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Pathways Course Selection



Ontario Secondary School
What do I
need to (OSSD Requirements)
 18 Compulsories
 12 Electives

 40 Hours of Community Involvement

 Successfully complete the Grade 10

Literacy Test
Diploma Requirements

 4 English (1 credit per grade)

 3 Mathematics (at least 1 in grade 11 or 12)
 2 Science
 1 French
 1 Geography (Canadian - grade 9)
 1 History (Canadian - grade 10)
 1 Arts
 1 Physical and Health Education
 Civics (.5) & Career Studies (.5) (grade 10)
Diploma Requirements (Groups 1, 2 & 3)

 1 selected from English, or French as a second language, or

a Native language, or a classical or an international
language, or social sciences and the humanities, or
Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career
education, or cooperative education

 1 selected from health and physical education, or the arts,

or business studies, or French as a second language, or
cooperative education

 1 selected from science (grade 11 or 12), or

technological education, or French as a second language,
or computer studies, or cooperative education
Community Involvement

 complete 40 hours before graduation

 can begin the summer after grade 8 graduation

 recommend completion and submission by the end of

 there is no upper limit to the number of hours a student
may complete.
 student’s responsibility to seek out opportunities and to
keep a record of hours earned
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

 a test based on reading and writing expectations of

curricula up to and including grade 9

 administered in March of the grade 10 year

 accommodations and deferrals may be appropriate

for some students

 re-write is possible in grade 11

 Grade 12 OLC course

Choosing Courses for Student Success

 Success in grade 9 has a

significant impact on a
student’s individual success

 Provincial data suggests that

students who earn 8 credits in
grade 9 have an increased
chance of graduating in four
Compulsory courses are
offered as:
What type
 Academic;
of course
 Applied;
should we
 Locally Developed; or
 Open

How are
they Elective Courses
different? … in grade 9 are typically ‘Open’,
allowing students to experience an
area of interest
Locally Developed
content and programming For students who…
 Learning most essential  Enjoy practical activities that
concepts of a subject demonstrate “how”
 May have content gaps in
their learning
 Basic knowledge and skills  Benefit from pacing matched
are developed through to their needs
concrete practical tasks  Benefit from classroom
assistance to complete work
 Demonstrates familiar and  Benefit from greater teacher
real-life applications of direction, more one-on-one
support, and smaller classes
 Have difficulty meeting grade
8 expectations or working on
modified expectations
Applied content and
programming… For students who…
 Learning essential  Enjoy learning “how”
 Enjoy participating in practical
concepts of a subject activities/examples that relate
learning to real life
 Knowledge and skills are  Benefit from moderate pacing with
developed through greater attention on readiness for
new concepts
practical applications
 Demonstrates familiar  Workload is moderate with some
homework completion required
and real-life  Teaching style supports various
learning styles and provides greater
applications of content teacher direction and support for
work habits and learning skills
 Working on grade 8 expectations
with achievement below the
provincial standard
Academic content
and programming… For students who…
 Enjoy understanding “why”
 Learning essential
 Enjoy thinking, problem solving,
concepts of a subject and researching and reflecting
exploring related  Benefit from pacing that is faster
to allow new concepts to be
materials and ideas introduced more frequently

 Workload is demanding,
 Emphasis on theory and requiring regular homework
abstract thinking as a completion
 Teaching style is geared toward
basis for future inquiry independent, self motivated,
and problem solving learners who self-regulate well
 Regularly demonstrate they meet
provincial standards within grade
8 expectations
Open content and programming…

 Designed to prepare students for further study in

particular subject areas
 Enrich student’s educational experience
 Expectations are designed, differentiated and
appropriate for all students
 Allows for entry into grade 10 areas of interest without
previous experience (eg. a student does not need to have the
grade 9 course to be able to explore the grade 10)
Matching Achievement and Work Habits when
choosing the type of content to study

excellent good satisfactory needs improvement

4 Academic Academic Academic
or Applied

3* Academic Academic Applied Applied

Academic Academic
2 or Applied or Applied
Applied Applied

Applied or Applied or
1 Applied
Locally Developed Locally Developed
Locally Developed

