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Types of Courses

GRADE 9 AND 10 COURSES

Students in Grade 9 and 10 will choose courses from one or more of four types: Academic, Applied, Open and Essentials.  Academic and Applied courses will have similar core content, with Academic courses focussing on theoretical knowledge while Applied courses will focus on practical application of knowledge.  The differences between the Academic and Applied types of courses are the instructional strategies and materials and the methods of assessment and evaluation.  Open courses will provide knowledge applicable to all destinations.  All four types of courses in Grade 9, provide the necessary prerequisites for all Grade 10 courses in the same discipline in any stream, except for Mathematics.

ACADEMIC

APPLIED

ESSENTIALS

OPEN

  • covers the essential concepts of a subject
  • covers the essential concepts of a subject
  • appropriate for students who would benefit from smaller group instruction at a slower pace
  • appropriate for all students
  • theory and practical applications
  • theory and practical applications
  • focus on practical real-life applications
  • ·not specific to any particular post-secondary destination
  • prepares students for the Grade 10 Literacy Test
  • prepares students for the Grade 10 Literacy Test
  • prepares students for the Grade 10 Literacy Test or the Ontario Literacy Course (OLC)
  • compulsory or optional requirements
  • prepares students for Grade 10 Academic or Applied courses
  • prepares students for Grade 10 Academic or Applied courses (except mathematics)
  • prepares students for Grade 10 Essentials courses
  • personal interest and growth
  • emphasis on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning
  • focus on practical, familiar, real-life situations with more hands-on applications
  • emphasis on personal interest, growth and hands-on applications

 

Cross-over materials:  Cross-over materials will be offered in French, Science, and English and are available at school.  These materials will be available in the following formats: CD, web (http://www.ilccei.com) and hardcopy.  It is highly recommended that a grade nine student taking a different type of course in grade 10 take all (30 hours) or a portion thereof. These materials are self-directed and self-marking.

Transfer Courses:  Transfer courses will allow students who are taking one type of course in Grade 10 or 11 and Grade 9 Mathematics to switch to another type in the same subject in the next grade.  The transfer course consists of those learning expectations that were not included in the completed course but that are considered to be essential for success in the course to be taken. Partial credits are granted for successful completion of a transfer course.  These courses are offered in summer semester.                                 

GRADE 11 AND 12 COURSES

In Grades Eleven and Twelve, students will select courses based on their goals, interests and future plans.  These courses will prepare them to enter college, university or the workplace directly.  Most courses will be streamed according to graduation destination.

 

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION (U)

University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs. The range of courses covered and the content of these courses will allow students to prepare for university programs and related careers.

UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION (M)

University/College preparation courses include content that is relevant for both university and college programs. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs.

COLLEGE PREPARATION (C)

College preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs. The range of courses offered and the content of these courses will allow students to prepare for most college programs and related careers.

WORKPLACE PREPARATION (E)

Workplace preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community. The range and content of the courses offered will allow students to prepare for a variety of jobs, training programs, and careers.

OPEN (O)

Open courses in Grade 11 and 12 allow students to broaden their knowledge and skills in a particular subject that may or may not be directly related to their post-secondary goals, but that reflects their interests. These courses are appropriate for all students regardless of post-secondary destination.


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