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Title: Welcome to Stouffville District Secondary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Essentials Pathways clearing up some myths
  • Students who choose Essentials/Locally Developed
    have options both in secondary school and
  • Essentials courses count as compulsory graduation
  • Students have a genuine pathway to graduate with
    an OSSD

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

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..

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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,
  • 2. Mathematics
  • 3. Science
  • 4. Geography Applied, Academic
  • 5. French - Applied or Academic
  • 6. Health Physical Education - Open

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

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

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

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

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