Mod. Applied or Applied or

Locally Developed Locally Developed
IEP** Locally Developed Locally Developed

**Special education transition meetings will support course selection

*Students achieving level 3 are meeting provincial achievement standards

Understanding Course Codes

Each course code has 3 significant components

Course Title Prefix Year of Study Type of Course


1 = grade 9 D = Academic
16 different beginnings 2= grade 10 L = Locally Developed
that identify the subject 3= grade 11 O = Open
4= grade12 P = Applied

The 6th digit of the code may vary and is an identifier specific to the school
Pathway Planning

 Pathways are not always direct

and may change, not all courses
are required to be the same type
 A student may take academic
English and applied
mathematics based on their
personal strengths and learning
 Work together as student moves
through high school.
Level Changes

Can a student change levels

between grade 9 and 10?


 It is possible for a student to

switch levels between grade 9
and 10 from academic to
applied or vice versa.
 except for Mathematics …
Math Pathways MCV4U
Calculus and Vectors
Grade 12 University


Principles of Principles of Functions
Advanced Functions
Mathematics Mathematics Grade 11
Grade 12 University
Grade 9 Grade 10 University
Academic Academic

Mathematics of Data
MCF3M Grade 12 University
Functions &
Grade 11 MCT4C
U/C Mathematics for
College Technology
Grade 12 College


Foundations of Foundations of Foundations for MAP4C
Mathematics Mathematics College Foundations for
Grade 9 Applied Grade 10 Applied Mathematics College Mathematics
Grade 11 College Grade 12 College

Mathematics for Work Mathematics for Work
Mathematics Mathematics
and Everyday Life and Everyday Life
Grade 9 LDCC Grade 10 LDCC
Grade 11 Grade 12
Workplace Workplace
Choosing Courses for Student Success

 Successful course selection is a match between the

expectations of high school and the current abilities
of the student

 Selecting courses that aim for future destinations

and do not reflect a students’ current knowledge
skills, interests or learning style MAY NOT lead to
student success
Pathway Planning

 Post secondary pathway

planning starts in grade 11 when
courses are destination levels
 can include University, College,
Apprenticeship/workplace or all
 Plan course selections to “keep
doors open” to possible paths.
Pathway Planning

University College

Identified Students and those receiving
Special Education Services
Students who require special education support
and services will receive this support according to
the needs outlined in their I.E.P.
Supports may include:
• modified curriculum expectations
• alternative learning expectations
• accommodations to the learning environment
• methods to review student’s progress
• student transition plan to post secondary
education, work and/or community living
Grade 9 Compulsory Credits

 English
 French
 Geography
 Mathematics
 Science

It is recommended that students complete

their compulsory
Arts and Health and Physical Education
credit in grade 9
Grade 9 Elective Courses

Digital Media
Music – Band and Vocal
Visual Art

Information and Communication Technology
Grade 9 Elective Courses


Physical Health Education

Boys - PPL1OM / Girls - PPL1OF
Social Sciences and Humanities
Exploring Family Studies - HIF1O1
Grade 9 - Elective Courses at Banting

Technological Studies
 Integrated Technology:
Construction , Manufacturing & Transportation -TIJ1O1

 Exploring Engineering Technology –TEJ1O1

 Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O1

 Exploring Communications Technology TGJ1O1

Supports and Information

There are many supports

along the way, including:

 Your Grade 8 teacher

 Guidance
 Special Education
 Student Success
 SCDSB website

and… myBlueprint.ca for

pathway investigation
Link Crew –Orientation Day
Tentatively - August 27th, 2020

Grade 8 Open House

Wednesday, January 8th - 7:00-8:30
Feb. 14th - Report Cards distributed
Feb. 20th - March 6th:
On-line course selections at your school
Working copies will be required to facilitate this process
March 6th:
All on-line course selections must be completed!
Access to the on-line course selection site is closed!
Changes to course selections after March 6th may only be
facilitated by calling the Banting Guidance department