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Title: ANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL


1
ANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL
  • Grade Nine
  • Option Information
  • 2014-2015
  • School Year

2
How do we organize your courses?
  • Two Semesters
  • Semester 1
  • 4 courses Sept to Jan
  • Semester 2
  • 4 courses Feb to June

3
How do we organize your courses?
  • We do our best to balance your semesters
  • Here is a sample timetable

Semester 1 Semester 2
English Exploring Technologies
Phys. Ed. French
Math Science
Visual Art Geography
4
What do you need to graduate?
  • 18 compulsory credits
  • 12 elective credits
  • 40 hours community involvement
  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

CONGRATULATIONS
Class of 2018!
5
How can you make sure you get all the courses you
need?
  • Each year students use an academic planner to
    make sure they are on track.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English English English English
Math Math Math
Science Science
Geography History
French Careers/Civics
Phys. Ed.
Arts

6
Grade 9 Compulsory Credits
  • 1 Canadian Geography
  • 1 English
  • 1 French
  • 1 Mathematics
  • 1 Science

7
Grade 9s also must select
  • A Physical and Health Education course
  • Healthy Active Living (male/female)
  • OR
  • Hockey Focused Course (co-ed)
  • OR
  • Performance Sport Training Course (co-ed)
  • Students take basketball, volleyball, and soccer

8
Grade 9 Elective courses
  • Students choose 2 of the following
  • Visual Arts
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Instrumental Music
  • Business Information Technologies - computers
  • Exploring Technologies
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Latin

We recommend choosing 1 Arts course in grade 9
9
Community Involvement Hours
  • Students can begin their community involvement
    hours during the summer after grade 8
  • We ask that students plan to have these finished
    at the end of grade 10
  • Make sure you know if the activity is eligible
    for this diploma requirement

10
How do I know if the activity is eligible?
  • Is the organization community based or not for
    profit?
  • GOOD!
  • Is the activity something that is usually a paid
    position?
  • NOT ELIGILBLE!
  • Check out the Boards website at
  • http//www.hwdsb.on.ca/students/cih
  • or the Ancaster High School website for
    information on this.

11
The OSSLT grade 10 literacy test
  • Students start preparing for this in grade 9
  • All Ontario students will write this test in the
    spring of their grade 10 year
  • Ancaster High School has a VERY high success rate
    in passing the Literacy Test

12
What levels of courses will you be selecting?
  • Academic Courses
  • Develop knowledge and skills with emphasis on
    theory and abstract thinking
  • Designed for the student who has mastered the
    grade 8 curriculum
  • Often these students are heading to university or
    college after high school

13
Academic course success
  • Students will learn at a quick pace
  • Homework is an expectation each night at least
    one hour
  • Independent work is very important
  • Studying for tests is critical
  • The details are given a greater importance

14
Enriched Courses
  • Enriched courses in English, Math, and Science
  • Cover the same curriculum as academic courses.
  • Students can explore and investigate extensions
    to the regular content.
  • Well-suited for students who have a passion for
    the subject, who are identified as gifted ,
    students who are interested in the IB Diploma.
  • Credit granted on the final student transcript is
    the regular academic credit.

15
Levels of Courses
  • Applied Courses
  • Develop knowledge and skills with emphasis on
    practical applications
  • Often these students are heading to an
    apprenticeship or college after high school

16
Applied course success
  • Students will be given more time to work with
    concepts before moving on to the next topic
  • More class time will be spent working with
    concepts, less independent work
  • Homework is expected, but there will be fewer
    hours of it
  • Focus is less on details and more on understanding

17
Levels of Courses
  • Locally Developed Compulsory Courses
  • These courses are for students not yet ready for
    the grade 9 curriculum
  • The Elementary School Principal will recommend
    students for this level
  • Often these students are heading directly to work
    after high school

18
What level do I choose?
  • Success in grade 9 is important.
  • Select the course level that suits your current
    learning style in that subject.
  • Students can select Applied or Academic levels
    for different courses.
  • Changing pathways is possible once you are in
    high school.

19
Open Courses -electives and Phys Ed
  • These courses are designed for all types of
    learners
  • Provide students with a broad educational base
  • These are interest based or skill based courses

20
The Grade 9 Registration Sheet
21
The Grade 9 Option Sheet
22
I.B. International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Ancaster High offers the 2 year I.B. Diploma
    Programme, starting in grade 11
  • Students will be granted BOTH an O.S.S.D. and an
    I.B. diploma when they graduate
  • To prepare for this grade 11/12 program, students
    enroll in the Grade 9 Enriched courses

23
SHSM Aviation and Aerospace
  • Students can begin this program in grade 11
  • There are no special requirements to take this
    program, but we recommend you take technology
    courses in grade 9 and 10

24
What clubs are at Ancaster High?
  • Student Council planning our school year
  • Art club making the world more beautiful
  • Econinjas a better environment for all
  • HOPE helping others
  • Digital Photography Club preserving our
    memories
  • GAA and BAA helping our athletes be their best

25
And even more!
  • OCEAN social justice and environmental
  • Book Club
  • Dance Team
  • Student Voice
  • Knitting Club
  • ........ and the great thing is, if theres
    something you want to start, you can!

26
Sports at Ancaster High
  • There are girls and boys teams in almost ALL
    sports going!
  • There are grade 9 or junior sports in basketball,
    soccer, football, hockey, waterpolo, tennis...

27
Course Selection Due Date
  • The Boards deadline for all Grade 9 course
    selection sheets is
  • February 28, 2014

28
Questions?
  • Remember we are here to help you.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Student
    Services at Ancaster High and we will work to
    help you.
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