who choose Essentials/Locally Developed
    have options both in secondary school and
    post-secondary
  • Essentials courses count as compulsory graduation
    requirements
  • Students have a genuine pathway to graduate with
    an OSSD

10
Diploma Requirements (O.S.S.D.) for the 4 year
program
  • 18 Compulsory Credits
  • 12 Optional Credits
  • 30 Total Credits (110 hours each)
  • Successful Completion of Ontario
    Secondary
  • School Literacy Test
  • 40 Hours of Community Involvement

11
18 Compulsory Credits
  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 3 credits in mathematics
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts (music, visual arts, drama)
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • .5 credit in civics .5 credit in career studies
    (grade 10) Plus..

12
Compulsory Credits (contd.)
  • Plus
  • 1 additional credit in English, or French, native
    language or international language, or a social
    science, or Canadian and world studies, or
    guidance and career education (includes learning
    strategies) or cooperative education
  • 1 additional credit in health and physical
    education, or business studies, or the arts
    (music, visual arts or drama) or cooperative
    education
  • additional credit in science (grades 11 or 12),
    or technological education (grades 9-12) or
    co-operative education
  • A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative
    education can count as compulsory credits

13
12 Optional Credits
  • Optional credits allow students to build an
    educational program over the four years that
    suits their individual interests and meets
    university, college, apprenticeship or work
    requirements.

14
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
  • administered in March of the Grade 10 year
  • a test based on curriculum expectations in
    reading and writing across subject areas

15
Community Involvement
  • a diploma requirement
  • complete 40 hours before graduation
  • Can not begin before the start of Grade 9 in
    September
  • Must be approved by a Guidance Counsellor

16
Course Selection
  • In order to meet graduation diploma requirements,
    it is strongly recommended that students take the
    following 6 subjects in grade 9.
  • A student may choose all of their courses at one
  • level or a combination.
  • 1. English - Applied, Academic,
    Essential/LDCC
  • 2. Mathematics
  • 3. Science
  • 4. Geography Applied, Academic
  • 5. French - Applied or Academic
  • 6. Health Physical Education - Open

17
Course Selection (continued)
  • All other selections for Grade 9 will be from the
    Open type courses. The electives to choose from
    vary from school to school. The following
    courses are available at our school for Grade 9
  • Art Drama, Music or Visual Art
  • Integrated Studies Business or Technology
  • Repertoire offered after the regular school
    day, an expectation for all students taking music
  • Vocal Music


18
Making the Choice???
  • Parents and students will select courses in
    collaboration with elementary school teachers,
    guidance counselors and administrators
  • It is important that students do some honest self
    assessment, matching their ability with their
    interests and aptitudes

19
Option Card Completion
  • Read course calendar carefully
  • Check with your teachers and parents to decide on
    your course levels
  • Circle course codes clearly on option card
  • Number alternates clearly in small box
  • Student, parents teacher sign option card
  • Hand in to Grade 8 teacher on time

20
Dates to remember
  • Option cards due
  • Wednesday, January 30th
  • at Stouffville DSS
  • Hand into your Grade 8 teacher before this date

21
Guidance Services Website
  • For links to more information on high school
    programming, the YRDSB course calendar,
    post-secondary options and career exploration
    visit
  • www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/guidance.services
  • Check out the excellent section entitled
  • About High School
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