January 31st – Optional Attendance forms were due to high schools (delivered by parents/guardians).
Week of February 10th –14th Students are informed of their acceptance to Specialized Programs and Optional Attendance schools.
By February 24th- Completed course selections are verified and signed by parents/guardians and returned to classroom teachers.
February 28th – All course selection sheets are delivered to high schools by Ms. Kapoulis & Mrs. Lambers.
All Grade 8 students should have received a Grade 9 Course Selection Sheet for their designated “home” secondary schools based on the home address of the students. Students who have applied for Special Programs or Optional Attendance will be informed of their status before February 14th by the secondary schools directly. If accepted, those students will then have to decide which school they wish to attend and follow directions received from the school of their choice. Those students, who have not been accepted, must then be registered with their designated “Home” secondary school.
All completed Course Selection Sheets are due back to the elementary schools by the week of February 20th, 2014. Please remember that appropriate placement of a student in grade 9 is of vital importance to the student’s ability to succeed in secondary school. With this in mind, please give careful consideration to each teacher’s recommendations when choosing Applied, Academic
or Locally Developed courses. Teacher recommendations are based on the student’s educational history, grades, learning style, attitude, motivation, special interests, talents and abilities. Pages 38 and 39 and insert pages D and E of CHOICES: Secondary Schools Course Selection & Planning Guide provides an explanation of the differences between the various course types. The following link is another great resource: http://www.dsbn.edu.on.ca/studentsuccess/index.aspx?id=13546
All pathways (College, University, and Workplace) are accessible from any course type in Grade 9. As long as a student successfully meets the expectations in a Grade 9 Applied or Academic course, the student can go on to take either type of course in Grade 10. The Mathematics curriculum requires a mandatory transfer course to facilitate a smoother transfer between levels.
Each student received a copy of CHOICES to share with you. You will find this guide most helpful in assisting your child to make wise and informed decisions.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding course selections or any of the information above, please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment,
Effie Kapoulis and Tracie Lambers